SALISBURY, Md. - Senior midfielder Gabbi Nieves and junior goalkeeper Gianna Falcone have been selected as two of the 30 players to represent the United States on the USA Division III Women's Lacrosse Team.
Nieves and Falcone, US Lacrosse's 2017 Player of The Year nominees, are just two of 30 players chosen out of 7,600 candidates selected to don the prestigious red, white and blue while representing Salisbury on the US's D-III team.
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), is organizing the 2017 Women's Lacrosse World Cup Festival and is set to take place at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, England, from July 12 to the 22.
The ten day festival will play host to 25 different nations across the globe including Canada, Poland, Japan, Spain and Australia (the only team to defeat the US, 86', 05'), to name a few.
"I'm extremely happy for both of them, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Coach Nestor said.
Falcone, a Florham Park, New Jersey native has been a defensive juggernaugt during her three year tenure donning the maroon and gold. During Falcone's freshman season she earned a GAA of 5.17, and allowed only 69 goals in 800 minutes, and still remains the No. 14 lowest GAA all time in D-III women's lacrosse.
During Falcones career thus far she has amassed an impressive 2,484.53 minutes between the pipes and a career record of 37-7. Falcones defensive prowess saw her notch 270 saves and a season Goals Against Average of 6.10.
Nieves, a Centreville, Virginia native has been an nightmare for opposing defenses and goalkeepers during her four year career as a Sea Gull. Currently, Nieves sits second in points this season with 33, notching 27 goals and 6 assists, so it is no suprise that Nieves' offensive prowess earned a National team selection.
"To be able to play the sport I love, with the best of the D3 is amazing and to do it in the red, white, and blue is surreal," Nieves said.
During her four year tenure Nieves has accumulated 87 goals and 21 assists with plenty of time left in her final season to add to her chip count. Nieves has not only been a threat on offense but on the defensive side of the ball as well, scooping up 76 ground balls, winning 69 draw controls, and causing 55 turnovers.
When asked about what the opportunity means for Salisbury's women's lacrosse program Nestor said, "it's great to see our program gain international exposure with both of them being selected to the team, playing against the international competition should help them grow as players and value how we play the game here in the states."
The Gulls are back in action at home, this Saturday, April 15, as they host top-ranked The College of New Jersey in non-conference action. That game is set to begin at 2 p.m.
For more on Nieves from the Fairfax Times, click here.