UMass Men’s Lacrosse Picked to Finish Fifth in Conference Poll

Karaska, Mariano Selected To Preseason All-CAA Team
UMass men’s lacrosse picked to finish fifth in conference poll

RICHMOND, Va. – University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse junior Kyle Karaska and sophomore Nick Mariano were selected to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) preseason all-conference team, as announced by the CAA Tuesday afternoon. Along with the individual awards, UMass was selected to finish fifth in a poll of the league’s head coaches.

Karaska started at close defense for the second consecutive season and tallied 20 groundballs with nine caused turnovers en route to an All-CAA Second Team nod as a sophomore in 2014. Through two completed seasons as a starter, Karaska has 33 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers in 27 games played, including 26 starts.

Mariano, named the rookie of the year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and CAA, led UMass with 39 points via 29 goals and 10 assists as a freshman in 2014. He tallied 25 groundballs and five caused turnovers as well, while six of his tallies came during man-up situations and two were game-winners. The Mohegan Lake, New York, native also took home NEILA All-Region Second Team and All-CAA Second Team after the 2014 campaign.

Hofstra was chosen first in the poll with 29 points and received four votes for the top spot. Drexel earned second (25 points, two first place votes) ahead of Fairfield (21) and Towson (20). Delaware filled sixth place (10) behind UMass (15).

2015 Preseason All-CAA Men’s Lacrosse Team
Sam Llinares, Hofstra, Attack
Nick Mariano, Massachusetts, Attack
Colin McLinden, Fairfield, Attack
Cole Shafer, Drexel, Attack
Ryan Belka, Drexel, Midfield
Mike Malave, Hofstra, Midfield
TJ Neubauer, Fairfield, Midfield
Ryan Reilly, Hofstra, Long-Stick Midfield
Nick Saputo, Drexel, Faceoff
Kyle Karaska, Massachusetts, Close Defense
JoJo Ostrander, Towson, Close Defense
Finn Sullivan, Hofstra, Close Defense
Conor Peaks, Delaware, Goalkeeper
Chris Selva, Hofstra, Goalkeeper

Honorable Mention: Max Buchanan (Fairfield; Close Defense), Brian Kormondy (Delaware; Midfield) and Tyler Barbarich (Delaware; Faceoff)

Preseason CAA Player of the Year: Sam Llinares

2015 Preseason CAA Poll
1. Hofstra (29 points)
2. Drexel (25)
3. Fairfield (21)
4. Towson (20)
5. Massachusetts (15)
6. Delaware (10)

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