YORK, Pa. - The Capital Athletic Conference announced its 2013 All-CAC teams on Wednesday, and the No. 8 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team had 11 players awarded for their play this season.
Seven Sea Gulls were named to the All-CAC first team, including five players from Salisbury's No. 2-ranked scoring defense, with 5.39 goals allowed per game.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor, currently ranked first in the nation with a 5.12 goals-against average, earned first-team honors after being named to the second team in 2012. Taylor has started all of Salisbury's games this year, playing over 1,032 minutes in the cage and making 147 saves for a .626 save percentage.
Taylor is joined by defenders, junior Josh Martin and senior Brett Baer, freshman short-stick defender Preston Dabbs and junior long-stick midfielder Zeke Smith, as the Sea Gulls took all but one defensive spot on the first team.
Martin and Baer, both earning their first All-CAC honor, have anchored the Salisbury close defense, holding opponents to a .198 shooting percentage. Martin is tied for second on the team with 23 caused turnovers, while Baer is close behind with 16 for third best, while also scoring three goals with two assists for five points to contribute on offense. The duo has also picked up 24 and 35 ground balls, respectively.
After moving to the long-stick midfield position this season, Smith has picked up right where he left off last season, leading the team in caused turnovers for the second straight season with 43 to earn his first time on the All-conference first team. He was named to the second team in 2012. His 72 ground balls are good for second on the team, as well.
Dabbs has stepped in to make an instant impact, making the first team in his first season as a Sea Gull. He has caused 23 turnovers this season to tie with Martin for second on the team and has been good in the transition game with three assists on the offensive end. The St. Mary's City, Md., native has started 10-of-16 games that he has played with 25 ground ball pick ups.
Senior midfielder and faceoff specialist Tyler Granelli was named to the first team for the second time, after earning the honor last season and being named to the second team in 2010. Granelli is ranked 10th in the country in face-off percentage (.681), winning 190-of-279 chances at the "X." He leads the team with 125 ground balls and has two goals with one assist.
Fellow senior midfielder Eric Kluge rounds out the first-team selections for Salisbury, as he has stepped into the first-line midfield in his second season as a Sea Gull to lead the team in goals (35) and points (48). He has also registered 13 assists and is tied to lead the team with four man-up goals.
Salisbury's second-team selections consist of junior attackman Rhett DePol, junior midfielders Greg Korvin and Tyler Smith and sophomore defender Knute Kraus. Each player is making his first appearance on an All-CAC team.
Kraus' selection gives the entire starting defense for Salisbury an all-conference honor, as he has played in every game this season. He is seventh on the team with 13 caused turnovers and ninth with 32 ground balls.
Korvin and Smith have both stepped into the first-line midfield this season alongside Kluge. The pair has produced 27 and 26 points, respectively. Smith has scored 19 goals (third on the team) and seven assists, and Korvin has scored 13 goals, while registering 14 assists (second on the team).
DePol has played in all 18 of Salisbury games this season, starting 16. The Chester, Md., native leads the team with 25 assists this season, and his 11 goals give him 36 points, good for a tie for second on the team.
Salisbury will next be in action in the CAC championship game on Sunday afternoon, as it hosts St. Mary's College of Maryland at Sea Gull Stadium; the opening face off is set for 1 p.m.
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