Bollhorst repeats as CAC Player of the Year; Nestor named Coach of the Year

Bollhorst repeats as CAC Player of the Year; Nestor named Coach of the Year

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards on Friday, and the No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team was highly decorated for its play in the 2013 season.

Senior Katie Bollhorst was named the conference's Player of the Year, as well as, being named to the All-CAC first team, where she was joined by five other Sea Gulls. Head Coach Jim Nestor was also honored, being named the Coach of the Year.

This is the second consecutive season that Bollhorst has been honored as the best player in the conference; she is only the fourth player in CAC history to earn the award twice, including former Sea Gull Sue Ackermann (2007 & 2008). The Severna Park, Md., native leads Salisbury (16-0, 6-0 CAC) with 79 points so far this season.  Bollhorst has posted a team-best 45 assists and is second on the squad with 34 goals.

Earlier this season, Bollhorst passed Ackermann (2005-08) to top the program's all-time assist leaderboard. She currently has 154 assists heading into postseason play. Bollhorst also ranks No. 3 on the all-time points list, with 273 points.

Joining Bollhorst on the All-CAC first team is classmate Lauren Feusahrens, juniors Meghan Toomey and Ashton Wheatley, and sophomores Bethany Baer and Laura Maskell. This is the second time Bollhorst, Feusahrens, Toomey and Wheatley have been named to the All-CAC first team.

Feusahrens leads the maroon and gold with 43 goals and is second on the team with 52 points. The Solomons, Md., native currently is sixth in program history with 136 goals scored in her career.

Toomey is a key presence in the Salisbury defensive third and is tied for the team lead with 23 caused turnovers. She is third on the team with 28 ground balls collected. The Annapolis, Md., native plays a crucial role in SU's clearing game, which gets the ball from the defensive end to the offensive end with a 91.9 percent success rate, allowing the Sea Gull offense to get in position to score.

Wheatley has returned to form as one of the top goalies in the nation, ranked third in Division III with a 5.90 goals-against average. The junior recently moved into the top-10 in program history for most saves at No. 9 with 228 in her career. The Cambridge, Md., native is tied for third on the team with 28 ground balls and has caused 11 turnovers.

Baer has blossomed in her second season at Salisbury, as a contributor on offense and defense, leading the team in multiple statistical categories. The Westminster, Md., native leads Salisbury with 33 ground balls and 28 draw controls and is third on the squad with 20 caused turnovers. She has added 45 points, good for third on the team, with 31 goals and 14 assists.

Maskell has played a major role in the Salisbury defense, which ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 5.44 goals per game. The sophomore is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with 23. The Ellicott City, Md., native is second on the team with 32 ground balls collected on the season.

This is the ninth time that Nestor has been voted the top coach in the conference, after leading the Sea Gulls to an undefeated regular season, marking the 11th-consecutive season that Salisbury has gone undefeated in regular-season conference play. Earlier this season, the team broke the Division III record for consecutive-conference wins, and that mark currently sits at 70-straight conference wins.

The Sea Gulls are next in action Saturday, April 27, as they host a CAC-semifinal game against St. Mary's College of Maryland, which is slated to begin at 1 p.m. 

To view the all of the CAC-postseason awards, click here.

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