Notre Dame kicks off 21st annual home tournament at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Friday at Alumni Stadium.
CoSIDA 2nd Team Academic All-American ('03)
NSCAA 2nd Team All-Region ('03)
1st Team All-BIG EAST Conference ('03)
Former member of U.S. Under-19 National Team
2004 Team Tri-Captain
Veteran frontrunner who can find the net in a variety of ways ... coming off 10-goal season in which she earned all-BIG EAST and all-region honors ... leading candidate for Academic All-America of the Year honors in 2004, carrying a 3.90 cumulative grade-point average as a psychology major (including six Dean's List semesters, led by a 4.0 in the 2003 fall term) ... her former teammate Vanessa Pruzinsky was 2003 Academic All-American of the Year for Division I women's soccer (4.0 cumulative GPA as chemical engineering major) ... highly-skilled player with wide collection of moves ... tireless competitor who seemingly can run all day ... slowed by injuries in her previous three seasons while totaling 19 goals and six assists in 50 games played (with 35 starts) ... former member of U.S. Under-19 National Team who could develop into All-America performer in final college season ... will serve as team tri-captain in 2004, alongside fifth-year defender Melissa Tancredi and senior defender Gudrun Gunnarsdottir ... also has made some starts throughout midfield and defense in Irish career ... fearless player with "go-for--goal" mentality that she backs with excellent technical ability and clever playmaking ... leading option on set pieces, as one of team's top heading threats ... a key offensive weapon due to her mobility and ability to run without the ball ... totaled 19 goals and six assists in first three seasons with the Irish (50 games/35 starts) ... one of six all-time Notre Dame players to score in three season openers (none has scored in four) while joining Rosella Guerrero (`92-'94) as the only Irish players to score in three consecutive openers ... others to score in three openers include Monica Gerardo (`95, `96, `98), Meotis Erikson and Anne Makinen (both `97, `98, `00), and Amanda Guertin (`01, `01, `03) ... one of several current and former Notre Dame players who played during the summer of 2004 with the W-League's Fort Wayne Fever, totaling five goals and three assists in 12 games played on team that went 11-3-1 and lost to Chicago Cobras in Midwest Division title game (3-2) ... several other Notre Dame players were active in the W-League's Midwest Division, playing for the Detroit Jaguars, Chicago Cobras and Cleveland Internationals ... could join Jen Renola, Amy VanLaecke, Jenny Streiffer and Pruzinsky as fifth Irish player to earn Academic All-America honors in multiple seasons ... first player ever named BIG EAST offensive (`02) and defensive (`03) player of the week at some point during her career ... scored lone goal with U.S. Under-19s in 1-0 win over Canadian Under-19 team (which included future Irish teammate Candace Chapman), adding three goals and two assists in win over same squad (both summer of '01) ... faced another future teammate, Monica Gonzalez, in 0-0 game versus Mexican National Team (in Chicago) before three-game tour in Holland and Germany ... played alongside current Notre Dame junior Annie Schefter with U.S. program ... member of the athletic department's Academic Honors Program, which pairs high achievers with faculty mentors ... her sister Laura is junior midfielder on University of Dayton soccer team ... could face several former teammates in 2004 season, including Stanford's Hayley Hunt, natalie Sanderson, Nicole Buehler and Jenny Farenbaugh (each from various national teams).
AS A JUNIOR: Collected first team all-BIG EAST Conference and NSCAA second team all-Great Lakes Region honors, also earning CoSIDA second team Academic All-America recognition ... entered `03 NCAAs ranked 31st nationally (third in BIG EAST) with 12 goals ... finished third on team's scoring charts with 28 points (team-best 12 goals, 4 assists) ... led team with five game-winning goals while appearing in 21 of 24 games (with 15 starts) ... combined with senior Amy Warner as first pair of forwards from same team to be named first team all-BIG EAST since Notre Dame's 1999 dynamic duo of Streiffer and Jenny Heft ... joined with Pruzinsky and Erika Bohn as first group of three players from same women's soccer team ever to earn Academic All-America honors ... one of four double-digit goalscorers for `03 offense that finished third in nation with 3.04 goals per game ... set Notre Dame record for most goals in first three games of the season (6) ... scored in opener for third straight season, with a seven-point effort (3G-1A) in 9-1 win over Hartford at UConn Classic representing most points by an Irish player since Streiffer had 3G-1A versus Miami in '99 ... became just fifth Notre Dame player ever to notch a hat trick in season opener (first since `96) ... completed clinical five-player combination sequence to open scoring vs. Hartford, taking rightside pass from Warner and banging in her own rebound ... scored moments later on Warner's leftside pass, sweeping ball into far-right side of the net ... later pulled ball back and split pair of defenders with pass that found Guertin for rightside crossing shot and 6-1 lead ... completed first hat trick of her career after receiving Katie Thorlakson's leftside cross for one-timer at near-right post ... obvious choice for UConn Classic all-tournament team, adding a goal versus Wake Forest (3-0) for nine-point weekend ... knocked home a rebounded shot from Guertin for 2-0 lead on WFU, later sending Warner into open space with pass that led to crossing shot and final margin ... also named BIG EAST player of the week and selected to Soccer America national team of the week after impressive start to season ... scored first two goals in 3-1 win over Arizona State (after facing short deficit) ... tracked long ball from Jen Buczkowski and finished with lunging deflection at right post to open scoring vs. ASU ... five minutes later, took pass from Guertin at top of box and looped shot into upper