Three-time monogram winner for the Irish ... veteran leader of the Notre Dame defense ... has played a key role on the Irish defense in her first three seasons at Notre Dame ... is team's top one-on-one defender ... combines with fellow senior Kristin Hopson and junior Becky Ranck to give the Irish one of the top back lines in the nation ... was selected to the preseason all-BIG EAST team ... tough, tenacious defender with good speed and outstanding athletic ability ... always in position to win the "50-50" balls ... strong defender around the arc ... smart and intelligent on defense ... moves the ball well in transition ... was a second team all-BIG EAST selection following the 2006 season ... has twice been selected to the IWLCA all-West/Midwest regional team (2005, 2006) ... has played in 49 games in three seasons, making 32 starts ... has recorded two assists in career with 74 ground balls, 23 draw controls and 38 caused turnovers.
AS A JUNIOR: Started all 19 games as a junior and played a key role on Irish back line as team advanced to NCAA semifinals ... had two assists from her defensive position while grabbing 39 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers ... ranked third on the team in ground balls and third in caused turnovers ... selected second team all-BIG EAST and second team IWLCA all-Region following her junior year ... had assists versus Cornell and Loyola ... picked up ground balls in 17 of team's 19 games ... had 11 games with two or more ground balls ... had a career-high six ground balls in 17-15 home win against Cornell ... had four ground balls versus Vanderbilt and Cornell in NCAA tournament ... turned in a career best five draw controls at Northwestern ... had six games with two or more caused turnovers ... recorded a season-high three caused turnovers at Ohio State.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 14 games, making 12 starts ... had 24 ground balls, eight draw controls and 15 caused turnovers ... was selected to the IWLCA second-team all-Mid-Atlantic region team following the season ... had seven games with two or more ground balls and three games with two or more caused turnovers ... picked up a career-high four ground balls against No. 2 Duke ... caused a career-best four turnovers in win over Rutgers.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 16 games, making lone start versus Connecticut ... had career-high three ground balls versus the Huskies ... had two draw controls in season opener at California.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Played soccer and lacrosse at St. Anthony's High School ... lettered two seasons in soccer and four in lacrosse ... helped soccer to back-to-back undefeated seasons and a pair of New York state championships ... helped women's lacrosse team to three conference titles ... served as team captain as a junior and senior ... team MVP in 2003 ... four-time all-CHSAA all-conference selection ... honorable mention All-America in 2002 and All-America choice in 2003 ... played on 2003 U.S. Under-19 National Team ... selected St. Anthony's Scholar-Athlete award winner in 2003 ... most valuable player of 2003 CHSAA Conference championship game ... played on New York State 2 all-star team in 2001 and New York State 1 all-star team in 2002 ... full name is Meaghan Patricia Fitzpatrick ... daughter of Thomas and Joann Fitzpatrick ... has one brother ... born Feb. 9, 1985, in Bethpage, N.Y. ... has a major in design at Notre Dame.