June 12, 2006
Baltimore, Md. – Notre Dame senior attack standout Crysti Foote (Suffern, N.Y.) has been selected by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as it’s attack player of the year for 2006. She was joined by Northwestern’s Kristen Kjellman as the midfielder of the year; Dartmouth’s Lizzy Cuneo as defensive player of the year and Georgetown’s Maggie Koch as goalkeeper of the year. The awards were announced at the IWLCA’s All-American banquet that honored the Division I, II and III women’s lacrosse All-Americans in Baltimore, Md.
By being named in voting by the Division I coaches, Foote has now taken attack player of the year honors from the IWLCA, Inside Lacrosse magazine and womenslacrosse.com this season.
“I’m very happy for Crysti,” said head coach Tracy Coyne.
“She went from being completely under-rated at the beginning of the season when she was not selected to any preseason All-America teams to being selected to all three postseason teams as the attack player of the year.”
“This is quite an accomplishment and a fitting way for her to end a truly amazing season. She leaves a remarkable legacy for Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and is a trailblazer for our program in the recognition that she has brought us this year,” added Coyne.
Foote becomes the first player in the 10-year history of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse program to be selected as a national player of the year at her position. During her record-setting season, the senior marketing major was also named the BIG EAST attack player of the year as she led the Irish to a 15-4 record and a trip to the NCAA semifinals.
A finalist for the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy, Foote led the nation in goals (74) and points (114). In the NCAA rankings, she finished second in goals-per-game (3.86) and second in points-per-game (6.00). During the NCAA tournament, she led all scorers with 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points in three games and was an all-tournament selection.
Foote set Notre Dame single-season records for goals, assists (40), points and draw controls (44). A unanimous first team all-BIG EAST selection, she was selected first team IWLCA all-West/Midwest Region, first team IWLCA, first team Inside Lacrosse and first team womenslacrosse.com All-American for the 2006 season and is the first Notre Dame women’s lacrosse player to be selected IWLCA All-American twice (third team in 2005) in her career.
For her career, Foote finishes as Notre Dame’s all-time leader in goals (161), assists (76), points (237) and games played with 66. She opened the season by setting Irish records for goals (9) and points (11) in a game on Feb. 24 in a 23-11 win at California and the records just continued to fall from there.
She ended her Notre Dame career with the fourth-longest point scoring streak in school history, scoring points in the final 29 games of her career (100g, 52a, 152 pts.).
“Crysti overcame a lot of obstacles in order to receive the awards and honors she’s received this season,” said Coyne.
“She leaves quite a legacy and has set some high standards for our program that will be talked about for year’s to come. I’ve been very fortunate to work with such a talented and gifted athlete for the last four years.”