The 2014-15 athletic year has all but come to a close, and that can only mean one thing: end-of-year awards. Beginning Tuesday, June 2, Inside NU will hand out seven different awards to celebrate the top players, coaches and games of the year in Northwestern sports.
Following a week of your voting, we have landed on our winners. Find out who stood out among a talented class of freshmen.
Justin Jackson, Football - Jackson exploded onto the scene as a true freshman. Running behind a shaky offensive line, he carried the ball 245 times for 1,187 yards, and added 201 more yards catching the ball out of the backfield. He also found the end zone 11 times, and more than made Wildcat fans forget about Venric Mark. Jackson would've been the Big Ten Freshman of the Year if it weren't for Ohio State's J.T. Barrett.
Hannah Kim, Women's Golf - Kim wasn't just named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2015... she was named Big Ten Player of the Year, Northwestern women's golf's first ever recipient of the award. Oh, and Kim's season isn't done; she's currently leading the Wildcats at the NCAA Championships in Raleigh, N.C., where they enter Monday two shots off the top-eight and match-play qualification.
Selena Lasota, Lacrosse - Lasota was simply dominant from the moment she stepped on a lacrosse field wearing purple. She scored a remarkable 69 goals in 21 games, was Northwestern's all-around best player, and was named to the ILWCA All-American Second Team. She was also the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and was named to the all-conference team. For more on Lasota, we profiled her back in April.
Bryant McIntosh, Men's Basketball - The Big Ten had some pretty good freshman guards this past season -- D'Angelo Russell, James Blackmon Jr., Melo Trimble -- but that didn't stop McIntosh from being named to the conference's All-Freshman Team. In his first year in Evanston, McIntosh ran the show for Chris Collins, and was the engine that made NU's offense go. McIntosh averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per game.
Selena Lasota, Lacrosse
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