Women's Soccer defeated Tulsa 7 to 1 in the game against Tulsa at Alumni Stadium in the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational.
Four-year monogram winner ... exceptionally-gifted attacker who was among nation's top offensive threats throughout her college career ...twice nominated for ESPY Award, once in high school and again as college junior (2010) ... among the premier goal scorers in the land due to her great speed, athleticism and creativity ... speed made it risky for any defense to try to employ an offsides trap against the Irish ... great at reading the game and being able to switch the point of attack on the dribble ... great first touch that allowed her to see the field and beat defenders before they could get settled ... skilled technical player whose finishing skills were virtually unmatched ... scoring abilities drew added attention from defenses, and she worked hard to sharpen her playmaking skills, opening up numerous opportunities for her teammates ... incredibly reliable predictor of team success, with Irish going 42-3-3 in her career when she scored a goal (53-4-3 when she notched a point) ... worked hard to add value to her game by tracking back defensively ... had a fierce competitiveness and great focus ... was not satisfied with success, showing improvement and greater diversity to her game each season ...was selected in first round (second overall) of 2012 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft by Sky Blue FC ... currently playing professionally for Boston Breakers of Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite Division.
IN THE ND RECORD BOOK: At time of graduation, ranks among the top 10 in school history in eight career categories -- goals (t-4th - 70), goals per match (t-4th - 0.72), points (9th - 166), points per match (10th - 1.71), match-winning goals (1st - 24), match-winning points (2nd - 58), first goals (2nd - 24) and hat tricks (t-1st - 6) ... one of 27 players in school history with at least 20 goals and 20 assists in her career ... set single-season school records in 2009 for match-winning goals (9) and first goals (10), and tied single-season mark for hat tricks (3) in 2011 ... matched school record with four goals in 2009 win over Central Michigan and 2011 Senior Night victory over DePaul ... one of two players in school history (Monica Gerardo is the other) with two four-goal matches in her career ... her eight points in those matches tied for third-most in program annals ...one of four Irish players ever to have multiple eight-point matches in their careers (others are Gerardo, Jenny Streiffer and Katie Thorlakson, the latter of whom had three) ... only player in school history to score three goals in the first half of a match (2009 vs. South Florida and Central Michigan) ... only Irish player to log multiple hat tricks in the same postseason (2009) ... in 2009, set ND single-postseason records for goals (10), match-winning goals (4), match-winning points (10) and first goals (4) ... also in '09, set school NCAA Championship records for goals (4) and points (8) in a single match, goals (7) and match-winning goals (4) in a single tournament (7). ... ranks among top five on all of program's meaningful career postseason record lists (combined/BIG EAST/NCAA championship performances).
AS A SENIOR: Team tri-captain ... NSCAA third-team All-America and first-team all-Northeast Region selection ... first-team all-BIG EAST choice ... appeared in all 21 matches, starting 20 times (lone exception was at Seton Hall, when she was returning from West Coast after participating in U.S. Women's National Team camp and arrived at halftime) ... led team in goals (career high-tying 18), assists (8), points (44), shots (75), shots on goal (47) and match-winning goals (4) ... ranked among top 11 in the nation in goals (8th), goals per match (8th - 0.86), points per match (10th - 2.10) and points (11th) ... led BIG EAST in goals, goals per match, points and points per match, while ranking among top five in shots (3rd), shots per match (4th - 3.57), assists and assists per match (5th - 0.38) ... during conference play, led BIG EAST in points (24) and points per match (2.18), while also appearing in top five for goals (2nd - 10), goals per match (2nd - 0.91) and shots (3rd - 37) ... had school record-tying three hat tricks, two during BIG EAST play ... posted 12 multi-point matches ... had a hand in both goals during season-opening win vs. Wisconsin (2-0), setting up Adriana Leon's first score three minutes before halftime, then netting an insurance tally in the 61st minute -- marked fourth consecutive season opener in which Henderson scored a goal (came on season-high tying six shots on frame) ... after two-match dry spell, returning to scoring column in big way at Notre Dame adidas Invitational ... had four-point night (1G-2A) in win over Tulsa (7-1), followed by her first hat trick of the year on season-high 10 shots against Indiana (4-1) ... gave Irish second-half lead at #2 Stanford (1-2), heading home a cross from classmate Courtney Barg in 67th minute ... tallied goal for fourth consecutive match, potting equalizer at #17 Santa Clara (1-1) off a loose ball in the penalty area at 62:17 ... registered second hat trick of season at Cincinnati (4-1) with a natural triple after UC jumped in front early; was second career hat trick for Henderson on Bearcats' home pitch (also as rookie in '08) ... found back of net at #14 Marquette (2-3, ot), scoring first of two tying goals by Irish in second half of regulation off an assist from Rebecca Twining at 62:49 ... wore playmaker hat against Connecticut (3-0) with assists on a pair of goals by linemate Lauren Bohaboy ... set up Bohaboy again for first-half goal that ignited win over Providence (3-0) ... helped erase early two-goal deficit against Georgetown (2-3), scoring in 13th minute then assisting on Barg's tying marker 20 minutes later ... scored match-winning goal against Villanova (3-1) with 5:34 remaining off passes from Bohaboy and Elizabeth Tucker ... erupted for career high (and school record)-tying four goals on Senior Night against DePaul (5-1), including a natural hat trick to open the scoring, the final two goals coming 58 seconds apart midway through the second half ... scored the lone goal in BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal win at #5 Marquette (1-0), with ninth-minute tally standing up as the decider and the landmark 70th goal of her career (fifth player in school history to reach that milestone) ... credited with assist on Leon's second-half goal in BIG EAST Championship semifinal against Louisville (1-2).
