Kate Sobrero Markgraf and Shannon Boxx back in their familiar starting roles with Team USA while three others (Candace Chapman, Katie Thorlakson and Melissa Tancredi) are top players for the Canadian National Team; all games to be televised live by ESPN or ESPN2 (with early-morning air times).
First Team All-American (Soccer Buzz, '03)
Second Team All-American (Soccer America, '03)
NSCAA Second Team All-Region ('03)
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ('03)
First Team All-BIG EAST Conference ('03)
Current member of Canadian National Team
2004 Team Tri-Captain
Defining presence of Notre Dame defense who has returned for fifth year of eligibility after earning All-America honors in 2003 ... was one of 15 final candidates for 2003 Hermann Trophy and likely to be included on even shorter player-of-the-year list in 2004 - as one of eight returning players from that final-15 list in `03 (Tennessee's Keely Dowling is the only other defender, plus North Carolina midfielders Lindsay Tarpley and Lori Chalupny, Texas forward Kelly Wilson, Tennessee defender Keely Dowling, Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhardt, Kansas forward Caroline Smith and Penn State forward Tiffany Weimer) ... rode momentum of 2003 season to become fixture in lineup with Canadian National Team, as starter in defense while also seeing some time as a frontrunner ... a converted forward who made midseason shift to central defense in 2002 ... has the combination of skills - namely a rare match of strength and speed - to match up with variety of nation's top forwards ... talented all-around player who combines size (5-9) with speed, toughness and strong shot ... an unstoppable force in the air, regularly dominating her heading duels (she won 93% in `03 season) while serving as top target player on set pieces (her 11 career goals include seven set-piece headers and a free-kick volley) ... also makes big impact off the field, with free spirit and lively personality ... will serve as 2003 team tri-captain, alongside forward Mary Boland and fellow central back Gudrun Gunnarsdottir ... burst onto the national scene in 2003 while leading Notre Dame's dominating defense ... skillful enough to play into the attack from the back, with ball control ability needed to quickly jump into attack ... totaled 12 goals and 9 assists in first three seasons of action with the Irish (55 games/46 starts) ... missed entire 2000 fall season due to anterior cruciate ligament knee injury ... classic defensive enforcer who has strong field presence and mental toughness ... also has explosive speed with surprising technical ability and touch ... first women's soccer field player ever to earn a top BIG EAST honor (defensive player of the year, in `03) despite having no previous all-BIG EAST recognition ... reunited at Notre Dame with senior right back Candace Chapman, who teamed with her on Canada's under-18 National Team and Burlington Sting club ... joined Chapman and former midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) as foreign players who have lettered with Notre Dame women's soccer (Icelandic native Gunnarsdottir became the fourth, with Finland's Jannica Tjeder joining `04 squad) ... the addition of forward Katie Thorlakson in 2002 gives the Irish three Canadians on `04 roster ... completed strong 2002 spring season before adding productive summer in her native Ontario ... also played with the W-League's Detroit Jaguars in summer of 2004, with two goals and two assists in 10 games played ... 10 of her current Notre Dame teammates, plus several former Irish stars, also played for W-League Midwest Division teams in summer of `04 (Fort Wayne Fever, Chicago Cobras and the Cleveland Internationals) ... posted 3.52 grade-point average (Dean's List) in 2002 fall semester while registering GPA of 3.0-plus in both semesters of her senior year (3.33 in spring of `04).
WITH CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: Former under-16 participant with Canadian national team program who jumped back into full national team picture after All-America season with the Irish in 2003 ... has blossomed into one of the Canadian team's emerging talents ... made her debut with full national team by starting at central back in all five games of 2004 Olympic qualifying (Feb. 26-March 5, in Costa Rica), with 6-0 wins over Jamaica and Panama, pair of wins over Costa Rica (2-1, 4-0) and 2-1 loss to Mexico that cost Canadians a spot in the Olympic field (her former ND teammate Monica Gonzalez is captain of the Mexican squad) ... also has seen some time at forward with Canadian squad ... played as reserve in 1-0 loss to United States (July 3, in Nashville, Tenn.) before starting in 3-0 loss to Japan (July 30, in Tokyo) ... previously invited to play with Canadian National Team at 2000 Algarve Cup in Portugal and member of Canadian Under-18 National Team that played in Arizona (fall '99).
