Gwin and Malamphy named positional players of the year; eight named All-American

Gwin and Malamphy named positional players of the year; eight named All-American

LOUISVILLE – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its 2019 Division III Men's Lacrosse All-Americans on Thursday morning and Salisbury University had eight players earn recognition including Corey Gwin and Brett Malamphy, who each were recognized as the players of the year at their respective positions.

Gwin was named the Fran McCall Outstanding Midfielder for the 2019 season as well as a First Team All-American, after turning in an exceptional senior-year campaign. Gwin totaled 88 points, which ranked second on the team, behind 63 goals and 25 assists. He accumulated at least one point in 23 of Salisbury's 24 games, including a season-high nine against Ohio Wesleyan University on March 3.

Malamphy, who was also named first-team, was recognized as the Faceoff Player of the Year after an outstanding season. Malamphy finished the season with a win percentage of 73.1, which ranked him sixth in the country. His 362 faceoff wins was tops in Division III while his mark of 9.46 groundballs per game was 15th best in the nation. Malamphy was also named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier in May.

Joining Gwin and Malamphy on the first team were midfielder Zach Pompea and junior attackman Josh Melton. Pompea turned in an 80-point season, accumulating 41 goals and 39 assists. He registered a season-high seven points twice, against Illinois Wesleyan University on March 15 and then against Eastern Shore rival Washington College on April 13.

Melton finished the season as the team leader in points with 118, netting 66 goals and dishing out a team-high 52 assists. His average of 4.88 points per game ranked 34th in Division III lacrosse while his mark of 2.13 assists per game ranked 45th. Melton accumulated double-digit points three times in 2019, including a season-best 11 against State University of New York at Geneseo on March 23.

Rounding out the list of first-team honorees was sophomore defenseman Brad Apgar. Apgar caused 26 turnovers and scooped up 48 groundballs during his sophomore campaign, while also aiding in a defense that ranked eighth in the country with a 7.38 goals-against mark.    

Long-stick midfielder Kevin Murphy and defensive midfielder Brad Greik each earned second-team accolades after successful season's. Murphy totaled a team-high 36 caused turnovers while also scooping up 85 groundballs. Greik, who earned his first All-American accolade, completed his junior season with 15 caused turnovers, 51 groundballs, and nine total points, netting seven goals and dishing out two assists. Both players were part of a defensive unit that allowed double-digit goals just five times all season and helped Salisbury to a 7.38 goals-against average.  

Cross Ferrara garnered the first All-American honor of his young career as he received honorable mention. Ferrara finished his sophomore season with 83 points, netting a team-high 69 goals. He registered at least one points 23 of 24 games this past season for the maroon and gold including a career-best performance against Southern Virginia University on April 20 totaling seven points and firing home six markers.

To view the entire list of All-Americans, click here.

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