Kate Sobrero Markgraf and Shannon Boxx back in their familiar starting roles with Team USA while three others (Candace Chapman, Katie Thorlakson and Melissa Tancredi) are top players for the Canadian National Team; all games to be televised live by ESPN or ESPN2 (with early-morning air times).
Current Canadian National Team Member
Preseason M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List (2005)
Preseason All-American (Soccer America; 2005)
Preseason First Team All-BIG EAST (2005)
NSCAA First Team All-American (2002)
NSCAA First Team All-Region (2001, 2002)
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year (2002)
First Team All-BIG EAST (as defender; 2001, 2002)
Third Team All-BIG EAST (as forward; 2004)
Freshman All-American (Soccer America; 2001)
College Cup All-Tournament Team (2004)
Notre Dame Team Co-Captain (2005)
Unique and elite-level talent who already has excelled on the college and international level at multiple positions, including 2002 season when she earned All-America honors after playing mostly at right back ... tabbed by Soccer America for 2005 preseason All-America honors while joining teammates Katie Thorlakson and Jen Buczkowski among the 25 players on the preseason watch list for the 2005 Hermann Trophy (national player of the year) ... current Canadian National Team regular who holds rare distinction of receiving all-BIG EAST honors as both a defender (1st team in `01, then in '02 as BIG EAST defensive player of the year) and a forward (3rd team, in `04) ... a pure soccer player who loves to play the game and can impact the outcome in a number of ways ... elected co-captain for '05 season, alongside senior midfielder Annie Schefter ... 5th-year player who returned in '04 from anterior cruciate ligament knee injury that caused her to miss '03 season, including Women's World Cup (she was slated to start for Canada at flank midfield) ... suffered injury in Sept. of `03 while scrimmaging with Canada vs. a men's team, weeks before the `03 World Cup ... could be used as a forward and defender in `05 ... has made key strides in maintaining focus during games, thus producing an even greater impact ... shifted from central defense to forward in '05 spring exhibition vs. Mexico, sparking comeback from 2-0 deficit (her left-endline cross produced game-tying header from Kerri Hanks, in stoppage time) ... spent most of her years with various Canadian soccer teams playing as a forward or midfielder ... combines athleticism and pure speed with classic "soccer brain" that allows her to set up opponents ... has assortment of trademark moves, utilizing explosive bursts and subtle changes of direction that allow her to surge past tacklers ... can beat opponents off the dribble or outrun them to loose ball ... has devastating ability to run at opponents and beat them 1-on-1 at full dribble ... transformed right back position into a starting point for many Irish attacking runs in `01 and `02 ... has dual strengths as a playmaker and gamebreaker ... totaled 51 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in first three healthy seasons (67 games/55 starts) ... mainstay with Canadian National Team after earning all-tournament spot at 2002 Under-19 World Championship ... played alongside former ND teammate Melissa Tancredi and current senior Jenny Walz with W-League's Atlanta Silverbacks in summer of `05 (Michigan `keeper Megan Tuura also was a member of that team) ... has trained in past with W-League's Toronto Inferno ... made strides as freshman and sophomore in defensive anticipation and marking ability ... previous experience at flank midfielder allowed for smooth transition to ND's outside back role that includes making runs and quality service from the flanks ... was reunited at Notre Dame with former Canadian Under-18 and Burlington Sting teammate Tancredi and former U-19 teammate Thorlakson (all three now are national teamers) ... one of 10 Notre Dame players ever named first team all-BIG EAST in multiple seasons, joining Jen Grubb ('96-'97) and Anne Makinen ('97-'98) as only to do so as freshman and sophomore ... inherited No. 8 jersey worn by Makinen, a four-year All-America midfielder and 2000 national player of the year ... carries 3.33 cumulative GPA into 2005 fall semester (she followed up national title with 3.53 GPA in fall of `04).
