Five Gulls earn IWLCA All-Region honors

Five Gulls earn IWLCA All-Region honors

GRAND LAKE, Colo. - The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its 2017 All-Region teams Friday, and the No. 9 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team placed three student-athletes on the first team and two on the second team for the Chesapeake Region.

Senior Kieran Kelleher and juniors Dana King and Allison Hynson were each honored as first teamers by the organization. Senior midfielder Gabbi Nieves and junior goalkeeper Gianna Falcone earned second-team honors as well.

For Kelleher, King and Hynson, it is their first career honor earning the IWLCA First-Team All-Region accolade, while Nieves and Falcone earn their second, and consecutive honor of their careers.

This year, King has put up strong numbers on offense, notching 57 points, which is good for 7th in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Lusby, Maryland native leads the team with the most goals so far with 32, and also leads the squad with 25 assists, standing at fifth in the conference. King also earned a spot on the All-CAC first team for her efforts this season.

Kelleher earns her first ever All-Region nod after putting on another spectacular defensive showing for Salisbury this season. Kelleher has helped the Gulls notch a 6.89 goals against average, which is third in the CAC. The Ellicott City, Md. native has started in every game for Salisbury this season, recording 26 ground balls and causing 17 turnovers for the maroon and gold.

For Hynson, it is her first All-Region selection, making it on the first team after notching a career-best season. Hynson leads the team in draw controls with 32 and has made a huge impact on the defensive side of the field for the Gulls. The Catonsville, Md. native is tied for second on the team with 13 caused turnovers and has scooped up 19 groundballs, good for third on the team. On the offensive side of the field, Hynson has also tallied 12 goals and two assists, good for sixth on the squad.

For Falcone, this marks her third-straight All-Region nod after putting on another spectacular showing in front of the cage for Salisbury. 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.

For Nieves, it is her second All-Region team honor 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. During this campaign the Centreville, Va. native 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 (tied for third with Hynson), causing 14 turnovers on defense and earning 20 draw controls for the Gulls, good for second on the squad.

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, Va. 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.

The IWLCA has named 256 student-athletes in Division III with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2017. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 17. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday June 3, 2017 at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Md.

Salisbury now gets ready for the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Hamilton College on Saturday, May 13, when it will face Regis College. That game is set for 1 p.m.

To view the full IWLCA release, click here

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