Molly Iarocci's 2006 game-by-game stats (updated regularly)
Speedy senior frontrunner who has ranked as one of the team's most improved players over the course of her career ... remains somewhat of an emerging talent after not beginning to play soccer until high school ... has made key strides in her comfort level and skill on the ball, also becoming a more consistent finisher while learning tactics of the game ... could benefit from 2006 summer experience playing with the W-League's San Diego Gauchos (as mostly a flank midfielder) ... her teammates on the Gauchos included former Santa Clara standout Megan Kakadelas, goalkeeper Sophia Perez (who plays for the Mexican National Team), UNC freshman Ali Hawkins and Wisconsin's Kara Kabellis ... the Gauchos had a couple of scrimmages versus the San Diego Surf club team that includes incoming Notre Dame goalkeeper Kelsey Lysander ... former Arizona prep player of the year who is a driven performer on the field and in the classroom ... appeared in 24 games during her first three seasons with the Irish, with a goal in her freshman season and two assists as a junior ... several of her former teammates play for 2006 opponents, including Santa Clara's Tiffany Roberts and Michigan's Lauren Field (Sereno Golden Eagles '85s), plus SCU's Lindsay Johnson (Xavier Prep) and Villanova's Nikki Mayberry (GE '85s), Kristin Kelleher (Xavier, GE '87s) and Karla DeBonis (Xavier) ... combines with recent midfielder Annie Schefter ('06) as two of six Irish women's soccer players who have followed their fathers as Notre Dame monogram winners (Tony Iarocci was an Irish baseball player) ... first Arizona native to monogram with Notre Dame women's soccer program that includes players from 30 states ... enters senior year with a 3.55 cumulative grade-point average, including a 3.47 during the 2004 fall (national championship) semester and a 3.74 in the 2005 spring term.
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in six games as member of potent forward unit that helped Irish average nation-leading 4.40 goals per game (10th-best in NCAA history) ... assisted on goals by Lizzie Reed versus Providence (6-0) and Becca Mendoza against Georgetown (6-1) ... helped close out 15th-ranked Connecticut in BIG EAST title game (5-0) ... also played in early 6-0 win over #25 Maryland and BIG EAST wins over DePaul (6-0) and Cincinnati (4-0) ... scored key goal versus San Diego (2-1) during undefeated 2006 spring season.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 10 games as part of talented forward group in 2004 national-title season ... played in first four games, including home weekend versus Baylor (7-2) and Eastern Illinois (3-0) ... logged season-high 56 minutes playing in home state during early win at Arizona State (2-1), also playing in 3-0 win at Texas Tech ... gained postseason experience in BIG EAST Tournament win over St. John's (7-0) and NCAA victory over Eastern Illinois (4-0).
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in eight games ... knocked in a Schefter corner kick versus Oklahoma (5-1) ... played in regular-season games versus Western Kentucky, North Texas, Indiana State, Georgetown, Miami and Michigan - plus NCAA first-round win over Loyola Chicago (5-0) ... scored twice in '04 spring season.
PREP & PERSONAL: Named state player of the year as senior at Xavier Prep ... played volleyball and softball as a freshman, not playing in 2000 state-title soccer season due to injury (she served as a team manager) ... all-region and all-state as a senior captain ... helped win 2002 state title ('03 runner-up, after shootout versus nation's No. 2-ranked team Horizon HS in regional final) ... played for 2001 and '02 state ODP team ... helped Sereno Eagles win '01, '02 and '03 state titles ('02, '03 Region IV finalist), with win over defending national champs Pleasanton Rage in '03 regional ... member of National Honor Society and student body vice-president ... active in various charities ... from same high school as recent ND volleyball setter Kelly Burrell and former Irish swimmer Haley Scott ... her father Tony Iarocci ('75) earned three letters as a Notre Dame baseball catcher and attended ND at same time as Kevin ('75) and Celeste ('78) Ford, parents of recent Irish defender Miranda Ford ... her father grew up near Notre Dame, as a basketball and baseball star at Bishop Noll High School (Highland, Ind.) ... her brother T.J. played baseball at Tulane while brother Andy plays soccer at Gonzaga ... sister Emily is a 2005 Notre Dame graduate who had thrill of welcoming her sister at the ND Main Circle after Irish returned from winning 2004 national title ... great uncle Arthur Jehle ('52) and cousin Eve Jehle ('78) also are Notre Dame graduates ... daughter of Tony and Diann Iarocci ... full name is Molly Margaret Iarocci ... born July 3, 1985, in Phoenix ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management entrepreneurship plus a concentration in marketing.
Iarocci's Career Statistics