Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 2 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coach Kate Mayhook and assistant coach Janine Lesniak presented the awards to the D'Youville women's lacrosse team.
The best player in program history, senior attacker Jillian Golding (Lockport, NY/Lockport) finished her career with the Spartans with her second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. Offensively, Jill was arguably the best player in the conference as she finished the season first in goals (48) and points (63) in the AMCC as well as tied for fourth in assists (15), fifth in draw controls (53), and second in shots on goals (76) and shots (97). With her incredible stats, Golding was named an AMCC First Team All-Conference player.
Out of 13 games this season, Jill only went scoreless in one and started all 13. She had at least four goals in nine games and had two 10-point game and led the team in goals, assists, points, shots, shots on goal, and draw controls. She is the program's all-time leader in all of those categories and finishes her two-year career with 97 total points. She was also team captain this season and was a major reason the team won their first four games in program history this season.
Junior defender Julia Prychodko (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) had a strong first year with the Spartans and was one of their most reliable defenders. Each and every day, Julia came to practice with a positive attitude and great work ethic, earning her the Spartan Award. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
In 12 games Julia played, she recorded at least two ground balls in nine games and four or more in six. Prychodko finished the season second on the team in ground balls and tied for second in caused turnovers. Her contributions to the team were outstanding and she was a big part of the team's success on the defensive end.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) enter this season without ever playing a game of lacrosse and has instantly become one of the best keepers in the conference. Her quick development and hard work allowed her to be named the team's Most Improved Player.
Megan played every minute in goal for the Spartans this season, tallying double-digit saves in nine of them. She was a key piece in the team's historic season as she helped the team win their first four games in program history. Dulniak finished the season second in the AMCC in saves, third in wins, and tied for first in minutes played.
All three players were named All-IWLS players at the first team, second team, and honorable mention levels.
(Pictured from left to right: Coach Mayhook, Prychodko, Golding, Dulniak, Coach Lesniak)