Women's Lax Places Three on All-BIG EAST Teams

May 3, 2017

Official BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference has announced its postseason awards on Wednesday and among them were three from Marquette University as senior attacker Julianna Shearer and sophomore midfielder Grace Gabriel were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while junior midfielder Allison Lane was a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection.

This marks the second-straight year Marquette has earned multiple first team selections after Elizabeth Goslee and Lane were honored a year ago. For Lane and Shearer, it is their second consecutive All-BIG EAST honor with Shearer garnering first team accolades for the first time following a record-breaking campaign in her final collegiate season.

“I’m extremely excited for Jules, Grace and Allison,” Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. “All three are so deserving and I think it’s quite an honor to have three players earn All-BIG EAST with the conference now at 10 teams in the league this year. It says a lot about our team and them as players.”

Shearer bested her previous scoring mark by a whopping 19 goals, leading the entire BIG EAST with 55 goals on a league-leading 109 shots. In conference play alone, she notched a league-best 30 goals, scoring at least twice in all nine conference match-ups with three or more goals in the team’s final seven league games. She scored in all 17 games for the Golden Eagles in 2017 with 16 multi-goal performances and 11 games of at least three goals or more.



“Next to Elizabeth Goslee, Jules is the hardest worker to come through this program,” Black said. “Every goal she scored, she earned through her hard work. As our top-scorer, she often drew the other team’s top defender and for her to have at least two goals in every BIG EAST game is so impressive.”

The Westminster, Maryland, native set the single-game program record with six goals against Northwestern (March 11) and became the fourth Golden Eagle in program history to record 100 career points. She finished her career with 128 points on 115 career goals.

Gabriel collects her very first All-BIG EAST honor, becoming a unanimous first team selection after shattering the single-season team record and ranking third in the league with 81 draw controls. In conference-play alone, she collected a league-leading 51 draw controls, breaking double-digits twice and three times overall.

"I think Grace is one of the most athletic players I’ve ever coached," Black said. "She’s really worked on her mental toughness and ability to overcome every obstacle that comes her way. Whether it’s trying to beat the other team's top-defender or getting off to a slow start, Grace has a way of stepping up in crucial times and has proven to be the true definition of a midfielder. Grace is very impressive to watch and extremely fun to coach. I’m excited to see how the rest of her career unfolds." 

The Lancaster, N.Y., native was also MU’s second-best scoring threat, ranking eighth in the league with 41 goals on 104 shots. Like Shearer, Gabriel scored in all 17 games for Marquette and tied Shearer’s single-game record with six goals in an overtime loss to Temple (March 25). She had 14 multi-goal performances, including six games of at least three scores.

Lane garners all-league accolades for the second-straight year after claiming first team honors in 2016. Only a junior, she will have a chance to become just the second Marquette player to earn the honor three times after Goslee accomplished the feat a season ago.

"I’m so happy for Allison because she is the best leader we have on the field," Black said. "She is so reliable and so steady. She had an unfortunate year with injury, being out a couple games in the middle of the year including one BIG EAST game, and was still able to capture BIG EAST second team. I was so happy for her to be able to bring home this honor."

The Asbury, N.J., native totaled 28 points and ranked third on the team with 24 goals scored. She added 21 ground balls, 31 draw controls and matched her career-high with 16 caused turnovers.

Marquette increased its scoring output by more than two goals in 2017, averaging 12.88 goals per game and setting numerous team records thanks to its explosive offense. The Golden Eagles shattered the previous marks set in goals (219), assists (102), points (321) and draw controls (250) and have raised expectations heading into next season. 
2017 BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Postseason Award Winners
BIG EAST Attacker of the Year
Mollie Stevens, Florida, Sr., A
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Francesca Whitehurst, Georgetown, So., M
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Caroline Fitzgerald, Florida, Sr., D
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Haley Hicklen, Florida, So., GK
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Katie Comerford, Villanova, Fr., A
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year

All-BIG EAST First Team^
Julie Blaze, Vanderbilt, So., M
Taylor Bresnahan, Florida, Sr., D
Sammi Burgess, Florida, Sr., A
Caroline Fitzgerald, Florida, Sr., D*
Grace Gabriel, Marquette, So., M*
Morgan Glassford, Temple, Sr., M
Haley Hicklen, Florida, So., GK
Kendra Lanuza, Devner, So., A*
Brenda McDermott, Temple, Sr., A
Grace Nolan, Connecticut, Jr., A
Sydney Pirreca, Florida, So., M*
Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, So., A
Morgan Ryan, Georgetown, So., A
Julianna Shearer, Marquette, Sr., A
Mollie Stevens, Florida, Sr., A*
Layne Voorhees, Denver, Sr., D*
Francesca Whitehurst, Georgetown, So., M*
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Elizabeth Behrins, Denver, So., A
Monica Borzillo, Cincinnati, Fr., A
Katie Comerford, Villanova, Fr., A
Jill Doherty, Vanderbilt, Sr., A
Amanda Donovan, Cincinnati, So., M
Taylor Gebhardt, Georgetown, So., A
Brianna Harris, Florida, Fr, M
Jacqueline Jordan, Connecticut, Sr., A
Allison Lane, Marquette, Jr., M
Nicole Latgis, Temple, Jr., D
Allie Pavinelli, Florida, Jr., M
Shayna Pirreca, Florida, Jr., A
Sam Scarfogliero, Villanova, Sr., D
Jenny Schwalje, Georgetown, Sr., D
Hannah Seibel, Georgetown, Jr., M
Maddy Stevenson, Denver, Sr., GK
*unanimous selection
^extra players added due to a tie in voting


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