June 11, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame junior defender Andrea Kinnik (West Chester, Pa.) has been selected to womenslacrosse.com’s third All-American team for the 2003 season. This marks the first time that an Irish women’s lacrosse player has been honored by the website.
Kinnik came into her own for Notre Dame in 2003 as she broke into the starting lineup for the first time in her career and became the team’s top defender. An outstanding match-up defender, she used her speed and tenacious style of play to regularly shut down the opposition’s top offensive players. For the year, she led the Irish with 44 ground balls and 22 draw controls. She turned in her top ground ball games versus nationally ranked foes Duke (6) and Rutgers (7) while recording three caused turnovers in three different games on the year.
The West Chester, Pa., native was also selected to the IWLCA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region team for the first time in 2003. She was selected first team on the all-region team along with Shearer and freshman standout Crysti Foote (Suffern, N.Y.) giving Notre Dame three first team selections for the first time in the program’s history.
Kinnik becomes the third Irish women’s lacrosse player to receive All-American honors this season. Also selected All-American were goalkeeper Jen White (Sr., Annapolis, Md.), who was selected third team Brine/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American and Danielle Shearer (Sr., Hampstead, Md.), who was selected to Inside Lacrosse Magazine’s third All-American team.
Notre Dame finished the season with an 8-7 overall record and were 4-2 in the BIG EAST, good for third place. The Irish finished the season ranked 16th in the IWLCA polls.