DANBURY, Conn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference has named Salisbury University women's lacrosse senior Megan Wallenhorst its 2016 Division III ECAC South women's lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year and Head Coach Jim Nestor the ECAC South Coach of the Year. The Sea Gulls also had five named to the All-ECAC South All-Star teams, the organization announced.
Wallenhorst, who was named the Capital Athletic Conference co-Player of the Year and an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association first-team All-American, was also named to the All-ECAC South second team. She finished the season first on the Gulls with career highs in points (66) and assists (38), while ranking second with 28 goals, to lead the offense. Wallenhorst was also named to the All-CAC first team for her efforts this season.
Nestor led the Sea Gulls to an 18-3 record in 2016, including an 8-0 record in the CAC, on the way to the program's 16th conference championship. The win marked the 14th-straight CAC tournament championship for the Gulls. The conference title win clinched the Sea Gulls' 17th NCAA Division III tournament appearance, also marking the 14th straight. Nestor was also named the CAC Coach of the Year for the team's success.
Salisbury had one All-ECAC South first-team All-Star in sophomore goalkeeper Gianna Falcone, while juniors Gabbi Nieves, Kayla Miller and Kacy Koolage joined Wallenhorst on the All-ECAC South second team.
Falcone earned her first-team selection, following an impressive second season in the cage for the Gulls, finishing the year fourth in the country with a 5.89 goals-against average and 20th with a .526 save percentage. She also turned away 113 opponent shots in 20 games this season, posting over 1,039 minutes in the goal. Falcone was also named to the All-CAC first team and an IWLCA third-team All-American.
Nieves stepped up as an all-around leader on both ends of the field for the Gulls this season, leading the squad with 41 goals, while finishing second with 50 points. On the defensive end, Nieves led the way with 26 caused turnovers, while ranking second with 32 ground balls. She also chipped in with nine assists on the offensive end, while collecting 18 draw controls. Nieves added a first-team All-CAC selection and an IWLCA first-team All-American selection on the year.
Miller and Koolage were both instrumental parts to a Salisbury defense that ranked second in the country with a 5.19 scoring defense. Koolage ranked fourth on the team with 14 caused turnovers, while adding 18 ground balls. She also ranked third with 20 draw controls on the year. Miller finished third on the team with 31 ground balls, while adding five caused turnovers. Miller was also named to the All-CAC first team, while Koolage was named to the second team.
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