The 15: Division I Women's Lacrosse Players

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Kaitlyn Carr

With some of Division I women's lacrosse's most talented players slated to come to Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium May 23-25 for the NCAA tournament, it seems like an ideal time to highlight some of the greats from the past. Here are some of the best Division I women's lacrosse players, in alphabetical order, who have shined during NCAA tournament appearances. 

Jen Adams

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletic Media Relations

1. Midfielder/attacker Jen Adams, University of Maryland, 1998-2001 -- Adams' 445 career points rank first all time in the NCAA, and she was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012. Adams was also a Tewaaraton Trophy recipient in 2001, the first year the award was given. During her collegiate career, she was named to three NCAA All-Tournament teams (1999-2001), was a member of four NCAA national championship teams at Maryland (1998-2001) and was a three-time IWLCA Player of the Year (1999-2001). She was also voted the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player in 1999 and 2000. An Australia native, Adams is now the head women's lacrosse coach at Loyola University.

2. Midfielder Kelly Amonte, University of Maryland, 1993-96 -- Another standout from the University of Maryland, Amonte was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012. While at Maryland, Amonte was named to three NCAA All-Tournament teams (1994-96), was a two-time IWLCA Player of the Year (1995, '96), was a three-time first-team All-American (1994-96), and helped the Terps capture a national title in 1995 and '96. She is now Kelly Amonte Hiller, the head women's lacrosse coach at Northwestern University, where she has led the Wildcats to seven national titles (2005-09, 2011, 2012). She is a five-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year. The Wildcats have reached the national semifinals each of the past nine years, and they tied an NCAA record with eight straight title game appearances (2005-12). 

3. Attacker Amy Appelt, University of Virginia, 2002-05 -- A 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy recipient, Appelt went 66 consecutive games with at least one goal (Feb. 27, 2002 to March 13, 2005), which ranks second in NCAA history. Her 258 total career goals rank sixth in the NCAA. Appelt helped Virginia capture a national title in 2004, was named to two NCAA All-Tournament teams (2004, '05), was an IWLCA Player of the Year (2004) and was a two-time first-team All-American (2004, '05). The 2014 season was Appelt's second as co-head coach of the women's lacrosse team at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In 2013, she helped lead the Retrievers to a 7-2 start, their best record through nine games since 1986. 

4. Defender Rachael Becker, Princeton University, 2000-03 -- Becker helped lead the Princeton Tigers to two NCAA championships. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament in 2003, was a Tewaaraton Trophy recipient in 2003, and was honored as an IWLCA Player of the Year in 2002 and '03. She was named first-team All-American from 2001-03. Her 171 career caused turnovers rank seventh in NCAA history. In all, Becker won seven Ivy League championships in lacrosse and field hockey.

5. Attacker Gail Cummings, Temple University, 1985-88 -- Cummings' 289 career goals rank first all time in the NCAA. In 1988, she was captain of Temple's NCAA championship team, was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and was selected as the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She was a first-team All-American in 1987 and '88, and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007. Now, as Gail Cummings-Danson, she is the athletic director at Skidmore College.

6. Midfielder/attacker Katrina Dowd, Northwestern University, 2007-10 -- Dowd had one of the best NCAA tournament performances in the history of women's lacrosse in 2009, scoring 22 goals throughout the tournament (first all time in the NCAA) as Northwestern won its fifth straight national title. Dowd's scoring prowess also earned her NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Dowd helped Northwestern capture the national championship in 2007 and '08. Her other accolades include: NCAA All-Tournament team (2009, '10), IWLCA Player of the Year in 2010, and first-team All-American selection in 2009 and '10. She is now an assistant coach for the University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team and is a member of the U.S. national team.

7. Attacker Karen Emas, University of Delaware, 1982-84 -- Emas' scoring consistency put her among the elite in NCAA women's lacrosse. At Delaware, she went 60 consecutive games with at least one goal -- from the start of the 1982 season to May 20, 1984 -- which ranks sixth all time in the NCAA. Emas' 4.65 goals-per-game average ranks first all time, and her 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) against Bucknell April 17, 1984, rank first all time for a single game. Emas was the 1997 IWLCA Player of the Year and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001. Now Karen Borbee, she is the head women's lacrosse coach at Swarthmore College.

