GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Although the 2015 season came to end for the No. 8 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team, the accolades continue to pour in, as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced this year's All-American teams including senior Kara O'Rourke and junior Megan Wallenhorst.
Wallenhorst, an attacker for the Sea Gulls, became a star on the offensive side of the field this season, breaking out as a scoring threat in the 2015 campaign to earn a spot on second team. Finishing last season with 34 points, the Ellicott City, Maryland native eclipsed that total this year by 19, finishing with 53. It was a career year for the junior, notching a team-high 34 goals along with the team's second-best 19 assists.
Playing in 17 games in 2015, Wallenhorst recorded points in all but two, including nine games with at least three. Against St. Mary's College of Maryland on April 10, she put together her best effort of her career with nine points off four finishes and five helpers.
This is the first time Wallenhorst has earned All-America status, after just being named a first-team All-Region selection for the first time in her career several days back.
O'Rourke, also an attacker for Salisbury, was a force to be reckoned with from behind the net this season, sending out a career- and team-high 48 assists to land her on third team. It was a milestone to say the least, seeing the previous three years of her career with the Gulls total 39 helpers. The 48 assists places her 10th in the country in the category, while moving her into ninth in program history for a single season. In her career, the Ellicott City, Maryland native has registered 87 assists, good enough for seventh in program history.
Competing in all 18 games for the Sea Gulls this season, the senior attacker recorded at least a point in every contest but one. Her biggest day on the field this season, and in her career, was on April 7 against Christopher Newport University, finding the back of the net twice and sending out five helpers for seven points. On the assist side of things, O'Rourke set a career mark of six against the University of Mary Washington on March 28.
This is the first time O'Rourke has been named an All-American, following her first selection several days ago as first-team All-Region.
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association has honored 48 student-athletes with a selection on the IWLCA Division III All-America teams for 2015. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, Pa.
To view the full IWLCA All-American team, click here.