right corner ... added solid play in 5-1 win over Oklahoma for Notre Dame Classic all-tournament honors ... took pass from Schefter and provided cross from left-endline on Warner's lunging header versus Western Kentucky (5-1) ... added third all-tournament honor of season at Santa Clara Classic (0-0 vs. Stanford, 2-1 vs. SCU) ... Thorlakson's lofted cross from left sideline led to early goal at SCU, with ball skipping past `keeper Julie Ryder near top of box before Boland swept it into vacated net ... later took pass from Warner in 76th minute and made deft turn near top of box before ripping shot to left side (Thorlakson knocked in the rebound to hand Broncos first-ever loss in SCU Classic) ... volleyed in another long leftside cross from Thorlakson versus North Texas (8-1) ... scored on PK and had left cross on Kimberly Carpenter header versus Indiana State (3-0) ... scored quickly (1:24) in 2-0 win over West Virginia, running onto Tancredi's rightside service for shoulder-level volley into upper right corner ... saw four-game goal streak snapped versus Villanova (1-0 in OT) but scored in 3-0 win over Miami ... Christie Shaner's rightside corner set up that goal, with Thorlakson near-post flick before her leftside header for 1-0 lead ... did not play in 2-0 win over UConn (family funeral) ... picked up fifth gamewinner and final point of season after rejoining team for 1-0 win at Pittsburgh, tracking Shaner long service into box and flicking sharp header from 12 yards to upper right corner ... sidelined for final game of regular season (3-2 loss to Michigan) and BIG EAST quarterfinal (1-0 overtime win over Miami) ... played sparingly off the bench in NCAA first-round win over Loyola Chicago (5-0) before starting in second round versus Michigan (0-1) ... scored four goals in six games during 2004 spring season (with goal in 1-0 win at Illinois and assist in 3-2 loss to Mexican National Team).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played valuable and versatile role, appearing in 19 of 21 games while her 15 starts included time at midfield, defense and forward ... fourth on team with five goals scored ... one of 11 total players named to Verizon Academic All-District V team, placing her on Academic All-America ballot ... capped opening win over Providence (3-0), scoring as a forward off assist from Warner ... scored two days later in 5-0 win over Virginia Tech (assisted by Amanda Guertin) ... named BIG EAST defensive player of the week, after lead role in 1-0 wins over Rutgers and Seton Hall (the Irish allowed seven shots on goal in the weekend) ... opened Rutgers game at left back before shifting to midfield, where she replaced injured Ashley Dryer and picked up where Dryer left off in shutting down All-America midfielder Carli Lloyd (the Irish won in overtime) ... ran onto the play and scored on diving header in win over Seton Hall, with Warner's leftside cross setting the play in motion before Thorlakson sent a short header to the left side ... missed 5-0 win over Pittsburgh and BIG EAST showdown at West Virginia (0-3) ... made another key mid-game shift to defensive midfielder, neutralizing top playmaker Sarah Popper in 3-1 win over Connecticut ... scored twice in 6-0 win over Syracuse, elevating for header on Guertin's leftside corner before scoring on a high shot from the top of the box for the first multiple-goal game of her Notre Dame career.
AS A FRESHMAN: Made impressive impact in opener, battling back from injury during rest of season ... appeared in 10 of 21 games (five starts) as midfielder and forward, with 2G-2A ... started in 2-1 opening win over Penn State, in place of Dryer (out with mono) ... arguably player of the game vs. PSU, highlighted by hustling goal in seventh minute on a diving header inside near-right post ... first freshman to open season scoring for the Irish since Guerrero (1992, vs. North Carolina State) ... also second-earliest goal ever by Notre Dame freshman (earliest since '88), sixth-earliest in an opener by any ND player (the others came vs. unranked teams) ... missed three games, after leg injury in closing seconds of PSU game ... was in position for header goal versus Villanova (2-1), with Guertin's leftside corner crossing the line just before she headed it into the net ... assisted on third goal at Pittsburgh (3-0), sending left-flank cross from Gonzalez back across goalmouth, with Tancredi knocking in the goal ... opened scoring versus West Virginia, running onto thru-ball from Mia Sarkesian and beating 'keeper with low shot ... assisted on gamewinner in that 2-1 OT battle, redirecting Guertin's right-flank cross with a header across the goalmouth (Sarkesian scored on a header into the right side) ... sidelined for five weeks from Oct. 8-Nov. 15, missing eight games (including BIG EAST Tournament) ... played handful of minutes in NCAAs versus Eastern Illinois and Cincinnati ... started at central back, alongside Gunnarsdottir, in 3-2 win over Mexico in spring of '02 (she also assisted on Tancredi's goal in 1-1 spring showdown at Nebraska).
PREP & PERSONAL:Named NSCAA All-American after totaling 27G-12A for 20-1-2 Hudson High School team that won 2000 state title ... scored twice in state semifinals before her two goals in final six minutes yielded 2-1 win over Mother of Mercy in state title game - before large crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium (Hudson lost '99 title in shootout) ... played alongside her sister Laura ... NSCAA youth All-American and an ODP Academic All-American ... three-year member of Region II Olympic Development Program ... 2000 state/conference player of the year ... played for Ohio Internationals club that included Tulisiak ... attended Walsh Jesuit as freshman and sophomore (alongside Tulisiak) ... member of National Honor Society ... her mother Suzanne Boland is a graduate of Saint Mary's College while her uncles Robert and Charles Schenkelberg are Notre Dame grads ... daughter of John and Suzanne Boland ... full name is Mary Elizabeth Boland ... born Jan. 1, 1983, in Medina, Ohio ... psychology major in the College of Arts and Letters.