Women's soccer defender is only second Notre Dame student-athlete to be honoree for prestigious award.
Four-year starter in the Notre Dame midfield and one of just two seniors on 2002 squad ... capped her career by being named to the National Soccer Coaches first team Scholar All-America team while also receiving the prestigious Byron Kanaley Award, which recognizes Notre Dame student-athletes who are most exemplary as students and leaders ... classic unsung player who may have been the MVP of drive to 2001 BIG EAST title, after shutting down pair of top opposing midfielders in semifinal and title game ... graduated with 3.60 cumulative GPA and seven Dean?s List semesters, as a psychology and sociology major ... served as 2002 team tri-captain ... often overshadowed due to her low offensive output, with three goals and 12 assists in 82 career games (67 starts) ... her value became apparent after missing 2000 NCAA semifinal loss to North Carolina (due to knee injury) ... played alongside Mia Sarkesian and national player of the year Anne Makinen on 2000 team that held No. 1 ranking ... ranked as one of team's top players in the air, making up for her size (5-4) with strong timing and positioning ... boasted great technical ability, field vision and defensive skills ... improved her strength after first arriving as recruited walk-on (she earned a scholarship after impressive freshman season) ... helped Irish compile a 74-16-3 record from 1999-2002, including three BIG EAST titles and four NCAA tournament appearances (1999 runner-up, 2000 semifinalist) ... member of the Academic Honors Program, pairing student-athletes with faculty mentors.
AS A SENIOR: Battled back from midseason injuries to play leading role in team?s late surge ... appeared in 16 games (15 starts), with one assist while playing her trademark high-level defense ... her top defensive efforts included holding Santa Clara All-American Aly Wagner without a point and shutting down All-American Carli Lloyd of Rutgers ... missed seven starts (and six complete games) with ankle and knee injuries before returning for stretch run, with the Irish going 6-1-0 in seven-game span prior to season-ending loss at top-ranked Stanford (ND owned a 19-6 scoring edge in those seven games, after scoring just 12 and allowing 12 in the seven games that she was out of the starting lineup) ... that late-season run included a 3-1 win over #9 UConn, 1-0 wins over Michigan and Boston College and 3-1 NCAA tournament wins over Ohio State and Purdue (plus a 3-2 loss to her homestate team BYU, on a rare late-game penalty kick) ... her thru-ball sprung Amy Warner for the game-winning goal in early 2-1 victory over Hartford ... continued to battle through illness two days later in stunning 5-2 comeback to beat the host team Maryland, earning her a spot on the Fila Classic all-tournament team ... played just a handful of minutes in regular-season loss to Purdue before playing key role in NCAA rematch vs. the Boilermakers ... drilled an 18-yard shot into the upper left side of the net, with 39 seconds left in regulation, to beat Kentucky in preseason exhibition game (2-1, in Fort Wayne).
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in 18 games (17 starts), missing wins over Penn State and Hartford while returning from bout with mononucleosis ... scored in 7-0 win over St. John's ... played leading role in drive to BIG EAST title, neutralizing BIG EAST midfielder of the year Sarah Rahko in 3-0 semifinal win over Boston College before another strong game against top playmaker Lisa Stoia of West Virginia in 2-1 title game.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Vital member of starting midfield, teaming with Makinen and Sarkesian on squad that held 76-10 scoring edge (568-164 shot edge) ... appeared in first 24 games (20 starts), missing NCAA semifinal loss to North Carolina (2-1) with medial collateral ligament knee injury ... her value was highlighted in postgame press conference, when UNC coach Anson Dorrance said the absence of Dryer was a key to the game (the Irish shifted to a 4-2-4 formation) ... totaled two goals and five assists ... started 11 straight before injury in 26th minute of NCAA quarterfinal win over Santa Clara (2-1, OT), with the Irish failing to manage a shot in next 77 minutes ... came off the bench to set up first of two Makinen goals in 2-0 win over Tulsa ... scored first career goal in 5-1 win over Providence ... had primary assist on first goal in 2-1 overtime win over Stanford, feeding Warner for one-touch goal (1-0) ... won Amanda Guertin corner kick and headed ball to Sarkesian for volley goal and 1-0 lead at Syracuse (3-0) ... fed ball to Randi Scheller for 4-0 lead at Michigan (5-0) ... missed final 16 minutes of first half in NCAA game vs. Michigan (bruised ankle) before sparking Irish with goal and assist in 3-1 win .... made a run before sliding ball to Guertin for 2-1 lead ... later took long pass from Monica Gonzalez, slid past a pair of UM players and scored on tough crossing shot.
AS A FRESHMAN: Major part of midfield success, with impressive play off the bench in early games against Texas A&M and SMU ... earned starting role at Seton Hall, starting 15 of final 20 games and totaling six assists ... recorded first career point on assist to Makinen against Rutgers ... assisted on Jenny Heft's gamewinner vs. Villanova ... had two assists against West Virginia, including gamewinner.
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year member of Olympic Development regional team .... seven-year veteran and five-time captain of Utah ODP team ... led Firebirds club to first place at Utah Cup ('97-'99), second place at '98 Surf Cup and '97 California Celtic Cup ... four-time all-state selection at West High School ... set school records for career goals (76), assists (47) ... named West's top female athlete as a senior ... also lettered in basketball ... member of National Honor Society ... daughter of Randy and Kathy Dryer ... full name is Ashley Raye Dryer ... born April 11, 1981, in Salt Lake City ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters, as a sociology and psychology major.