April 15, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. -
The Tewaaraton Award Foundation has announced the women's collegiate nominees for the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy. The list of women has been narrowed from 32 to 18, from which five athletes will be chosen as the finalists for the award, which will be presented June 2.
Amazingly, however, Northwestern's representation on the list expanded. Kristen Kjellman and Courtney Koester remain on the list after the first cut, and they have been joined by teammate Lindsey Munday.
The Tewaaraton Trophy is given annually to the top player in both men's and women's lacrosse; the award is the sport's equivalent of college football's Heisman Trophy.
Northwestern is one of just two teams to have three women on the final list of 18, along with defending NCAA champion Virginia. Boston University, Dartmouth, Duke and Princeton have two women each, while Georgetown, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins and Maryland have one apiece.
Junior Lindsey Munday enters the weekend as Northwestern's leading scorer, with 30 goals and 30 assists. She needs three assists to become the program's single-season leader in that category, and with seven points she will top her point total from her first two seasons combined. Munday has scored at least four points in all but one game this season.
Sophomore Kristen Kjellman is NU's second-leading scorer with 53 points, but she tops the team with 35 goals. Kjellman got off to a slow start this season due to illness, missing a blowout win over Oregon and then playing less than 15 minutes without a point at Denver. However, in the Wildcats' last nine games she has averaged 3.7 goals and 5.7 points, and last week vs. No. 2 Duke she had five goals, three assists and six draw controls.
Senior Courtney Koester, a first-team All-America a year ago, leads Northwestern with 50 draw controls -- nearly double any of her teammates -- and is second with 19 caused turnovers. She also has collected 21 ground balls this season. In addition to her stats, Koester is usually assigned the opposing team's top offensive player by NU head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller.
The 18 Tewaaraton Trophy Nominees
Amy Appelt, Virginia
Lindsey Biles, Princeton
Katie Chrest, Duke
Katieanne Christian, Dartmouth
Bridget Eder, Hofstra
Mary Key, Johns Hopkins
Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern
Courtney Koester, Northwestern
Tyler Leachman, Virginia
Nikki Lieb, Virginia
Caline McHenry, Duke
Lindsey Munday, Northwestern
Elizabeth Pillion, Princeton
Anne Sheridan, Boston University
Coco Stanwick, Georgetown
Alyssa Trudel, Boston University
Acacia Walker, Maryland
Devon Wills, Dartmouth