College Notebook: A Golden finish for Shearer at Marquette

Julianna Shearer had six games of women's lacrosse at Marquette University on her college career resume when the then freshman faced a crossroad.

Shearer recalls facing Harvard on March 15, 2014, and moving around the crease when she suffered a non-contact injury to her right knee. Shearer tore her anterior cruciate ligament, ending her season and forcing the Westminster native to wonder if she'd ever be able to compete at the Division I level again.


Perish that thought — Shearer returned the following season and put together a historic three seasons with the Golden Eagles, and she's leaving as the program's all-time goals leader.

"You wouldn't really expect lacrosse programs in Milwaukee, or in the Midwest in general, to be doing so well," Shearer said. "I wouldn't change a thing about my experience. I really loved the environment that I went to school in. The coaches were so welcoming when they were recruiting me, which made it easier to pick Marquette over some other schools. Everyone on the team is amazing and I've made long-lasting friendships through lacrosse out there."


Shearer played high school lacrosse at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville before heading to Wisconsin for college. After she missed most of her freshman season, and attacker worked her way into Marquette's starting lineup in 2015.

The Golden Eagles' inaugural women's lacrosse season was 2013, so Shearer arrived as one of the promising players for the future. As a sophomore she made 14 starts and appeared in all 17 games for Marquette. Last spring, Shearer set a school record with 36 goals and broke an old mark with 46 draw controls.

But she saved the best for last — Shearer collected 55 goals and 50 points, along with 45 draws, 27 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. She had 13 multi-goal games, and 11 games in which she scored three or more goals.

She's the fourth Marquette player to reach 100 career points, and her 115 goals are tops on the all-time list.

Shearer earned first-team all-Big East Conference honors (she led the league in goals this spring), and was named second-team All-West/Midwest Region by the Intercollegeiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Last weekend, Shearer came home to take part in the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks.

She scored two goals in helping the North team beat the South 16-11.

Shearer said she's moving into the "real world" now, filling a post-graduate position with a financial company in Milwaukee while planning to coach club lacrosse over the summer.

"It was super tough, especially dealing with that [knee injury] freshman year," Shearer said. "You're already trying to adjust to so many things in your environment. Just having that thrown on top of that was pretty difficult to deal with. But I think I had a pretty good support system ... having the right people to support me and help me to get back to where I wanted to be, caliber-wise playing, was really helpful."

Postseason honors for Bost

Lebanon Valley College senior Sammy Bost (Liberty) recently wrapped up the most impressive four-year softball career in program history, leading the Flying Dutchmen to their third conference championship game in four years. Bost recently earned her third first-team Academic All-America honor from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

She's the first LVC athlete to receive three such awards.

Bost was pegged National Fastpitch Coaches Association First-Team All-Region for the fourth time, and she earned her fourth Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Softball all-conference first-team honor after winning the league's regular-season batting title.


The senior led the Flying Dutchmen this spring with a .442 batting average, 50 hits, including four doubles and a triple, and a .471 on-base percentage. She slugged .496, scored 28 runs, and drove in nine more to go along with 17 stolen bases and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in center field. Earlier this season, she broke the program's all-time hits record and was tabbed the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week in March.

Bost is the NCAA's all-time record-holder for consecutive stolen bases with 97 in a row.

A four-spot for Mustangs' Gieselman

Stevenson University senior Bryan Gieselman (Winters Mill) was recently named to the All-MAC Commonwealth first team, the fourth all-conference nod in his career. Gieselman has been an all-conference member all four years after earning honorable mention honors as a freshman.

Gieselman led the Mustangs this season with seven singles victories, all coming at the No. 1 flight. He also finished second on the team with three conference single wins. The senior finished with 14 doubles victories, with 11 of them coming at the No. 1 flight.

Gieselman finishes his career with a program record 48 doubles victories while ranking tied for sixth with 32 single wins. His 80 combined wins ranks second in program history.


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