YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its All-CAC women's lacrosse teams on Wednesday afternoon. Salisbury secured the most all-conference honors as seven Gulls earned recognition from league coaches for their outstanding play in 2017.
Juniors Dana King and Allison Hynson, alongside seniors Gabbi Nieves and Kieran Kelleher earned first-team honors while juniors Krissy Murphy and Gianna Falcone with senior Kayla Miller earned the second-team nod.
The Sea Gulls notched a 13-5 overall record with a 7-1 CAC record, earning a No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament. Salisbury was ranked as the second best defensive team in the conference posting a 6.00 goals-against average just behind York with 5.38, fourth in ground balls at 142 and draw controls with 100. The Gulls made their defensive mark on the conference this year punishing offenses as they led the league in caused turnovers with 75 (13 above second place Mary Washington) and tied for second on defensive clears, boasting a 90 percent clear percentage just behind the Spartans at 91 percent. Salisbury offense netted 204 goals and tallied 103 assists earning a second and first place ranking, respectively, in the CAC.
Falcone, who played and started in 16 games for the maroon and gold, earning her third straight All-CAC selection in addition to her CAC Rookie of the Year back in 2015. The Florham Park, New Jersey native was a stalwart between the pipes for the Gulls all season helping Salisbury earn an impressive 6.89 GAA overall. During the 2017 campaign Falcone notched 91 saves (32 in conference) in 880 minutes, including a season-high 10 saves against Washington (Md.) College on March 11.
Hynson, a Catonsville, Maryland native, started in all 18 games and is a key element both on offense and defense notching 12 goals and two assists for the Gulls. On the defensive side of the ball Hynson scooped up 19 ground balls, caused 13 turnovers and amassed a team-leading 32 draw controls, including a game-high six draws against Washington College on March 11. The first-team selection marks Hynson's first career nod for the Gulls.
Kelleher, a defender from Ellicott City, Maryland, was a pivotal piece in the Gull defensive line during the 2017 campaign, starting in all 18 games for the maroon and gold. Kelleher scooped up 26 ground balls (second on team), earned a single draw control and was a terror for opposing offenses, causing a team-leading 17 turnovers. This year's All-CAC selection also marks the senior's first All-CAC selection for the Gulls.
King, an attacker from Lusby, Maryland earns her first career All-CAC nod after an impressive 2017 season for the Gulls. King started every game for Salisbury this year, notching a team-leading 32 goals and 25 assists, including a game high six points against Frostburg State on April 8 and a game-high five goals against Rowan University on March 8. On the defensive side, King scooped up 17 ground balls, won 13 draws and caused five turnovers. The First-Team All-CAC selection marks the junior's first career nomination.
Miller, a defender from Pasadena, Md. earns her second straight All-CAC selection, including a First-Team All-CAC nod in addition to an IWLCA First-Team All-Region last year as well. During 17 games this year Miller has been a defensive terror for offenses all season collecting 12 ground balls, earning one draw control and causing 12 turnovers. On the offensive side of the ball, Miller notched her first-ever career goal for Salisbury on senior day against Frostburg State on April 8.
Murphy, a junior attacker from Finskburg, Maryland who started and played in 17 games for the maroon and gold marks her first ever career All-CAC selection for the Sea Gulls. In 17 games this season Murphy notched 18 goals and 23 assists including a game-high four goals and an assist against Christopher Newport on April 5. Murphy was not only a threat on offense but on defense as well, earning 17 draw controls, scooping up 15 ground balls and causing six turnovers.
Nieves, a Centreville, Virginia native is the only Sea Gull in the group to repeat a first-team All-CAC selection following IWLCA First-Team All-American and All-Region nods from last season. Nieves has been a crucial member for the Salisbury midfield, starting in all 18 games this season. This campaign Nieves has notched 31 goals and six assists (good for second on the team) on the offensive side, as well as scooping up 19 ground balls, causing 14 turnovers and earning 20 draw controls on defense.
The Gulls will be back in action in the NCAA tournament set to begin on Saturday, May 13, with time and locations to be determined.
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