Wildcats commence postseason with ALC Tournament Friday in Gainesville
2012: Leader on offense throughout the year, posting 17 goals to finish with 60 for her NU career ... Posted 11 ground balls on the year ... Scored one goal in season-opening win at Stanford ... Led Northwestern with four goals in 15-2 defeat of Oregon ... One caused turnover at Louisville ... Strong all-around game vs. William & Mary, scoring four goals for the second time and adding one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover ... Pair of goals and two draw control wins vs. UMass ... One assist vs. Navy ... One goal and one assist in 8-7 win over No. 3 UNC ... One goal and three ground balls vs. Notre Dame ... One ground ball and one draw control in Senior Day win over Virginia ... Scored a second-half goal in NCAA Tournament win vs. Notre Dame ... Two goals in the first half of semifinals vs. Maryland before notching NU's first goal in 8-6 win over Syracuse in title game ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Solidified herself as a multi-dimensional threat for Northwestern ... Played in all 23 games with starts in the final 10 games of the year ... Established career highs in points (29), goals (23) and assists (six) ... Her 29 points were fourth-most on the team ... Scored a career-best five goals vs. Ohio State, a weather-delayed game that featured torrential wind and rain ... Tallied four goals in four NCAA Championship games ... In the national title game vs. Maryland, pulled Northwestern level at 5-5 when she scored with five seconds remaining in the first half, helping NU erase a 4-1 deficit (5/29) ... Two goals in 10-9 ALC Championship game win vs. top-seeded Florida (5/7) ... Scored three points in season-opening win at Notre Dame (2/19) ... Had a key assist to Kat DeRonda late in the game in an 8-4 win at Virginia ... Finished with 15 ground balls, six draw controls and five caused turnovers ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2010: Continued to emerge as a major contributor for the Wildcats, playing in 21 games with 19 starts ... Began the year with a greater emphasis on the Northwestern offensive attack before taking on a more defensive focus in the second half of the season ... Set personal-bests in every statistical category, including notching 12 goals and three assists ... Found the back of the net twice at California (2/28), against Georgetown (3/6), at Duke (4/3) and at Penn (4/9) ... Also added an assist against the Hoyas, giving her a career-best three points ... Notched 26 ground balls as a sophomore, highlighed by four at Stanford (2/26) ... Scooped up three each at Syracuse (3/21) and in the NCAA final against Maryland (5/30) ... Caused 12 turnovers on the year, led by a pair against Virginia (4/30) ... Tallied four draw controls ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2009: Played a key role for Northwestern in her freshman campaign, seeing action in 22 games including her first career start against Penn State (4/12) ... Recorded eight goals and added a pair of assists on the year ... Registered the game-winning goal against Vanderbilt in the ALC semifinal (5/1) ... Found the back of the net against Massachusetts (5/10) in the NCAA first round victory ... Tallied both a goal and an assist against Denver (1/23) in her collegiate debut ... Scooped up five ground balls, led by a pair against Hofstra (3/12) ... Won a pair of draw controls while causing a turnover at Duquesne (2/17).
High School: Four-year letterwinner and team captain ... Totaled 318 goals and 121 assists during her high school career ... Helped lead Friars to CHSAA championship in 2005, 2006 and 2008 ... Two-time All-American in 2007 and 2008 ... Named CHSAA all-league all four years and was named Player of the Year three times ... 2008 High School Under Armor All-American ... Named to All-Long Island team three times (2006-08) ... Team MVP in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Member of NYS Empire team for three years, including serving as team captain in 2007 ... Two-year member of National School Girls team ... Member of Long Island Yellow Jackets club team for seven years ... Named MVP of Star-Spangled Banner tournament in 2005 and 2006 ... Named to National Draw all-tournament team in 2007 ... Also lettered in soccer and basketball ... Member of National Honor Society and High Honor Roll ... Won St. Bonaventure Academic Award all four years.
Personal: Born Jessica Ana Russo ... Daughter of Carol and Charlie Russo ... Father played football at Virginia ... Brother Nick played lacrosse at Virginia and brother Peter is a Northwestern graduate ... Played on same club team as Wildcat teammates Shannon Smith, Lacey Vigmostad and Brianne LoManto ... Played on NY team with former Wildcat Danielle Spencer ... Majoring in learning and organizational change.