Women's Lacrosse



Irish Crush Orange in 16-7 Victory

Notre Dame's Samantha Giacolone collects career-high-tying 13 saves in victory

Most decorated player in the history of the Notre Dame women's lacrosse program ... four-time monogram winner who closed her Irish career as the school's all-time leader in goals (262), points (336) and draw controls (154) while being fourth in assists (74) ... closed career as the BIG EAST's all-time leading goal scorer (78) and second in points (101) ... is just one of 22 players nationally to have 300 or more points in their Division I lacrosse career ... finished seventh on the NCAA's all-time goal list (262) and 10th on the all-time point list (336) ... four-time IWLCA All-American, three times a second team selection (2006, 2007, 2008) while taking first team honors in 2009 ... one of five finalists for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy as college lacrosse's top player ... was a unanimous first team all-BIG EAST selection in four consecutive seasons (`06, `07, `08, `09) ... named BIG EAST co-attack player of the year along with Syracuse's Katie Rowan in 2009 ... selected to the United States' women's lacrosse developmental team ... highly skilled player with the ability to create as well as score goals ... blessed with great vision on the field and the ability to anticipate the action ... outstanding all-around athlete who brought speed, quickness and scoring skill to the lineup ... selected as one of the top 20 players (9th) in the country by Lacrosse magazine in their 2008 preseason preview edition ... recognized as one of the most-dominant women's lacrosse players ever from Long Island ... holds Northport High School records for goals and assists in a career ... among the top four in goals and assists for a season and a career in New York as a high school standout ... during her career she started all 76 games played in ... scored 262 goals with 74 assists for 336 points ... grabbed 88 ground balls, 154 draw controls and 61 caused turnovers.

AS A SENIOR: Started all 21 games for the Irish, setting a single-season record with 83 goals to break Crysti Foote's previous best of 74 (2006) ... added 28 assists (5th best mark) for 111 points (2nd behind Foote's 114 in 2006) ... set school record with 55 draw controls ... added 26 caused turnovers ... set a Notre Dame single-game record with 12 points (7g, 5a, all personal career highs) in the 20-5 win over Connecticut on April18 ... closed career with a 21-game goal and point streak (83g, 28a, 111 pts.) ... unanimous first team all-BIG EAST selection for fourth consecutive year ... named BIG EAST co-attack player of the year ... was the Notre Dame team most valuable player ... selected to IWCLA West/Midwest region first team for fourth straight year and was a first team IWLCA All-American for the first time ... named to Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List in the preseason and was one of five finalists following the year ... had at least two goals in all 21 games ... checked in with 13 games of four or more goals ... had 18 games of four or more points ... opened the season with three goals in the 22-7 win over Duquesne ... held to a season-low two goals and two points in the 21-5 home loss to Northwestern ... bounced back with three goals in the 14-11 win over Ohio State ... picked up first of seven games with five or more goals as she scored five in a 17-8 win over Stanford (2/28) ... added three goals and two assists in 16-11 win over Dartmouth (3/3) ... selected BIG EAST player of the week (March 8) with eight goals and two assists versus Stanford and Dartmouth ... added third consecutive five-point game with two goals and three assists in win over James Madison ... scored six times and added an assist for seven points in 17-15 win over Hofstra ... finished five-game homestand (3/14 to 3/29) with 23 goals and four assists for 27 points as Irish went 4-1 with lone loss to Georgetown (14-12) ... scored 10 goals (and three assists) in two games in wins at Cincinnati (16-5) and Louisville (20-8) ... had three goals and one assist in 14-13 loss at Syracuse (4/11) and then four goals in 18-11 loss at Vanderbilt (4/15) ... got the Irish back on the winning track with her single-season record 12-point game (7g, 5a) in BIG EAST win over Connecticut ... selected BIG EAST offensive player of the week for that game ... helped Notre Dame to its first BIG EAST title with six goals and six assists in tournament wins versus Syracuse and Georgetown ... selected to the BIG EAST all-tournament team ... closed the regular season with six points (4g, 2a) in 11-9 win at Cornell (5/2) ... scored four goals and one assist in NCAA Tournament win over Vanderbilt ... led the Irish with five goals and one assist for six points in NCAA quarterfinal loss to North Carolina (16-10).

