Sea Gulls have six named to USILA All-American teams

BALTIMORE - The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced its Division III All-Americans on Tuesday, and the No. 12 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team had six Sea Gulls split between the second and third teams.

Senior midfielder Tyler Granelli and juniors, goalkeeper Alex Taylor and long-stick midfielder Zeke Smith, all made their second appearance on All-American teams, as they were all All-Americans in 2012.

Granelli, a first teamer last season, was one of four Gulls named to the second team in 2013. At the faceoff "X," he won 227-of-359 attempts to lead the team, and his .632 winning percentage was second on the team. The North Salem, N.Y., native led the Sea Gulls with 152 ground balls, while tallying three points on two goals and one assist.

Senior midfielder Eric Kluge, junior defender Josh Martin and freshman defensive midfielder Preston Dabbs all joined Granelli on the second team.

In his first season on Salisbury's first-line midfield, Kluge stepped up to lead the team with 60 points and 39 goals, while his 21 assists were good for second on the team. His 83 shots-on-goal led the Sea Gulls, while putting .546 percent of his shots on frame, and he tied for second on the team with five man-up scores.

After transferring from Onondaga Community College, Martin stepped up as one of Salisbury's top defenders in his first season as a Sea Gull. The Niskayuna, N.Y., native finished second on the team with 31 caused turnovers, while picking up 31 ground balls. 

Dabbs has stepped in to make an instant impact on Salisbury's defense as a short-stick defender, filling in for two graduated seniors from 2012. His 28 caused turnovers are good for third on the team, and he ranks 10th with 33 ground balls. He has also tallied three assists and won the only faceoff that he took this season.

After they both were named All-American honorable mentions in 2012, Taylor and Smith were named to the third team this season, as they were two of the main cogs in Salisbury's defense.

Smith led the team in caused turnovers for the second-consecutive year, with 50, and he finished third on the team with 77 ground balls. After moving into the long-stick midfield position, Smith flourished in the transition game, scoring seven goals with one assist for eight points.

In his second season as the Gulls' starting goalkeeper, Taylor played over 1,326 minutes in the cage, while only allowing 5.79 goals per game. While saving .602 percent of the shots he faced, Taylor also picked up 85 ground balls, good for second on the team, and he tallied one assist.

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