Smith, Martin headline five Sea Gull preseason All-Americans

BALTIMORE - The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team had five players named as 2014 Inside Lacrosse Division III All-Americans heading into the season, the publication announced in its Face-Off Yearbook.

All five players will be returning defensive players, headlining a defensive unit that finished the 2013 season ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 5.96 goals per game.

Seniors Josh Martin, a defender, and Zeke Smith, a long-stick midfielder, were both named to the first team. The duo finished first and second on the team in caused turnovers, as Smith led the Gulls with 50 and Martin added 31; Smith also finished third on the team with 77 ground balls and tallied eight points on seven goals and one assist.

At the end of last season Martin was named to the All-America second team, with Smith earning third team honors.

Two Sea Gulls made their way onto the second team, as well, with sophomore defensive midfielder Preston Dabbs and senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor tabbed. Both players are returning All-Americans, as Dabbs made a splash in his freshman season, being named to the second team, and Taylor was named to the third team.

Dabbs finished the 2013 season ranked third on the team with 28 caused turnovers; he added 33 ground balls and three points on three assists.

Taylor, once again, proved to be one of the top goalkeepers in the country last season, finishing second in the nation by only allowing a 5.79 goals-allowed average. He also ranked 26th with a .602 save percentage. He played over 1300 minutes in the cage in 23 games, while making 194 saves.

Junior defender Knute Krause will enter 2014 as an All-American honorable mention. Krause ranked sixth on the team, last season, with 18 caused turnovers and eighth with 40 ground balls. 

Salisbury will be starting its season on the road at Greensboro College on Sunday, Feb. 9, with the game set for 1 p.m.

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