AS A SENIOR: Joined senior forward Amy Warner among final 15 candidates for 2003 Hermann Trophy player-of-the-year award, also earning first team All-America honors from Soccer Buzz and second team All-America from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (plus NSCAA first team all-Great Lakes Region) ... fourth Notre Dame player in span of seven years to receive BIG EAST defensive player of the year award (others include Chapman in `02, Kate Sobrero in '97, and Jen Grubb in `98 and '99) ... leading presence for '03 defense that allowed just 12 goals in 24 games, highlighted by 10-game shutout streak that ranks 5th in NCAA history ... paced Irish defenders with 13 points (4 goals, 5 assists) while starting 21 of 24 games ... the Irish struggled in her three games missed due to injury/illness, managing just a 4-3 scoring edge in 1-0 wins at Pittsburgh and Seton Hall and first loss of `03 (3-2 regular-season finale vs. Michigan) ... led dominating defensive effort that included just 53 opponent shots on goal (2.2 per game) a 0.49 team goals-against avg. that ranked 5th in nation, a team-record span of 16 games without a deficit, tying another team record by going 24 consecutive games without allowing multiple goals, and allowing just two '03 opponents to come back and tie the Irish (Santa Clara and Miami, in BIG EAST quarterfinal) ... opened season as starter at central back alongside Gunnarsdottir, later teaming with freshman Christie Shaner (the `03 BIG EAST rookie of the year) for most of the season ... pushed up to head in Amanda Guertin's right-corner free kick for 2-0 lead on North Texas (8-1) ... scored minutes later on similar play, on lunging volley via Guertin's 40-yard free kick from right flank ... added leftside cross on Boland's volley to complete five-point game versus North Texas ... her long rightside service set up early goal versus West Virginia, with Boland completing skillful volley near shoulder-level ... later deflected Thorlakson's leftside corner, with Kimberly Carpenter nudging ball in for 2-0 final versus WVU ... won all 16 heading duels in three-game stretch, including six in 3-0 win over Miami (her long thru-ball sprung Guertin for rightside crossing shot and 2-0 lead) ... snapped strong header at far post via Shaner's leftside corner, with Thorlakson sliding in goal to open scoring versus UConn (2-0) ... headed in Thorlakson's leftside corner for quick 2-0 lead at Rutgers (3-0) ... shifted to forward after Irish faced 2-0 deficit in BIG EAST semifinal versus Boston College, promptly elevating over two players and striking header into far left side of net (via Vanessa Pruzinsky's long serve from left) ... missed first half of NCAA second-round game versus Michigan (due to illness), coming off the bench to nearly score after making long run into the box (Megan Tuura made diving save to preserve final 1-0 margin).
AS A JUNIOR:Appeared in 18 games (16 starts) while scoring four goals, each on corner-kick headers ... forced into starting role at central defense in third game of season versus Hartford (at Maryland Classic) before being sidelined with Achilles injury ... shook off that injury two days later, coming off the bench at forward in second half to spark stunning 5-2 comeback win over Maryland ... earned Maryland Classic offensive MVP honors, with her physical presence and pair of goals changing the tenor of the Maryland game ... headed Guertin's leftside corner under crossbar and into topnetting (2-2), with her thru-ball springing Warner to set up Guertin's rebound goal a minute later ... added another goal in closing moments, heading down Guertin's rightside corner (4-2) ... returned to central defense at Villanova ... did not play two days later at Georgetown (leg injury) ... started next game at right back (versus Pittsburgh), also playing some centrally ... picked up fifth yellow card of season at West Virginia, forcing her to miss Purdue game ... helped hold seven of final eight opponents to 0-1 goals ... replaced injured Gunnarsdottir at central defense in showdown with Connecticut, winning all 18 of her heading duels and sending strong header under bar to cap 3-1 win ... her full-time shift to defense helped spark 6-1-0 record in seven-game stretch ... turned tables on Purdue in NCAA second-round rematch, shutting down top threat Annette Kent and scoring on another header (via rightside corner) to seal 3-1 win ... did not play in 2003 spring exhibition game versus Mexico, due to injury.