AS A JUNIOR: Honda Sports Award recipient (second in school history, first since Cindy Daws in 1996) ... first runner-up for Hermann Trophy ... ESPY Award nominee for "Best College Female Athlete", the only women's soccer player (college, pro, domestic or international) nominated among the award's 18 individual athlete categories ... consensus first-team All-American and all-region choice ... BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year ... earned Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors at the NCAA College Cup after leading Notre Dame to its third national championship ... started all 25 matches for the Irish, chalking up 17 goals (six match-winners) and a career-high 11 assists for career-best 45 points ... one of 10 players in country to log double-digit goals and assists ... ranked among top 20 in the nation in five categories -- points (4th), goals (6th), points per match (6th - 1.80), goals per match (12th - 0.68) and assists (20th) ... led BIG EAST (overall) in goals, goals per match, match-winning goals and points, and was second in assists and total shots (career-high 81) ... opened her account with the only score in season opener against Minnesota (1-0) ... set up Rose Augustin's decider in fourth minute against #8 Santa Clara (1-0) ... ignited ND's two-goal flurry in 47 seconds vs. Texas Tech, scoring in 24th minute ... potted match-winner just 1:11 into the contest at Loyola Marymount (1-0) ... first multi-point match of season came at Northwestern (2-1), assisting on Elizabeth Tucker's fifth-minute score, then converting penalty kick in 21st minute after being pulled down in box by NU keeper ... blitzed #24 Louisville with five points (2G-1A) in 5-0 victory ... had second two-goal match in as many outings with pair of braces against Syracuse (3-0) ... made it three consecutive two-goal matches with a double against St. John's (4-1), adding an assist for good measure ... posted fourth consecutive multi-point contest with goal and assist vs. Seton Hall (2-1) ... put Irish up for good with 65th-minute goal against Rutgers (3-2) ... broke ice in 78th minute at Connecticut, and 74th minute at Georgetown, both matches ending in 1-1 draws ... had team-high 10 points (3G-4A) in six NCAA Championship matches ... scored first goal against New Mexico (3-0) on penalty kick at 20:24 ... had goal and assist in second half against #22 USC (4-0) ... repeated that feat in third round at #3 North Carolina (4-1), including huge insurance goal for Irish just 3:27 into second half ... set up Tucker's clincher with 20 seconds left in quarterfinal at #6 Oklahoma State (2-0) ... carved up defense of #1 Stanford (1-0) in NCAA final, eventually assisting on Adriana Leon's championship-winning goal in 63rd minute (left-side run to the byline and cut back a pass to penalty spot that Leon finished).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Named a first team MVP (equivalent to All-America status) by Soccer America ... also a first team all-region and second team all-BIG EAST selection ... got off to a slow start while recovering from off-season leg surgery which saw her at less than 100 percent for the first six weeks of the season ... still appeared in 24 matches (starting 22 times) ... posted career-high 18 goals, five assists, 41 points, 66 shots (41 on goal) and set school records with nine match-winning goals and 10 first goals ... led BIG EAST (for all matches) in goals, points and match-winning goals ... ranked 14th in the nation in goals per match (0.75) and 21st in points per match (1.71) ... paired with All-American Lauren Fowlkes to form one of the top five goalscoring combinations in the nation with 28 goals (Henderson 18, Fowlkes 10) ... capped season with one of the finest postseason performances in Notre Dame women's soccer history, scoring 23 points (10G-3A) in eight matches between the BIG EAST and NCAA tournaments ... opening the scoring ledger in season opener against Wisconsin (3-0) and added first goal in second match against Loyola-Chicago (2-0), setting up Molly Campbell's 48th-minute clincher in the latter contest ... scored for the third time in four matches to open the season with a two-goal outburst in the first 14 minutes against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-0) ... iced BIG EAST opener against DePaul (4-0) on goal with two minutes to play ... ended rare three-match scoring drought with early strike at West Virginia (3-2, ot) ... had a hand in both goals at Seton Hall (2-0), finding the back of the net in the 23rd minute and creating Taylor Knaack's insurance tally with less than five minutes left ... after two-match injury absence, returned to the pitch in a reserve role against Villanova (2-0), breaking a scoreless deadlock with a 54th-minute goal ... announced her return to full health in emphatic fashion against South Florida