As a Junior in 2009: Captain of stingy Maryland defense that surrendered a mere 9.11 goals per game...First Team Regional All-American and Third Team All-American...named to ACC All-Tournament team after helping aid the attack and tallying five groundballs and two caused turnovers in the championship game against Duke (4/26)... second on the team with 31 ground balls and added 15 caused turnovers... notched multiple groundballs on nine separate occasions...won four draw controls versus Penn State (4/3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge...also contributed on the offensive side of things, registering ten goals and four assists while starting in all 22 games...scored two goals in Maryland's win against Princeton (5/16).
As a Sophomore in 2008: Started in all 20 games she appeared in for the Terrapin defense...tallied 26 groundballs and 20 draw controls.
As a Freshman in 2007: Appeared in 16 games ... forced four turnovers while picking up three ground balls and three draw controls ... secured a draw in the NCAA quarterfinals at Penn (5/19) ... one caused turnover and ground ball in the NCAA first round against Yale (5/13) ... one ground ball against Virginia (4/27) and at Virginia Tech (4/22) ... one caused turnover and draw control at Richmond (3/7).
Prep: Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Easton High ... led the team in goals and assists as a sophomore (44g/18a) and senior (49g/22a) ... also has a team-best 239 groundballs in those two seasons ... high school All-America honoree in 2004 ... team captain as a junior and an all-conference first team selection ... helped team to the conference and regional titles in 2003 ... played club for CCLax and was a member of the All-Galaxy team.
Personal: Karissa Jillian Taylor was born September 16, 1987 in Dallas, Texas ... is the daughter of Kibby and Steve Dalton ... has an older brother, Nathan, and an older sister, Neisha ... lists parents as the people she admires most ... major is family science ... chose Maryland over Georgetown, North Carolina, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins and Princeton.