April 29, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame, Ind. … Notre Dame women’s lacrosse standout, Danielle Shearer (Sr., Hampstead, Md.) capped one of the best weeks of her brilliant Irish lacrosse career by capturing two weekly honors. Shearer was named Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week and she was also honored by the BIG EAST Conference as its Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Georgetown’s Wick Stanwick. She has been honored by the BIG EAST three times this season (March 17 and March 31).
The Irish All-American and Tewaarton Trophy candidate racked up 13 points (nine goals and four assists) in three Notre Dame victories on the week. For good measure, she recorded eight ground balls, three caused turnovers and six draw controls in the three-game span.
On Sunday, April 28, in her final home game at Moose Krause Stadium, Shearer paced the Irish to a 13-6 BIG EAST win by scoring six goals and one assist for the third seven-point game of her career. Her second goal of the game, which came in the first half, made her Notre Dame’s all-time leading goal scorer as she passed 2001 graduate Lael O’Shaughnessy’s mark of 122 career goals. She finished the day with 127 career goals. Her seventh point of the game, a second-half assist on a Crysti Foote goal, allowed her to pass O’Shaughnessy’s all-time point total of 190. Shearer goes into her final game versus Vanderbilt on Friday, May 2 with 191 career points.
Shearer started the week with a three-goal, one-assist effort on April 22 in Notre Dame’s 18-6 win at home versus Davidson. She followed that with two assists in a 13-9 win over Northwestern, a game in which she was double and triple-teamed most of the afternoon. The Northwestern game marked the first time all season that Shearer failed to get in the goal-scoring column.
With points in all three games, the senior midfielder extended her current scoring streak to 35 games, a streak that started on April 25, 2001 during her sophomore year. In those 35 games, Shearer has recorded 82 goals and 49 assists for 131 points.
On the season, Shearer leads the Irish in scoring with 32 goals and 24 assists for 56 points in 14 games. She is tied for the BIG EAST lead in overall scoring and won the league’s scoring championship in conference games with 32 points (18 goals and 14 assists) in six league games.
Notre Dame is ranked 18th in the most recent IWLCA poll and goes into the final regular season game with a 7-7 record and finished the BIG EAST schedule in third place with a 4-2 record.