The Irish cruise into the NCAA Championship round of 16 with a 6-1 win over Central Michigan on Sunday, November 15.
Two-year monogram winner ... speedy forward who showed tremendous improvement and growth last season ... took on an even greater role with the Notre Dame offense early in 2009 season when injuries took their toll ... promising talent with great mobility and a tireless work rate ... shows excellent versatility with the ability to play up top or in the midfield ... combined with Erica Iantorno, the duo can wear down a defense with their hustle and ability to pressure the ball ... battle-tested competitor who knows how to handle pressure and win big games ... her on-field personality and playing flair adds to Notre Dame's long tradition of producing exciting players in the attacking third ... a creative player, constantly in motion and effective at getting in behind the defense ... very dangerous when running at opponents but looking to improve on playing with her back to the goal ... one of 24 Texas natives to play for Notre Dame through the 2009 season (there are seven Texans on the 2010 Irish roster, including newcomers Jordan Snyder and Rebecca Twining) ... sports number-four jersey last worn by standout defender Kim Lorenzen (2006 captain) ... retains a fifth year of eligibility having missed her entire freshman season in 2007 while rehabilitating from an ACL injury.
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in all 26 games, starting 22 times ... rang up career highs of six goals (including three gamewinners), five assists, 17 points and 43 shots (20 on goal) ... ranked fourth on the team in goals, points, shots and shots on goal ... tied for second on the squad in both assists and gamewinning goals ... experienced her greatest success during BIG EAST regular-season play, when she led the conference with six goals, 15 points and three gamewinning goals ... wasted little time in getting in the scorebook, assisting on Melissa Henderson's goal less than three minutes into the second half to break a scoreless draw in the season opener against Wisconsin (3-0) ... started that game and the next against Loyola-Chicago ... returned to the lineup for BIG EAST opener against DePaul (4-0) and delivered two assists in 39 minutes ... couldn't have picked a better time to score her first goal of the season, converting on a goalmouth scramble 41 seconds into overtime at West Virginia to give the Irish a 3-2 win; goal is believed to be the fastest OT score in school history ... tallied insurance goal in 86th minute at Seton Hall (2-0), igniting a run that saw her score at least once in four of the final five regular-season games ... enjoyed best day of her college career with two goals and an assist against Connecticut (6-1); also drew foul that led to Rose Augustin's free kick goal in the first half and nearly completed hat trick in second half but long-range shot hit underside of crossbar and didn't completely cross the goal line ... scored opening goal in 2-0 wins over Providence and #rv/22 Georgetown ... collected an assist on the first of Henderson's four goals against Central Michigan (6-1) in the second round of the NCAA Championship.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 27 games for the Irish ... made four starts ... totaled five goals and two assists for 12 points ... netted her first career goal in season-opening 7-0 win over Michigan ... registered her next point with her first career assist in win over Cincinnati (6-0), as she assisted on the second of Henderson's three goals on the afternoon ... put together a three-game scoring streak in wins versus Seton Hall (6-0), Cincinnati (5-0) and Marquette (2-0) ... those goals versus Cincinnati and Marquette came in BIG EAST tournament play, with her goal scored against Marquette providing some breathing room for the Irish ... had an assist in 5-2 NCAA Championship first-round win over Toledo ... converted a Kerri Hanks cross for the important second goal versus #6 Florida State in 2-0 win against the Seminoles to help seal the win and send the Irish to the College Cup ... one of a record setting 19 players to score for the Irish last season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not play while recovering from an ACL injury suffered in May 2007 ... made unofficial debut during spring 2008 exhibition win over Mexican National Team (2-1).
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Member of ODP Region III team in 2003, playing for ODP North Texas state team from 2002-04 ... invited to 2003 National Team Camp (Austin) ... key member of Dallas Texans from 2001-07, helping team advance to USYS national semifinals in '04 and '06 ... led Texans to 2004-06 North Texas titles and spot in Region III tournament ... helped Texans win 2004 Region III title in Austin before advancing to Orlando for nationals ('06 held in Des Moines, Iowa) ... scored winning goal in final game of 2005 Disney Showcase (the Texans also won that event in '06) ... received Texans outstanding attacker award ... played for Tejanos club from 1999-2001.
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-time all-conference at Martin High School, helping win four conference titles and compile 2005 undefeated season (as a sophomore) ... first team all-region as a sophomore and junior ... led team in scoring her first three seasons (first team all-district each year) ... named Martin's attacker of the year in 2004, as only freshman on varsity ... set team record for assists in a season (26, in '04) ... named one of three "players to watch" by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... named to 2004 Plano Invitational all-tournament team ... born Sept. 30, 1988, in Fort Worth, Texas ... daughter of Ted and Wendy Knaack ... full name is Taylor Ann Knaack ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major ... a two-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team (2008-09 and 2009-10).