- Women's soccer senior tri-captains Melissa Henderson, Courtney Barg and Jessica Schuveiller each have earned preseason national award recognition in separate announcements made late Monday and early Tuesday ... Henderson is a double honoree, joining Barg on the 45-player watch list for the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, and also appearing with Schuveiller on the 25-person Soccer America Preseason All-America Team ... Notre Dame is one of eight schools to place two players on this year's Hermann Trophy watch list.
- Skylar Diggins posted game highs of 13 points, six steals and four assists to lead the United States to an 85-33 World University Games victory over Great Britain on Tuesday night at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China ... with the victory, Team USA completes Group B play with a perfect 3-0 record, and advances to the medal round quarterfinals on Thursday, where it will square off with Finland at 8:30 p.m. local time at the Shenzhen Luohu Gym (8:30 a.m. ET in South Bend) ... Diggins was the Americans' leading scorer for the second time in as many days, connecting on 6-of-12 shots against Great Britain. She also tied her tournament high with those six steals, giving her 14 thefts in three outings at this year's World University Games ... Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters each chipped in with four points, six rebounds and two steals, with Peters adding two blocked shots for good measure ... Novosel also joined Diggins in the starting lineup once again, as the United States opened with an all-Fighting Irish backcourt for the third consecutive game ... check out the photo gallery courtesy of USA Basketball.
- Major League Lacrosse announced that David Earl was named the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week ... Earl scored three times and added one assist in the Hamilton Nationals' 14-8 win over Long Island ... the win propelled Hamilton (7-5) into the Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend ... Earl earned first Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week award of his career on the strength of his third hat trick of the season while matching a season high with his four-point performance ... Earl, who played in 10 games during the regular season, was the Nationals' fourth-leading scorer with 22 points ... Earl was the Nationals' third-round selection (13th overall) in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft.
- Here's an executive summary of the various graduation rate numbers released by the NCAA during the 2010-11 academic year, including details of the NCAA-sponsored Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR) surveys, as well as federal rates compiled by the Department of Education (all rankings and comparisons are based on the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision institutions):
Graduation Success Rate (four-class averages based on entering classes of 2000 through 2003)
- Notre Dame ranked first with a .863 percentage as 19 of 22 sports recorded 100 scores (Boston College was second at .780 on 19 of 25).
- Inspecific sports, Notre Dame ranked first in football (96), tied for first in men's basketball (100), tied for first in women's basketball (100) and second in hockey (at 95, behind the U.S. Air Force Academy at 96).
- In rankings of all FBS programs, Notre Dame ranked first among all student-athletes (99), first among male student-athletes (98), first among female student-athletes (100), first among black student-athletes (98).
- Notre Dame produced nine men's scores that ranked first within their respective sports (baseball, basketball, cross country/track and field, fencing, golf, lacrosse, soccer and swimming at 100; football at 96). Hockey at 96 was second. All 11 women's sports ranked first, all with 100 scores.
Academic Progress Rate (four-class compilation from 2006-07 through 2009-10)
- Notre Dame ranked first with 17 sports receiving APR public recognition awards (Duke was second with 15) for ranking in top 10 percent of squads in that sport - nine men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field) and eight women's sports (cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field).
- Nine Notre Dame sports registered perfect 1000 scores - men's cross country, men's golf, men's tennis, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's cross country, women's golf, women's rowing, women's tennis. Fourteen other teams produced scores of 989 or higher.
- Eleven Notre Dame sports ranked first among the FBS programs - men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's tennis and men's indoor and outdoor track and field at 1000; men's lacrosse at 998; men's hockey at 997. Twelve other sports ranked in the top 10.
Federal Graduation Rate (entering classes of 2000 through 2003)
- In rankings of all FBS programs, Notre Dame ranked first among all student-athletes (91, tied with Stanford), first among male student-athletes (87, tied with Stanford), first among female student-athletes (97), second among black student-athletes (86, behind Rice at 89), and fourth among football student-athletes (at 85, behind Boston College at 87 and Duke and Northwestern at 86).
- Notre Dame produced five men's scores that ranked first within their respective sports (cross country/track and field at 100, fencing at 100, swimming at 100, lacrosse at 93, hockey at 91. Soccer at 89 was second, and football at 85 was fourth. Seven women's programs at 100 ranked first (cross country/track and field, crew/rowing, fencing, golf, lacrosse, tennis and volleyball). Swimming at 96 was sixth; soccer at 94 was seventh.