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.
Head coach Kate Mayhooks, assistant coach Janine Lesniak, and graduate assistant Taylor Giglio presented the awards to their D'Youville women's lacrosse team.
Despite missing a portion of the season due to injury, sophomore defender Dominique Riforgiato (Fredonia, NY/Fredonia) brought home the Most Improved Player award for the women. Riforgiato played in 11 games, tallying six ground balls and three draw controls. Through her injury, Dominique continued to push herself and work hard to return to the team and continued to get better and better with each passing day.
Junior midfielder Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) had an impressive season for the Spartans, helping them compete on both ends of the field and received the team's Spartan Award. Campbell finished tied for first on the team in assists (13) and fifth in points (27) but second on the team in ground balls (40) and caused turnovers (22) while finishing fourth in ground balls (25). Starting and playing in all 17 games, Marina tallied two more ground balls in 12 games, causing at least two turnovers in six games and at least one in 12 games.
Marina stepped up every time the team needed a victory. In their final game of the season, Campbell scored four goals with one assist, recorded five ground balls and caused two turnovers. In three different wins, Campbell scored at least two goals with two ground balls, and one draw control. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
Earning her second Most Valuable Player award of the evening was senior goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) as she was the rock of the Spartan's defense all season long. Megan finished the season second in the NEAC in saves (183) by just two while finishing third in save percentage (48.9% and fifth in goals allowed average (11.85). Over the 17 game schedule, Dulniak played every minute in goal for the women and helped lead them to a program record seven wins.
Megan had a strong end to her senior season In the final three games as she faced a total of 31 shots and allowed just eight goals in the final three games. In six of the seven wins by the Spartans, Dulniak and the defense allowed six or less goals. At the end of the season, Megan earned NEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and was named a NEAC Second Team All-Conference player. She hold every goalkeeping statistic in program history and was also the MVP of the women's soccer team and the D'Youville Female Athlete of the Year.
(Pictured from left to right: Campbell, Riforgiato, Dulniak)