Blondino named CAC Player of the Year; nine Gulls named to All-CAC team

Blondino named CAC Player of the Year; nine Gulls named to All-CAC team

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its 2017 all-conference men's lacrosse team and Salisbury University led the CAC with nine selections. Senior captain Nathan Blondino was named the conference's Player of the Year.

Salisbury got seven first-team members in Blondino, Brendan Bromwell, Carson Kalama, Aaron Leeds, Will Nowesnick, Andrew Ternahan, and Kyle Tucker. On the second team, Salisbury got two all-conference selections via Nick Garbarino and Troy Miller.

Heading into the CAC championship game, Blondino earns the CAC Player of the Year as he leads the CAC with 97 points off 43 goals and 54 assists. Blondino's big senior year also ranks him among the top in several categories nationally. His 5.71 points per game is fifth in the nation while his 3.18 assists per game is also good for fifth.

For the offensive-minded Gulls on the first team, joining Blondino, Bromwell has been the Gulls' go-to option from the midfield this season and has 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points while also adding 39 groundballs. Kalama get his first-team nod after leading the team in goals with 50 and has added 14 assists while shooting over 50 percent.

For the defensive first-team selections, Leeds moves up from the second team last season and has had a strong senior year with 46 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers. Nowesnick earns first-team honors as he has followed up his sophomore All-American season with 49 groundballs and 38 caused turnovers, his 2.24 caused turnovers per game is good for 35th in the nation. Ternahan has performed well all over the field this season and has 64 groundballs to go along with 29 caused turnovers and eight points off two goals and six assists. Tucker returns to the first team after his All-American sophomore year and has chipped in 42 groundballs and 20 caused turnovers after being named the Preseason National Player of the Year by US Lacrosse Magazine.

On the second team Garbarino and Miller are honored by the CAC for the first time in their careers. Garbarino leads the nation with his 61.1 shooting percentage and Miller is tasked with covering some of the nation's top offensive midfielders on a weekly basis from his short-stick defensive midfield position.

Salisbury returns to play on Saturday, April 29 with the CAC championship game against York College of Pennsylvania at 1 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.

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