Six Spartans Announced as All-Conference Players

Six Spartans Announced as All-Conference Players

Buffalo, NY - Six members of the D'Youville women's soccer team were voted amongst the conference's best, announced the conference on Tuesday.

The foursome of junior forward Makenna Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack), senior midfielder Kaylee Heschke (Newfane, NY/Newfane), freshman defender Sarah Milczarski (Newfane, NY/Newfane), and sophomore goalkeeper Laurie Poeller (Akron, NY/Akron) were named AMCC Second Team All-Conference players with freshman forward Jordan Pachla (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) and senior midfielder Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Nagara Catholic) being named AMCC Third Team All-Conference selections. The six all-conference players are the second most for a single season in the program's history.

For the third consecutive career, Magee was named an AMCC Second Team All-Conference player. Makenna finished tied for third in the AMCC in goals during conference play (9) and fourth overall (11) while finishing fourth in conference play for points (18) and fifth overall in points (22). This season, Makenna reached new goal-scoring heights with her 11 goals – equal to the combined total she scored in her previous two seasons.

Part of what makes Magee such a dangerous scoring threat is her efficiency. With just 33 shots this season, Makenna scored on one third of every shot taken. Of those 33 shots, 25 of them were on goal. Over 75% of the shots Makenna took throughout the season were on goal and dangerous scoring opportunities. In addition, the team never lost a game in which Makenna scored. Magee was named AMCC Offensive Player of the Week once and has earned AMCC Second Team All-Conference honors in her only two seasons as a collegiate player as well as was named AMCC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2017.

In the midfield, Heschke had a strong finish to her Spartan career with her best career season. Kaylee was a force for D'Youville in the middle of the field, serving as an extension of the back line. She was a physical presence at defensive center mid, winning the ball both on the ground and in the air and consistently shut down opposing attackers. This season, Kaylee set career highs in goals (2) and assists (3) as she scored on the only two shots she took this season. Her three assists were tied for second on the team. Overall, Heschke was a major presence in the midfield for the women and helped the team keep opponents to two or less goals in every conference game this season.

Despite being a first-year collegiate player, Milczarski flashed dominance as a freshman and cemented herself as one of the conference's best. Sarah started every game for the women and played nearly every second at center back for D'Youville. With height, length, speed, and smarts, Milczarski is an exceptional blend of attributes along the back line for the women. She possesses the ability to win the ball in the air, on the ground, a strong leg to clear the ball, but also the touch to make smart passes around the back and possess the ball. In her lone shot on goal this season, Sarah scored off a set-piece.

Despite not playing a minute in goal last season, Poeller stepped into the starting goalkeeper role this season and thrived. In conference play, Poeller ranks second in save percentage (.892), third in saves (74), tied for third in wins (6) and shutouts (3), and fourth in goals against average (0.85). Overall, Laurie was second in saves (117), tied for second in wins (9), third in shutouts (5), and third in save percentage (.848).

Laurie played every second in goal for the Spartans this season and made five or more saves in every game this season but four. She tallied save totals of 12, 20, 11, and 10 throughout the season and played outstanding in big moments for the women. Her quickness, agility, hands, and positioning all were big factors in the team's defensive success this season. In 10 conference games, Poeller allowed no more than two goals in any game. She was named AMCC Defensive Player of the Week once.

The other half of one of the most dangerous offensive duos in the AMCC, Pachla had an outstanding first season for the women. Jordan was second on the team in goals (8), points (18), shots (29), tied for second in assists (3), and tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals. During conference play, Jordan tied for fifth in the AMCC with six goals and was sixth in points with 15. Her instant impact helped push the team to 38 goals this season. D'Youville went 4-1-1 in games which Pachla scored, showcasing her importance to the team's success. Jordan played in all 16 games for the women this season, starting nine of them. With eight goals, Pachla took just 29 shots this season and 20 of those shots were on goal.

Concluding her career as one of the most consistent players to ever play for the program, Campbell saved one of her best seasons for last as she helped control the midfield this season for the Spartans. Marina has one of the team's top weapons in the midfield with her ability to dribble and distribute, but also dispossess opponents and start counter attacks. Where Campbell made her mark this season was at the penalty spot as she was a perfect 3-3 this season – the best in the conference. Her five goals were third on the team as well were her 11 points and 18 shots. Campbell started every game this season and is top-three all-time in program history in games started and games played.

The full list of AMCC All-Conference members can be found here at the AMCC website.