August 31, 2010

Hannah Nielsen Joins Fellow Aussie Sonia Lamonica at Towson

from press release

TOWSON, Md. -- Hannah Nielsen, a two-time Tewaararton Trophy and Honda Sports Award winner, has been named as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Towson University, it has been announced by Coach Sonia LaMonica.

Nielsen was an assistant coach at Penn State University last year and helped the Nittany Lions post a 10-7 record.

“I am extremely excited and feel very fortunate to have Hannah join our coaching staff and our Tiger family,” said Coach LaMonica, who was named as the Tigers’ head coach earlier this month. “As one of the most decorated players in NCAA women’s lacrosse history, there is no question in my mind that she will enhance our program and help provide the necessary steps for Towson to become a stronger competitor in the quest for a national championship.

“Not only does Hannah bring a wealth of winning experience at every level, but she is also a tremendous coach and teacher,” Coach LaMonica added. “I know our team is looking forward to learning from one of the best in the game.”

A native of Adelaide, Australia, Nielsen was a four-year starter at midfield for Northwestern and led the Wildcats to four straight NCAA titles. A three-time first team All-America selection, she ended her career as the NCAA’s all-time leader with 224 assists and ranked third in NCAA history with 398 points. She also holds the NCAA Championship record with 35 career assists in 16 games.

In addition, Nielsen was a two-time selection as the National Player of the Year by the IWLCA, Inside Lacrosse, WomensLax.com and WomensLacrosse.com. She also received the Tewaaraton Trophy and Honda Sports Award as the top women’s lacrosse player in the nation during her junior and senior seasons.

In 2009, Nielsen was the leading scorer in NCAA Division I, breaking her own school record with 142 points and eclipsing the NCAA single-season record with 83 assists. She also set an NCAA single-game record with 10 assists in a win over Duquesne. During the NCAA Tournament, she tallied 16 assists while leading the Wildcats to their fifth consecutive NCAA title, which they won at Towson’s Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

In 2008, she became the first player in Northwestern history to record back-to-back 100-point seasons by scoring 51 goals with 63 assists. With 114 points, she ranked second in NCAA Division I. She was also fourth in the nation with 63 draw controls. Named as the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year, she was honored as the Big Ten Conference’s Suzy Favor Award recipient, which is presented to the top female athlete.

As a sophomore, Nielsen started all 22 games and was the playmaker for a Northwestern offense which set NCAA single-season records for goals (361), assists (168), points (529) and points per game (16.4). She set a school record with 119 points, including an NCAA-record 69 assists.

One of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, she was named as the MVP of the ALC Tournament after scoring 16 points in the Wildcats’ two wins and was a first team All-ALC selection.
A starter in all 88 games of her college career, Nielsen led Northwestern to a cumulative record of 85-3.

An outstanding player at the international level, Nielsen helped the Australian National Team win the silver medal at the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague and was named to the All-World Team. She was Australia’s second-leading scorer with 12 goals and 13 assists.

Nielsen also played on the 2005 Australian National Team that won the gold medal at the FIL World Cup.

She graduated from Northwestern in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychological Services.


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