NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Senior defenders Makenna Pearsall and Hannah Proctor have both been added to the watch list for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award, the foundation announced on Thursday (April 11).
Pearsall and Proctor have been part of a stout Irish defensive unit, which currently ranks third in the country and first in the ACC in scoring defense (6.79). The Irish also rank seventh in the country and top the conference with an average of 12 caused turnovers per game.
The Irish now have six players on the watch list, including Andie Aldave, Savannah Buchanan, Samantha Giacolone, Maddie Howe, Pearsall and Proctor.
The top-25 finalists for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award, which honors the top women’s lacrosse player in the country, will be announced on Thursday, April 25.
Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced on May 9 and invited to the 18th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 30.
Pearsall has caused a career-high 24 turnovers and collected 26 ground balls in 14 contests for the Irish this season. The senior currently ranks second in the ACC with an average of 1.71 caused turnovers per game. She has caused multiple turnovers in eight games so far this season, and has totaled eight caused turnovers in six ACC contests. Pearsall has also earned ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades in each of her previous three seasons with the Irish.
Proctor has set a career-high with 17 caused turnovers while serving as a team captain for the Irish in her senior season. Proctor has earned 23 ground balls in 14 games, and has collected multiple ground balls in seven contests. Prior to the season, Proctor was named a Preseason Honorable Mention All-American by Inside Lacrosse. She also earned Second Team All-ACC honors in 2018.
As a sophomore, Aldave has broken her own single-season Irish record with 117 draw controls in 2019. She ranks fifth in the nation and leads the ACC with an average of 8.36 draw controls per game, and has helped the Irish earn 66.5% draw control percentage as a team (2nd in NCAA.). Aldave has also recorded a career-high 49 points in 34 goals and 15 assists. She was named the IWLCA’s National Offensive Player of the Week and ACC’s Offensive Player of the Week on March 20 after a five-point effort in Notre Dame’s 10-9 win at Virginia on March 16.
A 2019 Preseason All-ACC selection, Buchanan has filled the stat sheet on both sides of the field for the Irish. In addition to 26 points (10G, 16A), Buchanan has totaled 45 draw controls, 26 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers in 14 contests. She caused four turnovers at Syracuse on March 24 before scoring two goals and collecting five draws to help the Irish earn a 9-7 win over North Carolina on March 31.
Giacolone currently ranks among the top five goaltenders in both save percentage (.532) and goals-against average (7.19) while backstopping the Irish to 12 victories. Earlier this season, Giacolone passed Ellie Hilling to become the all-time program leader in both wins and saves. She was named IWLCA’s National Defensive Player of the Week and ACC Defensive Player of the Week following a 14-save effort in Notre Dame’s 9-7 win over UNC on March 31. She has recorded at least 10 saves in five of her last seven outings dating back to March 16 at Virginia.
Howe leads the Irish with a career-high 42 goals and 59 points in 14 games. She has notched a hat trick in nine contests this season, including a six-goal, six-assist effort at Ohio State on February 22. Howe has scored 13 free-position goals in 2019, and her 72.2% mark on free-position attempts ranks fifth nationally. Howe has also collected 14 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers.
The Irish (12-2, 4-2 ACC) close out their ACC regular season slate this Sunday (April 14) at Duke. Opening draw is set for noon ET from Durham, North Carolina, and the matchup will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.