Lacrosse: Scane returns for a fifth year, two graduate transfers join the Cats


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Izzy Scane runs down the field in a game against Syracuse. Northwestern lacrosse announced that Scane, who holds NU’s single-game and single-season scoring record, will return for a fifth year.

Izzy Scane, the 2021 Big Ten Attacker of the Year, will return to Northwestern along with Allie Berkery and Elle Hansen, the program announced Monday. Graduate transfers Molly Laliberty, a former player at Tufts, and Hailey Rhatigan, a standout at Mercer, are also joining NU’s ranks.

After a dominant junior season, Scane was sidelined last year due to an ACL injury. During 2021, she was named a Tewaaraton Award finalist and the Big Ten tournament MVP, earned First Team All Big Ten Honors and broke NU’s single-game and single-season scoring record.

Hansen ranked fourth in scoring for the Cats during the 2022 season, putting away a career-high four goals against Michigan. Berkery also played a significant role for the Cats: a starter for every game last season, she forced a total of 19 turnovers, the second most of any player on the team.

As for NU’s new graduate transfers, Laliberty was named the IWLCA Division III Goalkeeper of the Year in 2021 and 2022. She will help fill the loss of goalkeeper Madison Doucette, a three-year starter who recently entered the transfer portal. Rhatigan led her team to a Big South Championship and tallied 93 goals last season, good for the second most in the country.

The seven-time national champion Cats finished last season with a 15-14 loss to North Carolina in the Final Four. NU held the lead for close to 58 minutes before a surge by the Tar Heels in the fourth quarter. This season, the Cats will take the field without three of their top-five scorers from last season: Lauren Gilbert, Jill Girardi and Brennan Dwyer, who graduated in the spring. Ally Palmero, a First Team All-Big Ten defender, also finished out her five seasons with the Cats.

While the fall ball schedule hasn’t yet been released, NU will return to the field soon with its revamped roster. 

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