Just six years removed from picking up the sport, Northwestern senior Alyssa Leonard has established herself as the most dominant draw control specialist in the history of women's lacrosse.
2014: 2014 Tewaaraton Award candidate ... Ranks as the all-time leader in career draw controls in NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse with 359, surpassing the previous mark of 353 on March 11 at Michigan ... Also owns Northwestern school records for draw controls in a single season (125) and game (15) ... Team-leading 13 goals in 2014 ... Opened her senior season with 10 draws and two goals in a 13-12 win over Virginia ... Followed that with 13 draw controls and a pair of goals in a 12-11 victory at Duke ... Nine draw controls against Marquette ... Netted a hat trick against Notre Dame ... Eight draw controls and two scores at Ohio State ... Season-high four points (3g, 1a) in addition to nine draw controls at Michigan, the game in which she broke the NCAA record for career draw controls ... Spotlighted in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" section in the March 24 issue ... Two assists and six draw controls at Syracuse.
2013: One of the top draw control specialists in the nation ... Set Northwestern school records for draw controls in a single season (125) ... Her 5.68 draw controls per game ranked sixth nationally in 2013 ... Second on the squad with 37 goals in 2013 after scoring a total of 14 in her first two seasons ... Named second-team All-ALC and to the ALC All-Tournament Team ... Second-team IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region ... Collected 11 draw controls vs. Team USA in preseason Champion Challenge ... Won nine draws and notched three points in season-opener vs. UMass ... Against USC, tied the NCAA single-game record with 15 draw controls -- surpassing 200 for her career -- and scored three points (1g, 2a) ... Recorded 12 draw controls and team-high two goals at No. 5 UNC ... Career-best four goals and points at Vanderbilt ... One goal and one assist vs. BC ... Game-high nine draw controls to go with a hat trick at Johns Hopkins ... Tied her career high with four points on three goals and one assist at Navy, also matching her career best with three ground balls and adding two caused turnovers ... Six draw controls and three points vs. Harvard ... Seven draw controls and one goal in 9-8 win over Ohio State ... Notched game-winning goal with 6:09 to play in 13-12 win over No. 5 Syracuse ... Two goals and five draw controls against Penn State ... One goal and four draw controls at Virginia ... Won five draw controls against Duke to break NU's all-time record ... Two points and two caused turnovers vs. Stanford ... Goal and an assist vs. Notre Dame ... Two goals and an assist vs. Penn ... Seven draw controls and two goals in ALC title game win over Florida ... Named WomensLax.com National Player of the Week on May 6 ... Notched three goals, four points and eight draw controls in NCAA Tournament win over Stanford ... Scored four goals and secured two draw controls during the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament against Penn State ... One goal and three draw controls vs. UNC in semifinals.
2012: Once again served as NU's primary draw specialist, finishing one off her freshman season total with 90 in 2012 ... Began the year with nine draw controls at Stanford, just the 11th time in NU history a Wildcat has won at least nine draws in a game ... Game-high six draw controls vs. Oregon and seven at Louisville ... Matched her career high with two goals against Navy and added a team-high six draw controls ... Recorded one assist at Penn ... Team-high five draw controls in back-to-back, tightly contested wins over No. 3 UNC and No. 19 Johns Hopkins ... Sparked NU's NCAA Tournament win over Notre Dame with eight draw controls, her most since the season-opener at Stanford, and matched that total against Duke in the quarterfinals ... Instrumental once again in championship game, winning six draws in 8-6 win over Syracuse to help NU control possession ... Named to NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.
2011: Made an impact for NU in several aspects of the game as a freshman en route to being named American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year and a second-team All-West Region selection ... Played in all 23 games and started the last seven of the year ... Established herself as one of the elite draw control specialists in the country, finishing seventh nationally with 3.96 per game ... Her 91 draw controls tie for second-most all-time at NU in a single season ... Recorded just the third 10-draw control game in NU history against Navy (3/3) ... Scored seven goals and added one assist before making the move from midfield to defense ... Two-time ALC Rookie of the Week honoree ... Named to ALC Championship All-Tournament team ... Won nine draw controls in ALC title game vs. top-seeded Florida, including four in a row in the second half to help NU rally from an 8-5 deficit with less than 14 minutes to play ... Played a similar role in national title game vs. Maryland, winning five draws as Northwestern came back from an early 4-1 deficit ... Had two-goal games at Georgetown and at Massachusetts ... Finished with 19 ground balls.
High School: Two-year letterwinner at Bay Shore ... Helped lead the Marauders to the Long Island Championship in 2010 ... Named an All-American as a senior ... Also earned All-Long Island and All-County honors ... Named team captain and team MVP as a senior ... Tallied 91 goals and 29 assists in just two years of varsity lacrosse ... All-County honorable mention as a junior ... Named to the All-County tournament team in both 2009 and 2010 ... Coached by Allison Pfeffer ... Also lettered five times in volleyball, four times in softball and three times in basketball, giving her 14 varsity letters for her prep career ... Was a two-time League Player of the Year in volleyball and was named all-state as a senior ... Holds the Bay Shore school record for both digs and kills ... Named an All-American twice in softball (freshman and sophomore seasons) ... Earned the Dellacave Award as the top female athlete in Suffolk County ... Also received the Bay Shore Coaches Award ... Honor roll student all four years.
Personal: Born Alyssa T. Leonard ... Daughter of Brian and Michele Leonard ... Sister Breana is a senior on the Manhattan College lacrosse team ... Majoring in learning and organizational change.