GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The postseason accolades continue for the No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team, as the six Sea Gulls honored as All-Capital Athletic Conference selections earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association 2014 Division III Chesapeake All-Region teams, the organization announced Monday.
Senior Ashton Wheatley and juniors Bethany Baer, Shelby Nemecek and Laura Maskell were selected as first-team recipients, while seniors Shannon Carta and Meghan Toomey made their way onto the second team.
Starting goalkeeper Wheatley has continued to impress the nation with her impenetrable skill in the cage, making first-team all-region for the third-consecutive year. The Cambridge, Md., native has now racked up a 62-2 record while protecting the net, holding a 5.68 goals-against average through 3599:40 in her career, the best in program history with a minimum of 300 minutes of playing time. With an overall save percentage of 53.5, the senior captain has turned away 393 shots, placing her fourth on the program all-time list. Wheatley also sits second in program history in groundballs, scooping 126 at this point.
Starting midfielder Baer landed on the all-region first team for the second-straight year, recording 40 goals and 11 assists for 51 points so far this season. The Westminster, Md., native leads the Sea Gulls this season in groundballs and draw controls with 31 and 47, respectively, while causing 22 turnovers, second best on the team. For her career, Baer totaled 105 goals and 40 assists. The junior captain has moved up to fifth place in program history in draw controls with 119, after setting a career high against Farmingdale State College in the second round of the NCAA tournament, with seven.
Starting attacker Nemecek has been honored with her first all-region selection, recording a team-high 60 goals and five assists for 65 points. The 60 goals more than double her goal number from the 2013 season, when she blasted in 28 finishers. The Marriottsville, Md., native also leads the Sea Gulls in game-winning goals and caused turnovers with seven and 24, respectively. Taking 100 shots this season and putting 86 on target, the junior captain boasts an .860 shots-on-goal percentage.
Starting defender Maskell made her way on to the all-region first team for the second-consecutive year after playing another great season on the back line. The Ellicott City, Md., native has caused 16 turnovers this season, while winning 41 draw controls, third best for the Sea Gulls, and scooping 30 loose balls, second best on the squad. The junior has helped lead the Sea Gull defense this season, only allowing opponents 245 shots on goal through 20 games.
Starting attacker Carta claimed her first-time honor on the all-region team, recording 36 goals and 25 assists for 61 points this season. The Annapolis, Md., native is having a breakout season for the Sea Gulls, totaling more goals and assists this season than she did in her first two years combined. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the senior totaled 32 finishers and 10 helpers. Carta's 25 assists is a team best, while also leading Salisbury in free-position goals with 12 finishes on 18 attempts.
Starting defender Meghan Toomey landed on the all-region team for the second-straight year, claiming honors on the first team in 2013. The Annapolis, Md., native has been crucial for the Salisbury back line, forcing 13 turnovers and picking up 26 groundballs this season. The senior captain has helped raise the Sea Gulls to one of the best in the country, as Salisbury sits fifth in scoring defense with just 6.15 goals allowed a game.
The IWLCA has honored 256 student-athletes in Division III with a selection on one of the All-Regional teams for 2014. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Monday May 19. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.
The Sea Gulls are back in action this weekend, as Salisbury gets set for the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. SU will welcome Augustana (Ill.) College to Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, May 17, with first draw set for 11:30 a.m. Franklin & Marshall College and the State University of New York at Geneseo will travel to Salisbury as well for another regional semifinal matchup on Saturday, with the winners of both games advancing to the regional final on Sunday. The start time for that match is 1 p.m.
To view the complete IWLCA All-Region selections, click here.