June 11, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The accolades continue to pour in for Kristen Kjellman (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) as Saturday night she was named the 2006 IWLCA Midfielder of the Year at the IWLCA All-American banquet in Baltimore, Md. It marks the second straight year Kjellman has won the award.
Kjellman, recently named a two-time first team IWLCA All-American, the recipient of the NCAA Honda Award for lacrosse and the winner of the 2006 Tewaaraton Trophy, led the nation's top scoring offense with 72 goals, ranking among the top 10 nationally in goals, points (98) and draw controls (91) to go with 26 assists. She led her team to its second-straight NCAA championship on March 28 as the Wildcats became the first team in Northwestern history to claim back-to-back NCAA team titles.
This season Kjellman became the first Wildcat player to claim three straight IWLCA All-America honors and also became just the second player in school history to record 50 or more goals three straight seasons-in only her junior season. She had 17 games this year with a hat trick or better, including a season-high six goals at Penn back on March 7.
Other Wildcat 2006 IWLCA All-Americans including Kjellman (first team), Lindsey Munday (first), Sarah Albrecht (first), Lindsay Finocchiaro (second) and Aly Josephs (third) also were honored tonight.
IWLCA Position Awards:
Defense: Lizzy Cuneo, Dartmouth
Midfield: Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern
Attack: Crysti Foote, Notre Dame
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year: Maggie Koch, Georgetown
Kjellman's 2006 Season Highlights:2006 Tewaaraton Award Winner
2006 NCAA Honda Award Winner for lacrosse
IWLCA Midfielder of the Year for the second straight year
Insidelacrosse.com Offensive Midfielder of the Year for the second straight year
Led her team to its second straight NCAA championship, helping NU become the first Wildcat team to win back-to-back NCAA team title
IWLCA/US Lacrosse First Team All-America selection for the second straight year
Insidelacrosse.com First Team All-America selection for the second straight year.
American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Player of the Year for the second straight year
First Team All-ALC for the third straight year
2006 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection
Led her team with 72 goals, 91 draw controls and 98 overall points to compliment 26 assists
Became just the second player in NU history to record 50 or more goals in three straight seasons
Had 17 games this season with three or more goals
Only a junior, ranks in the top three on NU's all-time list for goals (184), assists (75) and points (259)
womenslacrosse.com and insidelacrosse.com National Player of the Week - Feb. 20 & April 24
ALC Player of the Week - Feb. 23