May 15, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Four members of Northwestern's second-ranked women's lacrosse program were tabbed 2013 All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), the organization announced Wednesday. Seniors Taylor Thornton and Erin Fitzgerald each earned repeat selections to the first-team All-America squad, while senior Gabriella Flibotte and sophomore Bridget Bianco were named second and third-team All-Americans, respectively, in receiving their first career national honors.
The IWLCA spotlighted 48 total players from across Division I women's lacrosse -- with 16 each on the first, second and third teams -- and will formally recognize them at the IWLCA All-American banquet on May 25, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.
Thornton will complete her decorated Northwestern career as the second four-time All-American in program history, earning three straight first-team honors after nabbing third-team laurels as a freshman in 2010. She joins Wildcat great Kristen Kjellman (2004-07) as the only NU players to achieve All-America distinction all four years of their careers.
The 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominee and two-year team captain of the Wildcats has once again done it all for NU this season, racking up impressive totals in ground balls (38), caused turnovers (27) and draw controls (40) while providing 27 goals on offense, third-most on NU this season.
Northwestern's leading offensive threat, Fitzgerald garnered her second straight first-team All-America honor after scoring 56 goals -- matching her single-season career best -- to land among the program's all-time leaders in both goals (187) and points (213). Fitzgerald, a 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominee, recorded 10 games with at least three goals this season and also added a career-best 12 caused turnovers on the ride for the Wildcats.
Flibotte earned second-team All-America status this season after pacing the Wildcats defense in ground balls (54) and caused turnovers (44), both of which challenge Northwestern's all-time single-season records. Her most recent honor comes on the heels of being named the MVP of Northwestern's run to the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament and also receiving her first All-West/Midwest region accolade of her career.
Finally, sophomore goalkeeper Bridget Bianco caps her first season as the Wildcats first-choice netminder with a third-team All-America honor. Her current 7.60 goals against average is the sixth best single-season average in school history and has recorded a season-best nine saves on five different occasions in 2013, helping the Wildcats hold 15 of 20 opponents to nine goals or fewer.
Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller has now coached a total of 41 All-Americans in her 12 seasons at the helm in Evanston. Amonte Hiller and the 'Cats (18-2) will continue their pursuit of an eighth national championship this Saturday when they host No. 7 Penn State in the NCAA quarterfinals.
2013 IWLCA All-Americans
Alex Aust, Maryland, Sr., A
Becca Block, Syracuse, Sr., D
Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina, Sr., M
Kitty Cullen, Florida, Sr., A
Taylor Cummings, Maryland, Fr., M
Brittany Dashiell, Florida, Sr., M
Erin Fitzgerald, Northwestern, Sr., A
Mikey Meagher, Florida, Sr., GK
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr., A
Iliana Sanza, Maryland, Sr., D
Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, Sr., M
Sloane Serpe, North Carolina, Jr., D
Barb Sullivan, Notre Dame, So., D
Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, Sr., M
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, Fr., A
Taylor Virden, Duke, Jr., D
Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins, Jr., A
Alexa Demski, Towson, Sr., D
Kelsey Duryea, Duke, Fr., GK
Danielle Etrasco, Boston University, Sr., A
Sam Farrell, Florida, Sr., D
Gabriella Flibotte, Northwestern, Sr., D
Abbey Friend, North Carolina, Jr., A
Shannon Gilroy, Florida, So., A
Kate Henrich, Denver, Sr., D
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Jr., M
Kelly Lechner, Penn State, So., M
Maggie McCormick, Penn State, So., A
Erin McMunn, Princeton, So., A
Marlee Paton, Loyola, Jr., M
Mikaela Rix, Boston College, So., M
Covie Stanwick, Boston College, So., A
Courtney Bennett, Dartmouth, Sr., M
Bridget Bianco, Northwestern, So., GK
Casey Ancarrow, James Madison, Sr., A
Casey Bocklet, Virginia, So., A
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Jr., A
Demianne Cook, Stony Brook, Sr., M
Brittney Coppa, North Carolina, Jr., M
Jasmine DePompeo, Navy, Sr., A
Katie Ferris, Massachusetts, Jr., A
Katie Guy, Penn State, Sr., D
Ashley Hunter, Georgetown, Sr., D
Kate Ivory, Cornell, Sr., D
Lily Kalata, Rutgers, Sr., GK
Kelsey McGovern, Massachusetts, Jr., D
Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown, So., A
Taryn VanThof, Loyola, So., M
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