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Talented Spartan Squad Earns Five All-Conference Selections

Talented Spartan Squad Earns Five All-Conference Selections

Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville women's soccer team was one of the best teams in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) in 2018 and have been rewarded for their efforts with a multitude of all-conference awards and individual player and coach awards.

Five women have been named AMCC All-Conference selections, announced the conference Tuesday. Senior goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) headlines the group as not only an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection, but also the AMCC Defensive Player of the Year. The Magee sisters of sophomore forward Makenna Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) and senior center back Magan Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) were AMCC Second Team All-Conference selections with freshman midfielder Maggie Leeds (Lockport, NY/Akron) and sophomore center back Dominique Riforgiato (Fredonia, NY/Fredonia) both being named AMCC Third Team All-Conference players. 

In addition to the five women who were named all-conference selections, head coach Jim Hesch has been named the AMCC Coach of the Year for leading the Spartans to the third seed in the AMCC playoffs and the team's second consecutive AMCC semi-final appearance.

Dulniak capped off her career this season as one of the best goalkeepers in the conference and the best in program history. Dulniak led the team in all goalkeeper statistics and was at or near the top of the conference in them as well. Overall, Megan led the conference in save percentage (.866), was tied for second in shutouts (6), third in saves (136), tied for fourth in wins (5), and fifth in goals allowed (21) and goals against average (1.41). However in conference game, Megan took her game to another level. 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).

Megan has been an unbelievable player for the women and been at the top of her game. Up until the final game of the season, Megan had allowed just two goals in conference play. In every win the team has this season, Megan has recorded a shutout. She has limited all but one conference opponent to one goal or less. She was a back-to-back AMCC Defensive Player of the Week and an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection last season. As a freshman she was an AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection.

After being named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year and an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection as a freshman in 2017, Mak. Magee once again proved to be one of the most effective forwards in the AMCC this past season. She led the team in goals (4) and points (8) this season with all of her goals coming in conference play. Magee tied for sixth in the conference in goals and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (2).

Magee scored in three consecutive games for the women and four of five as the team opened up 5-0-1 in conference play. Makenna consistently challenged opposing defenses with her speed and skill and was the team's top offensive threat.

Like her younger sister, Mag. Magee has been a major reason for the team's success in conference play this season. D'Youville has recorded six shutouts in conference play and allowed just six goals in nine games. Magee has started and played in all 16 games for the women in 2018, including all nine conference games.

Magan has scored a goal and added a pair of assists in conference games. Her lone goal came in a 1-0 victory where she played outstanding at both ends of the field. She then assisted on both goals in the 2-0 win against Hilbert. Magee has been a unique athlete on the back line for the Spartans with her strong leg and jumping ability to go with her speed and anticipation. Last season, Magan was named an AMCC Third Team All-Conference player.

Both Makenna and Magan added to their season goal totals in the first round of the AMCC playoffs in the 2-0 win over Franciscan. Makenna scored the first goal just 1:43 into the game while Magan added a goal just over three minutes later as the women won their first-round playoff game 2-0.

In the midfield, Leeds has had a fantastic freshman season for the Spartans, becoming a big part of the team. Margret was one of the team's most dangerous attacking presences with her size and skill. She sees the field extremely well and can distribute as well as carry the ball out of pressure. In the team's 2-0 win over Pitt.-Greensburg, Leeds scored and assisted on the game winner in the victory. She has been a major piece for the women as she started eight of night conference games, playing in all of them.

Riforgiato has been the rock of the Spartan's back line this season. Starting every game of her career, Dominique has been as been extremely efficient in the back and one of the team's most reliable players. Her strength on the ground and ability to shut down players one-on-one has been a huge factor for the defense. Riforgiato is great at reading plays and getting the ball away from danger. Dominique helped lead a defense that allowed just six goals in conference play and a team that recorded six shutouts in nine conference games. In eight of nine conference games, the defense allowed one goal or less.

All awards and full all-conference teams can be found at the AMCC website.