Lauren Gierman scored her fifth goal in five games for NIU.
2014 MAC All-Freshman Team
2015 SEASON: Started 16 games as a midfielder for the Huskies...led the Huskies in goals (6), assists (3) and points (15) while ranking near the top of the MAC in each category...also serving as NIU's primary set-piece specialist, attempted 41 shots with 24 on goal...had her second career two-goal game against Toledo (Sept. 25), leading the Huskies to a 2-0 victory with a pair of 50-yard goals...named NIU Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on Sept. 28 for her performance against the Rockets...named to the Baylor All-Tournament Team for her efforts against Baylor (Sept. 11) and UL-Lafayette (Sept. 13)...had her first career penalty kick goal against Kent State (Oct. 4), where she tallied an assist as well...also recorded a goal in the games against Akon (Oct. 9) and Buffalo (Oct. 11) to extend her consectuvie goal streak to four games...started MAC play with six goals in the first six games...tied a career-high with two assists, both on free kicks, in the season finale against Western Michigan (Oct. 29).
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...Finance major...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."
CAREER HIGHS: Goals: 2, (x2, last vs. Toledo, 9/25/15) Asissts: 2 (twice, last vs. WMU 10/29/15) Shots: 5 (KSU, 10/4/15)