Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, senior, midfielder

In her first three seasons, the Dallas native established herself as perhaps one of the best two-way players in the history of the sport. The NCAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 was used extensively on offense last season -- and the Wildcats won the national title both times. The last of her 33 goals broke a 6-6 tie with 9:55 left in the national championship game against Syracuse. Her .611 shooting percentage led the team, and she tied the program single-season record with 58 ground balls in 2012.
Ron Irby
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