Five Gulls earn IWLCA All-Region accolades

Five Gulls earn IWLCA All-Region accolades

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its 2015 All-Region teams Monday, and the No. 8 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team placed five student-athletes in the Chesapeake Region. 

Making their way on to first team are freshman goalkeeper Gianna Falcone, senior attacker Kara O'Rourke and junior attacker Megan Wallenhorst, while senior attacker Kate Haker and senior defender Anna Sparr earned a spot on second team. 

Falcone, currently the top goalkeeper in the country in goals-against average with 5.17, concluded her freshman season with a 14-1 record while tending the net. Through 17 games, the Florham Park, New Jersey native turned away 86 shots for a 55.5 save percentage, good enough for second best in the country. 

Wallenhorst had a breakout season with the Sea Gulls, leading the squad with 34 goals this season. Along with her scoring ability, she also dished out 19 assists landing her second on the team in the category. With her sophomore season being the first with Salisbury, the Ellicott City, Maryland native topped her point total from last year by 19, finishing with 53 this season. 

O'Rourke concludes her career donning the maroon and gold with a great senior season behind the net. Currently ranked 10th in the country in assists with 48, the total also places her ninth in program history in a single season. For her career, the Ellicott City, Maryland native finished with 87 helpers, good enough for seventh in program history. 

Haker finished her final season with the Gulls third on the squad in goals and assists with 29 and 13, respectively, for 42 points. It is the senior captain's third-consecutive season with 25-plus goals and over 40 points. Earlier this season against Christopher Newport University, the Westminster, Maryland native notched two goals to hit the 100-goal milestone in her career. 

Sparr played a key role on a great defensive front in her senior season, seeing the backline finish with a 5.61 goals-against average, marking it as the second-ranked scoring defense in the nation. The Lexington Park, Maryland native led the Sea Gulls in caused turnovers this season with 15, while scooping 19 ground balls. The senior defender concludes her career with 20 forced turnovers and 30 ground balls. 

The IWLCA has honored 256 student-athletes in Division III with a selection on one of the All-Regional teams for 2015. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Monday May 18. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday June 6, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.

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