York, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team has been picked to win the Capital Athletic Conference as voted on by the coaches' of the conference in the preseason poll, the league announced Thursday.
Having won their 19th CAC title last season, the Gulls are favorites to win the conference again as they return three First-Team All-CAC players from a season ago. On the offensive side of the field, senior Thomas Cirillo and junior Carson Kalama picked up first-team honors a season ago as the duo combined for 98 goals and 33 assists (131 points), while Preston Dabbs returns for his senior season as a defensive midfielder after causing 25 turnovers and picking up 20 groundballs last season.
Sitting atop the poll, the Gulls picked up eight of the nine first-place votes and received 64 points in the poll. Following Salisbury was Frostburg State University with the remaining first-place vote and 55 points, while York College of Pennsylvania closed out the top-three spots with 48 points.
Rounding out the poll was Christopher Newport University (44 points), University of Mary Washington (39 points), St. Mary's College of Maryland (28 points), Marymount University (23 points), Wesley College (15 points), and Southern Virginia University (8 points).
The Gulls open the 2016 season on Saturday, February 6 when they travel to the St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va., to take on Hampden-Sydney College. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m.
To watch the CAC preview video, click here.
To view the coaches' poll, click here.