Buffalo, NY - Following their historic season opening win last week, the D'Youville women's lacrosse team had a pair of players earn Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference honors this week.
Senior attacker Jillian Golding (Lockport, NY/Lockport) and junior goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) earned offensive (Golding) and defensive (Dulniak) AMCC players of the week for the Spartans after a big week for D'Youville. The Spartans earned their first win in program history in the season opener against Hilbert on Tuesday, defeating the Hawks 13-3. Both players played a huge role in the win.
Golding led the team with four goals and four assists for eight points in the 13-3 win over the Hawks. She added three ground balls, four draw controls, and 10 shots in the team's first win of the season. Golding then added an assist against Keuka on Saturday. Jill currently leads the team in assists (5) and points (9) and is tied for first in goals (4). She is third in the AMCC in assists and fourth in points.
Dulniak had a sparkling debut for the women's lacrosse team this past week, playing her first two career lacrosse games for the Spartans. Megan recorded her first career win in her first career game on Tuesday against Hilbert. She made 12 saves and allowed just three goals in her team debut, following up with another 12 saves against Keuka on Saturday. In the AMCC, Megan is currently second in goals against average (9.00), save percentage (57.1%), saves (24), and third in goals against (18).
Last season, Golding was the go-to scoring option for D'Youville. She led the team in goals (29), points (34), shots (64), shots on goal (46), draw controls (35), and caused turnovers (18); was second in assists (5), and third in ground balls (19). Jill recorded a career high eight goals, three assists, and 11 points on 4/12 against Alfred University. She also scored two or more goals in seven games and was named IWLS Second Team selection and team MVP. This past fall she played her first season for the women's soccer team where she finished fourth in goals (3), assists (2), and points (8).
As for Dulniak, her goaltending prowess extends well beyond the lacrosse field. She started every game this season for the women's soccer team and helped D'Youville earn the fourth seed in the playoffs. As a freshman she was named an AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection and was then named an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection this past fall. Megan finished the regular season tied for first in the conference in shutouts (8) and has recorded a shutout in five conference games to end the regular season. She ranked second in save percentage (.884), third in saves (114), fourth in wins (8), and fourth in minutes played (1529:18) to end the season and set a single game save record with 28 against Penn State-Behrend in the second round of the AMCC playoffs.