DANBURY, Conn. – With the 2015 campaign at a close for Division III collegiate spring sports, the postseason awards continue to flood in, as the Eastern College Athletic Conference announced its Mid-Atlantic Women's Lacrosse All-Star Team on Tuesday with Salisbury University women's lacrosse well represented by freshman Gianna Falcone, senior Kara O'Rourke and junior Megan Wallenhorst.
Falcone, in just her first season in the cage, made a case to be one of the best goalkeepers in the country, making her way on to the first team for the all-star squad. The Florham Park, New Jersey native boasted a 55.5 save percentage, good for second best in the country, while only allowing a nation's best 5.17 goals per game.
This is the freshman's sixth award in 2015, claiming Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on March 16 followed by ECAC Rookie of the Week a day later. She added CAC Rookie of the Year along with first-team All-CAC and first-team All-Region for the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
O'Rourke and Wallenhorst both made their way on to the second team for the all-star squad after putting together career years on the offensive end of the field.
O'Rourke, a senior attacker, shattered her previous three years of assists which totaled 39, with a team-high 48 helpers in her final season, good enough for 12th in the country. The 48 places her ninth in program history for assists in a season, while her 87 in her four years moves her all the way up to seventh all-time. The senior attacker concludes her career with Salisbury as an IWLCA third-team All-American, following her recognition as first-team All-CAC and first-team IWLCA All-Region.
Wallenhorst was a duel threat this season with the Sea Gulls, leading the squad in goals with a career-best 34 while sending out 19 assists, ranking second on the team. In a season where filling roles from lost players to graduation and injuries were crucial to be successful, the junior attacker was a force to be reckoned with her scoring ability. Setting a new career high in points with nine against St. Mary's College of Maryland on April 10 off four goals and five assists, it was difficult for an opponent to cover an unpredictable threat.
The Ellicott City, Maryland native earned CAC and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week at the end of March before earning a handful of postseason accolades. At the conclusion of the year, she was also named first-team All-CAC, IWLCA first-team All-Region and IWLCA second-team All-American, while also collecting an academic honor as a member of CoSIDA Academic first-team All-District.
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