PERRY, N.Y. – The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team was picked to finish fifth in nation in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association preseason coaches' poll, as announced by the organization on Monday.
The Gulls return two USILA first-team All-Americans from a season ago in seniors Thomas Cirillo and Preston Dabbs as they embark on their journey into the 2016 season. A season ago Cirillo posted 42 goals and added 20 assists, while Dabbs was named the top defensive midfielder in the country after causing 25 turnovers and scooping up 20 groundballs as a lock-down defensive midfielder.
At the top of the poll and receiving all 18 first-place votes and 360 points was defending national champion, Tufts University. Joining the Sea Gulls in the top five was Lynchburg College (336 points), Rochester Institute of Technology (318 points), and Amherst College (300). The Gulls picked up their fifth-place ranking with 291 points.
Salisbury's season opens up on Saturday, February 6 when it will travel to the St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va., to take on Hampden-Sydney College. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m.
To view the poll in its entirety, click here.