Notre Dame beats Rutgers 3-2 at the team's last regular season home game at Alumni Stadium on October 10th.
Four-year monogram winner ... incredibly versatile player who achieved great success while playing all three field positions during her college career ... noted for her physical prowess, both in the air and with her back to goal ... multi-faceted talent who combined size (5-foot-10) with tremendous playmaking and strong leadership skills ... boasted excellent field vision and the special ability to make others around her better ... a creative and composed player with great touch on the ball ... highly technical player with a deep knowledge of the game's nuances ... had rare combination of being able to take over a match individually while maintaining her leadership role as an ultimate team player ... benefitted from great deal of international experience as a member of United States age-group player pools, most recently with the U-23 National Team ... also earned a gold medal as a starting center back with the victorious 2008 U.S. U-20 Women's World Cup team ... very intelligent student-athlete who coupled All-America and Academic All-America honors in each of her final two seasons (only the 13th Notre Dame student-athlete across all sports to pull off that double twice in her career, following in the footsteps of other notables such as women's soccer standouts Brittany Bock and Jen Renola) ... just the fourth student-athlete (and second women's soccer player) in the storied history of Notre Dame athletics to pair both sets of All-America honors (athletic/academic) with the University's prestigious Byron V. Kanaley Award (highest honor given to Notre Dame student-athlete, bestowed on seniors who have been exemplary as students and leaders), a national championship and an NCAA postgraduate scholarship during her career -- the others are Irish football great George Kunz ('70), Renola ('97) and women's basketball legend Ruth Riley ('01) ... leader of emerging pipeline of talent to Irish women's soccer program from St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City, as current senior midfielders Molly Campbell and Ellen Jantsch, and current sophomore defender Elizabeth Wilson also matriculated from STA, while current sophomore midfielder Mandy Laddish hails from Fowlkes' hometown of Lee's Summit, Mo. (a Kansas City suburb) ... chosen in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft by the Philadelphia Independence.
AS A SENIOR: Co-captain on Notre Dame's third national championship team ... garnered NSCAA first-team All-America laurels and CoSIDA second-team Academic All-America status, the second consecutive season in which she coupled those two honors ... also was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, in addition to taking home NSCAA first-team all-region and second-team all-BIG EAST citations ... started all 25 matches, playing mainly at center back during the regular season before shifting to the midfield and forward lines during team's run to the NCAA title ... collected four goals and career-high five assists, with majority of those points (3G-3A) coming in NCAA Championship ... ranked third on team (second among field players) with 2,198 minutes played ... helped anchor back line that pitched four consecutive shutouts to open season (third time in school history Irish have debuted with four clean sheets, along with 1995 and 2008) ... opened her offensive account with first career multi-assist match, notching pair of helpers in win over Cincinnati (4-0), setting up goals by Rose Augustin and Adriana Leon ... emphatically sparked second-half surge at Providence (3-1), scoring first goal of season off Augustin's service five minutes into second half ... moved to forward for NCAA tournament opener against New Mexico (3-0) and immediately paid dividends with the first multi-goal match of her career, potting insurance scores in the 56th and 71st minutes ... enjoyed another multi-point outburst (1G-2A) in NCAA second-round conquest of #22 USC (4-0), scoring in ninth minute (1:14 after Augustin's opening tally), then assisting on second-half clinchers by Melissa Henderson and Leon ... helped Irish crack a stubborn defense in NCAA quarterfinal at #6 Oklahoma State (2-0), finding rookie Elizabeth Tucker for the opening score in 63rd minute ... summed up the versatile nature of her career in NCAA final against #1 Stanford with effective minutes as both forward and midfielder, helping to neutralize Hermann Trophy recipient Christen Press by keeping her without a single shot for more than a full hour during the crucial middle third of the match.
