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    Two Wildcat Players Honored by Inside Lacrosse

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Courtney Koester
    Courtney Koester

    May 27, 2005

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Inside Lacrosse has announced its National Awards for the 2005 women's lacrosse season, and national champion Northwestern was recognized with two of the honors.

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    Sophomore Kristen Kjellman was named the magazine's National Offensive Midfielder of the Year. Kjellman -- one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which will be announced next Thursday -- finished the season with 59 goals and 32 assists for 91 points, good for second on the team and third nationally. The first-team All-America punctuated her season with five goals in NU's NCAA final victory over Virginia.

    Senior Courtney Koester was named the National Defensive Midfielder of the Year. Koester was a semifinalist for the Tewaaraton, and also earned first-team All-America honors along with Kjellman and teammate Lindsey Munday. Koester finished the season with 73 draw controls, putting her among the national leaders, and also had 44 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers. She and her twin sister Ashley Koester anchored a Wildcat defense that led the nation in goals-against average.

    A complete list of the Inside Lacrosse National Awards are below.

    Attacker of the Year: Katie Chrest, Duke
    Offensive Midfielder of the Year: Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern
    Defensive Midfielder of the Year: Courtney Koester, Northwestern
    Defender of the Year: Bridget Eder, Hofstra
    Goaltender of the Year: Anne Sheridan, Boston University
    Rookie of the Year: Jenny Hauser, Boston University
    Coach of the Year: Liza Shoemaker, Boston University