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    Ali Lovelace

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Dallas, Ga.

    High School:
    Harrison H.S.

    Height:
    5-5

    Position:
    Forward

    Birthdate:
    01/26/1981


    Third-year forward who could be due for a breakout season, after plenty of near-goals during her first two years ... a key part to her season could be remaining healthy, after nagging injuries throughout the 2000 season ... a very fast and highly-technical player ... can beat players by streaking down the flank or through a variety of hesitation moves in the penalty area ... could see a boost in her offensive consistency as she continues to add strength and experience ... combines with sophomore Amy Warner and freshman Candace Chapman to give the Irish a trio of speedy forward options ... a proven postseason player, with exactly half of her career goals (four of eight) and assists (three of six) coming in the BIG EAST or NCAA tournaments ... appeared in 45 games during her first two seasons (17 starts), scoring on eight of 68 shots ... one of 15 Notre Dame women?s soccer players named to the Dean?s List for 2001 spring semester.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Took on larger role in Notre Dame offense, ranking as team?s sixth-leading scorer with four goals and five assists ... appeared in 23 of 25 games (17 starts), with 47 shots ... became regular starter during three-week stretch (Oct. 1-22) in which the Irish played without injured freshman Amy Warner ... sent endline pass to Meotis Erikson, setting up Anne Makinen goal (1-0) in 3-0 BIG EAST Tournament win over Miami ... played part in textbook combination play for 2-0 lead on Boston College in BIG EAST semifinals (3-0), taking pass from Mia Sarkesian and sweeping the ball through the box to set up Makinen?s 14-yard blast ... helped set up Amanda Guertin?s game-winner in 3-1 NCAA second-round win over Michigan, playing the ball to Ashley Dryer, whose rightside run sprung Guertin for the 2-1 lead ... ended 11-game goal drought in dramatic fashion by opening the scoring in an NCAA quarterfinal game vs. Santa Clara (she scored the lone goal in the 1999 NCAA semifinals vs. SCU) ... took a pass from Erikson and scored on a strong crossing shot from the left side (Erikson?s OT goal later provided the 2-1 win) ... missed two early games due to injury before entering scoring column in sixth game, with back-to-back goals in 5-0 win over Washington (at Portland) ... her highlight-reel goals completed a five-minute stretch in which the Irish scored three times to stunningly claim a 3-0 lead over UW ... checked into the game moments be- fore scoring her first goal in that game, with Makinen sending a long cross from the left and Lovelace chest-trapping the ball before whirling for a quick shot near the right post ... minutes later, she jumped into a similar spot on the field and stole the ball from a pair of UW players before spinning and scoring for the 3-0 lead ... redirected a Megan Rogers pass to set up Kelly Tulisiak?s goal (5-0) in 6-0 win over Seton Hall ... her deflected shot set up Kim Carpenter?s goal at Georgetown (6-0) ... later dribbled in from 35 yards to score team?s seventh goal in 8-0 win at GU.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Scored what arguably was Notre Dame?s biggest goal of the season in 1-0 win against top-ranked and undefeated Santa Clara, at NCAA Women?s College Cup semifinals ... ran on to a Nancy Mikacenic header from a goal kick, beating three defenders to the ball and scoring from 25 yards on one bounce in 75th minute ... all four of her goals came in postseason ... provided key depth to forward attack while appearing in 22 of 26 games (no starts) and totaling 21 shots ... scored twice against Miami in BIG EAST quarterfinals, after not scoring in first 18 games ... also scored against Connecticut in BIG EAST final ... recorded her first career point by assisting on an Anne Makinen goal against Santa Clara.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Briarwood Christian High School in Alabama before moving with her family to Georgia in October of 1997 ... played club soccer with the Briarwood Lightning and the Tophatters ... member of under-18 U.S. national team and under-17 national team ... eight-year member of U.S. Regional Olympic Development team ... helped her Alabama Angels club team win under-17 regional title ... played soccer in sophomore and senior years at Harrison High School, helping team win state title as a sophomore ... twice earned all-state, all-conference and all-city ... two-time team MVP and captain as a senior ... also a track and basketball standout ... finished third in state in both the 100 meters and 400-meter relay ... born Jan. 26, 1981, in Tulsa, Okla. ... a sociology major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.

    Lovelace?s Career Statistics

    Year GP/GS Sh G A Pts GW
    1999 22/0 21 4 1 9 1
    2000 23/17 47 4 5 13 0
    Totals 45/17 68 8 6 22 1
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