Last week, we announced Mike Knoll as the winner of BCI’s Male Most Improved Player of the Year. There were a number of female Eagles that showed great improvement between last year and this, but none quite as impressive as Kaileen Hart, our pick for the 2017 Most Improved Female Player of the Year.
Hart, who plays attack for the Boston College women’s lacrosse team, was a junior this season. She entered the year with 9 career points in 31 games. Hart started 3 games as a sophomore and played in 15, scoring 4 goals and recording 2 assists. This season Hart scored 4 goals...in a single game.
As a junior, Hart was third on the team in goals scored with 49, and fourth on the team in points and assists with 75 and 26 respectively. This means that she increased her points output by 65 between last season and this season. Hart also increased her shots from 8 to 87 and started all but 1 game in 2017.
In addition to smashing all of her season bests, Hart set single game career bests in a number of categories this year. As mentioned above, she scored 4 goals in a single game (3/8/17 at Maryland) for a career high goals scored in a single game. She scored 7 points against Louisville in March for a single game personal record - more points that she scored throughout the entire 2016 season. Hart also set single game personal records in assists in a single game (5, twice), ground balls (3, twice), draw controls (3, twice), and turnovers caused (2, 2/25/17).
Hart’s rise from supporting player to starter and star helped her to beat out fellow vote getters Serena Sommerfield and Kali Flanagan from BC WIH and Tatiana Cortez from BC softball for the award.
Kaileen Hart Career Stats
2015 (16 games): 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, 5 ground balls, 1 draw control
2016 (15 games): 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points, 9 ground balls, 2 draw controls
2017 (24 games): 49 goals, 26 assists, 75 points, 21 ground balls, 17 draw controls