Salisbury will meet SUNY-Cortland in Sunday’s NCAA tournament final with an unblemished 22-0 record, a 29-game winning streak and a history that includes capturing nine national championships including last year’s crown.
Perhaps as a reward for their season, the Sea Gulls led all Division III programs by placing seven players on the All-American first team as published by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (via Inside Lacrosse).
Senior Matt Cannone, who leads the country in assists (64) and points (125), and senior Erik Krum, who leads the nation in goals (66), headline the attack unit. Senior Sam Bradman, who ranks second in Division III in goals (65), and junior Ryan Clarke, who ranks second on the team in assists (28) and fourth in points (62) made the midfield.
Salisbury also put on the first team senior defenseman Andrew Sellers, who has registered 53 groundballs and 27 caused turnovers; junior faceoff specialist Tyler Granelli, who ranks 10th in the country in percentage (66.7) and 12th in groundballs per game (8.3); and senior short-stick defensive midfielder Dean Rossi, who has posted 23 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers.
Senior long-stick midfielder Evan Hockel made the third team, and senior attackman Tony Mendes, senior short-stick defensive midfielder Parker Dickerson, sophomore defenseman Zeke Smith and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor were named honorable-mention selections.
Stevenson was represented by junior defenseman Kyle Holechek on the second team, senior goalie Ian Bolland on the third team, and attackmen Tyler Reid and Stephen Banick, midfielders Justin Lea and Nick Rossi, junior defenseman Kyle Fendlay, sophomore long-stick midfielder Ryan Rubenstein and senior short-stick defensive midfielder Andrew McCrumb in the honorable-mention group.
Washington put junior attackman Bennett Cord on the second team and senior goalkeeper Peter Stewart among the honorable mentions.
Goucher placed senior midfielder Matt Lynch on the third team and attackmen Kyle Boncaro and Rory Averett in the honorable-mention group.
McDaniel and St. Mary’s each had two players named honorable mentions. Senior attackman D.J. Rickels and senior defenseman Nick Sicuranza represented the Green Terror, while junior midfielder Taylor Cook and senior long-stick midfielder Peter Windsor were the Seahawks to make the list.