Kraus named CAC Player of the Year; 11 Sea Gulls on All-CAC teams

Kraus named CAC Player of the Year; 11 Sea Gulls on All-CAC teams

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its men's lacrosse postseason awards, and Salisbury University had 11 players named to the All-CAC teams, while senior defender Knute Kraus was honored as the conference's Player of the Year, the league revealed on Friday.

Kraus is the cornerstone of Salisbury's fourth-ranking scoring defense, allowing only 5.72 goals per game. He currently is tied for the team lead with 23 caused turnovers through 18 games, starting each game for the team this season and is ranked fourth on the team with 41 ground ball pickups. Kraus' caused turnovers number is tied for third in the CAC. He was also named to the all-conference first team for the second-straight season, while also earning a second-team selection in 2013.

Kraus was one of eight Salisbury players named to the All-CAC first team, joined by sophomore attackman Carson Kalama, midfielders, junior Thomas Cirillo and senior Sean Fitzgerald, senior defender Austin Kemp, sophomore faceoff specialist Cameron Maples, junior defensive midfielder Preston Dabbs, and senior long-stick midfielder Marty Wallace.

Kalama has stepped into the starting attack line for the Sea Gulls this season and has responded with 46 goals to lead the team and the conference for his first all-conference bid. Along with 12 assists, his 58 points also leads the Sea Gulls and sits at No. 3 in the CAC. Kalama boasts a 48.9 shooting percentage on the year, while putting 75.5 percent of his shots on goal, and has six games with four or more goals.

Along with Kalama, Cirillo is another big contributor to the Sea Gulls' seventh-ranked scoring offense with 14.83 goals per game. This is his second selection to the All-CAC teams, as a second-team honoree last season. Cirillo's 36 goals and 53 points both rank second on the team and sixth in the CAC. He also leads the team with eight man-up goals, which leads the conference and is in the top 50 players in the country.

Salisbury holds the No. 5 spot in the country with 149 assists on the season, and Fitzgerald is a big reason why, as he leads the team and is tied for second in the conference with 31 helpers in 2015. Notching his first All-CAC selection, his 1.72 assists per game is good for 55th in the country. Along with 17 goals, Fitzgerald's 48 points ranks third on the team and 10th in the conference.

Kemp is another mainstay on the Salisbury defensive unit, starting all 18 games so far this season and causing 21 turnovers, good for fourth on the team and sixth in the CAC. He is also fifth on the team with 36 ground balls on the year. This year marks the first All-CAC selection for Kemp.

Taking over at the "X" this season for the Gulls, Maples has come on strong to win 177-of-289 faceoff opportunities this season. His wins are the third most in the CAC, while his winning percentage of .612 ranks second in the league amongst players with 200 or more chances at the "X." Maples leads the Sea Gulls with 72 ground balls on the year, good for third in the conference, while also scoring one goal to earn his first All-CAC selection.

Dabbs, already a two-time All-American, notched his third-straight All-CAC first-team honor this season, while ranking third on the team and fifth in the CAC with 22 caused turnovers as the team's top short-stick specialist. He has also picked up 15 ground balls and dished out six assists, proving to be a strong player in transition.

Wallace has played in all 18 games for the Sea Gulls, including four starts, and is tied for the team lead with 23 caused turnovers, while picking up 33 ground balls. Wallace is making his first appearance on an All-CAC team, after stepping in this season to the long-stick midfield position.

Salisbury also had three players named to the All-CAC second team in senior attackman Mike Kane, junior midfielder James Burton, and senior goalkeeper Connor Anderson.

Kane currently sits third on the team with 28 goals and is tied for fourth with 39 points to earn his first selection to an all-conference team. He has scored on 37.3 percent of his shots, while picking up 35 ground balls, good for sixth on the squad.

Burton is tied with Kane with 39 points, as well, on 24 goals and 15 assists. His goal total sits fourth on the team, while his assists are No. 3 on the Gulls. This is also his first selection to an all-conference team.

Anderson stepped into the starting spot in the cage in the fifth game of the season and has played over 692 minutes in the goal, stabilizing the Salisbury defense with a 4.51 goals-allowed average, which ranks first in the conference and first in the nation. He has made double-digit saves in four games and has made 86 on the year, while saving 62.3 percent of shots faced, which also ranks first in the conference.

The Sea Gulls next host the CAC championship game on Saturday, May 2 against Frostburg State University; the opening faceoff is set for 12 p.m.

To view the full CAC release, click here.

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