AS A JUNIOR: Started all 19 games at attack ... led the team in scoring with 81 points and 67 goals ... third in assists with 14 ... set Notre Dame single-season record with 52 draw controls ... also had 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers ... had 12 games with four or more points and 10 games with four or more goals ... goal mark of 67 was second highest in program's history and the 81 points were second-best at Notre Dame ... was a unanimous first team all-BIG EAST selection ... was selected second team IWLCA All-American for the third straight year ... chosen second team Inside Lacrosse Magazine and womenslacrosse.com All-American ... selected BIG EAST offensive player of the week for week ending March 31 ... opened the season with five goals and one assist in 22-10 win over Canisius ... also added five draw controls ... had six goals and an assist in 16-4 home win over Duquesne ... held to just four goals in win at Ohio State ... three games on West coast netted her 15 goals and three assists for 18 points ... had four goals and one assist in loss at Stanford ... had eight points (6g, 2a) in loss versus Oregon ... closed trip with five-goal game in win versus California ... set career high with six draw controls versus California at the Rose Bowl ... opened three-game homestand with five points (3g, 2a) in win over Delaware ... held to three points (2g, 1a) in 16-13 overtime loss to Syracuse ... grabbed six draw controls with three goals and an assist in 13-10 win over Loyola ... returned to Long Island to get four goals and an assist in win at Hofstra ... recorded career-high seven goals with one assist in 18-11 win at Connecticut ... scored three goals in first-ever Irish win at Duke (12-8) ... became school's all-time leading scorer in win over Duke, passing Crysti Foote '07 who had 161 for career ... kept off the scoresheet in 16-2 loss at top-ranked Northwestern ... scored one goal in Notre Dame win at Georgetown ... broke two-game scoring slump with three goals in 9-6 loss to Vanderbilt ... helped Irish rebound with six points (5g, 1a) in 20-9 win at Rutgers ... had one goal and one assist in 15-14 triple overtime loss to Georgetown in BIG EAST Tournament ... had six points (5g, 1a) in 15-11 win over Cornell in regular-season finale ... held scoreless at Northwestern in NCAA Tournament loss (15-7).

AS A SOPHOMORE: Started all 17 games at attack for the Irish in 2007 ... led the team in scoring with 66 points, including a career-best 58 goals ... chipped in 13 ground balls, 17 draw controls and nine caused turnovers ... had at least three points in 12 of team's 17 games and had 13 games with three or more goals ... goal total was second-best, single-season total in program's history with 66 points ranking sixth all-time ... unanimous first team all-BIG EAST selection for second time in career ... selected first team IWLCA all-region ... was a second team IWLCA All-American selection for the second consecutive year ... chosen third team Inside Lacrosse Magazine and womenslacrosse.com All-American ... selected BIG EAST offensive player of the week twice in 2007 ... reached the 100-point mark in her career (24 games) and 100-goal mark (33 games) faster than any one ever at Notre Dame ... finished the campaign with a 17-game point-scoring streak (58g, 8a) ... opened the season with a six-goal game (one of two on the year) in a 10-9 triple overtime win at James Madison ... scored the game winner with 15 seconds left in third extra period of play ... scored three goals in home opener against Stanford, a 12-11 overtime win ... recorded four points (3g, 1a) in 18-10 loss to top-ranked Northwestern ... turned in second four-point game (3g, 1a) in 13-9 victory at Cornell ... helped Notre Dame to an 18-8 win at Canisius with a season-high eight-point game (6g, 2a) ... scored twice in a 9-7 win versus Yale at Wellington, Fla. ... had the hat trick on March 18 in a 16-13 loss at Syracuse ... held to two goals in 16-9 home victory against Ohio State ... scored game winner (second of year) and had two goals and an assist in 11-1 win at Loyola (Md.) ... had back-to-back five-point days (4g, 1a) in home wins versus Connecticut and Duquesne ... racked up third consecutive four-goal afternoon in 20-10 home loss to Duke ... scored twice in 16-11 victory against the Cal Bears on April 7 ... helped the Irish hand Georgetown its first-ever BIG EAST regular-season loss with three goals in a 13-8 win at Moose Krause Stadium ... led Notre Dame with four points (3g, 1a) in a 13-9 loss at Vanderbilt ... had five-of-seven Irish goals in a heart-breaking, 8-7 home loss to Rutgers ... closed the season with three goals in the BIG EAST Tournament loss to Georgetown.

