A member of the college’s Class of 2018, the Deer Park native and a graduate of Deer Park High School has been named Lycoming’s NCAA Woman of the Year, one of four student-athletes now eligible to win the MAC Commonwealth’s NCAA Women of the Year, which will be announced in July.
Other nominees are Jessica Kelly (Arcadia, soccer), Kayla Herr (Widener, field hockey) and Annika Schwartz (Stevenson, beach volleyball, volleyball).
Lazarich is the second Lycoming women’s lacrosse player to be honored as an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, joining Brooke Strausser, who was the honoree in 2013, and the third soccer player to earn the nomination, joining 2012 nominee Kelly Prendergast and 2016 nominee Bree Nishibun.
In soccer, Lazarich rewrote the school’s offensive record book, posting program-records of 137 points and 62 goals, the latter of which are tied with Jeff Kocher of the men’s program for the most goals by a Lycoming soccer player.
She earned three all-conference accolades in her career, taking second-team honors as a freshman and junior and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. The two-time captain earned two national player of the week awards from the United Soccer Coaches and was the first player in program history to earn all-region accolades, taking third-team honors as a junior.
In lacrosse, Lazarich finished her career second in program history with 273 career points, third with 201 goals and 72 assists and second with 290 draw controls.
She was the Lycoming’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete in 2017 and the business administration major also earned two MAC Academic Honor Roll honors in her career.
The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.