Courtney and her twin sister Ashley had not played lacrosse at any level until they were recruited to play at NU by Wildcats head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller in the fall of 2001.
2005: Played 21/started 21 ... One of the Wildcat captains ... NU's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year ... NU's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient ... IWLCA Defender of the Year ... Tewaaraton Trophy semifinalist ... womenslacrosse.com Defender of the Year ... Inside Lacrosse Defensive Midfielder of the Year ... IWLCA first-team All-America and first-team All-Region ... Inside Lacrosse and womenslacrosse.com first-team All-America ... First-team All-ALC ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after recording 13 GB, eight DC and five CT in four games ... MVP of North-South All-Star Game after the season ... Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week (2/21) ... Led NU with 73 draw controls ... 3.48 DCPG average was second in ALC, eighth nationally ... Had 14 games with three or more DC, including nine vs. Oregon (2/26), eight vs. Connecticut (4/3), seven vs. California (3/20) and six in NCAA semifinal win vs. Dartmouth (5/20) ... Second on squad with 29 caused turnovers, third with 44 ground balls ... 1.38 CTPG average was eighth in ALC ... Had five GB in three games, including NCAA wins vs. Dartmouth (5/20) and Virginia (5/22) ... Five GB, four DC, four CT at Ohio (3/5) ... Four GB, four CT at Vanderbilt (5/1) ... IWLCA Scholar Athlete Award recipient ... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year (women's at-large). Academic All-America and Academic All-District ... IWLCA Academic Honor Roll ... ALC Academic Honor Roll ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2004: One of the Wildcat tri-captains ... Started all 18 games, moving from the midfield to defense during the season ... Inside Lacrosse First-Team All-America ... womenslacrosse.com First-Team All-America ... IWLCA/US Lacrosse Second-Team All-America ... IWLCA First-Team Regional All-America (Mid-Atlantic) ... Helped anchor a Wildcat back line that finished first in the ALC and fifth nationally in scoring defense ... First-team All-ALC for the second straight season ... Led NU, finished third in the ALC with 45 draw controls ... Tied twin sister Ashley with a team-high 20 caused turnovers, which was also among the ALC leaders ... Added 28 ground balls, which was fourth on the squad ... Began season with two goals, four GB and four DC in ALC win at Davidson (2/20) ... Had four DC and two CT in win over Colgate (3/20) ... Season-best nine DC in win at Connecticut (4/4) ... Four GB, three CT in win at No. 19 Stanford (4/9) ... Shared ALC Player of the Week honors with twin sister Ashley after combining for four GB, four DC and two CT in wins over No. 6 Notre Dame (4/20) and No. 9 Johns Hopkins (4/25) ... Came up with nine combined DCs in wins over Ohio (4/30) and Denver (5/2) ... Five draws, two ground balls in NCAA quarterfinal game at No. 2 Virginia (5/16) ... Recipient of NU Center Court's Scholar-Athlete Award ... CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team and Academic All-District (women's at-large category) ... IWLCA Academic Honor Roll ... ALC Academic Honor Roll ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2003: Started all 16 games in the midfield ... Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Third-Team All-America ... First-team All-ALC selection ... Led NU with 45 draw controls, 21 more than anyone else on the team ... Also led the 'Cats with 38 ground balls ... Tied for team-high honors with 13 caused turnovers ... Second on the squad with 19 goals ... Added four assists for 23 total points (third on the team) ... Named ALC Player of the Week and earned Inside Lacrosse National Honor Roll spot after scoring four goals and adding an assist in ALC win at Ohio (3/8) ... Filled box score with four goals, three ground balls and four draw controls vs. Johns Hopkins (3/28) ... Also had multiple-goal games vs. Brown (3/1) and Duquesne (3/10) ... Had a goal and an assist in consecutive games vs. Davidson (4/21) and Notre Dame (4/26) ... Had 10 games with three or more draw controls ... IWLCA Academic Honor Roll ... ALC Academic Honor Roll ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2002: Started all 15 games ... Led Wildcats with 38 draw controls, 14 more than anyone else on the team ... Finished second on the team behind her twin sister, Ashley, with 36 ground balls ... Scored 12 goals (t-3rd on team) and had an assist for 13 points ... Also fourth on the team with 18 caused turnovers ... Scored three goals in the first game she ever played, a 15-2 win vs. Marist (3/8) ... Led team with two goals at New Hampshire (4/6) ... Scored two goals apiece in wins over Ohio University (4/12) and Duquesne (4/14), and earned insidelacrosse.com Honorable Mention Player of the Week honors ... Also had five draw controls against Ohio ... Joined the team as a walk-on, had never played lacrosse before being approached by Coach Amonte Hiller in the fall of 2001 ... ALC Academic Honor Roll ... Academic All-Big Ten.
High School: Did not play lacrosse in high school ... In basketball, earned all-area honors ... Averaged 12.6 points per game and dished out 125 assists ... Helped lead team to 19-5 record senior season and advanced to the Final Eight of the Class 5A Indiana state championships ... AAU All-American with Eastern Indiana Wolfpack ... Also lettered in soccer (4) and track (1) ... In soccer, set school record for goals in a season in 1996 and again in 1999 ... In track, state finalist participant in 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Personal: Born Courtney Lee Koester on 3/15/82 in Richmond, Ind. ... Daughter of Lloyd and Arlene Koester ... Academic All-State honoree ... Played women's basketball at Northwestern during the 2000-01 season ... Also played rugby for NU's club team and the Midwest under-21 team in 2001.