Canadian Female Athletes in the NCAA (D1 Edition)

Mar. 01, 2024

Lacrosse Canada is excited to begin a 3 part series where we look at all the amazing female Canadian athletes in the NCAA. To start Women's history month we are looking at the athletes who currently compete at the division 1 level. 


There are 117 schools that offer Division 1 women’s lacrosse in 16 conferences: AEC, AAC, ASC, Atlantic 10, ACC, Big East, Big South, Big Ten, CAA, Independents, Ivy League, MAAC, MPSF, Northeast Conference, Pac-12, Patriots League and Southern Conference. 


The last 10 years has seen a rapid growth of Canadians going south of the border to compete at the NCAA level, as there is now 106 current athletes playing at the division 1 level. 


Milana Zizakovic and Alex Matsuoka both come from Alberta and have already left their mark on their respective schools. Milana, a junior at Towson led the team in points last season with 41 goals and 15 assists which earned her First Team All CAA honors in 2023. Her work over the past two seasons earned Milana the role of captain for the current season. Meanwhile Alex plays on the complete opposite side of the country at Oregon. Most recently a member of Team Canada's Sixes team in Oshawa, she is a tough defender that has helped Oregon get off to a 3-0 start to the 2024 campaign. She also was named captain for the season while only being a junior, her leadership will play a big role for the Ducks in 2024. 


Umass defender Jordan Dean just recently moved up to third all time in Umass history for draw controls. After recording 17 last week vs Holy Cross, she now sits at 226 draw controls for her career as only a junior. Her teammate and fellow Canadian Kassisdy Morris had a career day against Holy Cross as well, putting up a huge stateliness of 4 goals and 3 assists on her way to a 7 point afternoon. 


Graduate student Nicole Perroni has had an unforgettable career up to date at Louisville, and is still adding to her already elite accolades. She has complied 111 goals and 18 assists in 57 games as a member of the Cardinals. In 2023 she was named to the Second Team all ACC, and her 50 goal season in 2022 landed her on the ICWLA All Region Second Team. She is joined by 3 other Canadian teammates in Louisville that all originate from the Durham Region in Ontario. Olivia Toll and Kylea Dobson are from Oshawa, ON, and Reese Whiteman is from Brooklin. 


At the University of Colorado, two Canadians are helping the Buffs off to a great 3-1 start. Freshman Emily Dodd has started all 4 games to start her career compiling 5 points along the way. As just a freshman she will be a key contributor for the Buffs for years to come. Meanwhile grad student Eve Hritzuk transferred from defending National Champion Northwestern and has brought her experience immediately to this Colorado team. Eve is second on the team in goals with 11 in only 4 games. These two have gotten the Buffs to an early season ranking of 19, after the first 4 weeks.


St. Bonaventure leads the way with 9 Canadians on their roster. 7 of these athletes are from Ontario meanwhile the other two grew up in British Columbia. Canisius follows right behind with 8 Canadians, and the third spot goes to Lindenwood University in St Louis, who has 5 Canadians players on their team. 


The following girls will be moving onto Team Canada's final tryout for the first ever Canada Women's Box Lacrosse Team. 

Jordan Dean, Jill Fenech, Gigi Gaspar, Bella Gaspar, Eve Hritzuk, Alex Matsuoka, Jordan Murrell, Alecia Nicholas, Brooklyn Walker-Welch, Morgan White, Dylana Williams, Milana Zizakovic.


You can view the current top 25 along with each teams schedule by going to NCAA website here. 


5 Matchups to watch this week

Canisius vs Detroit Mercy

Louisville vs Pittsburgh

Kennesaw St vs Vanderbilt

Colorado vs Michigan 

Loyola vs Penn St


The list below contains all 106 Canadian Female Athletes that currently play NCAA D1 Lacrosse


