Salisbury University senior Knute Kraus (Tesoro High School) was named the William C. Stiles Memorial Outstanding Defensive Player, as the best close defender in the country. Kraus, a two-time captain, led the Gulls with 29 caused turnovers on the season. He also picked up 50 ground balls, while starting all 22 games for Salisbury. He led one of the best defenses in the country. The Sea Gull defensive unit ranked second in the nation with a 5.82 goals-allowed average in 2015.
Kraus was also named First Team All American and All-Capital Athletic Conference first team after helping lead the team to its 27th-straight NCAA Division III tournament appearance.