AS A JUNIOR: NSCAA Third Team All-American ... CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American ... BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year ... first-team all-BIG EAST ... NCAA Women's College Cup All-Tournament Team ... BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player ... enjoyed her finest offensive year at Notre Dame, capitalizing on an early-season move up to the forward line to form a dynamic scoring tandem with Henderson ... started 25 of 26 matches, posting career highs in all categories ... placed second on the team in goals (10), points (24), gamewinning goals (3) and shots on goal (33) ... led the team with 79 shots and tied for fourth on the squad with four assists and 2,148 minutes played ... ranked among top four in the BIG EAST for all games in six categories, including shots (1st), goals (3rd) and points (4th) ... in regular-season conference play, she finished among the league leaders in seven categories, including shots (1st - 48), match-winning goals (1st - 3), goals (3rd - 5) and points (5th - 11) ... scored in season-opening 3-0 win over Wisconsin ... made only reserve appearance of the season in second match against Loyola-Chicago, playing 46 minutes off the bench ... was back in the lineup against #1 North Carolina and would remain there for rest of the season ... scored in 24th minute against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, capping a three-goal flurry by the Irish in the opening 25 minutes ... moved up to the forward line starting with the BIG EAST opener against DePaul (4-0) and responded with the night's first goal (and the eventual winner) less than 17 minutes into the contest ... earned first assist of the season against Northwestern (2-0) on Julie Scheidler's first career goal early in the second half ... helped fuel late comeback at Cincinnati (2-1), scoring tying goal in 78th minute, a mere 1:18 after UC had taken the lead ... found pay dirt for the second consecutive match, prying open a Louisville defense by heading home Campbell's cross less than five minutes into the second half for a 1-0 Irish win ... collected her third match-winning goal in three weeks with a dramatic 84th-minute volley off a Jazmin Hall cross at #10/12 Rutgers (1-0) ... got the secondary assist on Taylor Knaack's second-half insurance goal at Seton Hall (2-0) ... picked the perfect time for a four-game point scoring streak, which started with the regular-season finale against #rv/22 Georgetown (2-0) and continued through all three matches in the BIG EAST Championship ... sealed win over Georgetown with goal in the 59th minute ... recorded the first multi-point match of her career in the BIG EAST quarterfinal against South Florida (5-0), setting up Henderson's second goal of the day, then scoring herself off another Hall assist in the 34th minute ... tallied season highs of eight shots and five on goal in BIG EAST semifinal versus St. John's (2-1, ot), scoring the opening goal in that contest by heading home a free kick from Augustin with less than nine minutes gone ... potted the opening goal in the BIG EAST title game win over #rv/10 Marquette (2-1), converting a pretty drop pass from Henderson at the top of the box with a shot to the lower right corner ... registered her first point in NCAA Championship play with an assist on Rachel VanderGenugten's late strike in the second round against Central Michigan (6-1).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 18 matches and made six starts ... lost some time in the Irish lineup due to U.S. U-20 team obligations, including the balance of Notre Dame's NCAA postseason run ... had one goal for two points on the year ... scored in Notre Dame's 3-1 win over #12 Duke ... her goal, scored midway through the second half when the score was tied at 1-1, proved to be the match-winner ... for the year, she was one of 10 players to net a match-winner and one of a record-setting 19 players to score ... registered 14 shots on the year, including five shots on goal.
AS A FRESHMAN: Started all 26 matches for the Irish ... led team in minutes played (2,324) ... she was the first Notre Dame freshman since Carrie Dew (2005) to start every match ... scored two goals and added an assist for five points ... opened regular season as starting holding midfielder versus Michigan and #7 Florida, then started as attacking midfielder at #3 Santa Clara and was a starting forward versus #5 Stanford and Princeton, before starting the last 20 matches of the season at center back ... scored her first career goal versus Stanford (1-2), as she gave the Irish early lead in the 33rd minute ... notched her first career assist in Notre Dame's next game against Princeton (4-2), as she crossed a ball to Amanda Cinalli, who then tied the game 1-1 ... scored her other goal in Notre Dame's 3-1 win at Seton Hall, as she knocked home a Michele Weissenhofer flip-throw for the third Irish goal ... tallied gamewinning goal in Notre Dame's spring exhibition victory over the Mexican National Team (2-1), heading home a Kerri Hanks free kick in the 72nd minute.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Now in the United States U-23 National Team player pool ... joined Henderson in being selected for USA U-23 squads that competed in friendlies in Germany (May 2010) and the Four Nations Tournament in England (July 2010); Irish teammate Jessica Schuveiller also was chosen to join Fowlkes and Henderson for the Americans' trip to England ... started five of six matches during those two trips ... scored 82nd-minute goal in friendly against German U-23 side to forge 2-2 draw ... started first two of three-match set at Four Nations tourney, helping U.S. win title ... named to the final U.S. roster for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile by head coach Tony DiCicco (now the skipper of WPS' Boston Breakers) ... helped the U.S. to a gold medal finish at the event with a 2-1 win over North Korea in the championship final ... started all six USA matches at the tournament and was never subbed out ... named the United States' Player of the Match in the semifinal against Germany ... also part of the U.S. U-20 National Team that earned qualification for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup by finishing second at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in June 2008 ... tabbed for 2005 NSCAA youth All-America honors while serving as top center back and team captain for 2005 adidas U-17 all-star team that toured Scotland, Germany and Holland helped that team post 1-0 win over Scotland's U-18 National Team and tie the full Dutch National Team (1-1) ... member of the U.S. U-17 National Team in 2004 ... attended 2002 Nike National Camp, in Deerfield, Mass.
