Taylor Thornton becomes NU's second four-time All-American
Career Highlights: Capped off an illustrious career with the team's third-straight national championship in May 2007 -- becoming only the second team in NCAA history to win three consecutive titles ... Winner of the 2006 and 2007 Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the top player in college lacrosse and becoming the first athlete, male or female, to win the award in consecutive seasons ... The only four-year All-America choice (three-time first-team selection) in the school's history ... A three-time American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Player of the Year ... A three-time National Midfielder of the Year ... Owns the all-time Northwestern record for goals (250) and points (349) -- both good for sixth on the NCAA all-time annals -- and is second on the school's all-time list with 99 career assists ... Set the all-time NCAA record with 39 career goals in NCAA Championship play ... Also owns the NCAA all-time record with 268 career draw controls and a 3.29 draw controls per game average ... Recorded at least 50 goals and 70 points in all four years of her career and is the only Northwestern player to score 50 or more four-straight years ... Became just the seventh player in NCAA history to eclipse 250 career goals ... A three-time Honda Sports Award winner for lacrosse ... Led the Wildcats to a remarkable 77-5 record during her four years (13-1 in NCAA Championship play) and a 62-2 mark over the last three ... Started all but one game in her career, 81-of-82 games ... Member of the U.S. National Elite team.
2007: Winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy for the second-straight year, becoming the first athlete, male or female, to win the award in consecutive seasons ... A first-team IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse All-America selection for the third-straight year ... Honda Sports Award winner for the third-straight year ... Inside Lacrosse and IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year ... American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Player of the Year for the third year in a row ... Named to both the ALC and NCAA All-Tournament teams ... Led the nation's top scoring team with 66 goals to go along with 24 assists (90 points) and ranked among the national leaders with 80 draw controls ... Led the ALC with 3.64 draws and finished seventh nationally ... Averaged 4.1 points per game overall ... First-team all-conference choice for the fourth year in a row ... The only player in the country with at least 60 goals and 80 draw controls ... Started all 22 games, helping the Wildcats set NCAA single-season records with 361 goals, 168 assists, 529 points and a 16.4 goals per game average ... One of two Wildcats to score a goal in each game ... Scored 37 goals over the final 11 games of the season ... Scored six goals in wins over Notre Dame (3/1) and Hofstra (4/29) ... Totaled 12 games with three or more goals and eight with four or more ... Totaled 34 ground balls, 80 draw controls and 26 caused turnovers ... Was third on the team with 117 shots ... womenslacrosse.com National Player of the Week April 23 after scoring eight goals in wins over No. 2 Maryland (3g) and No. 13 Johns Hopkins (5g) ... Recorded a season-high nine draw controls in addition to four CT's, three GB's, three goals and one assist in the NCAA first round win over Holy Cross (5/13) ... Also had eight draw controls against Ohio State (4/27) and against Penn State (5/4) ... Had one goal, one assist and six draw controls in the NCAA championship game win over Virginia (5/27) ... Recorded three goals, one assist and seven ground balls in the win over No. 2 Maryland (4/16) ... Named the ALC Player of the Week four times throughout the season ... Led the team with seven game-winning goals ... Made good on 13-of-23 free-position attempts.
2006: Winner of the 2006 Tewaaraton Trophy as the top female lacrosse player in Division I, becoming the first player to win the award, male or female, from a non-east coast school ... Led her team to its second-straight NCAA championship, helping the Wildcats become the first team in school history to win back-to-back NCAA team titles ... Winner of the 2006 Honda Award for lacrosse for the second straight year ... IWLCA/US Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse first-team All-America selection for the second-consecutive year ... IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse Midfielder of the Year for the second year in a row ... American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year ... First Team All-ALC for the third year in a row ... 2006 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection ... Led her team with 72 goals (second on NU's single-season all-time list), 91 draw controls and 98 overall points to complement 26 assists ... Led the nation's top-scoring offense that averaged 15.8 goals per game ... Recorded 55 ground balls, second-best on the team ... Led the team with 129 shots, 106 of those on goal ... Became just the second player in Northwestern lacrosse history to record 50 or more goals in three-straight seasons ... Named ALC Player of the Week on Feb. 23 ... Started every game ... Finished sixth nationally with 4.67 points per game, seventh with 3.43 goals, 39th with 1.2 assists and fourth with 4.33 draw controls per game ... Averaged 4.8 points per game in 14 games against ranked opponents ... Opened the season with seven straight games in which she recorded six or more points, recording 43 points on 29 goals and 14 assists ... Had 10 games total with six or more points ... Had 17 games with three goals or better and scored at least three points in 19-of-21 games ... Named womenslacrosse.com and insidelacrosse.com National Player of the Week on Feb. 20 and again on April 24 after the 'Cats knocked off No. 5 UNC and No. 8 Johns Hopkins in the span of three days-tallied nine goals, two assists, 10 draw controls, two GB's and five caused turnovers in those two games ... Tallied a season-high seven points (6g, 1a) in the win at Penn (3/7) ... Had five goals in the win over Ohio (3/4), in the loss at Duke (4/7), in the win over UNC (4/21) and in the win over Denver (4/30) ... Scored six points (4g, 2a) in the NCAA Tournament win over Stanford and five points (4g, 1a) in the win over top-seeded Duke in the NCAA Championship semifinals (5/26) ... Had a season-highs with 10 draw controls in the win at Rutgers (2/26) and nine ground balls in the win at Stanford (3/25).
