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Cabrini’s Carlson, Neary, Pace sweep Atlantic East awards; Cavaliers face Tufts Sunday in NCAA opener

Saturday, 8th May 2021

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/8/21
From Press Release

The Cabrini women’s lacrosse team added to its trophy case, as the Cavaliers collected all three end of the year players awards among the team’s 10 All-Atlantic East Conference awards.

Sophomores Dana Carlson (Springfield-Delco) and Shea Neary (Archbishop Carroll) were named Atlantic East Player and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, while freshman Olivia Pace (Springfield-Delco) was named Rookie of the Year, the league announced this morning.

Cabrini’s (from left) Dana Carlson, Shea Neary, and Olivia Pace

Joining Carlson, Neary and Pace with First Team accolades are sophomore Olivia Little and junior Ashley Tutzauer, while sophomore Sam Hamalak (Garnet Valley) and freshman Caroline Gallagher (Middle Twp-NJ) were named to the Second Team.

Carlson continues to climb the program’s scoring lists after her 60 points and 45 goals led the conference, while her 15 assists ranked second. A model of consistency, Carlson scored at least three goals in nine of 10 games this season and tallied at least five goals five times, including a season high eight goals in the Atlantic East Conference championship.

Among the most impressive of Carlson’s feats this season is that she has scored her 45 goals on just 72 shots and just two free position shots. The sophomore also ranks among the Blue and White’s team leaders with 11 ground balls, eight draw controls and seven caused turnovers.

Neary has been the undoubted leader of a Cabrini defensive unit that has allowed just 85 goals on the season, including just 35 in six regular season conference games. The sophomore led the conference with 68 draw controls, 30 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. Her 3.11 caused turnovers per game also rank 14th in Div. III.

Far from a one way player, Neary’s 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists rank among team leaders, while committing just five turnovers in 10 contests.

Pace made an immediate impact on the Cavaliers with two goals in her collegiate debut and the rookie was off and running. Pace’s 18 goals were good for third on the team and tied for fifth in the Atlantic East.

The rookie posted multiple markers in eight of 10 games this season, including a season best five goals and the eventual game winner in Cabrini’s 21-15 victory at Marymount. Pace also connected on seven of her nine free position opportunities.

Like Pace, Little made the most of her first season in the Blue and White, pairing 27 goals and a team-high 25 assists for 52 points, good for third in the league in goals, first in assists and third in points. The sophomore, who also posted four goals and seven assists en route to Atlantic East Championship MVP honors, tallied at least three points in all 10 games, while her 44 draw controls helped spark the Cabrini attack.

Despite missing the first game of the season, Tutzauer ranked second on the team and fifth in the conference with 16 caused turnovers, while her 18 ground balls were good for third on the club. Tutzauer recorded multiple ground balls five times and caused multiple turnovers on five occasions, while contributing five goals and five helpers to the Cavaliers’ offense.

Hamalak boasted a 8.09 goals against average, best in the league by more than two goals, a number that fell to just 5.41 in conference contests. The sophomore backstop tallied 39 saves and a .375 save percentage, while her19 ground balls rank second on the team.

Gallagher caused 12 turnovers, third on the team, and scooped 18 ground balls, good for fifth on the club. The rookie opened her collegiate career with three ground balls and a caused turnover against Div. II Jefferson and went on to secure multiple loose balls four times and cause multiple turnovers three times.

After losing the first two games of the season, the Cavaliers reeled off eight consecutive victories, culminating with a 21-11 win in the Atlantic East Championship game on Saturday. The win marked Cabrini’s ninth consecutive conference title and 19th in program history.

The Blue and White’s campaign will continue on Sunday, when it faces NESCAC champion Tufts (6-0) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Waterville, ME.

All-Atlantic East Conference


Sarah Agrillo, Marymount
Dana Carlson (Springfield-Delco), Cabrini
Olivia Pace (Springfield-Delco), Cabrini

Shea Neary (Archbishop Carroll), Cabrini
Emily Peters, Marymount
Olivia Little (Springfield-Delco), Cabrini

Ashley Tutzauer, Cabrini
Molly Gallagher (Paul VI-NJ), Immaculata

Melanie Wittick, Marywood

Reilly Owens (Pottstown), Gwynedd Mercy

4 At-Large:
Damali Teagle (Central), Gwynedd Mercy
Kayla McCabe, Marywood
Emily Caldarelli, Wesley
Madison Noble, Marymount


Riley Love, Marymount
Jill Kane (Academy of Notre Dame), Gwynedd Mercy
Brylin Adams, Neumann

Alaina Brenneman, Marywood
Margaret Johnson, Wesley
Lindsey Fagan (Bonner Prendie), Neumann

Seydel Acuna (Central), Gwynedd Mercy
Sydney Clifford, Marymount
Caroline Gallagher, Cabrini

Emily Dyminski, Marywood
Sam Hamalak (Garnet Valley), Cabrini

4 At-Large:
Kaitlyn Klitchko (Bishop Eustace-NJ), Immaculata
Catherine Bennett, Wesley
Nani Espada (Pennsauken), Neumann
Maddy Terry (Conwell-Egan), Immaculata

Player of the Year – Dana Carlson, Cabrini
Defensive Player of the Year – Shea Neary, Cabrini
Rookie of the Year – Olivia Pace, Cabrini

Coaching Staff of the Year – Marymount University



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