NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After going a perfect 9-0 against the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in 2016, the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team had six players named to the All-CACC team, highlighted by Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) taking home the CACC Player of the Year award and Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) earning the CACC Defensive Player of the Year award. Head coach George Chis-Luca was honored as the BSN Sports Coach of the Year.
The fourth player in program history to earn the CACC Player of the Year award, Mower has had a record-breaking season for the Rams, setting the record for points in a season (99), points in a career (321), goals in a career (207), and assists in a career (114).
Mower—an All-CACC first team selection for the fourth straight season—is leading the conference in goals (66), free-position goals (25), points, and second in assists (33). She is five goals away from breaking the school record for goals in a season and four assists shy from the assists in a season record.
In Division II, Mower is sitting second in points, free-position goals, and points per game (5.82), and seventh in goals and goals per game (3.88).
Philadelphia University's second straight CACC Defensive Player of the Year, DiGnazio—one of five Rams named to the All-CACC second team—led the conference with 33 caused turnovers and ranked sixth with 43 ground balls despite missing three games due to injury. She set career highs in goals (25), points (33), draw controls (38), caused turnovers, and ground balls.
DiGnazio is currently ranked 11th in Division II in caused turnovers per game (2.36).
Chis-Luca picked up his third coach of the year accolade after leading the Rams to a 12-5 overall record and the CACC regular season championship with a 9-0 record. Under his direction, Philadelphia led the CACC in goals (227), goals per game (13.35), assists (113), and draw controls (236). The team is second in goals against average (10.15), ground balls (362), and draw controls per game (13.88).
Joining DiGnazio on the All-CACC second team are Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North), and Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie).
In 13 matches this year, Setizinger put up 32 goals, 11 assists, and 43 points—all career highs—and is 12th in the conference in goals and 15th in points.
Avanzato is second on the Rams in assists (26) and points (47), which rank third and ninth, respectively, in the CACC. She has found the back of the net 21 times, fifth most on the team, and added 16 ground balls.
A two-time CACC rookie of the week, Dunne racked up 25 goals, 11 assists, 13 draw controls, and 11 ground balls in her first season with the team. Dunne—who scored the game-winning goal against Chestnut Hill on April 27 to secure the regular season title—is tied for third on the team in goals and fourth in points.
Shaw—who is on the lacrosse team for the first time after playing on the Rams' women's soccer team for four years—contributed five goals, three assists, 36 ground balls, 19 draw controls, and 15 caused turnovers. In the conference, she ranked 13th in ground balls and 15th in caused turnovers.
Philadelphia (12-5, 9-0 CACC) is the top seed for the CACC Tournament and will face either Caldwell or Holy Family in the semifinal round on Saturday, May 7 at noon at Georgian Court University.