NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore midfielder Andie Aldave, senior goaltender Samantha Giacolone, sophomore attacker Maddie Howe and senior defender Hannah Proctor have each earned First Team All-ACC honors, the conference announced on Tuesday, April 23rd. Junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan was also added to the All-ACC Second Team on Friday, March 26th.
Notre Dame matched top-ranked Boston College for the most first-team selections and is the only team in the ACC to have players at all four positions to earn first team accolades.
The four First-Team All-ACC selections are the most the Irish have earned since joining the conference in 2014, and the five total honorees tie the 2016 Irish squad for the most recognitions since becoming an ACC member.
Giacolone earns First Team All-ACC accolades for the second consecutive season, while Proctor and Buchanan earn All-ACC recognition for the second straight year after both being named to the Second Team in 2018.
All five players were on the watch list for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award along with senior defender Makenna Pearsall. Aldave and Giacolone were named top-25 nominees for the award, which honors the top women’s lacrosse player in the country, on Thursday, April 25th.
As a sophomore, Aldave has broken her own single-season program record with 128 draw controls in 2019. She currently ranks sixth in the country and leads the ACC with an average of eight draw controls per game. Aldave is second on the Irish with a career-high 57 points (40G, 17A) and has scored four game-winning goals. Aldave’s efforts this season have earned her Inside Lacrosse First Team Midseason All-American accolades, one IWLCA National Offensive Player of the Week honor and a pair of ACC Offensive Player of the Week recognitions.
Buchanan has racked up 62 draw controls, 34 ground balls, 21 caused turnovers and 32 points (14G, 18A) in 17 contests for the Irish this season. She has collected multiple ground balls in 13 games, including four consecutive outings dating back to April 10th vs. Butler. A 2019 Preseason All-ACC selection, Buchanan currently ranks third in Irish history with 174 career draw controls.
Giacolone currently sits fourth in the country and leads the ACC with a 7.75 goals-against average in addition to a .509 save percentage that ranks seventh in the nation. She has backstopped the Irish to 13 victories this season while becoming the program’s all-time leader in both saves and wins. Giacolone was named the IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week on April 3rd, and has been tabbed the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions this season. Giacolone was also named an Inside Lacrosse Second Team Midseason All-American.
Howe has recorded a team-high 63 points on 46 goals and 17 assists in 16 games this season. The sophomore has notched a hat trick in 10 contests, including five ACC matchups, and has collected at least five points in five games in 2019. Howe also ranks 10th in the country and second in the ACC with a free position percentage of 65%. She was named an Inside Lacrosse Third Team Midseason All-American and a 2019 Preseason All-ACC honoree.
Proctor is part of an Irish defense that currently ranks fourth in the nation and leads the ACC in scoring defense with 7.31 goals allowed per game. A 2019 team captain, Proctor is second on the Irish with 22 caused turnovers and is fifth in the ACC with an average of 1.38 caused turnovers per game. Proctor has also collected 26 ground balls this season, and has earned multiple ground balls in eight contests. She was named an Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention Preseason All-American ahead of the 2019 campaign.
The Irish (13-3, 5-2 ACC) are in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, this week to compete in the 2019 ACC Championship. The Irish will enter the tournament as the #3 seed and take on sixth-seeded Duke in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. ET. The entirety of the ACC Tournament is taking place at Alumni Stadium and will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.