Today, we highlight the 2020 Seniors of the Women's Lacrosse program. Sierra Brooks, Marina Campbell, Isabella Lucania, Julia Prychodko, and Paige Robinson have all made an impact on the program and have been pivotal in the development of the emerging program.
Sierra Brooks is a Grand Island, NY native that will be receiving her degree in Nursing. Brooks was a pillar in the development of the D'Youville Women's Lacrosse Program which saw it's inaugural season in 2018. She played in 31 games. She accounted for 63 points made up of 45 goals and 18 assists. She fielded 47 ground balls, won 20 draws and caused 18 turnovers while playing in her attack position. In the 2019-2020 academic year, Sierra was named to the AMCC Academic All Conference team. Coach Mayhook is grateful for Sierra being a part of the development of the program. She credits Sierra through these words, "Sierra was the type of player to give it her all during practice and games and always be supportive of her teammates. Sierra was a huge part of building up the program. Her dedication and work ethic pushed others to have the same standards which has helped tremendously with growing the program."
Marina Campbell made her way to D'Youville by crossing the bridge from Niagara Falls, NY. She has received her degree in Exercise Sports Science and has since gone on to begin her MBA at D'Youville. Campbell was a multi-sport athlete competing on the women's soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. For the lacrosse program, she was another program builder that Coach Mayhook gives credit to for her hard work, and determination. Campbell played in 31 games in the midfield. She recorded 40 points for the Spartans made up of 24 goals and 16 assists. Her grit shines through in her 70 groundballs, 38 draw controls, and 38 caused turnovers. In 2019, Campbell was awarded the team's Spartan Award. Off the field, Marina got it done in the classroom this year and found herself on the 2019-2020 AMCC Academic All Conference team. Here is what Coach Mayhook said about Marina, "Marina led by example. She worked hard everyday to be the best athlete she could be, whether it was off season, preseason, or coming back from an injury. She knew her time as a student athlete would go by quickly and she did not miss a single moment of it, she made sure to capitalize on every opportunity and make every moment count."
Isabella "Bella" Lucania traveled down the I-90 to us from Webster, NY. Her professional goal is to become a doctor. She will be completing her degree in Biology in May and plans to continue on to LECOM for medical school. Bella was also a women's soccer player at D'Youville. Her experience as an athlete made her a major role player in the midfield for Coach Mayhook. She played in 32 games, recording 58 points (34 goals, 24 assists). She scooped up 67 ground balls and won 105 draws for the Spartans. She also caused 31 turnovers. Bella was a mainstay on the AMCC Academic All Conference Team throughout her career. We will let Coach Mayhook leave us with her thoughts about Bella, "We were so lucky Bella decided to play lacrosse and help build our program. She brought consistency and reliability to our midfield. She always played with intensity and focus. Off the field, she balanced two sports and her academics at the highest level and showed everyone you can excel at both."
Julia Prychodko hails from East Aurora, NY and like many of her senior teammates is planning to serve our community as a nurse. Julia was a mainstay in the back field for the Spartans. She was a leader on the defense, playing in 33 games, recovering 75 groundballs and causing 36 turnovers. Julia was just as stellar off the field rightfully earning a spot on the 2019-2020 AMCC Academic All Conference Team. Coach Mayhook tags Prychodko as a fierce player. This would explain her receipt of the 2017-2018 Spartan Award for the lacrosse program. Coach Mayhook spoke highly of Julia in saying, "Julia helped build our defense into a cohesive tight knit unit that worked well together on the field and always supported one another. She set a good example for the younger players of how to work hard, demand the most out of yourself and teammates but always in a positive and encouraging way."
Paige Robinson joined us at D'Youville from Kenmore, NY to pursue her degree in Nursing. Another senior that was there from the beginning of the D'Youville Women's Lacrosse Program. She was an attacker that played in 28 games. Robinson recorded 34 points, with 29 goals and 5 assists. On attack, she caused 13 turnovers and scooped up 31 ground balls for the Spartans. Coach Mayhook spoke highly about the role Paige played for her teammates saying, "Paige brought a unique balance of lightheartedness and intensity to the team. She had the capability to be serious and focused on the field, but always knew how to make people smile even during disappointing times throughout the season. Paige has grown with the program, and her patience with both her coaches and teammates helped set an example for new players as the program developed over the past few years."
As a department we want to wish Sierra, Marina, Bella, Julia, and Paige the best of luck in their future endeavors and thank them for their dedication to the D'Youville Women's Lacrosse and D'Youville Athletics.