Danielle Spencer

Rochester, N.Y.

High School:

Northwestern '10


U.S. Team

  • U.S. National Team (2010-12)
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  • IWLCA All-America first team (2010), second team (2009)
  • All-ALC first team (2009-10), second team (2008)
  • Won 110 draw controls as a senior, the third-highest single season total in NCAA history
  • Finished career ranked second in draw controls and sixth in goals in Northwestern history
  • Top scoring season was in 2009 when she tallied 64 goals, including four in the NCAA championship game victory over North Carolina
  • Helped team win three national championships (2007-09) in her career

Off the Field

  • Assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Northwestern

Getting to know…

  • Nickname? Spence
  • Other sports played in high school? Volleyball, soccer
  • Favorite lacrosse player? Any of my teammates!
  • Favorite athlete from another sport? Scott Jurek (ultramarathoner)
  • Best advice received from a coach? Every time you step on the field, tell yourself that you are the best player on that field, and play with that level of confidence.
  • Strengths as a player? Size, strength, and work ethic.
  • Favorite drill? Full field ride with my teammates! All 12 players on the field working together towards a common goal.
  • Game-day ritual? I wash my hands a lot before games.
  • What one thing do you wish you knew before you knew it as a lacrosse player? I wish I had recognized the value of the little plays, such as ground balls, or good 1v1 defense while re-defending, at an earlier age. When I was younger, I thought that scoring goals was all that mattered.
  • Tip for young players? Putting some extra time into wall ball can make a serious difference in your game. Learn to use both hands.
  • Best lacrosse moment? When my coach at Brighton, Rich Curtis, convinced me to pick up a lacrosse stick and give the sport a chance. Every great moment in my career would not have happened without his effort.
  • Any fun fact we left out? Special talent? I am partially colorblind, which is sometimes a challenge. Fortunately, I do not have a problem distinguishing between red, white, and blue!