UofL's Boltja named lacrosse All-American

Boltja Becomes Louisville Women's Lacrosse's Second All-American

Nikki Boltja earned first team all-BIG EAST and all-region status this year before her All-America honor.


Contact: Ira Green, Ira@GoCards.com, (502) 852-4857

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women lacrosse's Nikki Boltja added to her already lengthy list of awards this season, earning Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America honors on Wednesday.

Boltja, the program's second IWLCA All-American, earned third-team status after recently collecting first team IWLCA all-West/Midwest Region honors in addition to first team all-conference accolades.

"I am so proud of Nikki and all that she has accomplished in her three seasons at Louisville," head coach Kellie Young said. "She is the definition of a student-athlete – committed in the classroom and a workhorse on the field. I can't wait to see what's to come in her senior campaign."

Last week, the junior became just the third Cardinal in program history to achieve first-team all-region status. The Medina, Ohio, native, finished the season with 63 goals and 11 assists for 74 points, marking her second-straight season with at least 50 goals. Her point and goal totals in 2013 rank third best in a season in school history.

She ranks No. 1 in the BIG EAST in goals per game (3.71) and free-position goals per game (1.0), tied for first in game-winning goals (4), and No. 2 in points per game (4.35), while nationally she is second in goals per game, sixth in total goals, No. 13 in points per game, and 22nd in points.

Bergan Foley was the Cardinals' first All-America honoree, receiving the third-team distinction in 2011.

The IWLCA will honor its 48 All-Americans at the IWLCA All-America banquet on May 25 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, Pa.


First Team

Alex Aust, Maryland, Sr., A

Becca Block, Syracuse, Sr., D

Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina, Sr., M

Kitty Cullen, Florida, Sr., A

Taylor Cummings, Maryland, Fr., M

Brittany Dashiell, Florida, Sr., M

Erin Fitzgerald, Northwestern, Sr., A

Mikey Meagher, Florida, Sr., GK

Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr., A

Iliana Sanza, Maryland, Sr., D

Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, Sr., M

Sloane Serpe, North Carolina, Jr., D

Barb Sullivan, Notre Dame, So., D

Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, Sr., M

Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, Fr., A

Taylor Virden, Duke, Jr., D

Second Team

Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins, Jr., A

Alexa Demski, Towson, Sr., D

Kelsey Duryea, Duke, Fr., GK

Danielle Etrasco, Boston University, Sr., A

Sam Farrell, Florida, Sr., D

Gabby Flibotte, Northwestern, Sr., D

Abbey Friend, North Carolina, Jr., A

Shannon Gilroy, Florida, So., A

Kate Henrich, Denver, Sr., D

Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Jr., M

Kelly Lechner, Penn State, So., M

Maggie McCormick, Penn State, So., A

Erin McMunn, Princeton, So., A

Marlee Paton, Loyola, Jr., M

Mikaela Rix, Boston College, So., M

Covie Stanwick, Boston College, So., A

Third Team

Courtney Bennett, Dartmouth, Sr., M

Bridget Bianco, Northwestern, So., GK

Casey Ancarrow, James Madison, Sr., A

Casey Bocklet, Virginia, So., A

Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Jr., A

Demianne Cook, Stony Brook, Sr., M

Brittney Coppa, North Carolina, Jr., M

Jasmine DePompeo, Navy, Sr., A

Katie Ferris, Massachusetts, Jr., A

Katie Guy, Penn State, Sr., D

Ashley Hunter, Georgetown, Sr., D

Kate Ivory, Cornell, Sr., D

Lily Kalata, Rutgers, Sr., GK

Kelsey McGovern, Massachusetts, Jr., D

Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown, So., A

Taryn VanThof, Loyola, So., M