Nestor, Wallenhorst earn major CAC awards, five Sea Gulls named to All-CAC teams

Nestor, Wallenhorst earn major CAC awards, five Sea Gulls named to All-CAC teams

YORK, Pa. – Salisbury University women's lacrosse Head Coach Jim Nestor was named the Capital Athletic Conference women's lacrosse Coach of the Year and senior Megan Wallenhorst earned CAC co-Player of the Year to lead the team's six all-conference selections, the league announced on Tuesday.

Wallenhorst, who is earning the Player of the Year award for the first time in her career, is the 10th player in program history to earn the award. This year, Wallenhorst has put up strong numbers on offense notching 62 points, which is tied for third in the CAC. The Ellicott City, Maryland native has recorded the second-most goals on the team so far with 25, and leads the squad with 37 assists, which is also second in the conference.

Wallenhorst also earned first-team All-CAC honors for her outstanding season, marking the second year in a row that she has been named on the first team.

Nestor was named Coach of the Year by the conference for the fourth-consecutive year and 12th overall in his career. During his tenure with the Sea Gulls, Nestor has led the team to 14-straight CAC championships and has brought three national championships back to Salisbury.

Juniors Gabbi Nieves and Kayla Miller and sophomore Gianna Falcone also earned first-team All-CAC honors, while junior Kacy Koolage was named to the second team.

For Nieves, it is her first All-CAC nod, making it on the first team after notching a career-best season. Nieves leads the team in goals with 33 scores, but has also made an impact on the defensive side of the field. The Centreville, Virginia native leads the team with 18 caused turnovers and has scooped up 26 groundballs, which is fourth on the team. Nieves also has 17 draw controls, which is third on the squad.

Miller has been one of the top defenders for Salisbury all season long and has been recognized by earning her first All-CAC selection. Miller has helped lead a defense that has a team goals against average of 5.28, which is fourth in the nation. The Pasadena, Maryland native has tallied 27 groundballs this season, which is second-most on the team.

Falcone earns her second-straight first-team All-CAC nod after putting on another spectacular showing in front of the cage for Salisbury. Falcone has notched a 6.25 goals against average, which is second in the conference and eighth in the nation, while tallying 100 saves in front of the net. The Florham Park, New Jersey native has recorded 14 wins in goal and boasts a 52.4 save percentage, good for second in the conference and 23rd in the nation.

Koolage is earning All-Conference honors for the first time in her career after being one of the top contributors to the Sea Gulls' suffocating defense. Koolage has scooped up 13 groundballs and tallied 15 draw controls, which is fifth on the team, while causing eight turnovers on the year.

Salisbury now has 130 All-CAC nods, including 93 players named to the first team.

The Sea Gulls, who earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament after winning the CAC championship on Saturday, April 30, will now look to the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse selection show, which will air on NCAA.com on Sunday, May 8, at 9:30 p.m.

To view the full CAC release, click here.

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