Big Ten Medal of Honor: Gabriella Flibotte, Northwestern Women's Lacrosse

June 5, 2013

In her Wildcat career, Gabriella Flibotte established herself as a defensive leader for the Northwestern women’s lacrosse dynasty. She was a four-year starter and defensive specialist for the ‘Cats and during her senior season led the team with an NU single-season record 60 ground balls as well as 49 caused turnovers, good for the third-best single-season total in program history.

Flibotte’s outstanding senior campaign garnered her national recognition as she received her first career IWLCA All-America accolade as a second-team honoree. She also was a first-team All-West/Midwest Region honor and was named the MVP of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament, leading the Wildcats to the conference crown. Flibotte previously had earned ALC All-Tournament Team honors in both 2010 and 2012.

Flibotte was a key contributor on Northwestern teams that recorded four straight appearances in the NCAA semifinals, three championship game berths and won the 2011 and 2012 national championships, extending NU’s dynasty to a remarkable seven national titles in eight seasons.

The Massachusetts native also has brought a winning attitude to the classroom, where she majors in communication studies. Flibotte is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.