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Da-Silva Repeats as CACC Defensive Player of the Year; Gregorits All-CACC for Second Straight Year

Da-Silva Repeats as CACC Defensive Player of the Year; Gregorits All-CACC for Second Straight Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In addition to repeating as Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Defensive Player of the Year, Flo Da-Silva earned his first career All-CACC recognition, while Will Gregorits became the sixth player in program history to earn consecutive All-CACC accolades, the league announced on Tuesday morning.

With the award first being handed out in 2014-15, Da-Silva has now won two of the four CACC Defensive Player of the Year awards in league history. The senior leads the conference, and ranks fourth in the NCAA, with 2.8 steals per game, a number that would rank fifth in both league and program history. 

In 27 games this season, he has three games with at least six steals, eight games with at least four, 15 with at least three and 19 with at least two. He has recorded a steal in every game this year.

On Saturday, he became the fourth player in program history to reach 75 steals in a single-season. 

Da-Silva leads a University of the Sciences defense that leads the CACC in scoring defense (66.1), field goal percentage defense (40.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (31.0), numbers that all rank in the top-20 of the NCAA.

In addition to his defensive prowess, he is also third in the CACC with 8.2 rebounds per game and sixth with 4.1 assists per game. His 12.8 points per game rank 23rd.  

For these reasons, Da-Silva was named All-CACC for the first time in his career, earning a spot on the Second Team.

Gregorits was a Second Teamer a year ago and this season he earned his way on to the Third Team, joining the likes of Gene Willard (2001-02, 02-03, 03-04, 04-05), Eric Cangelosi (05-06, 06-07), Adewale Adefemi (08-09, 09-10, 10-11), Garrett Kerr (11-12, 12-13, 13-14, 14-15) and Sho Da-Silva (14-15, 15-16) as the only Devils to earn All-CACC recognition multiple times in a career. 

At 9.6 rebounds per game, second in the CACC, Gregorits leads a USciences rebounding attack that has a +8.9 margin, a number that is eighth in the NCAA and one that would rank second in conference history.

The senior also leads the Devils with an average of 14.8 points per game, a number that ranks 15th in the league, and he is also 12th in field goal percentage (48.2), 13th in blocks per game (0.7) and 16th in free throw percentage (76.5).

He has recorded 11 double-doubles this season, scoring in double-figures in 22-of-25 appearances. He has scored 20 points six times, recording at least 10 boards in five of those games.  

Looking to make one final run in the University of the Sciences uniform, Da-Silva, Gregorits and the Devils (15-12, 11-8) travel to top seed Bloomfield for a 7:30 p.m. tip in the CACC Quarterfinals tonight.