Campbell River’s Selena Lasota has been voted as the Big Ten’s first women’s lacrosse Freshman of the Year following a breakout debut season for the Northwestern University Wildcats, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Lasota was a unanimous selection to the inaugural All-Big Ten Team last week and becomes just the fourth Wildcat in program history to earn conference `Rookie’ or `Freshman’ of the Year honors, joining Kristen Kjellman (2004, ALC), Meredith Frank (2006, ALC) and Alyssa Leonard (2011, ALC).
Lasota has been one of the most dynamic scorers in the conference and the country this season despite coaches employing face guards and double-teams on her each and every time out.
She has scored in all 18 games entering the NCAA Tournament and has at least two goals in 16 of those contests.
She currently ranks ninth in the country with 58 total goals and 10th with 3.22 goals per game.
Lasota is also the first Wildcat freshman since Kjellman in 2004 to eclipse the 50-goal plateau.
A member of Canada’s U-19 team, Lasota earned three Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors and one Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week plaudit for the Evanston, Ills., school.
Lasota finished conference play with 15 goals and four assists to lead the Wildcats with 19 points, including a season-best eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) in the Wildcats’ first-ever Big Ten win at Michigan.