SALISBURY, Md. – After advancing to its third-straight final four appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament this upcoming weekend, the No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team earned more postseason accolades, landing three First-Team All-Americans, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced Monday.
Senior Ashton Wheatley and juniors Bethany Baer and Laura Maskell, who all earned IWLCA All-Region and All-Capital Athletic Conference awards this season, made their way onto a prestigious list of 12 First-Team All-Americans. Of the 12, Salisbury leads the group with placing three on the team.
Starting goalkeeper Wheatley has become one of the most decorated women's lacrosse players in program history, becoming just the second player to land All-American status three times. The last two seasons, the Cambridge, Md., native was placed on first team as well. The senior captain has performed at an elite level through the national tournament this season, only allowing 13 goals through three games for a 4.76 goals-against average. Additionally, Wheatley has been the glue for the defense having team-highs in caused turnovers and groundballs with five and seven, respectively.
Starting midfielder Baer earned first-team accolades for the second-straight year, as she paces the offense in tournament play this season. With a team-high 11 goals and three assists for 14 points through three games, the Westminster, Md., native has continued to impress with her abilities on both sides of the field. Causing three turnovers and scooping six groundballs, the junior captain has won a team-high 12 draw controls through the tournament.
Starting defender Maskell has been honored with her first All-American status, while playing a critical role in the Salisbury defense this season. The junior has forced two turnovers and swept up two loose balls through the three games in the national tournament, along with winning nine draw controls. The Ellicott City, Md., native has helped the backline maintain a strong wall of defense throughout the tournament, only allowing 14.7 shots and 5.33 goals per game. Drawing 49 turnovers from their competitors, Maskell and the Sea Gulls defense have caused 26.
With their eyes set on another national title, the women get ready to travel to Gettysburg, Pa., for the national semifinal set for Saturday, May 24. The Sea Gulls will take on No. 5 Amherst College, who upset No. 4 The College of New Jersey, 8-5, in a regional final matchup. The first draw is slated for 4 p.m., at Clark Field.
To view the complete IWLCA All-American selections, click here.