May 31, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Northwestern junior Taylor Thornton (Dallas, Texas/Hockaday School) was recognized Thursday night for her selection as one of five finalists on the women's side for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award, presented annually to the year's most outstanding performer in both men's and women's lacrosse. A versatile, aggressive and skilled midfielder, Thornton was on hand for the awards ceremony at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Thornton's selection as a finalist represented the 10th time a Wildcat has been among the five player of the year candidates since 2005 but the first time a Tewaaraton Award finalist -- men's or women's -- has hailed from the state of Texas.
Thornton put together a tremendous season on both ends of the field, more than doubling her previous career high for goals in a season with 33 while continuing to be a force on the defensive end and on draw controls. The American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year tied the Northwestern single-season record with 58 ground balls and was second on the team in draw controls with a career-best 71.
Thornton played her best when it mattered most for Northwestern, recording a game-high seven draw controls and two goals in a semifinal victory over Maryland last Friday. In the championship game two days later, Thornton came up equally as big when she broke a 6-6 tie with what proved to be a game-winning goal with under 10 minutes to play, lifting NU to its seventh NCAA championship in the last eight seasons.
Thornton's four fellow Tewaaraton Award finalists in 2012 were: Florida's Brittany Dashiell, North Carolina's Becky Lynch, Syracuse's Michelle Tumolo and recipient of the award Katie Schwarzmann of Maryland.
Colgate's Peter Baum received the Tewaaraton Award on the men's side.
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