Shearer, Gabriel Earn IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Honors
May 12, 2017
Official IWLCA Release
This marks the first time in program history the Golden Eagles have received multiple all-region selections in the same season as both Shearer and Gabriel join two-time second team honoree, and former four-year starting defender, Elizabeth Goslee ('16).
Shearer, who was also a BIG EAST First Team selection this season, re-wrote the record books in 2017, breaking her own single-season mark and becoming the first-ever Golden Eagle to surpass 50 goals. She ended the regular season as the BIG EAST leader with 55 goals, 10 more than any other league member on a league-high 109 shots.
“What Jules was able to accomplish this season was nothing short of remarkable,” Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. “She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve been around and proved throughout her career that she can play with anyone. She took our program to new heights this season and is so deserving of this all-region honor. I’m very happy for her and everything she has achieved this season and during her career.”
The Westminster, Maryland, native scored in every game for the Golden Eagles this season, which included 16 multi-goal performances and 11 games of three or more goals. She added 27 ground balls, 45 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers. Shearer was the fourth Golden Eagle to reach 100 career points and the first to score more than 100 career goals, finishing her career with 115 goals, while totaling 128 points.
Gabriel was a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team pick and now collects her first All-West/Midwest Region honor after setting career marks in nearly every category. She led the team with a single-season program record of 81 draw controls and scored 41 goals on the way to totaling 45 points and firing off 104 shots.
“Grace had an unbelievable season for us and this all-region honor is a most deserving one for her,” Black said. “She was one of our most consistent players this season. Her athleticism is unmatched and she can dominate the game in the middle of the field. It’s amazing to think she’s only a sophomore and we look forward to seeing what she can do throughout the rest of her career.”
The Lancaster, N.Y., native added 21 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. A remarkable year in the draw circle led to her overtaking the career lead with 106 draw controls after just two seasons.
Shearer and Gabriel were two of 128 student-athletes honored by the IWLCA, including 32 on the All-West/Midwest Region squads. Everyone selected is now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-America teams, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 17.
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