DENVER – The 2019 season was a major step forward and a record-setting year for the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team.
On Feb. 28 the Wildcats defeated Whitworth University by a score of 12-5 for the first win in program history. Junior Ashley Guerrero (Downey, CA) scored six goals and freshman Brigid McCollam (New Fairfield, CT) made 17 saves to lead JWU Denver to the milestone victory.
A month later, coach Mallory Bahr's team added to its win total with a 12-7 triumph over Elmhurst. Guerrero, senior Katie Smith (Livermore, CA) and freshman Madisyn Tulenchik (Victoria, MN) combined to score 10 goals while freshman Julianna Lozada (Poway, CA) totaled eight ground balls to aid the winning effort.
When it was all said and done, Guerrero and Tulenchik both racked up 30 points this spring, setting a single-season program record. Tulenchik's 28 goals were also a team record while Guerrero's shots (57) and shots on goal (44) set new program marks as well.
Lozada emerged as one of the team's defensive stars, setting a pair of team records for ground balls (45) and forced turnovers (26) in a season. Also of note was the 10-assist season by Jochelyn Suglio (Orlando, FL), another single-season team record.
Suglio is part of a promising first-year group that should only getting better in the years to come. McCollam is also a key member of that difference-making class of 2022. The goalie ranked third in the SCAC in both save percentage (.440) and saves per game (9.71) while her 15.61 goals against average were the best by a Wildcat in the program's four-year history.
The Wildcats honored three players on Senior Day – Smith, Kyleigh Crespo and Kaitlyn Warner – a trio that made a big difference to the team over the years. But with much of this season's production set to return in 2020, the future is extremely bright for JWU Denver women's lacrosse.