Nine Wildcats tally goals to help close regular season on winning note
Career: Closes her career having made her mark on the Northwestern record books ... Competed in 83 games with 65 starts ... Ranks second in program history with 203 draw controls ... Her 238 career points ranks seventh in program history while her 193 goals is sixth in the Wildcat record books ... Two-time IWLCA All-American, nabbing second team honors in 2009 and first team honors in 2010 ... Two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee.
2010: Established her reputation as of the nation's toughest players ... IWLCA first team All-American ... Also earned All-America honors from WomensLax.com and WomensLacrosse.com ... All-American Lacrosse Conference first team honoree and ALC all-tournament team selection ... Nike/Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week for March 22 ... ALC Offensive Player of the Week for April 26 ... Earned the N-Club Performance Award ... Started all 22 games as the Wildcats' top draw control threat ... Won 110 draw controls on the year, the third-highest total in NCAA history and became just the fourth player to surpass 100 draws in a single season ... Ranked second nationally averaging 5.00 draws per game .... Tied a program-high with 10 draws at Duke (4/3) ... Tallied eight draw controls each against Massachusetts (2/6), at Penn (4/9) and against North Carolina (5/28) in the NCAA semifinal victory ... Racked up seven draws against Duquesne (3/12) and in the ALC title game win over Vanderbilt (5/8) ... Notched at least five draws in 12 of Northwestern's 22 games in 2010 ... Was a major threat on offense as well, recording 59 goals and 18 assists ... Ranked 12th nationally in goals and 15th in points ... Set a career-high with nine points (8G, 1A) against Vanderbilt (4/24), tying the program's modern record for goals in a game ... Recorded six goals at Syracuse (3/21) in her central New York homecoming ... Found the back of the net five times against the Minutewomen and the Dukes ... Tied a career-high with three assists against Notre Dame (3/30), finishing the game with seven points ... Also recorded 24 ground balls and six caused turnovers on the year, led by a personal-high three at Stanford (2/26) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for the 2009-10 academic year.
2009: Continued to emerge as one of the nation's top players, starting all 23 games for the Wildcats ... Her 64 goals on the year was the seventh-highest total in program history ... Earned IWLCA second team All-America honors ... Ranks ninth on the program's all-time goal list with 134 ... Found the back of the net a season-high five times at Duquesne (2/17), at Vanderbilt (2/27), against California (4/4) and against Ohio State (4/22) ... Netted four goals at Notre Dame (2/20), at Georgetown (3/7), against Penn State (4/12) and in the NCAA championship game against North Carolina (5/24) ... Recorded her 100th career goal against Syracuse (3/22) ... Registered at least one goal in all but three games for Northwestern ... Dished out a career-best 20 assists, including a career-best three against the Irish, giving her seven points to tie a personal best ... Had a pair of assists against Denver (1/23), at North Carolina (3/2) and against the Nittany Lions ... Also added an assist against the Golden Bears and the Buckeyes, giving her six points ... Notched the game-winning goal at Duquesne (2/17), at Notre Dame (2/17), at Vanderbilt (2/27) and against Rutgers (3/14) ... One of NU's biggest draw control threats, won 51 on the year - tied for the ninth-best single-season performance in program history ... Recorded a career-best nine draw controls in the NCAA quarterfinal victory against Princeton (5/16) ... Won five or more draws on three other occasions ... Scooped up 14 ground balls, highlighted by a career-best three at Penn State in the ALC championship game (5/2) ... Named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team ... Earned All-American Lacrosse Conference first-team honors ... Earned All-American nods from WomensLax.com and Womenslacrosse.com ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008: Emerged as one of the Wildcats' top scoring threats ... Second on the team with 59 goals, which is tied for the ninth-best single-season performance in NU history ... Also tied former Wildcat Kristen Kjellman for the top goal output by a sophomore ... Finished third in points with 65 (59g, 6a) ... Netted a career-high six goals in the victory over Hofstra (2/26) while also winning a career-high seven draw controls ... Tallied five goals against Duquesne (3/7) and had four-goal games at Rutgers (2/24), at Syracuse (3/24) and against Notre Dame (4/9) ... Registered a career-high seven points against Duquesne (3/7) and Massachusetts (3/16), and recorded six points against Hofstra (2/26) and Notre Dame (4/9) ... Ranked third on the team in draw controls (40) ... Earned All-American Lacrosse Conference second-team honors.
2007: Saw action in 17 games, including all six postseason games ... Scored 11 goals and dished out one assist ... Had two goals against UConn (4/1) and Penn State (4/14) ... Scored one goal in the NCAA Tournament win over Holy Cross (5/13).
High School: First-team All-America as a senior ... Led Brighton to the 2005 Class B State Championship and to the state finals in 2004 ... Scored 115 goals in her first three years at Brighton High School ... Recorded 58 goals and 19 assists in 2005, 54 goals and nine assists in 2004 and three goals and one assist in 2003 ... A three-time all-county selection (`04, `05, and `06) and an honorable mention All-America choice in 2005 ... Was a participant in the Empire State Games in 2004 and '05 and a member of the New York National Tournament Team in 2005 ... Also lettered in volleyball and soccer ... Academic All-American in lacrosse and volleyball in 2004 and '05 ... Wells College Leadership Award recipient as a junior... 2006 Brighton High School Athletic Excellence Award ... Chose Northwestern over Duke, Princeton, Maryland, Cornell and Notre Dame.
Personal: Born Danielle Mae Spencer ... Daughter of Joe Spencer and Diane DeLorm ... Played with current Wildcat Hilary Bowen in high school ... Majoring in social policy.
Spencer's Career Statistics
Spencer's Career Highs
8, vs. Vanderbilt (4/24/10)
3, two times (most recent vs. Notre Dame, 3/30/10)
9, vs. Vanderbilt (4/24/10)
3, four times (most recent vs. Johns Hopkins, 4/16/10)