EVANSTON, Ill. — Four Northwestern players have been named to the 2011 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America teams. Shannon Smith repeated as a first-team honoree and was joined on the first team by defender Taylor Thornton, while Colleen Magarity and Alex Frank each garnered third-team recognition.
Smith, Frank and Thornton all attained the status of two-time All-Americans in 2011 while Magarity was recognized for the first time, bringing Northwestern’s totals to 18 different players receiving 37 IWLCA All-American honors since 2004.
A total of 51 student-athletes from across the country received the honor this season and will be recognized at the IWLCA All-American banquet on June 11 in King of Prussia, Pa.
With her four-goal performance in Northwestern’s 8-7 championship game win over Maryland , Smith put the finishing touches on the second-most prolific offensive season in NU history with 128 points. That total was tops in the nation and good for the seventh-best year in Division I history. The MVP of both the ALC Tournament and NCAA Championship, Smith scored 18 goals during NU’s four NCAA contests, the second-best tournament output in the event’s history. She came up big when it mattered most, notching game-winning scores in the Wildcats’ one-goal victories in the national semifinals and championship game.
Thornton received first-team accolades after being named to the third team as a freshman in 2010. The Dallas native was a versatile performer on both ends of the field and in the midfield, scoring 14 goals while leading the team in ground balls (38) and ranking third in draw controls (49).
A 2010 second-team selection, Frank receives her second career honor following a season in which she scored 19 goals and five assists to go along with a career-high 69 draw controls, the seventh-most in a season in Wildcat history. Frank, who scored a last-minute game-winning goal in a 12-11 victory over No. 7 Stanford on April 24, ranks sixth all-time in career draw controls (174) and fifth in caused turnovers (71).
Magarity started every game for the second year in a row and was a senior leader on an NU defense that gained momentum as the season went on, holding opponents to fewer than 10 goals in six of the Wildcats’ last seven games. She finished third on the roster with 31 ground balls and was credited with 13 caused turnovers, including two during NU’s dramatic 11-10 win over North Carolina in the national semifinals.