Sea Gulls have four named to IWLCA All-Region First Team

Sea Gulls have four named to IWLCA All-Region First Team

GRAND LAKE, Colo. - The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its 2016 All-Region teams Friday, and the No. 3 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team placed four student-athletes on the first team in the Chesapeake Region.

Senior Megan Wallenhorst, juniors Gabbi Nieves and Kayla Miller, and sophomore Gianna Falcone were each honored as first-teamers by the organization.

For Wallenhorst and Falcone, it is their second time earning IWLCA All-Region accolades, while Miller and Nieves earn the honor for the first time in their careers.

This year, Wallenhorst has put up strong numbers on offense, notching 62 points, which is tied for third in the Capital Athletic Conference. 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 CAC co-Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-CAC first team for her efforts this season.

Falcone earns her second-straight All-Region 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 CAC 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.

For Nieves, it is her first All-Region selection, 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-Region nod. 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 also tallied 27 groundballs this season, which is second-most on the team.

The IWLCA has named 256 student-athletes in Division III with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2016. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 18. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday June 4, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA.

Salisbury now gets ready for the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Sea Gull Stadium on Sunday, May 15, when it will face the winner of Cabrini College and Meredith College on Saturday, May 14. Sunday's game is set for 1 p.m.

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