Full Name University Division Hometown
Grace Hardy Akron 1 Oshawa, ON
Reggie Williams Albany 1 Toronto, ON
Bryar Hogg Albany 1 Oshawa, ON
Emma Torkoff Albany Wastage, ON
Teagan Ng Arizona State 1 Richmond, BC
Bella Gaspar Arizona State 1 Burnaby, BC
Gigi Gaspar Arizona State 1 Burnaby, BC
Alex Law Boston U 1 Whitby, ON
Rory Rothnie Brown 1 Victoria, BC
Beth Anderson Brown 1 New Westminster, BC
Alex Nesbitt Bucknell 1 Brooklin, ON
Ireland Costigan Butler 1 Orangeville, ON
Harper Weatherdon Canisius 1 Waterloo, ON
Meg Hiltz Canisius 1 Peterborough, ON
Ashlyn Dhandwar Canisius 1 New Westminster, BC
Briaunna D'Andrade Canisius 1 Whitby, ON
MJ Renaud Canisius 1 Elora, ON
Taylor Mcarthur Canisius 1 Peterborough, ON
Sarah Kee Canisius 1 Orangeville, ON
Paige Stachura Canisus  1 Orillia, ON
Avery Partridge Central Michigan 1 Newmarket, ON
Ryan Bionda Coastal Carolina 1 Huntsville, ON
Emily Dodd Colorado 1 Calgary, AB
Eve Hritzuk Colorado 1 Sherwood Park, AB
Lauren Black Denver 1 New Westminster, BC
Raegan Wilson Denver 1 Milton, ON
Lauren Black Denver 1 New Westminster, BC
Maddy Camm Detroit 1 Elmire, ON
Adèle Swanson Duke 1 Toronto, ON
Laurelle Weisbrod Eastern Michigan 1 Delta, BC
Karly Low Eastern Michigan 1 Owen Sound, ON
Andrea Fisher Furman 1 Toronto, ON
Reese Jones Gardner Webb 1 Edmonton, AB
Francesca Alpajaro Georgetown 1 Port Elgin, ON
Hattie Manser Harvard 1 Orangeville, ON
Annabel Child Harvard 1 Oakville, ON
Mya Stewart-Parsons High Point 1 Maple Ridge, BC
Natasha Newport Iona 1 Oakville, ON
Quinn Malcolm Jacksonville 1 Port Coquitlam, BC
Paige Pagano Jacksonville 1 Toronto, ON
Maggie Cuddy Jacksonville 1 Brooklin, ON
Jillian McNaughton Johns Hopkins 1 Oshawa, ON
Zoe King Kennesaw State 1 Toronto, ON
Sydney Bumstead Kennesaw State 1 Georgetown, ON
Natalie Gane Lindenwood 1 Port Coquitlam, BC
Kate MacDonell Lindenwood 1 Brooklin, ON
Sarah Jardine Lindenwood 1 Calgary, AB
Alissa Digiacinto Lindenwood 1 Brooklin, ON
Lauren Bailey Lindenwood 1 East Garafraxa, ON
Kylea Dobson Louisville 1 Oshawa, ON
Olivia Toll Louisville 1 Oshawa, ON
Reese Whiteman Louisville 1 Brooklin, ON
Nicole Perroni Louisville 1 Oshawa, ON
Lauren Spence Loyola 1 Evergreen, CO
Marcia Inacio Mercer 1 Oakville, ON
Julia Harvey Merrimack 1 Toronto, ON
Giordan Peck Niagara 1 Toronto, ON
Hannah Kent Niagara 1 Ostrea Lake, NS
Brooklyn Walker-Welch North Carolina 1 Courtice, ON
Alecia Nichols North Carolina 1 Ithaca, NY
Claire Snyder Northwestern 1 Surrey, BC
Lexi Jenkins Oregon 1 Peterborough, ON
Cassidy Eckert Oregon 1 Burlington, ON
Alex Matsuoka Oregon 1 Calgary, AB
Dylana Williams Pittsburgh 1 Oshawa, ON
Jill Fenech Pittsburgh 1 Adjala, ON
Kayleigh Aitken Presbyterian 1 Oro-Medonte, ON
Jami Macdonald Princeton 1 Georgetown, ON
Sydney Fraser Queens University Of Charlotte 1 Kamloops, BC
Kennedy Goddard Queens University Of Charlotte 1 Oakville, ON
Corrina Lyon Quinnipiac 1 Oshawa, ON
Emily Keegan Quinnipiac 1 Oakville, ON
Amy Nicoloff Quinnipiac 1 Toronto, ON
Taylor Cadeau Robert Morris 1 Missisauga, ON
Jerica Obee Robert Morris 1 Severn, ON
Megan Shepley Robert Morris 1 Kitchener, ON
Mak Patten Saint Francis 1 Welland, ON
Olivia Baldini Saint Francis 1 Hamilton, ON
Taylor Coughlin Saint Francis 1 Hespeler, ON
Kaylyn Williams Saint Joesph's  1 Langley, BC
Reilly Hunter San Diego State 1 Toronto, ON
Kassi Hogan St. Bonaventure 1 Guelph, ON
Olivia Peeler St. Bonaventure 1 Toronto, ON
Sylvi Jenner St. Bonaventure 1 Victoria, BC
Jordan Murrell St. Bonaventure 1 Delta, BC
Tori Nascimento St. Bonaventure 1 Acton, ON
Taylor Chegahno St. Bonaventure 1 Purple Valley, ON
Abby Hiltz St. Bonaventure 1 Peterborough, ON
Brooke Piper St. Bonaventure 1 Aurora, ON
Brit Colangelo St. Bonaventure 1 Scarborough, ON
Zoey Kruger Stony Brook 1 Orangeville, ON
Madelyn Baxter Syracuse 1 Whitby, ON
Biance Chevarie Syracuse  Brantford,ON
Milana Zizakovic Towson 1 Calgary, AB
Kassidy Morris Umass 1 Washago, ON
Jordan Dean Umass 1 Greenbank, ON
Jillian Goldie Umass Lowell 1 Owen Sound, ON
Kaitlynn Anderson Umass Lowell 1 Winnipeg, MB
Morgan White Vanderbilt 1 Milton, ON
Avery Morton Vanderbilt 1 Waterloo, ON
Mackenzie Beam Virginia Tech 1 Brooklin, ON
Kendra Hamilton Wagner 1 Victoria, BC
Erin Rooney Wagner 1 Arthur, ON
Taylor Bumstead Winthrop 1 Georgetown, ON
Callie Vaudry Youngstown State 1 Hamilton, ON
Grace Manser Youngstown State 1 Mulmur, ON


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