Women's Lacrosse



Irish Crush Orange in 16-7 Victory

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

Talented midfield/attack standout who is expected to have an immediate impact on the Notre Dame roster ... heads a group of 10 highly-touted freshmen on the Irish roster this season ... outstanding all-around athlete who brings speed, quickness and scoring skill to the lineup ... total team player who makes players around her better ... 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 the state of New York.

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 ... was 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 fellow incoming freshmen 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. ... enrolled in First Year of Studies at Notre Dame.

Jillian Byers
Jillian  Byers


Northport, NY

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