in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals, scoring a natural hat trick (on all three of her shots on goal) in the opening 28:03 of a 5-0 Irish win; it was the first postseason three-goal match for a Notre Dame player since Michele Weissenhofer's hat trick in the 2006 NCAA quarterfinals against #8 Penn State, and the first by an Irish player in the BIG EAST tournament since 2004 when Katie Thorlakson scored four times in a quarterfinal win over St. John's ... assisted on both Irish goals in the BIG EAST final against #rv/10 Marquette (2-1), setting up Fowlkes' opening score and passing to Erica Iantorno who crossed to Amanda Clark for the match-winner at 70:13 as Notre Dame claimed its 11th BIG EAST tourney crown (second in a row) ... scored twice in NCAA Championship first-round win over IUPUI (5-0) ... turned in finest individual NCAA tourney performance in Notre Dame history, singlehandedly dispatching Central Michigan (6-1) with a school record-tying four goals (on five shots on goal) including another natural hat trick in the first 33:04 of the match; the four goals also were an Irish record in NCAA Championship play ... scintillating 1-v-1 effort set up Rose Augustin for night's only score at 61:35 of third-round victory over Oregon State ... scored off a loose ball in the area at #6 Florida State in NCAA quarterfinal, sparking a two-goal flurry in 51 seconds that carried Notre Dame to a 2-0 win and its fourth consecutive College Cup appearance.
AS A FRESHMAN: Combined with Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks to form the nation's second-best goalscoring tandem, as the duo combined for 37 goals (Hanks 20, Henderson 17) ... earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and first team Freshman All-America honors ... first team all-BIG EAST selection ... also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and took home Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors at the BIG EAST Championship (only second freshman to earn that award after ND's future Hermann Trophy recipient Anne Makinen in 1997) ... played in all 27 matches for the Irish, starting 20 times ... scored 17 goals and added two assists for 36 points ... was the team's second-leading scorer behind Hanks ... five of her goals proved to be match-winners ... made her collegiate debut in Notre Dame's 7-0 season-opening win versus Michigan ... came off the bench to net her first goal in that match, putting the Irish up 3-0 ... also gave the Irish a 3-0 lead in their next outing, a 4-0 win over Loyola Marymount ... had her first two-goal match versus SMU, propelling ND to a 5-0 win ... opened the scoring in Notre Dame's 3-1 win at #17 Penn State ... scored her first career hat trick to lead Notre Dame to a 6-0 win at Cincinnati, becoming the 17th Irish freshman to register a hat trick ... followed with a goal in Notre Dame's next match , a 3-0 defeat of South Florida ... scored the match-winning goal as the Irish downed #17 Georgetown (3-1) ... scored two goals, including the match-winner at Providence (5-0) in just over 60 minutes of action ... added a goal versus Rutgers (3-1) ... recorded her fourth and final multi-goal match with two strikes versus Seton Hall (6-0), helping to finish off an undefeated regular season for the Irish ... notched her first career assist in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals when she made a run down the left flank and crossed the ball to the top of the six-yard box for Weissenhofer's match-winner ... clinched the BIG EAST tournament title in a dramatic 1-0 overtime win versus Connecticut when she knocked home Weissenhofer's rebound at 6:58 of the first extra session ... went on to start all six NCAA Championship matches ... gave Notre Dame a 4-1 lead versus Toledo in first-round action (5-1) ... added her second career assist in 1-0 national semifinal win over #5 Stanford; controlled a tricky throw-in just outside the box, dribbled around a defender and sent the ball back across the top of the box to classmate Courtney Barg, who netted what proved to be the game-winning strike in the 15th minute ... for the year, she was one of 10 Notre Dame players to net a match-winner and one of a record-setting 19 Irish players to score.