Wildcats compete in women's-only event at NFL venue for second straight season
2013: Played in two games in her sophomore campaign ... Missed the first five games of 2013 campaign due to injury ... Made her first appearance of the season in win at Johns Hopkins ... Recorded a ground ball in NU's quarterfinal win over Penn State on May 18 ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2012: Saw first field action of the year in win at Louisville ... Also made appearances vs. William & Mary and UMass.
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse and basketball ... Scored 297 points in her career with 100 goals ... First-team All-Western Massachusetts in 2011 when she became the first All-American in her school's history ... Selected to Western Massachusetts all-star game as a senior ... Led Western Massachusetts in assists in 2011 (67) ... Third in Western Massachusetts for total points as a junior (110) ... Four-time All-Valley Wheel Conference selection ... Posted 10 points on two goals and eight assists in a 2010 playoff qualifier game ... Represented Lower New England at Women's Division National Tournament and played in Super Juniors tournament at Yale during the 2009-10 year ... Team reached four consecutive Western Massachusetts finals ... Also the starting point guard in basketball for three years, helping Minnechaug to two appearances in Western Massachusetts semifinals ... Named to "Super Seven" team by Republicannewspaper ... Three-year member of NED/Lax Plus Lacrosse club ... Member of National Society of High School Scholars as a sophomore ... Invited to try out for U.S. Women's Lacrosse U-19 team in 2011.
Personal: Born Amanda Christine McLaughlin ... Daughter of Brian McLaughlin and Bethany McLaughlin-Maynard ... Father and uncle each played ice hockey at Vermont ... Also has uncles who played lacrosse at UMass and football at Trinity College ... Grandfather played football and ice hockey at Harvard ... Chose Northwestern over Maryland, Brown, UNC, Duke and UMass ... Majoring in communication studies.