8. Midfielder Sarah Forbes, University of Maryland, 1994-97 -- Forbes, an Australia native, was a two-time first-team All-American (1996, '97) and an IWLCA Player of the Year in 1997. A four-year starter at Maryland, Forbes led the Terps to three NCAA national championships, from 1995-97, while being named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1996 and '97. Her 11 ground balls against North Carolina March 8, 1997, are tied for fourth all time in the NCAA for a single game.

9. Defender/midfielder Cherie Greer, University of Virginia, 1991-94 -- A three-time first-team All-American (1992-94) and a 1994 IWLCA Player of the Year, Greer was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009. She led the Cavaliers to two national championships, in 1991 and '93, and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1993 and '94. Greer's 247 career ground balls rank 15th in NCAA history, and her jersey number is retired at the University of Virginia.

10. Goalkeeper Alex Kahoe, University of Maryland, 1997-2000 -- One of the best and most durable goalies in NCAA women's lacrosse history, Kahoe played 5,073 minutes, ranking first all time for a goalkeeper in any division of NCAA women's lacrosse. A two-time first-team All-American, Kahoe was an IWLCA Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000. She anchored the Terps' defense as Maryland won national championships from 1997-2000. Her 968 career saves rank second in NCAA history.

11. Midfielder Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern University, 2004-07 -- The first lacrosse player, men's or women's, to win a Tewaaraton Trophy during back-to-back seasons (2006 and '07), Kjellman was a standout at Northwestern. She led the Wildcats to three national titles, from 2005-07, and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team during each of those title campaigns. She was also named the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player in 2005. A three-time first-team All-American and three-time IWLCA Player of the Year (2005-07), Kjellman tallied 349 career points (ninth most in NCAA history) and 268 career draw controls (eighth). She made her first appearance on the U.S. World Cup team in 2009. 

12. Midfielder Hannah Nielsen, Northwestern University, 2006-09 -- Nielsen's 224 career assists are the most in NCAA history. An Australia native, she also holds the NCAA record for single-season assists (83, 2009). A three-time first-team All-American (2007-09) and two-time IWLCA Player of the Year (2008, '09), Nielsen also won a Tewaaraton Trophy in 2008 and '09. She led the Wildcats to national titles each of her four years and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team from 2007-09. Nielsen became the first assistant women's lacrosse coach at the University of Colorado in July 2012, and helped guide the Buffs in 2014, their inaugural season.

13. Midfielder Katie Schwarzmann, University of Maryland, 2010-13 -- A two-time Tewaaraton Trophy recipient (2012, '13) who is currently the youngest member of the U.S. national team, Schwarzmann was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament team during each of her four years at Maryland. A three-time first-team All-American and IWLCA Player of the Year (2011-13), she helped lead the Terps to an NCAA title in 2010. Schwarzmann is currently an assistant coach for the women's lacrosse team at Mount St. Mary's University.

14. Midfielder/attacker Shannon Smith, Northwestern University, 2009-12 -- Smith, a Tewaaraton Trophy recipient in 2011, remains Northwestern's all-time leading goal scorer (254) and single-season record holder for goals (86, 2011). Her 362 career points rank eighth in NCAA history. Smith helped Northwestern capture three national titles (2009, '11 and '12), and she was named the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player in 2011 and '12. A three-time first-team All-American (2010-12), Smith was also named an IWLCA Player of the Year in 2011.

15. Defender Tracy Stumpf, University of Maryland, 1983-86 -- Inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013, Stumpf is one of the best women's lacrosse defenders in Maryland history. A captain of the Terps' 1986 national championship team, Stumpf was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team from 1984-86. She was also a first-team All-American in 1985 and '86.

Note: The all-time NCAA statistics referenced in this article are current through the end of the 2013 season.

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