BALTIMORE - The 2016 men's lacrosse preseason All-Americans were recently released by the Inside Lacrosse Face-off Yearbook, and the Salisbury University men's lacrosse team had four players named to the NCAA Division III teams. Seniors Preston Dabbs and Thomas Cirillo were both named to the preseason first team.
Dabbs returns to the midfield following a 2015 season that saw him named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association First-Team All-American and the USILA Short-Stick Specialty Player or the Year as the nation's top defensive short-stick midfielder. In 22 games, Dabbs scooped up 20 ground balls and caused 25 turnovers. He also posted seven points with one goal and six assists.
Cirillo comes into the season following a 2015 campaign were he too was named a USILA First-Team All-American after posting 42 goals and 20 assists for 62 points. Cirillo took 137 shots on the year (30.7 shooting percentage) and had 20 ground balls en route to his All-American season.
Junior Carson Kalama and sophomore Will Nowesnick were named preseason honorable mentions by the organization.
Kalama was a 2015 USILA Honorable Mention All-American after a breakout sophomore season where he put home 56 goals and added 13 assists for 69 points from the attack position.
Nowesnick started 12 of the 18 games he played in last season and picked up 21 ground balls to go along with 13 caused turnovers as a close defender.
The 2016 season gets underway for the Gulls on Saturday, February 6 when they travel to the St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia to take on Hampden-Sydney College. Face off is set for 2 p.m.
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