WITH CANADIAN NATIONAL PROGRAM: Has made 25 official international appearances (as of Aug. 1, 2005) with Canada's full national team, earlier playing 19 with U-19 National Team ... slated to be starter at outside midfielder in 2003 World Cup prior to knee injury days before tournament ... named to 11-player all-tournament teams at '02 Gold Cup and U-19 World Championship ... has split time as right outside back, right-flank midfielder and central back with Team Canada ... broke her nose in Gold Cup semifinal vs. Mexico and still managed to play in the final three days later ... helped team post 25-1 scoring edge at Gold Cup before losing to U.S. in title game (2-1, OT), playing face-to-face with legendary stars such as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Tiffeny Milbrett ... logged all 90 minutes in '03 games vs. Brazil, Mexico and England ... showed versatility in semifinal win over Brazil at U-19 World Championship, shifting from right back into midfield to counter Brazilian star Marta ... had eventful '01 summer as starter with U-18 team (at Adidas Cup in Houston), U-19 team - which lost pair of games to her classmate Mary Boland and U.S. U-19s (she scored Canada's lone goal) - and with U-21s at `01 Nordic Cup.
AS A SENIOR: Received third team all-BIG EAST honors as a forward while completing comeback from 2003 ACL knee surgery, steadily rounding back into form of herAll-America sophomore season ... second on team with 32 points (12 goals, 8 assists) while joining 10 teammates in setting ND record for games played (27) ... started 16 games, including final seven and 10 of final 12 ... scored twice in opener vs. Baylor (7-2) and again two days later vs. Eastern Illinois (3-0) ... her late goal at far-left post produced 4-2 lead on Santa Clara (5-2) ... scored amidst scramble to end early deficit at Arizona State (2-1) ... her flick pass assisted on Maggie Manning lob at Texas Tech (3-0) ... provided entry pass (from left back position) on Thorlakson's 83rd-minute gamewinner at Syracuse (2-1) ... scored after Thorlakson corner to cap 3-1 win over Pittsburgh ... assisted in three straight games, helping beat Wis.-Green Bay (goal by Amanda Cinalli), West Virginia (Thorlakson) and Providence (Jannica Tjeder) ... ended eight-game goal drought with 2G vs. Seton Hall (3-1), forging 1-1 tie on far-post shot ... scored off Cinalli drop pass at Michigan (4-0) ... assisted on Kim Lorenzen goal in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. St. John's (7-0) ... assisted on goal that helped seal BIG EAST semifinal vs. Boston College (2-0), battling `keeper Kate Taylor for rebound at right post and sliding pass back to Thorlakson ... closed with three goals in NCAAs ... made dazzling run down left side and scored on far-post shot in 1st round vs. Eastern Illinois (4-0) ... registered first GWG of season next weekend in 3rd round vs. UConn (2-0), heading in leftside cross from Ashley Jones ... added bigger goal in Cary, N.C., scoring in 73rd minute of NCAA semifinal vs. Santa Clara (1-0) ... initiated rush down center of field before playing ball off to right side of the box for Thorlakson, who made touch on ball, drew defenders to her and quickly sent ball back to her left ... Chapman still was filling the middle, trapped the ball off her chest and sent low 12-yard shot inside left post to set off wild celebration as Irish were 17 minutes away from NCAA final ... made huge save off the endline while hugging the defense's right post during UCLA corner kick, preserving 1-1 game in title game with less than five minutes left in regulation (Irish won in PKs, 4-3) ... named to College Cup all-tournament team ... led Irish with six goals (pair of 2-goal games) during `04 preseason Brazil trip.
AS A JUNIOR: Missed entire season due to ACL knee injury suffered on Aug. 22, 2003, while training with Canadian National Team in scrimmage vs. a men's team (weeks before the Women's World Cup) ... combined with all-BIG EAST midfielder Randi Scheller as regulars who missed all of '03 season.
