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WLAX: GNAC Announces All-Conference Selections, JWU’s Pazienski Named Attacker of the Year


Regis captures three major awards

WINTHROP, Mass. – The Great Northeast Athletic Conference announced its 2019 women's lacrosse all-conference teams and major award winners on Monday, headlined by Johnson & Wales University (RI) junior Allison Pazienski, who was voted the GNAC Attacker of the Year.

The league's 12 head coaches vote upon the selections and major awards.

Pazienski not only leads the GNAC in goals (97) and points (118) but is also tied for ninth in the nation with her 118 points. The Wildcats, who captured their third straight GNAC Championship over the weekend, will prepare to take on Morrisville State at Middlebury on May 11 in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Regis College took home three major awards, as junior Meghan Sargent was named Defender of the Year, sophomore Brittany McPherson was named Goalkeeper of the Year, and sixth-year head coach Courtney Duggan was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Pride to a 10-1 mark in GNAC play and the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

McPherson led the GNAC in both save percentage (.532) and goals-against average (7.82). Regis junior attacker Kerri Anselmo, senior midfielder Alyssa Kelly and junior defender Maddy Rodriguez also earned First Team accolades.  

Lasell College senior Jordan McComb was selected as the 2019 GNAC Midfielder of the Year, as she ranked second among GNAC leaders in goals (77) and fourth in points (96). Lasers senior attacker Vanessa Pino joined McComb on the First Team.

Rounding out the major awards was Emmanuel College sophomore Emily Saef, as the All-GNAC Third Team midfielder was voted the GNAC Rookie of the Year after posting 43 goals and 11 assists for 54 points for the Saints.

From JWU, joining Pazienski on the First Team were sophomore Maria Patane, freshman Marley Medina, and junior Deja Hursey.

From Colby-Sawyer College, in its first year competing in the GNAC, senior midfielder Brittany Ireland and sophomore defender Mattie Iaria rounded out the 2019 First Team selections.

Anna Maria College earned the GNAC's distinguished institutional sportsmanship award for women's lacrosse, as the AMCATS rebooted the program in 2019. For the complete list of GNAC All-Conference Teams and All-Sportsmanship Team, please see below.

First Team
A – Maria Patane, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Jr., Greenwich, N.Y.) 
A – Allison Pazienski, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
A – Vanessa Pino, Lasell (Sr., Methuen, Mass.) 
A – Kerri Anselmo, Regis (Mass.) (Jr., Natick, Mass.) 
M – Brittany Ireland, Colby-Sawyer (Sr., Amherst, N.H.) 
M – Marley Medina, Johnson & Wales (RI) (So., South Hadley, Mass.) 
M – Jordan McComb, Lasell (Sr., Cumberland, R.I.) 
M – Alyssa Kelly, Regis (Mass.) (Sr., Lee, Mass.) 
D – Mattie Iaria, Colby-Sawyer (So., Hingham, Mass.
D – Deja Hursey, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., Columbia, Md.) 
D – Maddy Rodriguez, Regis (Mass.) (Sr., Burlington, Mass.) 
D – Meghan Sargent, Regis (Mass.) (Jr., Brattleboro, Vt.) 
GK – Brittany McPherson, Regis (Mass.) (So., Lynn, Mass.) 

Second Team
A – Sarah Morin, Colby-Sawyer (So., Pelham, N.H.) 
A – Dani Lydecker, Johnson & Wales (RI) (So., Valley Cottage, N.Y.) 
A – Maddy Beaulieu, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., West Gardiner, Maine) 
A – Elena Bragg, Simmons (Sr., Belmont, Mass.) 
M – Sierra Schuster, Colby-Sawyer (Sr., Hopkinton, N.H.) 
M – Kayla Kelly, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., York, Maine) 
M – Mallory Cottam, Simmons (Sr., Hope, R.I.) 
M – Molly Reinhold, Simmons (So., Mystic, Conn.) 
D – Hadley Borkowski, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Fr., Allentown, N.J.) 
D – Caitie Grady, Lasell (So., Southbury, Conn.)
D – Brooke Greatorex, Regis (Mass.) (Fr., Gorham, Maine) 
D – Brittney Arsenault, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Fr., Gorham, Maine) 
GK – Kailyn Lapham, Colby-Sawyer (Jr., Medway, Mass.) 

Third Team
A – Kylie Rice, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Jr., Bethlehem, Conn.) 
A – Amanda DiLeonardo, Lasell (Jr., West Haven, Conn.) 
A – Kara Kelly, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., York, Maine) 
A – Missie Maiewski, Simmons (Sr., Northampton, Mass.) 
M – Emily Saef, Emmanuel (Mass.) (So., Moultonborough, N.H.) 
M – Madeline Bishara, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Jr., Saunderstown, R.I.)
M – Brynn Mendes, Norwich (Fr., Centerville, Mass.) 
M – Emily Kosak, Regis (Mass.) (Sr., Milton, Mass.) 
D – Katherin Martinez, Albertus Magnus (So., Norwalk, Conn.) 
D – Madison Johansson, Colby-Sawyer (So., Stratham, N.H.) 
D – Brooke Landry, Lasell (Jr., New Milford, Conn.) 
D – Lauren Williams, Simmons (Sr., Bowdoinham, Maine)
GK – Morgan Choquet, Lasell (Jr., Woonsocket, R.I.) 

ATTACKER OF THE YEAR – Allison Pazienski, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Jordan McComb, Lasell
Meghan Sargent, Regis (Mass.)
Brittany McPherson, Regis (Mass.)
Emily Saef, Emmanuel (Mass.)
Courtney Duggan, Regis (Mass.)
Anna Maria College

Grace Vestro, Albertus Magnus (Sr., Waterbury, Conn.) 
Cassie Micklesavage, Anna Maria (Fr., Pottstown, Pa.) 
Bethany Fennessey, Colby-Sawyer (Sr., Windham, N.H.) 
Allison Hutchings, Emmanuel (Jr., Billerica, Mass.) 
Erin Smith, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., Norwell, Mass.) 
Mary-Kait Mace, Norwich (Jr., Canton, N.Y.) 
Lily Delaney, Lasell (Sr., Weymouth, Mass.) 
Bridget Dowling, Regis (Jr., Hanover, Mass.) 
Amanda Barton, Rivier (Jr., Pelham, N.H.) 
Elizabeth Sears, St. Joseph (Conn.) (Sr., Bristol, Conn.) 
Madelyn Nelson, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Fr., Casco, Maine) 
Elena Bragg, Simmons (Sr., Belmont, Mass.) 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.