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Member of ODP Region II team from 2002-06 (1988 birthday group) ... played center back with '87s Region II team at Houston Showcase, in 1-1 tie with Canada's U-18 team ... attended 2004 ODP National Camp (Seattle) and competed in Germany, Holland and Austria with Region II (2004) ... three-year participant ('02-'04) at Boca Raton Interregional, helping Region II win the tournament in 2003 ('04 captain) ... attended 2003 ESP National Camp with Region II, scoring team's only goal in the camp, versus Region I (1-0) ... five-year member of Missouri state ODP team (2001-05) ... played several years with the Kansas-based KC Metro Dynamos '89s club (slowed in 2006 by a knee injury) ... won under-14 national title in 2001, with KC Dynamos '87s while playing up two age groups ... scored match-winning goal in 2001 national-title game (1-0 vs. Chantilly Inter Milan, from Virginia), as Dynamos became first soccer club from Kansas to win a national championship ... helped Dynamos win two Region II titles (2001, over team from Chicago, and '06) while reaching the regional final three other times (2000, '02 and '03) and claiming seven state titles (1999-2003, '06 and '07) ... the Dynamos opened the 2007 Region II Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, with a 3-3 tie versus a Carmel Cyclones team that included VanderGenutgen (the Dynamos then posted a 4-0 win over Louisville SA but dropped an 8-2 match to Cincinnati United) ... her two-state club resume has included playing with the KCFC Alliance Pumas '88s (2004 Kansas state champs) and the JB Marine Soccer Club '88s (2005 Missouri state champs).
PREP & PERSONAL: Received 2007 Parade high school All-America honors following senior season at St. Teresa's Academy ... named 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year for Missouri ... paired with Campbell and Jantsch to lead St. Teresa's to conference and state titles in her sophomore and junior seasons ('05, '06) ... served as 2007 team captain ... member of 2006 squad that knocked off nation's top-ranked team (St. Joseph's) in state semifinals (3-0) before beating Fort Zumwalt West in 4-0 final ... helped beat Incarnate Word Academy (2-1) in 2005 state-title game to cap undefeated season for nationally ranked team ... scored match-winning goal in overtime of 2005 state quarterfinals ... named first-team all-district and second-team all-state in each of her first three seasons (then first-team all-state in 2007) ... an all-conference performer all four seasons, (all-city as a sophomore) ... named to the 2007 Brine Classic all-tournament team and an all tournament pick at 2007 Missouri-Kansas Challenge ... played varsity basketball as a sophomore ... an honors student (4.6 GPA) and member of the National Honor Society and student government ... received 2006 Presidential Service Award ... born July 6, 1988, in Kansas City, Mo. ... daughter of Brian and Jeanne Fowlkes ... full name is Lauren Ann Fowlkes ... graduated in January 2011 from Notre Dame's College of Science with a bachelor's degree in science-business with a sharp 3.619 cumulative GPA ... earned dean's list honors in fall 2007 with 3.804 semester GPA ... in addition to her Academic All-America citation in 2009 and 2010, she also was a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection (2007-08 through 2010-11).