Skoglund, Nestor earn top CAC accolades; six Sea Gulls earn All-CAC honors

Skoglund, Nestor earn top CAC accolades; six Sea Gulls earn All-CAC honors

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its 2018 women's lacrosse all-conference teams on Wednesday and Salisbury University was well-represented throughout. Freshman Emma Skoglund was named Rookie of the Year while Jim Nestor earned Coach of the Year honors. An additional six Sea Gulls were named to the All-CAC first or second team.

Skoglund earned Rookie of the Year honors after tallying 30 points on 27 goals and three assists so far in 2018. The freshman has appeared in all 19 games this season, adding 15 draw controls, eight groundballs, and five caused turnovers. Skoglund is the first freshman since teammate Gianna Falcone to win the honor in 2015 and just the third Sea Gull to be named Rookie of the Year.

Nestor was named Coach of the Year for the 13th time after leading Salisbury to an 18-1 record, including the 15th perfect season in CAC play. He has led the Sea Gulls to the NCAA tournament for the 16th consecutive season after winning the team's 16th-straight conference title.

Of the six All-CAC picks, four were named first team while two earned second team. Seniors Falcone, Allie Hynson, and Krissy Murphy along with junior Martha Hutzell earned first-team accolades, while senior Dana King and sophomore Kendall Bannan were named to the second team.

This is Falcone's fourth All-CAC honor, including her third first team nod. She has started all 19 games for the Sea Gulls, posting a league-best 7.21 goals-against average and 54.5 save percentage. The Florham Park, New Jersey native has made 120 saves in over 832 minutes of action to go along with a team-high 42 groundballs and six caused turnovers.

Hynson was named to the All-CAC first team for the second-straight season after making her impact on both sides of the ball. The midfielder has scooped up a team-leading 71 draw controls and now ranks second in program history with 171. She is tied for second on the team with 16 caused turnovers as well as 26 groundballs. Hynson has also tallied 17 goals and two assists while starting and appearing in 18 of the team's 19 games.

Murphy's first-team selection is the second All-CAC nod of her career after being named to the second team in 2017. The senior attacker leads the team and is second in the conference with 38 assists. Murphy now ranks seventh in program history with 88 assists in her career. The Finksburg, Maryland native has 26 goals on the season and is first on the team with 64 points.

Hutzell, a defender from Ellicott City, Maryland, earns her first career All-CAC honor after an impressive 2018 campaign leading the Sea Gull defense. The junior started all 19 games for Salisbury, causing a team-high 17 turnovers. Hutzell is second on the team with 53 draw controls and 26 groundballs.

King's second-team honors marks the second All-CAC nod of her career after making the first team in 2017. The senior attacker has a team-high 40 goals to go along with 17 assists, giving her 57 points on the season. King is 10th in program history with 77 assists while she is closing in on 10th place in career points. The Lusby, Maryland native also has 14 groundballs and five caused turnovers in the 2018 campaign.

Bannan's second team selection is the first All-CAC honor of her career. The sophomore defender has started all 19 games for Salisbury, causing 15 turnovers and collecting 20 groundballs. Bannan is part of a defense that has posted a league-low 6.83 goals-against average, allowing just 130 goals on the season.

Salisbury will be back in action in the NCAA tournament second round on Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m. against the winner of the first-round game between Meredith College and United States Merchant Marine Academy, which will be held at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m.

To view the entire CAC release, click here.

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