NIU advances to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2007.
2014 MAC All-Freshman Team
2014 SEASON: Played in all 21 games with 20 starts for NIU as a true freshman midfielder and forward...led the team in points (9) and tied for first in goals (3)...recorded the most points by a Huskie freshman since Lisa Maier in 2006...scored her first collegiate goal at Chicago State (Sept. 12) and netted twice at Central Michigan (Sept. 26), including a 25-yard curler into the top left corner and the game-winning goal from a free kick in overtime...Had two assists against Ohio (Oct. 5)...Also lead the team in shots (36) and shots on goal (13)...Tied for first on the team with three assists...One of just eight players in the MAC to have at least two goals and two assists in conference games...converted her penalty kick in the shootout against Miami (Nov. 2) in the MAC Quarterfinals...earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team.
JOHN HERSEY HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letter winner and two-time captain...Named team MVP in 2013 after scoring 17 goals and dishing 15 assists...Had four game-winning goals and assisted the game-winner in four other games in 2012...Honored as All-Conference and All-Area player in 2012 and 2013...Made All-State in 2013 and '14
CLUB/ODP: Played for Chicago Sockers FC...Scored game-winners in 2008 and 2010 to take State Cup...Primarily played at midfield and forward...Regional Champion in 2008 and 2009...Nationals Runner-up in 2010...Co-Captain since 2011.
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: Daughter to Jean and Harold... Involved in Service Over Self, Kiwanis, Senior Olympics, Funner Olympics, food drives, and co-chaired the Gina Giancola Safe Foundation for in 2012 and 2013...Enjoys traveling, boating, spending time with friends, going to the beach, and being with her family...Fan of the Chicago Blackhawks...Most admires Sydney Leroux because "she works hard in every game and and for everything she accomplishes during her career."
COACH ROSS ON GIERMAN: "Lauren is a very technical player, which allows her to dictate the flow of the game from an attacking midfield position. She is a true playmaker that will score goals and compile assists as well. Her ability to serve set pieces will be a big asset to the program."