University of Louisville women’s lacrosse juniors Nikki Boltja and Monica Negron have been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association all-West/Midwest region team, the organization announced Tuesday.
“It’s such a great honor for Nikki and Monica as well as Louisville lacrosse,” head coach Kellie Young said. “They are the workhorses on our team and the best examples of how hard work pays off. I'm incredibly proud of them and thrilled we have one more year with each of them in a Cardinal uniform.”
Under Young's watch, members of the Cardinals have earned all-region honors on 12 occasions since 2009, and at least two have received region accolades each year since 2010.
Boltja, who is earning the honor for the second time in her career, became just the third Cardinal in program history to achieve first-team status. The Medina, Ohio, native, also a first team all-BIG EAST honoree, finished the season with 63 goals and 11 assists for 74 points. She ranks No. 1 in the BIG EAST in goals per game (3.71) and free-position goals per game (1.0), tied for first in game-winning goals (4), and No. 2 in points per game (4.35), while nationally she is second in total goals and goals per game, No. 14 in points per game, and 17th in points. Her point and goal totals rank third best in a season in school history.
Negron, a second-team member, is now one of just two players (other, Bergan Foley) in school history to earn all-region honors three times. Also an all-BIG EAST recipient, she amassed 65 draw controls, 31 ground balls, and 23 caused turnovers in 16 contests. She ranks first in the BIG EAST and 20th nationally in draw controls per game (4.06) and 37th in the country in caused turnovers per game (1.44). Her draw control total is the fourth most in a single season in school history.
The Cardinals concluded the season winning their final three games, posting an 11-6 overall record, with a 3-5 mark in league play. Louisville went 8-1 at home, its best record in program history.
IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Region
Bridget Bianco, Northwestern, So., G
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Jr., A
Erin Fitzgerald, Northwestern, Sr., A
Gabby Flibotte, Northwestern, Sr., D
Katie Guy, Penn State, Sr., D
Kate Henrich, Denver, Sr., D
Ellie Hilling, Notre Dame, Sr., G
Amanda Johansen, USC, Fr., M
Amanda Kidder, Duquesne, So., M
Kelly Lechner, Penn State, So., M
Maggie McCormick, Penn State, So., A
Jill Remenapp, Denver, So., A
Maggie Smith, Notre Dame, Jr., M
Barb Sullivan, Notre Dame, So., D
Megan Takacs, California, Sr., A
Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, Sr., M
Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State, So., A
Elizabeth Datino, UC Davis, Sr., A
Jenny Granger, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Hannah Hook, Denver, So., G
Anna Kim, Stanford, Jr., M
Taylor Kuzma, Ohio State, Jr., D
Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern, Jr., A
Morgan Leonard, Canisius, Sr., M
Cary Linthicum, Vanderbilt, Sr., A
Jenna Mosketti, Penn State, Fr., M
Monica Negron, Louisville, Jr., D
Rachel Ozer, Stanford, Jr., A
Stephanie Peragallo, Notre Dame, Fr., D
Tori Quinn, Canisius, So., A
Kara Secora, Denver, Sr., A
Courtney Tarleton, USC, Fr., D