Buffalo, NY - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced their all-conference teams on Wednesday morning with three D'Youville Spartans ranking amongst the best in the conference.
Senior goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) and junior defender Julia Prychodko (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) earned the honors of being named NEAC Second Team All-Conference players with sophomore defender Alison Gareis (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo Seminary) earning NEAC Third Team All-Conference honors.
Megan played every minute in goal for D'Youville in 2019, playing 17 games and leading the conference in minutes played (1023:10). She finished second in the NEAC in saves by two (183), was third in save percentage (48.9%), and fifth in goals allowed average (11.85). In 11 games, Megan made double-digit saves.
In the final three games of the saves, Megan faced a total of 31 shots, allowing just eight goals. Despite playing lacrosse for the first time in her life last season, Megan has quickly established herself as one of the best goalies in the conference. In six of the seven wins by the Spartans, the defense allowed six or less goals.
Julia finished third on the team in ground balls (36) and tied for fourth in caused turnovers (19). Prychodko played and started every game for the women and was consistently taking on the opponent's best attacking players. Julia is excellent at sticking with attackers as well as being highly aware on the defensive end. Her stick work and ability to get the team out of danger in their own end makes her an extremely valuable member of the team. In six of the seven wins by the Spartans, the defense allowed six or less goals.
Gareis finished fifth on the team in ground balls (32) after starting and playing in all 17 games for the Spartans. In eight games, Alison tallied two or more ground balls with games of five and seven. In total she had 13 games with at least one ground ball.
In five games, Gareis had two or more caused turnovers. She was one of the most consistent players for the women throughout the season.
This season is the first year for D'Youville in the NEAC for women's lacrosse. The D'Youville women's lacrosse program was created in 2016 as a club sport, then moving into NCAA competition in 2017. As part of the NEAC for the first time this season, the women were pegged to finish tenth out of ten teams in the NEAC preseason poll. At season's end, D'Youville finished in seventh place - one spot out of playoff contention.
You can find the entire release from the NEAC at their website - including all three all-conference teams.