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Five Irish Earn All-Region Accolades

Notre Dame earns four First Team honorees

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Andie AldaveSamantha GiacoloneMaddie Howe and Hannah Proctor were each named to the West/Midwest All-Region First Team, while Savannah Buchanan earned Second Team honors, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association announced on Tuesday afternoon (May 21).

The Irish earned the most First Team selections out of any school in the West/Midwest Region, while the five total honorees match Northwestern University and the University of Denver for the most in the region.

The four First Team honorees are equal to the most the program has earned alongside the 2016, 2015 and 2009 Irish squads.

Aldave broke her own single-season program record with 152 draw controls in 2019. The sophomore currently ranks seventh in the country with an average of eight draw controls per game, and helped the Irish earn a draw control percentage of 63.6%, which stands second in the nation. Aldave also added a career-high 47 goals and 67 points in 19 games. A First Team All-ACC selection and Tewaaraton Award nominee, Aldave collected 21 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers as one of the nation’s best all-around midfielders. She was also named an Inside Lacrosse First Team Midseason All-American.

A Second Team All-ACC honoree, Buchanan racked up 71 draw controls, 34 points (16G, 18A), 37 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers as a two-way force for the Irish in 2019. Buchanan earned at least five draw controls in seven contests as a key component of Notre Dame’s dominant year in the circle. The junior captain also collected multiple ground balls and caused turnovers in four games as part of an Irish defensive unit that allowed an ACC best 8.05 goals per game.

Howe led the Irish with a career-best 59 goals and 78 points in 2019. She netted a hat trick in 13 contests, including six of the final seven games down the stretch. She converted on 17-of-26 free-position shots, and her 65.4% free position percentage currently ranks eighth in the country. A 2019 First Team All-ACC selection, Howe notched six goals and six assists on Feb. 22 at Ohio State, which tied Jillian Byers for the most points recorded in a single game in program history. She was also named an Inside Lacrosse Third Team Midseason All-American.

Giacolone became the program’s all-time leader in both wins and saves as a senior in 2019 after backstopping the Irish to 14 victories with 138 stopped shots. A Tewaaraton Award nominee and First Team All-ACC selection, Giacolone earned an ACC-best 8.51 goals-against average this season. She recorded a career-best .498 save percentage, which stands eighth in the country. The Inside Lacrosse Second Team Midseason All-American stopped at least 10 shots in six contests this season.

Proctor ranked second on the Irish with 23 caused turnovers while serving as a team captain in 2019. She averaged 1.21 caused turnovers per game as a part of an Irish defense that led the ACC with a 8.05 goals allowed per game mark. A 2019 First Team All-ACC honoree, Proctor also collected 32 ground balls and a pair of draw controls. She was also named an Honorable Mention Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse.