May 2, 2018
Official BIG EAST Release
NEW YORK - Marquette University women's lacrosse junior Grace Gabriel has been named BIG EAST Conference Co-Midfielder of the Year and is joined by senior Allison Lane on the All-BIG EAST First Team, while junior Cate Soccodato has earned All-Second Team recognition, the league office announced on Wednesday.
"Both Grace and Allison are the gold standard for Marquette women's lacrosse," said head coach Meredith Black. "They are exceptional leaders, the heart and soul of our team and they feed off each other and compliment each other so well. Both are the true definition of a midfielder.
"Cate is so reliable and consistent with everything she does," Black added. "She really stepped up this year into her new role as a distributer and has thrived. I couldn't be more proud of these individuals. Their honors are well-deserved."
Gabriel's honor marks the first major award winner for the Marquette women's lacrosse program as she shares Co-Midfielder of the Year distinction with Florida's Sydney Pirreca. It's also her second-straight season as a unanimous first team selection.
The Lancaster, New York, native and team co-captain was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week four times and set career-highs in every category, including draw controls (103), where she once again set the program standard and led the league with 7.00 draws per game.
She ranked third in the BIG EAST in goals scored (54) and fifth in points (65) to go along with 45 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers (21 CTs in league play). Gabriel was the lone non-defender in the top-five in both categories. She registered 10 hat tricks, including three sock tricks this season and tallied a Marquette single-game record 13 draw controls against Denver.
Lane collects all-league honors for the third-consecutive season, including first team accolades for the second time. The Asbury, New Jersey, native and fellow co-captain greatly outperformed her 2016 numbers that landed her on the first team as a sophomore. In 2018, she set career-highs in goals (39), assists (13), points (52), shots (86), ground balls (47), draw controls (74) and caused turnovers (23).
She scored in every BIG EAST game this season and notched multi-goal performances in all but one with hat tricks in five. Like Gabriel, she has been effective all over the field with consistent stat-stuffing efforts throughout.
Soccodato claims her first-ever All-BIG EAST nod with a second team selection after leading the league and ranking 15th in the nation with 38 assists to go along with 18 goals and 56 points. She tallied a league-best 26 assists in conference-only games, which was eight more than the next-closest assist-getter.
The Huntington, New York, native had seven games of at least three assists, including a Marquette record and BIG EAST-high seven assists in a win over Cincinnati.
The Golden Eagles qualified for its first-ever BIG EAST Conference tournament, earning the No. 4 seed as they prepare to take on top-seeded and host Florida on Thursday, May 3.
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).
2018 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Postseason Award Winners
BIG EAST Attacker of the Year
Grace Nolan, Connecticut, Sr., ABIG EAST Co-Midfielders of the Year
Sydney Pirreca, Florida, Jr., MGrace Gabriel
, Marquette, Jr., MBIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Cassie Ekstrom, Connecticut, Sr., DBIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Haley Hicklen, Florida, Jr., GKBIG EAST Co-Freshmen of the Year
Quintin Hoch-Bullen, Denver, A
Shannon Kavanagh, Florida, MBIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
FloridaAll-BIG EAST First Team
Cassie Ekstrom, Connecticut, Sr., D
Grace Nolan, Connecticut, Sr., A*
Julia Feiss, Denver, Jr., A
Kennedy Milburn, Denver, R-Jr., D
Haley Hicklen, Florida, Jr., GK
Shannon Kavanagh, Florida, Fr., M
Shayna Pirreca, Florida, Sr., A
Sydney Pirreca, Florida, Jr., M*
Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, Jr., A*
Cara Trombetta, Florida, So., D*
Taylor Gebhardt, Georgetown, Jr., A*
Natalia Lynch, Georgetown, So., MGrace Gabriel, Marquette, Jr., M*Allison Lane, Marquette, Sr., M
Nicole Latgis, Temple, Sr., DAll-BIG EAST Second Team^
Monica Borzillo, Cincinnati, So., A
Kelsey Catalano, Connecticut, Sr., M
Sydney Watson, Connecticut, Fr., M
Maddie Baum, Denver, Jr., M
Quintin Hoch-Bullen, Denver, Fr., A
Sabrina Cristodero, Florida, Fr., D
Haelle Chomo, Georgetown, Jr., GK
Mollie Miller, Georgetown, Fr., D
Michaela Bruno, Georgetown, So., ACate Soccodato, Marquette, Jr., A
Maddie Gebert, Temple, So., M
Julie Blaze, Vanderbilt, Jr., M
Margaret Fee, Vanderbilt, Sr., D
Emily Mathewson, Vanderbilt, So., A
Kayla Peterson, Vanderbilt, Sr., A
Katie Comerford, Villanova, So., A
^extra player added due to a tie in voting