Matt Paras | May 12, 2018
The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association announced on Friday that four University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse players have been selected to the West/Midwest All-Region team. Sophomore Savannah Buchanan was named to the All-Region first team, and juniors Samantha Giacolone, Hannah Proctor and freshman Andie Aldave received All-Region second team honors.
Buchanan started all 19 games for the Irish in the midfield during her sophomore campaign and was a key cog on the offensive and defensive end. She led the team in assists (27), second in draw controls (67), ground balls (38), third in goals (27), points (43) and caused turnovers (18). Buchanan sits tied for third all-time in school history for most draw controls in a single season. She scored the game-winning goal with 31.4 seconds left against No. 18 Duke and assisted on the overtime game-winning goal against No. 7 Syracuse.
Buchanan earned an honorable mention All-American honor from Inside Lacrosse along with second team All-ACC honors. Following the ACC Tournament, she was one of two Irish athletes named to the All-Tournament team.
Aldave also started all 19 games for the Irish at midfield and made an immediate impact during her first season. Aldave led the team in draw controls (98), second in goals (31) and points (45) and third in assists (14) and broke three school records over the course of the season. She tallied 11 draw controls against Stetson to break the single-game record, which was held by 2017 first team All-Region nominee Casey Pearsall. In the final week of the regular season, Aldave recorded her 86th draw control to break Barbara Sullivan’s record for most draws in a single season. Then in the ACC Semifinals, Aldave scored her 30th goal of the season which marked the first time in school history two freshmen have scored 30+ goals in a season. Maddie Howe led the team with 40 goals on the year.
Aldave also had the flair for the dramatic for the Irish this season, contributing on two game-winning goals. The first came in the 11-10 upset win of No. 7 Syracuse when she scored the game-winner two minutes into the first overtime period. Then in the ACC Quarterfinals, Aldave scored the game-tying and game-winning goal to help the Irish overcome a five-goal deficit to beat No. 4 seed Virginia 11-10. Aldave was named to the ACC All-Tournament team after her performance against Virginia and Boston College.