YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference is celebrating its top players of the past quarter century by naming Silver Anniversary teams in each of the league's 19 championship sports. The final team was announced on Thursday, with the naming of the men's tennis team and Salisbury University was honored with six former student-athletes as part of the team.
The Sea Gulls have won four CAC championships, and been a fixture in the CAC championship match while seeing nearly 200 All-CAC honorees.
Scott Burtzlaff, who donned maroon and gold from 2007-2010, is the only four-time first-team All-CAC player for the Sea Gulls. Burtzlaff was named the league's Rookie of the Year in 2007, while collecting first-team singles honors and second-team for doubles. He flipped those honors during his sophomore year, as a first-team doubles pick. In his final two years, Burtzlaff was first team in both singles and doubles, and collected the league's Player of the Year award in 2009.
In 2005, Brendan Kincaid was named the CAC Rookie of the Year, and the accolades continued to build for the Sea Gull, who was a three-time All-CAC pick in singles, earning first team twice. He also picked up two first-team doubles honors from the league.
Ben Madarang, a 2010 inductee into the Salisbury University Athletics Hall of Fame, picked up three first-team honors in both singles and doubles play, while being named the league's Player of the Year in 1999.
A two-time CAC Player of the Year in 1996 and '97, Doug Neagle was a four-time first-team All-CAC pick. Neagle was named to the first team in both singles and doubles in his two seasons with Sea Gulls; he was also a three-time All-American.
Nick Peel joins Burtzlaff as the only Sea Gull to win CAC Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year. He earned the top rookie honor in 2001. He picked up All-CAC doubles honors for four years, including first-team accolades in 2001 and '03. He was All-CAC in singles three times and named Player of the Year in 2003.
From 2007 through 2011, Evan Thomas was named All-CAC in both singles and doubles each year. He was named first team for singles three times and doubles twice in his career.
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About the CAC Silver Anniversary Teams
The CAC Silver Anniversary Teams will be announced early in the regular-season for each respective sport. Each Silver Anniversary Team honoree will receive a commemorative gift from the conference, and many will be recognized by their institution/alma mater at some time during the academic year.
The University of Mary Washington, a charter member of the CAC, led the conference with 153 current and former student-athletes on the Silver Anniversary Teams, including 40 in men's and women's tennis combined. Salisbury University, which joined the CAC in the 1994-95 athletic season, was second with 122 Silver Anniversary Team honorees. CAC charter members York College of Pa. (60) and St. Mary's College of Md. (35) were next in line for most Silver Anniversary Team honorees.
The CAC was organized as a six-team affiliation in 1989 and began championship competition with the winter sports during the 1990-91 season. Membership changes in the last decade ultimately created a 10-team conference that has become one of the strongest in NCAA Division III.
CAC teams have won 18 national team championships, and dozens of other teams have finished in among the top four in NCAA Division III competition.