Porcello, Urraro, Zabbia and Mimnaugh Win All The NE10 Offensive and Defensive Weekly Awards, As Pace Women’s Lax Soars to No. 6 In America


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Amine Kassaoui, Feature Editor

Both pairs of offensive and defensive Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week awards went to Pace University, as Angelina Porcello and Dan Zabbia won the offensive honors and Jolie Urraro and Ryan Mimnaugh won on the defensive side in what already feels like a very special lacrosse season for both squads.

In an offensive explosion against No. 1 East Stroudsburg University, last year’s NCAA Tournament runner-up, Porcello scored five goals in seven shots-on-goal, handed one assist, grabbed four ground balls, and won eight decisive draw controls.

The Warriors simply could not contain the Eastchester-native, who cut through the defense like a hot knife through butter.

Porcello currently has the second most goals in the NE10 with nine, just one score shy of the conference leader, while having played one less game.

The junior burst onto the scene in an outstanding sophomore campaign. Last season Porcello was an IWLCA, NE10, and All-Region First Team selection, leading her team in goals (61) and points (73).

Meanwhile, Urraro was a menacing force on both ends of the field, scoring four times and leading the squad with two assists, on top seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in the mauling of the Warriors.

Every single shot Urraro took against East Stroudsburg resulted in a goal, in a brilliantly efficient performance.

The Sayville-native currently leads Pace on the season in ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (3).

Last season Urraro was named to the NE10 All-Conference Third Team off 39 goals and 11 assists.

Also released on Monday afternoon was the latest IWLCA Division II Poll in which the Setters skyrocketed up to No. 6 in the nation, the program’s highest ever ranking.

Pace’s next two contests will determine if this team is for real.

After taking out No. 1 East Stroudsburg last week, Pace now faces No. 2 Florida Southern and No. 4 Tampa back-to-back on the road.

If Pace can somehow win both games and topple not one, not two, but three top-four nationally ranked teams on the road in succession, this team must be considered a legitimate national championship contender.

A pair of sophomore’s highlighted the men’s awards.

Zabbia scored 11 goals in two wins, six against Molloy and five against Wilmington, to lead the Setters to a 2-0 start.

Mimnaugh, meanwhile, was especially defensively ferocious against Molloy, causing six turnovers and scooping five ground balls up. He is tops on the team in caused turnovers and second in ground balls.

“Mims” as he is affectionately known by his teammates, was an NE10 All-Rookie Team honoree last season.

In Monday’s USILA Division II Poll, the men moved up one spot to No. 12 in the country and will face Lynn University in their final non-conference game before the start of the NE10 slate.