Northwestern seeks third straight championship, eighth overall under Amonte Hiller
Career: Arguably one of the top players in the history of the sport ... Ends her career as the Wildcats all-time leader in points (398) and assists (224) and ranks sixth in goals (174) ... Captured the Tewaaraton Trophy and Lacrosse Honda Sports Award in 2008 and 2009 ... Three-time IWLCA first-team All-American ... IWLCA, WomensLax.com and Womenslacrosse.com Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 ... 2008 Big Ten Conference Suzy Favor Award Winner ... NCAA Division I career assist record holder (224) ... Also holds Division I single-game (10) and single-season (83) records ... NCAA Championship all-time career assist leader (35) ... 398 career points ranks third all-time in NCAA Division I history ... American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year and first-team all-conference selection in 2008 and 2009 ... ALC Championship Most Valuable Player in 2008 and 2009 ... Recorded at least one point in her last 67 games as a Wildcat ... Started all 88 games of her Northwestern career with an 85-3 overall record.
2009: Continued to establish herself as one of the top players in the sport's history, capturing her second-straight Tewaaraton Trophy and Lacrosse Honda Sports Award ... Named Player of the Year by IWLCA, WomensLax.com and Womenslacrosse.com, earning first-team All-American honors by each ... Named one of 10 finalists for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year for the second time ... Northwestern's female Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Conference Suzy Favor Award nominee ... Led the nation with 142 points, the second-highest single-season total in Division I history ... Became the Division I all-time assist leader with 224, surpassing Jen Adam's previous record of 178 ... Her 83 assists is a new single-season NCAA record, surpassing the previous record of 69 she set in 2007 ... Recorded 10 assists at Duquesne (2/17), setting a new NCAA single-game record ... Dished out eight assists against Rutgers (3/14), the third-highest single-game total in NCAA history ... Tallied six assists each against Princeton in the NCAA quarterfinal (5/16) and against North Carolina in the NCAA championship game (5/24) ... Her 16 assists in the NCAA Championship set a new tournament record as she was named to the NCAA all-tournament team ... Recorded at least two assists in all but one game for the Wildcats ... Scored a career-best 59 goals, marking the third-straight season of at least 50 goals ... Found the back of the net a career-high seven times against Syracuse (4/22) ... Also registered five goals at Vanderbilt (2/27) ... Recorded at least two goals in 16 of the Wildcats' 23 games ... Had three game-winning goals, the most memorable coming with 1:31 remaining in an 11-10 victory at Virginia (4/19) ... An all-around threat, led the team with 72 draw controls, including a career-high seven at Penn State in the ALC championship game (5/2) as the Wildcats led the nation by averaging 16.91 draws per game ... Her 72 draws is the fourth-highest single-season total in program history and she closes her career third in program history with 199 ... Won six draws each at Georgetown (3/7) and against Hofstra (3/12) ... Recorded five draws three times, including against Princeton in the NCAA quarterfinals (5/16) and against Penn in the NCAA semifinals (5/22) ... Scooped up 24 ground balls, led by a career-high five against the Tigers in the NCAA quarterfinals ... Named American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year and tournament MVP for the second-straight year while being named to the all-conference first-team ... Named ALC Player of the Week five times, including four-straight honors from March 16 to April 6 ... Nike/Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week on April 7 ... Member of the Australian national team, which won the silver medal at the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague and was named to the All-World team ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008: Solidified her status as one of the nation's elite players, capturing the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy as the top women's collegiate player in the country ... Winner of the 2008 Lacrosse Honda Sports Award in helping the Wildcats' to their fourth-straight national championship ... Named Player of the Year by the American Lacrosse Conference, Inside Lacrosse , IWLCA, womenslacrosse.com and WomensLax.com ... A first-team All-American selection by Inside Lacrosse and IWLCA ... Earned Big Ten Conference's Suzy Favor Award for the conference's top female athlete ... Was one of 10 finalists for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year ... Led Northwestern in scoring with 114 points (51g, 63a), becoming the first player in the program's history to record back-to-back 100 point seasons ... Her 114 points is the second best single-season performance in school history, behind only her 119 point 2007 season ... Ranked second nationally in points and assists, third in points per game (5.18) and assists per game (2.86) and tied for fourth in draw controls (63) ... Northwestern's all-time assist leader with 141, surpassing current assistant coach Lindsey Munday in the ALC finals against Vanderbilt (5/4) ... Ranks third on the all-time NCAA assist list and is 37 shy of the all-time record ... Became the seventh member of the Wildcat 200 point club and ranks fourth on the all-time points list with 256 (115g, 141a) ... Her 115 goals is tied for 10th all-time ... Recorded a season-high nine points (4g, 5a) in the ALC semifinals against Penn State (5/3) ... Registered eight points at Rutgers (2/24) and against Boston University (3/9) ... Tallied at least three points in every game, including putting up five or more points 13 times ... Scored a career-high six goals in the NCAA first round victory over Notre Dame (5/11) and netted four goals on four other occasions ... Dished out a season-high five assists in both of the ALC Championship victories over Penn State and Vanderbilt, picking up MVP honors ... Recorded 12 goals and 10 assists during the NCAA tournament, including three goals and three assists in the championship game against Penn, and was named to the NCAA all-tournament team ... Registered four assists six times in 2008 ... Joins Hilary Bowen as the only Wildcats to record at least one point in every game, and the duo have tallied at least one point in 44 consecutive games ... Earned ALC Player of the Week honors twice en route to being named to the all-conference first team.
2007: Burst on the national scene in her sophomore season ... One of five Tewaaraton Trophy finalists ... A first-team IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse All-American ... Was the MVP of the ALC Tournament after scoring 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in the two wins over Penn State and Johns Hopkins ... Also named to the ALC and NCAA All-Tournament teams ... 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 ... Ranked second in nation with 3.1 assists (first in the ALC) and fourth with 5.4 points per game (second in the ALC) ... Led the Wildcats with 119 points--a school record--recording 50 goals and an NCAA-record 69 assists ... A first-team All-ALC selection ... Tied the school's single-game record with seven assists in back-to-back games against Ohio State (4/27) and Hofstra (4/29) and dished out 23 over a four-game span late in the season ... Nielsen filled up the stat sheet all season long, joining Kristen Kjellman as the only two Wildcats to score at least one goal in all 22 games ... Recorded a career-high nine points on five goals and four assists in the win at Boston University (3/25) ... Later tied that mark with two goals and seven assists in the win over Hofstra (4/29) ... Had four assists in the NCAA championship game against Virginia (5/27) ... Had six games with eight or more points ... Totaled 10 ground balls, 34 draw controls and scored on 4-of-10 free-position attempts ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2006: Started all 21 games in her freshman season ... Finished with 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points from her midfield position ... Recorded 34 ground balls and 30 draw controls ... Recorded four three-point games ... Recorded one goal and two assists in her first collegiate game at Maryland (2/13) ... Had two goals and one dish against Ohio (3/4) and at Penn State (4/16) ... Recorded one goals and two assists in the win at UConn (4/2) ... Also recorded multiple-goal games against No. 8 Johns Hopkins (4/23) and at Ohio State (4/28) ... Scooped a season-high seven ground balls in the win at Syracuse (3/31) ... Also had a season-high four draw controls in that game and in the win at Penn (3/7).
High School: Three-year member of South Australian U-17 state team and a member of the South Australian U-21 state team in 2005 ... Played on the South Australian senior state team in 2002 and 2004-05 and played for the U-19 2003 Australian National Team ... Also was a member of the World Champion Australian team in 2005 ... Scored one goal in her reserve roll to help Australia defeat the United States, 14-7, in the gold medal match in July ... Winner of the prestigious Club & Association Best and Fairest Awards in 2004.
Personal: Born Hannah Carly Nielsen ... Daughter of Brian and Vicki Nielsen ... Major is human development and psychological services.