Wheatley recognized as Lacrosse Magazine's DIII Preseason Player of the Year

Wheatley recognized as Lacrosse Magazine's DIII Preseason Player of the Year

BALTIMORE -- After receiving numerous accolades the past two seasons for the Salisbury University women's lacrosse team, as a two-time first-team All-American and the reigning two-time National Goalie of the Year, senior Ashton Wheatley begins the 2014 season as Lacrosse Magazine's Women's Division III Preseason Player of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

Wheatley helped guide the Sea Gulls to a perfect 23-0 record last season and the program's second national title. Between the pipes, the Cambridge, Md., native made 142 saves and recorded a goals-against average of 5.56, placing her second in the country.

In her time donning the maroon and gold, Wheatley has totaled 45 victories and only one loss, in the 2012 national championship match to Trinity (Conn.) College. Last season saw a repeat matchup with a different result, as the Sea Gulls claimed the title over the Bantams, 12-5, as Wheatley turned away nine attempts. She was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player for her efforts.

Through her collegiate career, the senior has held a 5.56 goals-against average and made 280 saves, placing her sixth in program history in most saves heading into her final season. 

Wheatley and the Sea Gulls aim to defend the title starting February 16, as Salisbury takes on Roanoke College at Sea Gull Stadium. The match is set to begin at 12 p.m.

To view Lacrosse Magazine's release on Wheatley, click here

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