Alyssa Leonard Joins USC Women's Lacrosse Staff|
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Aug. 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES - NCAA draw control record holder and IWLCA All-American Alyssa Leonard will join the USC women’s lacrosse program as assistant coach and offensive coordinator head coach Lindsey Munday announced on Monday, Aug. 25. The Northwestern great replaces another Wildcat, Hilary Bowen, who served as the Trojans’ offensive coach for each of the program’s first two seasons.
“We are beyond excited to welcome Alyssa to the Trojan Family,” said Munday. “She has had an accomplished career and I am thrilled for her to share her knowledge and experience with our players. She has a competitive spirit that is unmatched, and I am excited for her to bring her passion to USC.”
Despite not playing competitive lacrosse until her junior year of high school, Leonard made an immediate impact as a freshman at Northwestern in 2011, when she was the recipient of the American Lacrosse Conference's Rookie of the Year honors.
Her contributions as a draw control specialist during her debut season keyed the first of back-to-back NCAA championships for the Wildcats and propelled Leonard to the top as NCAA Division I women's lacrosse's all-time leader in career draw controls. Relying on quick hands and her competitive demeanor, Leonard finished her NU tenure with a staggering 469 draws in the circle; over 100 more than the previous NCAA record.
The 2014 IWLCA All-American, Tewaaraton Award nominee, and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection was also a fearless attacker for the Wildcats, as she led Northwestern with 53 points and 41 goals scored as a senior. Leonard was Northwestern’s 2013-14 Female Athlete of the Year, and a nominee for the Big Ten Conference’s Female Athlete of the Year award. In addition to her IWLCA second-team All-America honors, she was named a WomensLax.com All-American and was a first-team IWLCA All-West Region honoree.
As a senior, Leonard was an All-American Lacrosse Conference first-team selection and was chosen to the ALC All-Tournament Team. Leonard’s playing career included appearances in 88 games with 69 starts. She surpassed the old NCAA record for draw controls on March 11, 2014, in a game at Michigan and completed her NU career as the record holder for draw controls in a single season (163 in 2014). Following her senior campaign, Leonard earned a spot on the U.S. Women's Lacrosse National Team on the road to the 2017 FIL World Cup.
In the USC program’s historic first game at the LA Memorial Coliseum (Feb. 9, 2013), Leonard paced the Wildcats with a career-best 15 draw controls (also an NU single-game record) on the way to an 18-5 Northwestern victory. In her second game against the Trojans, Leonard picked up eight draw controls (April 26, 2014) at Wrigley Field and scored three goals including a behind-the-back score that was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's Top-10 plays of the day (No. 10).
A Long Island native, Leonard is a graduate of Bay Shore High School, and graduated from Northwestern in 2014 with a degree in learning and organizational change.
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