AS A SOPHOMORE: NSCAA second team All-American and BIG EAST defensive player of the year, playing mostly outside back while answering several calls to spark offense as midfielder or forward ... youngest member of ND women's soccer program ever to receive any BIG EAST player-of-the-year honor, joining Kate Sobrero ('97) and Grubb ('98, '99) as Irish players honored with top defender award (Tancredi then picked up the honor in `03 and `04) ... joined Sobrero ('95-'97), Grubb ('96-'99) and Monica Gonzalez ('01) as program's fourth defender to earn All-America (followed by Tancredi in `03, `04) ... missed first two games while competing at U-19 World Championship before starting final 19, totaling 3G-5A ... defensive MVP of ND Classic, highlighted by stellar game vs. eventual NCAA champ Portland ... opened that game at central defense - with strong marking of Canadian national teammate Christine Sinclair - before shifting to right back ... helped fuel 2nd-half comeback vs. Hartford (2-1, at Maryland Classic), after mid-game shift into midfield ... moved to central back two days later vs. Maryland, clearing shot off the line in first half before sparking 2nd-half flurry with another move to midfield ... started comeback from 2-0 deficit by accelerating up the middle and striking 20-yard shot into far-right sidenetting ... earned defensive MVP honors at Maryland Classic ... started at central defense in 1-0 OT win over Rutgers (also playing left back) ... made 2nd-half shift to midfield in 1-0 win over Seton Hall and 2-1 loss at Villanova, when her pass down right side set up Amanda Guertin's goal ... made first collegiate start at forward vs. Pittsburgh (5-0), running onto Walz's lead pass and dribbling around `keeper to open scoring (later providing rightside cross to set up Amy Warner goal) ... started regular-season Purdue game at attacking midfield, returning to back in second half ... worked give-and-go with Warner and then played lead pass for Thorlakson, who scored on 16-yard shot into left corner to tie UConn (3-1) ... opened scoring in 3-2 loss to BYU, pushing home deflected Guertin shot ... used dribbling skills to get loose on left endline before threading assist to Thorlakson vs. Syracuse (6-0) ... combined with Tancredi as part of smothering defense in NCAA 2nd-round win over Purdue (3-1) ... suffered season-ending MCL knee injury early in NCAA 3rd-round game at #1-ranked Stanford (Cardinal scored late for 1-0 win).
AS A FRESHMAN: Named Soccer America first team Freshman All-American, also earning NSCAA first team all-Great Lakes Region honors ... joined Vanessa Pruzinsky and Gonzalez as first trio of defenders from same squad to be first team all-BIG EAST ... filled open starting spot in defense, at right outside back ... totaled 3G-2A (2 GWG) ... started first 20 games before coming off bench in NCAA loss to Cincinnati, due to illness ... helped Irish post 0.82 GAA (9 shutouts, 8 games with 1 GA) ... made run down right side and played ball to Warner, who lofted in 20-yard shot for 2-1 lead on Wisconsin (2-2) ... her pass from back helped set up Tancredi's goal for 1-0 lead on Georgetown (2-1) ... scored from defensive position and as a forward in 4-0 win at Pittsburgh ... opened scoring in fourth minute of that game, surprising BIG EAST goalkeeper of the year Rachel Brown with high 25-yard shot from right side ... capped scoring after moving to forward in second half, blasting low shot into left side ... moved to forward in second half at Seton Hall, collecting loose ball and using her moves and burst of speed before drilling 82nd-minute GWG inside left post (2-1) ... assisted on Mia Sarkesian goal earlier in that game, with rightside cross ... shifted to midfield in attempt to jumpstart offense in 3-1 loss at UConn ... missed start in NCAA loss to Cincinnati (3-2) due to illness, seeing some time later in game at defense and forward.
PREP & PERSONAL: Honed skills playing with various Canadian national teams (see earlier bio. section), in addition to Ajax United Wildcats ('93-'99) and Burlington Sting ('99-'01) ... totaled 25 goals in 15 league games during '00 club season ... team captain and top goalscorer for Ajax from '93-'99 ... six-year member of Ontario's provincial soccer team ... played with Ontario Provincial Team/ODP Michigan USA from '96-'00 ... member of all-star provincial under-18 (2000) and u-19 (1999) teams, plus `97 runner-up and `98 third-place teams teams (both u-17) ... helped Ajax win three league titles and '98 Ontario Cup (finalist in '96, '97) ... teamed with Tancredi on Sting team that won u-19 club title, 2000 Ontario Cup and OYSL League Cup ... MVP of Ontario Cup in '97 and '98 ... named junior athlete of the year at Archbishop Dennis O'Connor High School (which does not sponsor varsity women's soccer) ... participated as basketball point guard and track-and-field athlete (100 and 200 meters and high jump) .... led region in basketball scoring ('98) ... an honor roll student ... daughter of Gerard and Margaret Chapman ... full name is Candace Marie Chapman ... born April 2, 1983, in Trinidad ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology and computer applications.