BALTIMORE – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team will enter the 2014 NCAA Division III national championship game with 10 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III All-Americans on its roster, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The Sea Gulls had four players named as first-team All-Americans, as senior midfielder Donovan Lange, senior long-stick midfielder Zeke Smith, sophomore defensive midfielder Preston Dabbs, and senior defender Josh Martin all are making their first appearances on the first team; Smith was honored with his third All-American selection, while Dabbs and Martin have earned their second.
Smith, previously named an All-American honorable mention in 2012 and a third-team All-American in 2013, leads the Sea Gulls in caused turnovers for the third-consecutive season with 32, while ranking second on the team with 69 caused turnovers. He has also been effective in the transition game, scoring four goals with five assists for nine points.
After being named a second-team All-American last season as a freshman, Dabbs has enjoyed a successful second year, causing 17 turnovers and picking up 16 ground balls, as the Gulls No. 1 defensive midfielder. He is currently tied for fifth on the team in caused turnovers with fellow sophomore defensive midfielder Davis Anderson.
Martin was also named to the second team last season, and has led the starting defense this season; he ranks third on the team with 22 caused turnovers. The Niskayuna, N.Y., native has also picked up 24 ground balls on the year.
Lange is in his first season with Salisbury, after transferring for his senior year, and has stepped in to lead the first line midfield this year. He sits fourth on the team with 49 points and 32 goals, while tying for third with 17 assists. Lange has played in all 22 of Salisbury's games to this point, while scoring eight man-up goals, good for second on the team.
Junior defender Knute Kraus was selected to his first All-American selection, being named to the second team this season, after starting all of Salisbury's games this year. He ranks fourth on the team with 20 caused turnovers, while ranking fifth with 42 ground balls.
The Sea Gulls also had five All-American honorable mentions, consisting of senior attackmen Rhett DePol and Luke Phipps, senior midfielder Greg Korvin, sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo, and senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor.
Taylor was awarded with his third All-American selection, after being named to the third team in 2013 and an honorable mention in 2012. The Woodbine, Md., native has started all 22 games for Salisbury in the cage, allowing only 6.48 goals per game and boasting a .585 save percentage. He also ranks third on the team with 68 ground balls.
The attackmen duo of DePol and Phipps are both earning their first All-American nods, as the pair has led the Salisbury offense this season, totaling 72 and 69 points, respectively. DePol leads the Gulls with 37 assists and sits third with 35 goals, while Phipps ranks second in both, with 29 assists and 40 goals. Phipps also leads the team with 10 man-up goals.
Korvin is making his first appearance as an All-American, as well, as a second-year player on the first line midfield. He is tied for third on the team with 17 assists, while adding 17 goals for 34 points.
Cirillo has stepped up in his sophomore season to earn significant playing time and his first All-American bid. With 26 goals, he is tied for fifth on the team, while adding 11 assists for 37 points.
The Sea Gulls are looking forward to the NCAA Division III national championship against Tufts University on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore; the opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.