Six Sea Gulls earn All-American honors; Tucker named Defensive Player of the Year

Six Sea Gulls earn All-American honors; Tucker named Defensive Player of the Year

PERRY HALL, N.Y. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released the 2018 Division III Men's Lacrosse All-Americans on Friday morning and Salisbury University had six members recognized by the organization. Senior Kyle Tucker led the way, earning the 2018 William C. Stiles Memorial Outstanding Defensive Player award for the second straight season.

Tucker, who was a first team All-American in 2017 as well, has turned in an outstanding senior season, appearing in all 23 games while posting team highs in both groundballs and caused turnovers, recording 95 and 47, respectively. His 47 caused turnovers and average of 2.04 per game rank him in the top 70 in the nation. Tucker has helped anchor a defense that is allowing a goals against average of 7.11, which ranks 23rd in the nation entering championship weekend.

This is Tucker's third major accolade as he was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the first team for each organization. He is the eighth player in program history to earn the William C. Stiles award and first player to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year since Eric Martin, who accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. 

Fellow defenseman Will Nowesnick was also named a First Team All-American for the second consecutive year. Nowesnick has been solid at the defensive end for the maroon and gold, causing 32 turnovers while also scooping up 50 groundballs. Nowesnick has also contributed on the offensive end, netting one goal and tallying an assist during the 2018 season. He was also named first team All-CAC earlier this month.

Earning second-team accolades were midfielder Corey Gwin and defensive midfielder Troy Miller. Gwin has put together a solid junior year campaign netting a team-high 47 goals, including eight on the man-up unit, while also tallying a team-best 66 points. He has posted a shot percentage of 34.6 while placing 53.7 percent of his shots on goal. Gwin was also named second team All-CAC, marking the first time in his career he earned all-conference honors.

Miller, who like Gwin is also earning All-American honors for the first time in his career, has been crucial in the Sea Gulls' defensive effort. Miller currently ranks fifth on the team in caused turnovers with 21 while adding in 20 groundballs as well. He also contributed in transition, netting two goals on six shots for the season. Miller was named first team all-conference while also being named second team All-ECAC. He previously received honorable mention last season.   

Rounding out the list of honorees are senior midfielder Garrett Reynolds and senior long-stick midfielder Cory Berry. Both players are earning their first All-American accolade in their career. Reynolds has been a constant contributor on the offensive end, netting 33 goals while accumulating 43 points. He has netted six goals on man-up while popping in two on man-down. Meanwhile, Berry has been solid on the defensive end, causing 25 turnovers while picking up 62 groundballs, which ranks him fourth on the team.     

Reynolds was named second team All-CAC earlier this month while this is Berry's first postseason accolade.

Salisbury returns to action on Sunday, May 27 when it takes on Wesleyan (Conn.) University in the Division III Men's Lacrosse National Championship game at Gillette Stadium at 1 p.m.

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