Lacrosse: Amonte Hiller named Tewaaraton Legends Award recipient


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Kelly Amonte Hiller watches the field at the 2019 Final Four. Northwestern’s lacrosse coach led Maryland to two national titles as a player

Ella Brockway, Sports Editor


Kelly Amonte Hiller has to make some more room in her trophy closet.

Northwestern’s head coach was named this year’s recipient of the Tewaaraton Legends Award, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced on January 10. The honor is given to former college lacrosse players who played before the creation of the award — which annually recognizes the best male and female players in the sport — but would have won the prize if it had existed during their career.

Amonte Hiller was a four-time All-American at Maryland from 1993 to 1996. She led the Terrapins to two national titles in 1995 and 1996, and was named the National Player of the Year for both of those seasons. Amonte Hiller set records in College Park for career points, assists and goals playing under coaching legend Cindy Timchal, who had previously been at the helm at NU from 1982 to 1990.

The Massachusetts native also played for the U.S. national team for more than 10 years, winning World Cups in 1997 and 2001, and earning a spot on the All-World team during the U.S.’s second-place finish at the 2005 World Cup — less than two months after she’d coached the Wildcats to the program’s first-ever national title.

In 18 seasons at the helm in Evanston, Amonte Hiller has brought home seven national championships and is a four-time IWLCA Coach of the Year.

The Cats open their 2020 season on Feb. 7 against Detroit Mercy.

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