AS A SOPHOMORE:
- Selected to the All-ACC Academic Team.
- Was named a Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by Inside Lacrosse.
- Named IWLCA National Player of the Week (March 29).
- Was selected as ACC Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions (March 7 & March 28).
- Started all 19 games in the goal.
- Collected 11 wins for the Irish, recorded 180 saves, caused 13 turnovers and led the Irish with 51 ground balls.
- Owned a .475 save percentage.
AS A FRESHMAN: Was named to the Inside Lacrosse All-Rookie Team … selected as a member of the ACC All-Tournament Team … awarded Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Week honors twice (April 26; May 18) … named ACC Defensive Player of the Week (February 23) … recorded 14 wins as Irish goalkeeper, the third-most in a single season of any Irish goalkeeper … played 1233:56 total minutes, the most of any goalkeeper in a single season in program history … finished with a 7.97 goals against average in a single season, which ranks second on Notre Dame’s all-time list … started all 21 games … recorded 141 saves, including a career-high 13 saves on February 21 vs. Boston College … had a save .462 save percentage.PREP AND PERSONAL: Graduated from Eastport South Manor in the spring of 2015 ... lettered in six times in lacrosse, four times in basketball and three times in soccer ... member of the USA Under-19 national team ... named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and All-Academic team member her senior year ... named an Under Armour All-American in her senior season ... USA Today first team All-American ... helped her team during her senior season to a Long Island and New York State Class B championship ... named MVP of state semifinal game ... Named to state championship all-tournament team ... part of the MSG's top 30 athletes to watch list ... ranked as the No. 10 recruit in the nation by Inside Lacrosse ... ranked as the top goalie in the nation by Inside Lacrosse ... named all league in basketball all four years of high school ... named all conference three times ... awarded the ESM MVP award twice during her high school career ... received the ESM White Letter MVP Award her senior year ... named all-county all four years in lacrosse ... helped her team to three Suffolk County Class B championships her freshman, sophomore and senior years ... named second-team all-Long Island as a sophomore and first-team as both a junior and senior ... earned U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic honors ... tri-state first-team all-metro and Tri-State Player of the Year as a senior ... ranked in the MSG Top 100 Players ... received tri-state honorable mention all-metro honors as a junior... earned the ESM Most Outstanding Senior Athlete award, ESM Senior Leadership Award, and the ESM Outstanding Achievement award ... section 11 Gold Key winner ... final high school career record in net was 88-25 with 1,056 career saves ... helped her club team to a Under-15 national championship and four other titles ... played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Lacrosse Club team along side fellow Irish freshmen Jenn Casadonte, Samantha Lynch and Nikki Ortega ... member of the National Jr. Honor Society ... part of the yearbook committee... full name is Samantha Catherine Giacolone ... born in West Islip, New York to Steven and Theresa Giacolone ... mother, Theresa, played softball and North Carolina and father, Steven, played soccer at Hofstra ... enrolled in first year of studies.