NU, Penn State meet at Lakeside Field in clash of conference unbeatens
Three-time IWLCA All-American Hillary Fratzke is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach at Northwestern after helping NU to three straight appearances in the national semifinals, including 2011 and 2012 NCAA championship victories. Fratzke claims a lead role in coordinating all aspects of the Wildcats program, including training sessions, film study, recruiting, program operations and marketing. She also coaches extensively in Northwestern's national youth camps and clinics and serves as a liaison with Northwestern Lacrosse's booster club.
In her three years at Northwestern, Fratzke has been on staff as the Wildcats amassed a 61-7 record, captured back-to-back NCAA Championships and produced two Lacrosse Honda Sports Award winners (Shannon Smith, Taylor Thornton). She has coached 12 IWLCA All-Americans with NU and been part of two American Lacrosse Conference champion squads (2011, 2013).
After ending her playing career at Towson ranked fourth in NCAA women's lacrosse history in draw controls (327), Fratzke has worked extensively to help Alyssa Leonard become one of the top draw specialists in the country. Leonard in 2013 set a program record with 125 draws and will begin her senior campaign ranked fourth in NCAA history behind Fratzke with 306 draw controls.
Fratzke brought with her to Evanston an impressive collegiate playing résumé, becoming the first player in Towson history to earn All-American distinction on three occasions. A starter beginning in her freshman season for the Tigers, Fratzke was a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy nominee as well as the two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year (2008 and 2010), while earning four All-CAA honors.
A native of Centreville, Md., Fratzke played in 72 games for Towson with 70 starts. She tallied 199 goals and 63 assists during her career, both of which rank third all-time in program history, and her 262 points is second in the Tiger record book. Fratzke also sits atop the Towson career leaders in ground balls (193), draw controls (327) and caused turnovers (144).
Fratzke helped lead Towson to back-to-back CAA titles in 2008 and 2009 as the Tigers qualified for the NCAA tournament three-straight seasons from 2008-10. She was honored in 2010 by being named to the Colonial Athletic Association's 25th-Anniversary Team.
Fratzke recorded a point in 70 consecutive games while notching a goal in 64-straight contests, the second-longest streak in NCAA history. As a junior, she netted a career-best 62 goals and 24 assists, en route to being named a first team IWLCA All-American, the CAA Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.
A CAA Scholar-Athlete and the 2010 Towson Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Fratzke graduated from Towson with a master's degree in biology after attaining her bachelor's degree in the same field.