Tucker named CAC Player of the Year; eight earn all-CAC honors

Tucker named CAC Player of the Year; eight earn all-CAC honors

FREDERICKSBURG, Md. – The Capital Athletic Conference released the 2018 Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Team on Friday morning and eight members of the maroon and gold earned all-conference honors led by senior defeneseman Kyle Tucker as he was named to the 2018 CAC Player of the Year.

Tucker has turned in an exceptional senior year for the Sea Gulls appearing in all 18 games, scooping up a team-high 74 groundballs while also tallying another team-best 35 caused turnovers, ranking him third in the conference. Tucker has helped anchor a defense that has posted a 6.97 goals against average, which ranks second in the CAC this season. For his career Tucker has appeared in 87 games, scooped up 225 groundballs, and has caused 126 turnovers.

Tucker becomes the fourth straight and 16th player in program history be named the CAC Player of the Year. He is also the first Salisbury defensive player to earn the award since current coach Knute Kraus earned the honor back in 2015.

Joining Tucker on the First Team were defensive players Will Nowesnick, Troy Miller, and Kevin Murphy. It is Nowesnick's third straight season being named to the first team while it is both Miller and Murphy's first.

Nowesnick has been an integral part of the defensive unit tallying 28 caused turnovers, ranking him second on the team behind Tucker, while also picking up 35 groundballs, and even chipping in on the offensive side with a 60-yard goal against Christopher Newport University in the CAC semifinals. Murphy, who picked up his first all-conference accolade, has turned in a solid sophomore year campaign appearing in all 18 games, scooping up 41 groundballs while also causing 22 turnovers. Murphy, much like Nowesnick, has also chipped in offensively netting his first collegiate goal earlier this season against St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Miller rounds out the list of first team honorees earning his second all-conference recognition, being named to the second team last season. Miller completed another solid year from the defensive midfield position causing a career-best 17 turnovers, scooping up 16 groundballs, and netting one goal.

On the All-CAC Second Team the Sea Gulls landed four more players which included three offensive players and one defensive, all of whom earned their first all-conference accolades. Corey Gwin, Garrett Reynolds, and Griffin Moroney all earned second-team recognition as did goalie Brandon Warren.

Gwin has been an offensive leader for the maroon and gold netting a team-high 42 goals this season while also totaling another team-best 58 points. Gwin's 42 goals ranks him fourth in the conference while his 58 points ranks him eighth. Both are also new career-highs for Gwin.

Moroney currently sits second on the team with 34 goals, netting 16 of those markers since the calendar flipped to April. Moroney has also tallied 44 total points, which is good enough for third on the team. Meanwhile, Reynolds has netted 29 goals and racked up 32 points during his final year in the maroon and gold.

Warren rounded out the list of all-conference honorees turning in a spectacular sophomore year between the pipes for the Sea Gulls. Warren has posted a goals against average of 5.89, ranking him second in the conference just .19 behind first team goalie Landry Marshall from York College of Pennsylvania. Since Warren has taken over as Salisbury's starting goalie the team has gone 12-1 including wins over Stevenson University, Washington College, and Cabrini. He has tallied 85 saves while posting a CAC-best 57.0 save percentage.

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, May 5 when it travels to York, Pennsylvania to take on the Spartans for the CAC championship. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

To view the conference release, click here          

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