2005: Played 20/started 19 ... Missed Oregon (2/26) and most of Denver (2/27) due to illness ... Honda Award recipient ... Tewaaraton Trophy finalist ... Northwestern's nominee for the Big Ten's Suzy Favor Award ... IWLCA Midfielder of the Year ... Inside Lacrosse Offensive Midfielder of the Year ... IWLCA first-team All-America and first-team All-Region ... Inside Lacrosse and womenslacrosse.com first-team All-America ... ALC Player of the Year ... First-team All-ALC ... NCAA Championship MVP after scoring NU's first five goals and adding five ground balls and four draw controls in title-game win vs. Virginia (5/22) ... Inside Lacrosse and womenslacrosse.com National Player of the Week (4/11) ... Two-time ALC Player of the Week (4/11, 5/2) ... Two-time member of womenslacrosse.com National Honor Roll (4/4, 5/2) ... Sports Illustrated Face In The Crowd (6/13) ... Led NU with 59 goals (fourth on NU's single-season list) ... 2.95 GPG average was second in ALC and 17th nationally ... Second on team with 91 points (third on NU's single-season list) ... 4.55 PPG average was third in ALC and third nationally ... Dished out 32 assists (tied for second on NU's single-season list) ... 1.60 APG average was third in ALC and 12th nationally ... Second on team with 65 draw controls and 46 ground balls ... 3.25 DCPG average was fourth in ALC and 10th nationally ... Finished with 15 multi-goal outings including a six-goal game, four five-goal games and three four-goal games ... Had 12 games with three or more draw contols ... Scored twice, had five GB in season-opening win at North Carolina (2/20) despite battling mononucleosis ... Six points (4g, 2a), five draw controls in win at regional rival Notre Dame (3/3) ... Six goals and six assists for 12 points vs. Connecticut (4/3) was best individual scoring performance in NCAA Division I in 2005 ... Also had two goals and four draws vs. Huskies ... Five goals, three assists, four ground balls and six draw controls in win over No. 2 Duke (4/10) ... Six points (5g, 1a), three draws vs. Penn State (4/15) ... Six assists and six draws vs. Davidson (4/17) ... Three points (2g, 1a), four GB, three DC at Johns Hopkins (4/22) ... Had nine draw controls at Vanderbilt (5/1) and six more vs. Ohio State (5/5) ... Two goals, four ground balls, two caused turnovers in NCAA semifinal win vs. Dartmouth (5/20).
2004: Started all 18 games for the 'Cats ... Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Year ... womenslacrosse.com Co-National Rookie of the Year ... IWLCA second-team All-America (only freshman so honored) ... Inside Lacrosse second-team All-America ... womenslacrosse.com second-team All-America ... womenslacrosse.com National All-Rookie Team ... IWLCA First-Team Regional All-America (Mid-Atlantic) ... ALC Rookie of the Year ... First-team All-ALC ... Led NU with 53 goals (6th on NU's single-season list) and 17 assists (7th) for 70 points (5th) ... Finished fourth in the ALC in regular-season goals and fifth in regular-season scoring ... Led squad with five game-winning goals ... Second on the team, sixth in the ALC in draw controls ... Tied for second among the 'Cats with 16 caused turnovers ... Also had 30 ground balls ... Had 13 multi-goal games, including a team-high nine with three or more goals ... Recorded at least a hat trick in eight of last 12 contests ... Led all scorers in both of NCAA Tournament games, with four points (3g, 1a) in the first round vs. Notre Dame (5/13) and eight points (5g, 3a) in the quarterfinal round at Virginia (5/16) ... Scored three points (2g, 1a), added two DC in first collegiate game, at Davidson (2/20) ... One goal, three assists in 14-13 win at Rutgers (2/28) ... Two goals, two CT, two DC in ALC win at No. 15 Ohio State (3/7) ... womenslacrosse.com National Rookie of the Week after figuring in all but one goal in Wildcats' 7-5 win over Colgate (3/20 - 3g, 3a) ... Scored two goals -- one near the end of regulation, one to tie it in the second OT period -- in sudden-victory win at Delaware (3/24), added two GB and two DC ... ALC Player of the Week after scoring six goals -- including all of the Wildcats' last five, four of which were unassisted -- in 12-11 comeback win over Virginia Tech (3/28) ... insidelacrosse.com National Honor Roll after setting a modern NU record with eight goals and tied another mark with nine points vs. UConn (4/4) ... Three goals, four DC and two GB in win at No. 19 Stanford (4/9) ... insidelacrosse.com National Honor Roll for second time after five-goal performance in ALC win at No. 18 Penn State (4/17) ... One week later, named womenslacrosse.com National Rookie of the Week for the second time after consecutive four-goal outings against No. 6 Notre Dame (4/20) and No. 9 Johns Hopkins (4/25) ... Also combined for five GB, four DC and three CT in those two contests ... Five points (3g, 2a), three GB and two DC vs. Denver (5/2).
High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Captained the Wolverines to their first state title senior year ... Scored game-winning goal in final minute of state championship game ... All-America as a senior ... 2003 Boston Globe and Neponset Valley Daily News Player of the Year ... 2002 Boston Globe All-Scholastic ... Two-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic ... Second-team All-America as a junior ... Three-time Tri-Valley League All-Star ... Scored more than 300 points in her career and led Wolverines to 76-8 record ... Team MVP senior year ... Wolverines were ranked 19th nationally her senior year ... High school coach was Leslie Frank ... Played for Mass Elite club team ... Also lettered four times in soccer and three times in basketball ... Captained both sports as a senior ... Two-time all-conference in both sports ... Basketball team went 92-4 during her career and won two Division 3 state titles ... Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Kristen Elizabeth Kjellman on 11/18/84 ... Daughter of Joanna and Bob Kjellman ... Major is communication studies.