Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Senior women's soccer and women's lacrosse goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) was presented the award for Female Athlete of the Year by Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Information Director Stephen McCarthy, head women's lacrosse coach Kate Mayhook, and head women's soccer coach Jim Hesch.
Megan has been a four-year starter for the women between the posts for the women's soccer program, setting records such as games started, games played, minutes played, saves, save percentage, shutouts, and ranking second in goals against average and wins. In conference play this past season, Dulniak was first in save percentage (.935) and shutouts (6), second in saves (86), save percentage (0.66), and minutes played (813:07), third in wins (5), and fourth in goals allowed (6).
Up until the final game of the season, Megan had allowed just two goals in conference play and limited every conference opponent but one to a goal or less. In every win the women had this season, Megan recorded a shutout. Dulniak concludes her career with not only an AMCC First Team All-Conference appearance - the third all-conference appearance of her career - but she was also named her team's Most Valuable Player and the AMCC Defensive Player of the Year.
To match her production in the fall, Dulniak had an incredible spring with the women's lacrosse team. Megan played every minute in goal this past season for the women leading the conference in minutes played (1023:10). She finished second in the NEAC in saves by two (183), was third in save percentage (48.9%), and fifth in goals allowed average (11.85).
Despite never playing lacrosse prior to the 2018 season, Megan has quickly established herself as a top-notch player between the pipes. She leads the program all-time in wins, saves, save percentage, and games played and was one of the best players on the field at all time. Like in soccer, Megan was the team's Most Valuable Player and an all-conference selection as she was a NEAC Second Team All-Conference selection.
(Pictured from left to right: Hesch, Dulniak, McCarthy, Mayhook)