Buffalo, NY - Following their historic second season as full-time NCAA varsity sport, the D'Youville women's lacrosse team was met with their first wave of awards an accolades for their performance.
The Independent Women's Lacrosse Schools (IWLS) announced that D'Youville had six different women represented across the three IWLS Teams. Senior attacker Jillian Golding (Lockport, NY/Lockport) was the lone Spartan to earn first team honors as freshman midfielder Isabella Lucania (Webster, NY/Webster-Schroeder), senior defender Callan Smith (Amherst, NY/Amherst), and junior goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) were all named second team. Rounding out the team's awards were sophomore midfielder Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) and junior defender Julia Prychodko (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) earning honorable mention honors.
Golding was the offensive leader for D'Youville in 2018. She ranked first on the team in goals (48), assists (15), points (63), draw controls (53), and shots/shots on goal (97/76). In 13 games played this season, Jill scored four or more goals in nine of them and had at least one draw control in each game. Golding was consistently the most dangerous attacker on the field for the Spartans and their top offensive option.
As a freshman, Lucania was one of the team's most impressive two-way players. Isabella finished the season second in assists (6) and draw controls (38), third in goals (15), and fifth in both caused turnovers (12) and ground balls (26). Her consistency and effectiveness at both ends of the field made her an extremely valuable part of the team.
Smith completed her career with the team this year and was a key piece of the defense. Callan led D'Youville in ground balls (42) and caused turnovers (22), showcasing her ability to take the ball away from opposing players and create offense instantly. Her leadership as a captain helped develop young players and put the entire defense in position to succeed.
In her first year playing lacrosse, Dulniak quickly established herself as a natural. Megan played every minute in goal for the Spartans this season tallying 159 saves. Her total time played in goals was 780:00 minutes with four wins - a career high for a goalie in the women's lacrosse program. By season's end, Dulniak became one of the best goalies in the conference and a huge addition to the team.
Another first year player, Campbell made a big impact for the team at both ends of the field. Marina finished the season fourth in the team in goals (10), fifth in assists (2), and fifth in points (12). In the middle of the season Marina saw a surge in her offensive production. She had a five game stretch where she scored nine goals, including four in a 17-14 win over Cazenovia. On the defensive end, Campbell was fourth on the team in caused turnovers (14), adding 25 ground balls.
The final member of the women's lacrosse team to earn honors this offseason was another newcomer in Prychodko. In 12 games, Julia ranked second in ground balls (32) and was tied for second in caused turnovers (15). She was extremely effective on defense for D'Youville as she was one of the team's most reliable and consistent players there. Her experience greatly helped the team develop and win games this season.