Sea Gulls take six National Position Player of the Year awards; Bradman named Player of the Year
BALTIMORE – The United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced the 2012 Division III awards on Wednesday, and five student-athletes from the first-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team swiped six of the eight available awards.
Senior midfielder Sam Bradman came away with two honors as he earned the Iroquois Nationals Award for Outstanding Player of the Year and the Fran McCall Award for Outstanding Midfielder of the Year. This is Bradman's second time being named the National Midfielder of the Year; he won the award in 2010. He is also the fourth Gull to earn the honor at least twice.
Bradman became the first Sea Gull since Kylor Berkman to be named the National Player of the Year. He is the ninth Salisbury men's lacrosse player to win the award. Bradman is currently second on the team with 92 points and 65 goals.
Senior attackman Matt Cannone became the first Salisbury player is six seasons to be named the Outstanding Attackman of the Year with the Lt. Col. J.I. (Jack) Turnbull Award. After leading the Sea Gulls with 125 points (61 goals and 64 assists), the Bayport, N.Y. native, is the seventh Gull to win the award.
Salisbury currently boasts the No. 1-ranked scoring defense in the country, and it is led by senior defender Andrew Sellers. Sellers was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year by winning the William C. Stiles Memorial Award. He is currently third on the team with 27 caused turnovers and fourth with 53 ground balls.
The Sea Gulls also earned two Specialist of the Year awards with senior midfielder Dean Rossi being named the Short Stick Specialist and junior midfielder Tyler Granelli being named the Face-off Specialist.
Granelli has won .667 (226-339) of his faceoffs this season which is good for No. 10 in the country. The junior has also chipped in to the Sea Gulls offense with three goals and four assists for seven points.
Rossi has been an important part of the Salisbury defense with 11 caused turnovers and 23 groundballs. The Pleasantville, N.Y. native, has also registered two points with one goal and one assist.
Salisbury will be heading to the Division III National Championship game on Sunday as the Gulls will take on State University of New York at Cortland at Gillette Stadium; the game is set for 4 p.m.