Women's Soccer beat Santa Clara 2 to 1 on Friday, August 31st in Alumni Stadium.
One-year monogram winner ... long and agile player who is yet another offensive weapon in young but rapidly-developing Irish arsenal ... provides depth on either the forward or midfield lines ... has attacking mentality and a nose for goal ... uses her size well, both on the ball and in the air ... continues to sharpen her skill set with an eye on becoming important contributor in 2013.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 16 matches during her rookie season, earning one start ... collected two assists and eight total shots (two on goal) ... played in first seven matches of season ... set personal highs with 48 minutes and three shots in home win over #24 Santa Clara (2-1) ... had both of shots on goal during weekend road trip to Pacific Northwest, logging one try on frame each at #19 Portland (1-1) and Washington (0-3) ... had one shot in victory at Providence (1-0) ... registered first collegiate point in Senior Night win over Seton Hall (5-1), assisting on Anna Maria Gilbertson's goal in 88th minute ... earned first career start at Villanova (1-0) and made it pay off, logging secondary assist on Gilbertson's goal just 6:09 into the match (team's quickest score of the 2012 season) ... came off bench in both BIG EAST Championship contests, seeing time in quarterfinal win at home against Syracuse (1-0) and semifinal vs. #15 Marquette (0-1).
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Played for Colorado ODP team that won three consecutive state cups (2008-10) ... team finished third in nation at 2010 USYS Nationals after winning Region IV championship (scored winning goal in title match) ... also won 2010 ODP Region IV crown ... played extensively for Colorado Rush club program for head coach Tim Schulz ... club program was ranked No. 5 nationally in December 2011 article by Soccer America ... saw most experience in ECNL play, registering 47 goals and 57 assists from 2007-08 through 2010-11, with double-digit goals and assists all four seasons ... had career-high 13 goals in 2010-11, and career-best 16 assists in 2009-10 ... played for Colorado Rush in the United Soccer League (USL) W-League during summer 2011, appearing in 12 matches as a defender and tallying one assist ... earned three-star ranking in 2012 Top Drawer Soccer club soccer player ratings.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Mullen High School in Denver, Colo., where she played for head coach Tony Schenbeck (did not play for high school team as senior) ... posted 28 goals and 28 assists during her prep career ... had personal-best 12 goals as a junior (2010-11) and career-high 13 assists as a freshman (2008-09) ... earned honorable mention all-state accolades in 2010 ... standout track athlete in high school, earning state titles with Mullen's 4x100 and 4x200 relay squads in 2011 (the 4x100 quartet also set a school record in that event) ... garnered academic all-state citations for soccer, basketball and track during 2010-11 school year ... delivered soccer balls to the underprivileged in the African nations of Tanzania and Kenya ... has visited all seven continents ... has swum in the Antarctic Ocean ... worked in a cancer research lab ... enjoys skiing and climbing `14ers' in Colorado (known in mountaineering circles as the 53 peaks in the state that are 14,000 feet or higher) ... full name is Mary Frances Schwappach ... last name is pronounced "SHWA-pock" ... daughter of Kathleen and John Schwappach ... has older brother, Joseph (Dartmouth '13), and younger sister, Julia ... third Coloradoan to join Fighting Irish program and the first since 1989, when fellow Denver residents Kelly Hanratty and Kristin Kirwan were reserve defenders during the program's second varsity season ... enrolled in Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business but has not yet chosen a major.