June 12, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Katrina Dowd (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) has been named the Attacker of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). The awards were announced at the IWLCA's All-American Banquet held in King of Prussia, Pa.
Dowd, the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year, tallied 77 goals and 33 assists on the year and helped lead second-ranked Northwestern to a 20-2 record and a national runner-up finish. She ranked second nationally in points (110), goals and points per game (5.24) while sitting fourth in goals per game (3.67). Her 77 goals is the second-highest single-season total in program history while her 110 points ranks fourth and her 33 assists rank seventh among the season lists.
A Tewaaraton Award and Honda Lacrosse Award finalist, Dowd finishes her Northwestern career as one of the top all-around players in Wildcat history. She became the 10th member of the Northwestern 200-point club, sitting at sixth all-time with 267. Dowd also ranks fourth in Wildcat history in goals (209) and is tied for ninth in assists (58). One of the top all-around players in the country, she ranks eighth in program history in ground balls (113), caused turnovers (57) and draw controls (83).
Earlier this month Dowd was named a first team IWLCA first team All-American, adding to her first team honor in 2009. But it was in the NCAA tournament that Dowd earned the nickmane "Miss May," as she is the NCAA tournament's career leader in goals (45) while placing fourth in points (52). She was a three-time NCAA all-tournament team selection including MVP in 2009.
With Dowd's selection, it marks the sixth-straight season that a Wildcat has garnered Player of the Year honors. Kristen Kjellman was named the IWLCA's Midfielder of the Year three times from 2005-07 while Dowd's former teammate Hannah Nielsen also picked up Midfielder of the Year honors in 2008 and 2009.
2010 IWLCA Players of the Year
Attacker of the Year: Katrina Dowd, Northwestern
Midfielder of the Year: Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland
Defender of the Year: Karissa Taylor, Maryland
Goalkeeper of the Year: Liz Hogan, Syracuse