Kraus, Cirillo, Dabbs named first-team All-Americans

Kraus, Cirillo, Dabbs named first-team All-Americans

BALTIMORE – The No. 8 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team had its first postseason awards come in, as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced its 2015 All-Americans, and the Sea Gulls had three players named to the first team, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Senior Knute Kraus and juniors Thomas Cirillo and Preston Dabbs all earned first-team nods after helping lead the team to its 27th-straight NCAA Division III tournament appearance. All three were also named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference first team.

Kraus captained the Salisbury defense this season, leading the team with 29 caused turnovers. He started all 22 games for the team this season, while picking up 50 ground balls to rank fourth on the team. The Sea Gull defensive unit was one of the best in the country this season, ranking second in the nation with a 5.82 goals-allowed average this season. Kraus was a second-team All-American last season.

Dabbs was another strong part of the SU defense, and is making his third-straight All-American appearance this season, including being named to the first team last season. As one of the top short-stick defenders in the country, he finished the year fourth on the Sea Gulls with 25 caused turnovers. Dabbs also picked up 20 ground balls and added seven points on one goal and six assists.

Cirillo moved into a spot on the Gulls' first-midfield line this season and responded with 62 points to finish the year second on the team. He also ranked second with 42 goals and 20 assists, while scoring 12 man-up goals to rank sixth in the country. Cirillo was also named an honorable mention All-American after last season.

Salisbury had four players named as honorable mention All-Americans in sophomore Carson Kalama and seniors Sean Fitzgerald, Marty Wallace, and Austin Kemp. It was the first All-American honor for all four players.

Kalama took over a starting spot on the Salisbury attack this season and led the team with 56 goals and 69 points on the season. His .496 shooting percentage ranks 12th in the country, while he also notched a .735 shots on goal percentage to lead the team. Kalama tallied eight man-up goals and 13 assists on the season, and was named a first-team All-CAC player.

Fitzgerald was another big component to the Salisbury offense, leading the team with 39 assists and ranking third on the team with 61 points. He added 22 goals on the season, while earning a first-team All-CAC bid.

Kemp and Wallace both had strong seasons for the Salisbury defense, finishing second and third on the team with 28 and 26 caused turnovers, respectively.

Kemp started all 22 games for the Gulls and scooped up 43 ground balls, while Wallace added 40 ground balls. Both players were also all-conference first-team members.

To view the full All-American list, click here.

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