YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its All-CAC teams, and the No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team led the conference with 11 players being named to the first and second teams, the league announced on Thursday.
Five Sea Gulls were honored with a first-team selection, with senior midfielder Donovan Lange and junior defender Knute Kraus both making their first appearances on the first team. Senior defender Josh Martin, sophomore midfielder Preston Dabbs, and senior long-stick midfielder Zeke Smith all return to the first team for the second-consecutive year, with Smith, a second-team selection in 2012, earning his third All-CAC selection.
In his first season with the team, Lange currently ranks fourth on the Gulls with 40 points; his 25 goals and 15 assists are good for fifth and third on the squad, respectively. He has played in all 18 games, while tying for first on the team with seven man-up scores.
Smith and Martin have led Salisbury's defense, which ranks in the top 20 in the country allowing only 6.44 goals per game. The duo rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in caused turnovers with 26 and 21, while Smith is second on the team with 58 ground balls. Martin has chipped in with 19 ground balls, while starting all 18 games. Smith has proved valuable in the transition game, as well, scoring four goals with five assists for nine points.
Kraus has also been in the starting lineup for all 18 games and is tied for third with 16 caused turnovers on the season, while ranking fifth with 37 ground balls. The Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., native is in his second season on Salisbury's starting defense and is one of the defensive leaders as a team captain.
After stepping in to make an immediate impact in his freshman campaign, Dabbs makes it two All-CAC first-team nods in two seasons as the Sea Gulls' top defensive midfielder. He currently has 11 caused turnovers and 16 ground balls, while also starting six games as the team's faceoff specialist. During that stretch, he won 50-of-94 faceoffs.
The Sea Gulls had six players named to the all-conference second team, including senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor, senior attackmen Luke Phipps and Rhett DePol, and midfielders, seniors Chris Biank and Greg Korvin, and sophomore Thomas Cirillo.
Taylor is making his third appearance on the All-CAC teams, after a second team selection in 2012 and a first-team selection in 2013. He currently holds a 6.68 goals-allowed average and a .588 save percentage, while helping the Gulls to a 17-1 record in just over 960 minutes in the cage. His GAA is good for 17th in the nation, while also ranking third on the team with 55 ground balls.
DePol and Phipps have been Salisbury's top offensive players this season, ranking first and second on the team with 58 and 53 points, respectively. With a team-high 31 assists, while placing third with 27 goals, DePol earned his second-straight year on the second team. He also ranks fourth on the team with 47 ground balls. Phipps has earned his first all-conference selection, ranking second on the team with 31 goals and second with 22 assists.
In his second season on SU's first-line midfield, Korvin grabbed his second All-CAC second-team bid with 26 points on 13 goals and 13 assists on the year. His assists total puts him fourth on the squad in the statistic.
Cirillo was honored with his first selection to the All-CAC teams, as he is currently tied for fourth on the team with 25 goals and ranks fifth with 32 points. The Eastchester, N.Y., native heads up the Sea Gulls' second-line midfield and has also seen time on the first line.
Biank is in his first season as the Sea Gulls' top faceoff specialist, winning 121-of-207 opportunities for a .585 winning percentage at the "X." He leads the team with 67 ground balls and has three points on two goals and one assist in his first season as an All-CAC selection.
Salisbury will play in the conference championship game on Saturday, hosting No. 12 York College of Pennsylvania at Sea Gull Stadium; the opening faceoff is set for 2 p.m.