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posted: 6/6/2012 6:10 PM

NU's Thorton voted nation's best women's lacrosse player

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Northwestern's Taylor Thorton received the 2012 Lacrosse Honda Sports Award on Tuesday.

The award is given to the best college women's lacrosse player each season. The junior was selected via nationwide vote and is now among 12 female student-athletes eligible for 2012 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

"I am truly humbled and honored to accept the award for lacrosse," she said in a statement. "To be in the company of legends from across so many women's sports is quite an achievement and I am beyond proud."

The Wildcats defeated Syracuse on May 27 to win their second-straight NCAA championship and their seventh in the last eight years. Thorton tied a Northwestern single season record with 58 ground balls and ranked second on the team in draw controls with 71. She also forced 28 turnovers and scored 33 goals in 2012.

Thorton is the fourth Northwestern women's lacrosse player to receive the award. Kristen Kjellman won in from 2005-2007, Hannah Nielsen won it in 2008 and 2009 and Shannon Smith received last season's award.

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