Women's Lacrosse Announces 2017 Team Awards
May 15, 2017
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team held its annual end-of-the-year banquet where it honored the 2017 senior class and presented awards as voted on by members of the team.
The Golden Eagles recently concluded their fifth season as a program, finishing 6-11 overall, including 4-5 in the BIG EAST Conference and culminating in an exciting, season-ending, 14-12, comeback road win over Vanderbilt on April 30.
It was a year in which the offense took another step forward, scoring 42 more goals than in 2016 and raising the scoring average by more than five goals per game over the last two seasons. A big factor in all of that was the production of senior attacker Julianna Shearer, who was voted on by her peers as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2017.
Shearer led the BIG EAST Conference with 55 regular season goals, becoming the first Golden Eagle to accomplish the feat. She scored in every game this season, recording 16 multi-goal performances, including 11 games of three or more goals, on the way to earning First Team All-BIG EAST accolades and IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Second Team honors. The Westminster, Maryland, native finished her career with 128 points, including 115 goals scored.
Sophomore midfielder Logan Dobratz became the first winner of the “Hustle Award” not named Elizabeth Goslee. The four-time winner and former-Golden Eagle great passed the torch to Dobratz, who appeared in 12 games after sitting out her freshman campaign in 2016. The Lakeville, Minnesota, native earned considerable more playing time as the season went on, scoring four goals while adding seven ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers on the year.
This year’s Most Improved Player award went to sophomore defender Laine Dolan, who appeared in all 17 games for the Golden Eagles after appearing in just two games last season. The Glenview, Illinois, native was a key member off the bench before earning a starting role in each of the team’s final seven games. She tallied eight ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers for MU in 2017.
The “MU Rah Rah” spirit award is presented to the player that best displays their dedication and enthusiasm throughout the season. The award was presented by former three-time winner and current team assistant Emma Salter as senior Megan Bianco and junior Jordan Simonides shared the prestigious honor as co-recipients of the award.
Bianco, Shearer and the rest of the 2017 senior class, including Devyn Antolini, Alina Atayan, Amanda Bochniak, Claire Costanza, Fran Meyer, Taylor Smith and Meghan Wilson, were honored by their teammates and coaches one final time.
Marquette loses its nine-member senior class to graduation, but is set to return 25 letterwinners in 2018.
Keep up with the Marquette women's lacrosse program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MarquetteWLax) and Instagram (@MarquetteWLax) and `liking' on Facebook (/MarquetteWLax).
Hustle Award: Logan Dobratz
Most Improved Player: Laine Dolan
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