Lauren Weaver (women's golf) and Kyle Ruchim (baseball) earn honors
2012: Contributed as a reserve defender and played 17 games, helping NU post the second-best scoring defense in the country ... 74 games played with 14 career starts ... 10 ground balls in senior campaign ... One ground ball and one draw control vs. UMass ... Set a career high with four ground balls against Vanderbilt ... Two ground balls at Penn ... One caused turnover in Senior Day win over Virginia ... Two ground balls in ALC championship game vs. Florida ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Played an important role on NU's defense, playing in all 23 games with 13 starts ... Helped NU record an 8.57 goals against average for the year, eighth-best in Division I, and limit opponents to fewer than 10 goals in six of the last seven games of 2011 ... Set career highs with 17 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers ... Also corralled four draw controls ... Career-best three ground balls came at North Carolina (2/25) and at Massachusetts (3/26) ... Three caused turnovers and two ground balls vs. Penn State (4/8) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2010: A key reserve for the Wildcat defensive unit, appearing in all 22 games ... Made her first collegiate start against Duquesne (3/12) ... Helped Northwestern hold opponents to just 8.78 goals per game, the ninth-lowest total in the country ... Finished the year with seven ground balls and four draw controls, both of which are career-highs ... Notched a pair of ground balls at California (2/28).
2009: Saw action in 12 games for the Wildcats, including appearances in the NCAA first round victory against Massachusetts (5/10) and against North Carolina in the NCAA championship game (5/24) ... Won a draw control against the Minutewomen ... Played in the victories over nationally-ranked Notre Dame (2/20), Vanderbilt (2/27) and Georgetown (3/7).
High School: Four-year letterwinner and starter ... Named to Independent School League all-league squad three times ... Second team All-American in 2008 ... Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic team member in 2008 ... Led the team in goals as a senior with 37 ... Scored 10 goals and added four draw controls in one game her senior year ... Also was a four-year letterwinner and starter in soccer ... Two-time team MVP ... Named to the all-state team as a junior and captured all-league honors all four seasons ... Earned Nancy DiNatale Taylor Award for outstanding female athlete ... Honor roll student ... Class officer all four years.
Personal: Born Maria Catherine Tedeschi ... Daughter of Ralph and Kathy Tedeschi ... Attended same high school as head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and former Wildcats Sarah Albrecht and Laura Glassanos ... Competed against teammates Kerri Harrington and Alexandra Frank in high school ... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame and Holy Cross ... Majoring in radio/television/film.