AS A SOPHOMORE:Emerged as starting forward, alongside classmates Guertin and Warner ... appeared in 16 games (10 starts) as fifth-leading scorer (4G-4A) ... did not play in first four games, making regular-season debut in 2-1 overtime win over Villanova ... scored in next game (2-1 versus Georgetown), racing onto Mia Sarkesian thru-ball and placing low shot into vacated net ... had primary assist in 1-0 win over Nebraska, serving right-endline cross for Sarkesian tap-in (that 18th-minute goal was set up by Randi Scheller's free kick, with Guertin flicking the ball into space) ... had seven of team's 13 shots in that game, nearly scoring in 80th minute (off bottom of crossbar) ... knocked in cross from Boland for 3-0 lead at Pittsburgh ... scored program's second-quickest goal (quickest since '95), at 0:27 in 7-0 win over St. John's ... converted that goal on strong header into lower right corner, after Irish intercepted kickoff and made rush down right side (with Guertin arching pass from flank) ... her pinpoint entry pass to Scheller helped set up fourth goal vs. SJU ... forced pressure on Miami defense and served ball to Warner for 1-0 lead (4-0) ... played ball down right side to assist on Guertin's crossing shot for 1-0 lead at Yale (2-0) ... her leftside cross led to Guertin's overtime goal versus Michigan (2-1), after shanked clearance ... her strong individual effort capped scoring in 3-0 BIG EAST semifinal win over Boston College, using speed and strength to break free before banging in her own rebound ... knocked from BIG EAST title game with early head injury but returned to assist on gamewinner, heading Guertin's corner towards the goal (Sarkesian redirected with her own header and Scheller volleyed home the rebound for 2-1 win over West Virginia) ... missed several postseason starts due to nagging injuries ... had two assists and scored gamewinner in 3-2 win over Mexican National Team during '02 spring season, also scoring in 1-1 spring tie at Nebraska.
AS A FRESHMAN: Missed entire 2000 fall due to ACL knee injury suffered in preseason ... saw significant minutes off bench in '01 spring win over Mexican National Team (2-1), creating several scoring chances.
PREP & PERSONAL: Member of Canadian Under-19 National team, under-19 provincial team and Burlington Sting club program ... played on national under-19 championship team ... also member of '99 national women's 'B' training team ... trained in British Columbia with 2000 u-20 national team ... helped Sting win Canadian title and Ontario Cup ... MVP of Sting in '99 ... three-sport standout at Cathedral High School, earning three letters in soccer, volleyball and track ... soccer MVP as senior, volleyball MVP as junior ... named Cathedral's senior athlete of the year ... one of some 60 Ontario natives who have lettered with Notre Dame varsity teams, with the others including seven fellow All-America performers: hockey wingers Eddie Bumbacco (Sault Ste. Marie; `74) and Greg Meredith (Toronto; `80), sabre fencers Leszek Nowosielski (Ottawa; `91) and Bill Lester (Windsor; `97), golfer Walter Mulfur (Sault Ste. Marie; `56), hurdler Erica Peterson (Blairmore; `96) and current senior distance runner Lauren King (Toronto) ... former Notre Dame distance runner and `03 graduate Eric Morrison (St. Mary's HS) also is a native of Ancaster ... daughter of Peter and Ann-Marie Tancredi ... born Dec. 27, 1981, in Hamilton, Ontario ... an anthropology and pre-professional studies major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.