WINTHROP, Mass. – Just as it did during the season, the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team dominated the postseason awards. The Wildcats placed seven players on the GNAC All-Conference teams and senior Allison Pazienski was named Attacker of the Year.
Attackers Pazienski and Maria Patane, midfilder Marley Medina and defender Deja Hursey were named First-Team All-GNAC. Making it onto the Second-Team All-GNAC was attacker Dani Lydecker and defender Hadley Borkowski. Madeline Bishara rounded out the JWU votes by making the Third-Team All-GNAC.
From the start of the season, Pazienski has been a key member of the Wildcats' high-scoring offense. She broke the JWU single-season and career goals record and overall points for a season. She has 97 goals on the year with 118 points. The New Hyde Park, NY, native leads all GNAC players in goals by a margin of 20 scores. She also leads the GNAC in points, beating out two other Wildcats by a margin of 15 points.
This is the second year in a row the Greenwich, NY native Patane has been selected first-team all-conference. She ranks third in the conference for points, trailing only teammates Lydecker and Pazienski, with 99 points. She also ranks fourth in the conference with 57 goals and is second in the GNAC with 42 assists.
A Third-Team All-GNAC selection in women's soccer this season, Hursey collected First-Team honors for the second time on the lacrosse field. Named to the GNAC All-Tournament team, she leads the team with 49 groundballs. The Columbia, Md., native also caused 30 turnovers this season.
Medina has become one of the best midfielders in the conference. She was more noticeable this year by collecting 90 draw controls. She currently ranks 10th in the conference with 47 goals and 30 assists for 77 points. The South Hadley, Mass. native has scooped up 55 ground balls and caused 39 turnovers, which puts her second in the conference. Medina was named the MVP of the GNAC tournament.
Lydecker, also a member of the GNAC All-Tournament team, was selected Second-Team All-GNAC for the second year in a row. The Valley Cottage, NY native's numbers don't lie as she has 60 goals and 43 assists for 103 points. She is ranked first in the conference for assists and draw controls (123) while rating third in goals.
A native from Allentown, NJ, freshmen Hadley Borkowski made her Wildcat debut this year and never looked back. She was rock solid on defense, scooping up 22 ground balls while causing 16 turnovers.
Named to the GNAC All-Tournament team, Bishara has had a strong veteran season and earned he third All-GNAC award. A native of Saunderstown, RI, she collected 60 draw controls and 52 groundballs while scoring 25 goals.
Johnson & Wales is set for its third NCAA Tournament appearance in a row. The Wildcats travel to Morrisville State in the first round of the tournament on Saturday. The game will be played at Middlebury College.