CHICAGO, Ill. – It has become commonplace for the Illinois Tech women's lacrosse team to earn multiple end-of-season awards from the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference. The 2018 season is no different, as on Friday, the MWLC announced honors for five Scarlet Hawks: Alyssa DeLuca, Shanie Scoles, Jennifer Young, Madison Mereidth, and Mallory Tognetti.
For the third season in a row, Illinois Tech's Alyssa DeLuca takes home First Team honors from the MWLC. The junior attacker and last season's Co-Attacker of the Year in the league once again ranked near the top of the conference in goals scored; holding the fifth position on the leaderboard with 47. The Massachusetts native was also tenth in the league in shots (97), 13th in points (50), 18th in both ground balls (45) and draw controls (44), and 19th in both shots on goal (64) and shooting percentage (48.5%). The Scarlet Hawks' success hinged in large part on DeLuca's production, as the team co-captain averaged 4.5 goals per game in Tech's wins compared to 1.6 per game in the team's defeats. DeLuca's numbers this season boosted her career goal tally to 174, the most in school history.
Just a freshman, Shanie Scoles quickly became one of the league's best players in 2018, earning the MWLC Freshman of the Year award and All-MWLC Second Team honors as a midfielder. The California native ranked in the MWLC's top ten in five different statistical categories: assists (13, sixth), draw controls (77, seventh), points (55, eighth), shots on goal (77, eighth), and goals (42, tenth). She scored in 13 of the 15 contests she played in and had a perfect shot on goal percentage in six different matches.
Proving to be a versatile player once again this season was Jennifer Young, earning Second Team All-MWLC honors as a defender. In a season that saw Young spend time on defense, in goal, and as a midfielder, she received all-conference recognition for the third straight year (First Team in 2017, Second Team in 2016) after setting career-highs in goals (15), assists (6), points (21), ground balls (50), caused turnovers (27), shooting percentage (50%), shots (30), shots on goal (23), and shot on goal percentage (76.7%). As a goalkeeper, Young made an impressive 15 saves on March 27 at MWLC powerhouse Concordia-Wisconsin and led the Scarlet Hawks to victory in a 13-3 win over Benedictine on March 31.
Also being recognized by the MWLC for a third straight year is Madison Meredith, earning Second Team honors after two straight years of First Team awards and the Midfielder of the Year title last season. The Texas native proved to be a great facilitator once again, leading the Scarlet Hawks with 20 assists (third in the conference). She also scored 15 goals to boost her points total to 35, while also scooping up 23 ground balls and 25 draw controls.
Following up an All-MWLC Honorable Mention performance last season, defender Mallory Tognetti earned a spot on the MWLC's All-Sportsmanship team in 2018. The emerging leader tallied six assists on the season while causing 12 turnovers and picking up 30 ground balls in 11 games played.
The Scarlet Hawks finished the 2018 season with an 8-7 overall record and a 7-4 MWLC mark, tying with Aurora University for fourth place in the conference. The first year of the Meghan Brady era ended on a four-match winning streak, securing a top four finish in the MWLC standings for the fourth time in four seasons in the league.