After leading the women's lacrosse team to victory over Bates and Williams last week, Katie Stewart '12 was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday.

In last Saturday's triumph over Williams, Stewart scored five goals, a season-high, including the game's decisive point.

In the team's April 20 game against Bates, Stewart tallied three goals from her midfield position.

Stewart did not play in Wednesday's 20-1 thrashing over Husson because she was having back trouble.

"[The coaches] were being really careful... We have a really big game on Friday and if anyone had a little injury, they didn't play," said Stewart.

Including her points from the Williams game, Stewart has scored the second highest number of goals on the team, with 27 points under her belt. Her high-scoring playing has been concentrated in the second half of the season, though.

"At the beginning of the season, I was barely scoring at all... [Williams] was the height of my scoring," Stewart said.

Her statistics were similarly impressive last year. She started in all 16 games, was selected for the first All-NESCAC Conference Team and tied for highest season-long total for goals scored at 35.

In her first year on the team, Stewart played in 13 of 15 games. She scored 14 goals during the season and scored another game-high five points in a game against University of Southern Maine.

"Freshman year, I had to learn so much," she said of the difference between her first two years of playing at Bowdoin. "I came in and thought I had things down but the whole year, I was learning."

The Chevy Chase, Md. native graduated from Sidwell Friends School, where she was lacrosse MVP her senior year. Stewart also played varsity basketball and soccer, but missed a lot of playing time due to a knee injury from basketball.

"I thought about walking on for basketball or soccer [at Bowdoin], but I decided to focus on the one sport that means the most to me," she said.

With one NESCAC game left in the season, Stewart has high expectations for the team.

"Last year, we could have gone farther than we did," she said. "[This year], I want us to win NESCACs and go all the way to the NCAA finals."

"If you don't set your sights up high, I feel like you're never going to get there," she added.