The CAC placed an amazing 23 players - representing Salisbury, Stevenson and St. Mary's (Md.) - on the 2012 U.s. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America team.
Salisbury placed 12 players on the 2012 All-America team while Stevenson had nine and St. Mary's had two. Salisbury broke the team record for All-Americans in one season while Stevenson tied its team record, set last year.
Here is the list of CAC Players on the 2012 All-America
Matt Cannone, Salisbury attack
Erik Krum, Salisbury attack
Sam Bradford, Salisbury midfield
Ryan Clarke, Salisbury midfield
Dean Rossi, Salisbury SS middie
Andrew Sellers, Salisbury defense
Tyler Granelli, Salisbury FO
Kyle Holechek, Stevenson defense
Evan Hockel, Salisbury LP midfield
Ian Bolland, Stevenson goalie
Steve Banick, Stevenson attack
Anthony Mendes, Salisbury attack
Tyler Reid, Stevenson attack
Taylor Cook, St. Mary's midfield
Justin Lea, Stevenson midfield
Nick Rossi, Stevenson midfield
Robin Rubinstein, Stevenson LP midfield
Peter Windsor, St. Mary's LP midfield
Parker Dickerson, Salisbury SS middie
Andrew McCrumb, Stevenson SS middie
Kyle Fendlay, Stevenson defense
Zeke Smith, Salisbury defense
Alex Taylor, Salisbury goalie
The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team is on its way to its third-consecutive Division III National Championship game and will be preparing for the contest against State University of New York at Cortland with seven United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III First-Team All-Americans on its roster.
The USILA released the All-American teams on Tuesdy and the Sea Gulls had the most players of any school to be named to the first team. In all, 12 Salisbury players were honored as All-Americans, the most the program has received in one season, topping 1995 and 2007's seasons with 11 All-Americans.
The senior trio of attackmen Matt Cannone and Erik Krum and midfielder Sam Bradman were all named to the first team and have combined for 306 points in 2012.
Bradman is making his third-straight appearance on the first team, dating back to 2010 when he was named the National Midfielder of the Year, as well. He is second on the team with 92 points and 65 goals. The Canton, N.Y., native has also dished out 27 assists which is good for third on the squad.
Cannone (61 goals and 64 assists) has had a huge 2012 campaign with a team-leading 125 points and is making his second-consecutive appearance on the first team. Krum has earned his first spot on the first team while leading Salisbury with 66 goals and registering 89 points.
Junior midfielder Ryan Clarke, senior defensive midfielder Dean Rossi, senior defender Andrew Sellers and junior midfielder Tyler Granelli all have been named first-team All-Americans for the first time, as well.
Clarke has been an important piece to the Salisbury offense on the first-string midfield line. He has netted 34 goals and helped on 28 assists for 62 points. Granelli, the team's face-off specialist, has continued to keep the Gull's first-ranked scoring offense on track with his dominance at the X. He has won 226-of-339 faceoffs (66.7 percent) and has netted three goals with four assists for seven points.
Sellers and Rossi both have played a role in keeping Salisbury's top-ranked scoring defense from allowing opponents on the scoreboard. Rossi has played in 21 games, starting one, while causing 11 turnovers and picking up 23 ground balls. Sellers has started all 22 games, causing 27 turnovers and picking up 53 ground balls.
Five other Sea Gulls were named to the All-American teams with senior long-stick midfielder Evan Hockel being honored on the third team. Senior attackman Tony Mendes, senior defensive midfielder Parker Dickerson, sophomore defender Zeke Smith and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor were all name honorable mentions.
Hockel, Dickerson and Smith, all making their first All-American appearances, have been strong components of the Sea Gull defense. Hockel has caused 33 turnovers and picked up 38 ground balls, while Smith leads the team with 47 caused turnovers and is third with 63 ground ball pickups. Dickerson has caused 18 turnovers and picked up 20 ground balls in the defensive midfield.
Taylor has stepped up in his first season as the Gulls' starting goalie to start all 22 games. He currently is ranked No.1 in the country with a 4.62 goals against average and a .677 save percentage.
Mendes, honored with his second All-American honorable mention, has played well in his second season with Salisbury. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native has netted 33 goals and dished out 21 assists for 54 points.
Salisbury will be taking on the Cortland Red Dragons in the National Championship game on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.; the game is set for 4 p.m.
After losing nine All-Americans from 2011 and making its third appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship in the last four years, the Stevenson men's lacrosse team replaced those nine All-Americans with nine more on Tuesday when the USILA announced its teams for 2012.
The fifth-ranked Mustangs (18-5), who finished one win shy of the school record, tied the school record for All-America selections in one season and have had a total of 35 since 2008, including 26 over the last three seasons.
Just like Stevenson's seven all-conference selections, all nine of its All-Americans were first-time honorees.
Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) was named to the second team after earning All-CAC First Team honors and leading the team with 54 caused turnovers. He also led the teams with 79 ground balls while adding a goal and two assists from his defensive position.
Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) earned third team honors after be named to the All-CAC First Team. He is currently ranked ninth in Division III with a 6.28 goals against average and finished his final season with a career-high 187 saves. He also totaled 60 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers while finishing his career with a 38-8 record as a starter.
Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was one of seven Mustangs selected as an Honorable Mention All-American. He was named to the All-CAC First Team and led the team with 36 goals, 27 assists and 63 points.
Junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) joins Banick in earning Honorable Mention All-America honors on attack after leading the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship with 13 goals and 17 points. A preseason Honorable Mention All-America selection by Inside Lacrosse, he finished second on the team with 33 goals this season and third with 47 points.
Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint
Joseph) was one of four Mustangs to earn All-America
honors in the midfield after earning All-CAC Second Team honors and
finishing third on the team with 29 goals and fourth with 33
points, both career-highs, despite missing eight games due to
Senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) earned his first career postseason honor in two seasons with the Mustangs. He totaled career-highs with 20 goals, nine assists and 29 points in his first season after missing the entire 2011 season due to injury.
Sophomore Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys' Latin) earned All-America honors after being selected as a preseason Honorable Mention All-American by Inside Lacrosse. An All-CAC Second Team selection this season, he totaled 44 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers while adding two goals and one assist as a long-stick midfielder.
Senior Andrew McCrumb (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) earned his first career postseason honor after totaling 28 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers as a short-stick middie. He appeared in all 23 games this season and finished his career ranked third in school history with 74 games played.
Junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) is the third member of Stevenson's starting defense to earn All-America honors. An All-CAC Second Team selection, he joined Holechek and Bolland as the only three players to start all 23 of the team's games. He ranked second on the team with 72 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers.
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