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By the numbers: 2015 schedule for Salisbury men's lacrosse

Take a look at the key numbers behind the release of the 2015 Salisbury men's lacrosse schedule.

Salisbury has released its schedule for the 2015 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Sea Gulls, who went 21-2 last year and advanced to the NCAA Division III championship.

10: Salisbury is scheduled to play 10 games at Sea Gull Stadium. It will be only the fourth time since 1998 that the program will participate in at least 10 home games in the regular season.

9: For the ninth time since 2000, the Sea Gulls will open the season at home. They will face Greensboro, which has dropped the last six meetings by a combined score of 94-20.

8: Salisbury lost eight first-line players from last year’s squad. The hardest hit will be on offense, where the Sea Gulls must replace attackmen Rhett DePol (36 goals and 37 assists) and Luke Phipps (41, 30) and midfielders Donovan Lange (34, 17) and Greg Korvin (18, 19).

7: The Sea Gulls will play seven away games in the regular season, marking the fifth time in the past six years that they have played at least seven road games. Their longest road trip this season will be two games.

6: Salisbury will meet six opponents that earned berths in last spring’s NCAA tournament. The team will face Lynchburg on Feb. 14, Cabrini on March 18, Mary Washington on March 21, Stevenson on March 25, York on April 15, and Washington College on April 18.

5: The Sea Gulls’ 12-9 loss to Tufts in the NCAA tournament final was the fifth time that they lost in the title game. The program’s 10 national championships rank second only to Hobart’s 13 NCAA crowns.

4: Salisbury’s longest homestand is four when Widener, Gettysburg, Ohio Wesleyan and Hampden-Sydney visit from Feb. 21 to March 11. The program last played four or more games in a row at home in 2010.

3: The Sea Gulls could return as many as three players who averaged at least one goal per game last season. They will lean on senior attackman Mike Kane (48 goals), senior midfielder Sean Fitzgerald (28) and junior midfielder Thomas Cirillo (27) to pace the offense.

2: Salisbury will open the season against Greensboro on Feb. 7, beating the program’s previous earliest start by two days. Last year’s squad played its first game Feb. 9 at Greensboro.

1: Of the four Sea Gulls who earned first-team All-American honors last spring, only one can return. Junior short-stick defensive midfielder Preston Dabbs collected 16 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers for a defense that surrendered an average of 6.6 goals in 2014.

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