Eight Sea Gulls named to IMLCA's all-region squads

Eight Sea Gulls named to IMLCA's all-region squads

BALTIMORE – The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its all-region teams and Salisbury University's national championship squad earned eight players on the Mid-Atlantic Teams.

Seniors Thomas Cirillo, James Burton, and Preston Dabbs, junior Nathan Blondino and Andrew Ternahan, and sophomore Will Nowesnick each claimed first-team honors. Sophomore Kyle Tucker was named to the second team, and junior Carson Kalama was an honorable mention choice.

Blondino and Cirillo were the top two point scorers on the team this season, with Blondino notching 101 points on 54 goals and 47 assists. Blondino also had a team-best 11 man-up goals on the year. Cirillo tallied 86 points in his senior campaign, scoring 54 goals to go with 32 assists. Cirillo tallied the game-winning goal in overtime against Denison University in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, scoring the final goal in an 11-10 overtime victory.

Dabbs, Ternahan, and Nowesnick led one of the top defenses in the nation, which surrendered just 6.75 goals per game, which ranked 10th in the country. Dabbs, who was named the National Co-Player of the Year before the title game, nullified some of the top offensive players in the nation, while scooping up 20 groundballs and causing 23 turnovers this season. Ternahan, both key on defense and as a tenacious wing on the faceoff, collected a team-high 104 groundballs while causing 47 turnovers. Nowesnick started all 24 games while causing 42 turnovers and picking up 53 groundballs.

Burton was Salisbury's top assist man, dishing out 51 helpers on the year, and scoring 33 goals to go for 84 points, which stood fourth on the squad.

Tucker also anchored the strong defense, leading the team with 49 caused turnovers while picking up 66 groundballs.

Kalama scored a team-high 64 goals in 2016, to go with 21 assists for 85 points. He also tallied eight man-up goals.

Salisbury went 23-1 in the 2016 season, and claimed the program's 11th national championship with a 14-13 win against Tufts University on May 29 in Philadelphia.

The IMLCA's All-American selections will be revealed this week.

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