NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore midfielder Andie Aldave has been named a First Team Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American, while senior goaltender Samantha Giacolone was named a Second Team honoree and sophomore attacker Maddie Howe earned Third Team accolades, it was announced Thursday (April 4).
Aldave currently ranks seventh in the country and second in the ACC with an average of 7.50 draw controls per game. In total, Aldave has recorded 90 draw controls and 43 points (29 G, 14A) in 12 contests this season for the Irish.
Aldave has scored at least four goals on four occasions this season and has netted a team-high four game-winning goals. She has also collected 15 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers.
A 2019 Tewaaraton Watch List honoree, Aldave also earned IWLCA National Offensive Player of the Week and ACC Offensive Player of the Week accolades after a five-point (3G, 2A) effort in Notre Dame’s 10-9 win at Virginia on March 16th. Aldave scored the game-winning goal against the Cavaliers with just 1:30 remaining in regulation.
On February 22 at Ohio State, Aldave broke her own single-game school record with 16 draw controls. As a sophomore, Aldave is already second in Irish history with 188 career draw controls after breaking the program single-season record with 98 in 2018.
Giacolone currently ranks second in the country and leads the ACC in both save percentage (.538) and goals-against average (6.98). She was named last week’s IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week and ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week after recording a season-best 14 saves in Notre Dame’s 9-7 victory over North Carolina on Sunday, March 31.
On March 24 at Syracuse, Giacolone passed Ellie Hilling to become the program’s career saves leader, and currently stands at 543 stops in her four years in an Irish uniform.
Giacolone is also second in Irish history in goals-against average (9.35), wins (43) and minutes played (3,863).
Howe currently leads the Irish with 49 points (34G, 15A) in 12 games, and ranks fifth in the country with a free-position percentage of 73.3%, which also leads the ACC. Howe has scored at least three goals in seven contests this year.
On February 22 at Ohio State, Howe notched six goals and six assists, and her 12 points tied Jillian Byers (April 18, 2009 vs. Connecticut) for the most recorded in a single game in Irish history. The 12 points were also the most recorded by an Irish player on the road in program history.
All three players, along with junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan, are on the watch list for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award, which honors the top women’s lacrosse player in the country.
The Irish return home on Sunday, April 7, as they take on ACC foe Virginia Tech. That contest is slated for noon ET at Arlotta Stadium and will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.