Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 2 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coaches Jim Hesch and Kate Mayhook presented their awards to the Co-Female Athletes of the Year.
Seniors Jenna Tomizzi (Buffalo, NY/Sacred Heart) of the D'Youville women's soccer team and senior Jill Golding (Lockport, NY/Lockport) of the D'Youville women's soccer and women's lacrosse teams concluded their careers as Spartans this season and each were outstanding in their sport. The two had exceptional careers that were recognized Wednesday evening.
Tomizzi was named an AMCC First Team All-Conference player at the end of her senior season and the team's Most Valuable Player earlier in the evening. In her four-year career, Jenna played in an incredible 66 games and started 65 of them. She played and started all 19 games this season as part of a career year that saw her score two goals for four points - both which were game winners.
Due in part to her outstanding defensive efforts, Jenna helped the team record eight shutouts this season - including five straight to end the regular season. The women went were the fourth seed in the AMCC playoffs and advanced to the semi-finals where they nearly shutout the eventual conference champion Penn State-Behrend Lions.
By career's end, Tomizzi is one of the best defenders in the program's history. She was counted on for her soccer IQ, physical play, defensive abilities, and ball skill.
Golding was also a member of the women's soccer team in the fall where she finished fourth in goals (3), tied for fourth in assists (2), and fourth in points (8). She started 14 of 19 games played in her only year of soccer.
Despite being a successful soccer player, Jill's main contributions came on the lacrosse field. Finishing her career this year, Golding is the program's all-time leader in goals, assists, points, shots, shots on goal, draw controls, games played, and games started. Not only was she Co-Female Athlete of the Year this year, but she was also her team's Most Valuable Player and AMCC First Team All-Conference player.
Overall in the AMCC, Jill was first in goals (48) and points (63), tied for fourth in assists (15), fifth in draw controls (53), and second in shots on goals (76) and shots (97). Golding had at least four goals in nine of 13 games and only went scoreless in one game. She recorded two 10-point games.
Despite the program only being a NCAA Division III for two seasons, Golding racked up 97 total points. She is the best player in the short history of the women but her records will stand for years to come.
(Pictured from left to right: Coach Hesch, Tomizzi, Golding, Coach Mayhook)