AS A FRESHMAN: Played and started all 19 games in her freshman year ... set Irish freshman records for goals (54), assists (24) and points (78) in a season ... added 23 ground balls, 30 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers ... led the Irish with four game-winning goals ... goal and point totals were second-best single-season totals in program's history behind Crysti Foote's 74 goals and 114 points ... selected first team all-BIG EAST ... first team IWLCA all-region team selection ... chosen second team IWLCA and womens-lacrosse.com All-American ... was a third team selection by Inside Lacrosse Magazine ... had an 18-game point streak (54g, 24a) snapped in the NCAA semifinal game with Dartmouth ... had 18 games with two or more points and 16 games with two or more goals ... started her collegiate career with a seven-point game (5g, 2a) in win at California ... followed that with five goals, including game winner in overtime, and one assist in 12-11 win at Stanford ... selected womenslacrosse.com player of the week and rookie of the week for Feb. 26 ...had three goals and two assists in 18-6 win over Ohio ... added two goals and one assist in 17-15 win over Cornell ... had career-high nine-point game (5g, 4a) in 20-4 win over Lehigh ... scored three goals in wins over James Madison and Loyola ... scored twice in 21-12 loss to Northwestern ...scored twice in 18-2 win over Canisius ... had three goals and one assist in 13-9 win at Connecticut ... racked up three assists as Irish defeated Ohio State, 13-6 ... scored twice in 11-10 loss at Duke and followed with three goals and one assist in 11-10 loss at Georgetown ... recorded three goals, including game winner, with two assists in 13-8 win at Rutgers ... held to a season-low two points (two assists) in 11-10 win over Syracuse ... had a season-high six goals, including last second game winner in 12-11 win against Vanderbilt ... had seven goals and four assists for 11 points in three NCAA tournament games ... scored four goals with two assists in 16-8 win versus Cornell ... followed with three goals and two assists in 12-9 win over Georgetown ... was held off the scoresheet in the semifinal loss to Dartmouth.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse at Northport High School ... earned 12 letters (four in each sport) during her high school career ... led all three teams to Suffolk County League titles all four years at Northport ... team captain of soccer and lacrosse teams as a senior ... team MVP in soccer as a senior and three-time team MVP in lacrosse (2003-05) ... three-time all-conference selection in each sport ... was selected Newsday all-Long Island in basketball (2005), soccer (2004) and lacrosse (2004, 2005) ... all-state selection in basketball as a senior and as a sophomore and junior in lacrosse ... set Long Island record for goals in a season (119) in 2004 and New York state record for assists in a year (59) ... for career, had 282 goals and 133 assists for 415 points ... two-time All-American in lacrosse (2004, 2005) ... was a lacrosse academic all-American in 2005 ... a 12-time New York state scholar-athlete team award winner ... winner of the "Butch Dellecave" Award as the outstanding female athlete in Suffolk County ... won the Northport High School Outstanding Senior Athlete Award ... named by Inside Lacrosse magazine as one of 10 "Blue Chip" recruits nationally ... participated in the Empire State Games in 2003 and 2004, winning gold medal in `03 and silver in `04 ... played in two U.S. Lacrosse Association national tournaments, finishing as top scorer on New York 2 in 2003 and New York 1 in 2004 ... lost national title to Mid-Atlantic 2 in `04, a team that featured former Irish teammates Shannon Burke and Mary Veith ... full name is Jillian Ashley Byers ... daughter of John and Allison Byers ... has three brothers ... born Aug. 3, 1987 in Huntington, N.Y. ... graduated with a degree in Film, Television and Theatre from Notre Dame ... was hired as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Yale University during the summer of 2009.



Jillian Byers
Jillian  Byers


Northport, NY

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