YORK, Pa. – Six Salisbury University women's lacrosse players earned All-Capital Athletic Conference honors and Head Coach Jim Nestor was awarded Coach of the Year, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Ashton Wheatley and juniors Shelby Nemecek, Bethany Baer and Laura Maskell made their way onto first team, while seniors Shannon Carta and Meghan Toomey claimed second-team accolades to accumulate a conference-best six members on the 2014 All-CAC teams.
Captain and starting goalkeeper Wheatley is not new to postseason awards in the conference, as this is her third-straight season being placed on first team. The Cambridge, Md., native has earned Defensive Player of the Week in the CAC twice this season, while picking up the same award for the Eastern College Athletic Conference on March 18. Being one of just two Division III lacrosse players to be named to the prestigious Tewaaraton watch list, Wheatley shattered the program record for most wins in a career sporting 60 victories at this point in the 2014 campaign. For the season, the Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year holds a 6.14 goals-against average placing her sixth in the country.
Captain and starting attacker Nemecek leads the Sea Gulls this season with 54 goals, which is third best in the conference. The Marriottsville, Md., native busted out this season recording 12 games with at least three goals. The junior set a new career high on April 8 at Christopher Newport University when she posted a game-high six goals and an assist for seven points in the 18-10 victory. Nemecek has been awarded Offensive Player of the Week in the CAC twice.
Captain and starting midfielder Baer earned first-team honors for the second-straight year recording 32 goals and 10 assists for 42 points, third best on the team behind Nemecek and Carta. The junior leads the Sea Gulls in draw controls with 39, while second on the team in groundballs and caused turnovers with 24 and 19, respectively. The Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Midfielder of the Year has earned Defensive Player of the Week for the CAC twice this season.
Starting defender Maskell was awarded first-team accolades once again, claiming the honor in 2013 as well. The junior leads the Sea Gull defense in groundballs with 28 and third on the team in caused turnovers with 14 behind Baer and Nemecek. The Ellicott City, Md., native has won 35 draw controls this season, four short of the team lead, which is a season high; in 2013, she won 15. Maskell has helped the Salisbury defense hold a 6.11 goals-against average, seventh best in the country.
Starting attacker Carta earned her first postseason accolade in the conference, claiming second-team honors. The senior has recorded a team-best 22 assists with 30 goals for 52 points this season. Of the 30 finishes, she leads the Sea Gulls in free-position goals with 10. The Annapolis, Md., native has posted five games this year with three or more goals. Carta set a career-high in goals with five against Christopher Newport on April 27 in a semifinal game in the conference tournament. She has earned Offensive Player of the Week for the conference one time this year, on March 31, following an impressive week that she tallied a team-high eight points through two games.
Captain and starting defender Toomey has earned postseason accolades in the conference for three-straight years, claiming second-team honors this year. The senior has caused 11 turnovers this season and scooped up 22 balls for third best on the team. The Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All-American has helped the Sea Gull defense hold opponents' offenses to just 15.7 shots per game and a total of 110 goals through 18 games. The Salisbury backfield has pushed challengers to 273 turnovers, 160 of which are caused.
Nestor was awarded Coach of the Year in the conference for the 10th time since taking the helm in 2002. In his 13th season, the Laurel, Md., native has led the Sea Gulls back to the CAC championship game for the 12th-consecutive year, in which they have won the title each time. The 2014 season in the conference marked the 12th-straight year that Nestor has steered Salisbury to an undefeated regular-season record, going 7-0 this year. Through his career, Nestor has accumulated 82 victories and just two losses in the CAC, placing him atop the leader board for coaches in the history of the conference for wins and winning percentage (.976).
The Sea Gulls take the field Saturday, May 3, looking for their 14th conference title. Top-seeded Salisbury will welcome second-seeded York College of Pennsylvania to Sea Gull Stadium for the CAC championship match. First draw is set for 6 p.m.
To view the complete All-CAC team, click here.