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: One of the rising stars in U.S. Soccer's national team program ... earned invitation to train with full U.S. Women's National Team in October/December 2011 as team prepared for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, B.C. ... member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team player pool from 2009-12 ... seven-year member of various youth national teams ... has played soccer on four different continents: with the U-16 National Team in Asia (Japan); with the U-17s in South America (Argentina) and North America (Canada); with the U-20s in Europe (England), North America (Mexico) and South America (Chile); and with the U-23s in Europe (England, Germany, Spain and Sweden) ... had five goals and an assist for U-23 team during its 2011 cycle ... played in three-match set for USA in Sweden in June 2011 (loss to Norway and win/draw vs. Sweden), starting twice, and logging assist in 4-0 win over Sweden... scored twice for U-23s in scrimmages with southern California club sides and U-20s during April 2011 camp at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. ... joined Fowlkes on U-23 side that competed in Four Nations Tournament (February/March 2011) ... played in all three matches, starting twice and scoring three goals as USA won title ... netted pair of goals in win over Sweden (4-2) and also scored in final match against Norway (3-2) ... selected along with Fowlkes for USA U-23 squads that competed in friendlies in Germany (May 2010) and the Four Nations Tournament in England (July 2010); fellow Irish senior Jessica Schuveiller also was chosen to join Henderson and Fowlkes for the Americans' trip to England ... started five of six matches during those two trips ... scored twice on German tour, finding the net just before halftime whistle to start the USA rally against the German U-23s (2-2) ... came back three days later and scoring opening goal in 2-2 friendly with South Korean U-20 side ... started two of three matches at the Four Nations Tournament ... credited with assist on match-winning goal in tournament final against Sweden (1-0), giving U.S. the crown ... competed in Chile with the U-20s at 2008 Four Nations Tournament, starting vs. England (1-0) and coming on in second half vs. Norway (2-1) ... one of two prep players named to the U.S. U-20 roster for the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil (DNP due to injury) ... earlier had scored twice in U-20's win over the Leeds Ladies (in England; May `07).
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Helped Dallas Texans reach 2007 USYS club nationals final, held in nearby Frisco, Texas ... scored three goals in 4-0 win over the Michigan Hawks, during round-robin stage at `07 nationals (she also scored both Texans goals in the 3-2 title-match loss to California power Eagles SC) ... also advanced with the Texans to nationals in 2005, after winning Region III title ... scored all the goals in 2007 state-cup win over the Sting (3-0) ... helped Texans win the Disney Showcase in `05-'06 and `06-'07 seasons (she had four goals in five matches at the Showcase as a sophomore) ... switched to Sting Dallas `90 (along with former Texans teammates/current Notre Dame classmates/childhood friends Barg and Schuveiller, and former Texans coach Kenny Medina) for 2007-08 season (`90s; U-18) ... helped Sting Dallas `90 squad to 2008 Region III and state cup titles, and finished as USYS national runner-up (at North Little Rock, Ark.) ... team also won 2007 Premier League and LHGCL titles.
PREP & PERSONAL: First junior women's soccer player ever named Gatorade National High School Player of the Year (2006-07 season); only six other juniors (from any sport) had ever received the Gatorade national honor at the time ... 2007 NSCAA/adidas Youth Player of the Year ... two-time NSCAA youth All- American (2006 and 2007) ... named a Parade All-American following her sophomore and junior seasons at Berkner High School (in Richardson, Texas) ... her dominant three seasons at Berkner HS included 66 goals and 45 assists (177 points) in 47 career matches (DNP her senior season due to national-team commitments) ... her three-year prep scoring barrage included 4G-15A as a freshman, 38G-18A as a sophomore and 24G-12A as a junior (despite helping fill in as a defensive sweeper and missing six matches due to national-team duty) ... set school record for career goals (66) and ranks second in assists (45) in only three seasons ... a two-time all-district performer at BHS (also district MVP and all-area) ... invited to ESPN "ESPYs" event in 2007, after earning the Gatorade player-of-the-year award (Hanks attended `07 ESPYs as one of five finalists for 2006-07 college female athlete of the year) ... began playing soccer as a four-year old ... developed a love for soccer from her brother Jason, who is five years older ... part-time member of the basketball and track teams at Berkner HS ... carried a 3.6 GPA in high school ... three-year member of the National Honor Society ... also involved in student council and served as student council senior class secretary ... helped coach younger soccer players and was a member of Young Life ... daughter of Kelly and Kathy Henderson ... full name is Melissa Henderson ... graduated in May 2012 from College of Arts and Letters with bachelor's degree in psychology ... completed a production internship in the sports department at WSBT-TV (South Bend's CBS affiliate) in summer 2011.