PERRY, N.Y. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association has named senior midfielder Preston Dabbs the Co-National Player of the Year and the National Short-Stick Specalist of the Year, while Thomas Cirillo has been named the nation's Midfielder of the Year, the organization announced on Sunday.
In addition to the player of the year honors, the USILA announced its' All-Americans, honoring nine Sea Gulls for their efforts this season.
Dabbs is named the Iroquois National Award: Outstanding Player as the nation's top player, an award he is sharing with John Uppgren of Tufts University. Along with the national player of the year award, Dabbs was named the top defensive midfielder in the nation for the third time in his career. Also for the third time in his career, Dabbs was named a first-team All-American, as the only time he was not on the first team was a second team selection his freshman year.
Dabbs collects his hardware following his fourth year as the team's top option at defensive midfield. On the season, the St. Mary's City, Maryland native has played in all 23 games, while accumulating 18 groundballs and 21 caused turnovers.
Cirillo is named the Fran McCall Award: Outstanding Midfielder for the first time in his career, in addition to collecting his second-straight first-team All-American honor. Cirillo also added an honorable mention nod his sophomore season.
Cirillo makes in onto the first team for the second-straight season as he has gotten 82 points off of 52 goals and 30 assists. On the year, the senior captain has taken 167 shots (.311 shooting percentage) and added 24 groundballs as well.
Also getting All-American honors this season for the Gulls are second teamers Nathan Blondino, James Burton, Kyle Tucker, and Will Nowesnick. Third teamer, Andrew Ternahan, and honorable mention honorees, Carson Kalama and Brendan Bromwell.
Blondino earns his first All-American nod and is the team's leading scorer. Sitting at 97 points (52 goals and 45 assists), Blondino is tied with Cirillo for the second most goals on the team, while his 45 assists are also good for second on the team.
Fifth-year senior Burton gets his first All-American recognition as one of the nation's best facilitators out of the midfield position. Burton leads the team with 49 assists, and has added 30 goals for a season total of 79 points.
In his first season in a starting role, Tucker gets his All-American honor after a breakout sophomore campaign where he often covered the opposing team's top attackman. Tucker's 47 caused turnovers are tied with Ternahan for the team lead, while his 65 groundballs is third best for the Gulls.
Nowesnick is named to the second team team in his second season in a starting role, during just his sophomore season. The Lake Forest, Illinois native has 49 groundballs this season and 40 caused turnovers. Despite starting all 23 games for the Gulls, a team that ranks in the top ten in the nation in clearing percentage, Nowesnick has turned the ball over just three times all season.
Ternahan is another first time All-American as this is the junior's first season as the team's top long-stick midfielder. Ternahan leads the team in groundballs at 102, while he is tied for the team lead in caused tunrovers (47). Also an offensive threat, Ternahan has contributed six goals and seven assists this season for 13 points.
Kalama, an honorable mention All-American last season, is named a honorable mention teamer again as the team's leading goal scorer. This season, Kalama has 62 goals and 20 assists for 82 points. Kalama's 62 goals come from just 106 shots and his .585 shooting percentage leads the nation.
Bromwell's honorable mention nod makes it the third member of the team's top offensive midfield to be recognized. On the season, Bromwell has accumulated, 38 points from 24 goals and 14 assists, in addition to being used in the defensive end on a regular basis.
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