May 5, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Former University of Notre Dame women’s soccer standout Elizabeth Tucker (‘14), found yet another way to proudly represent her alma mater following the University’s spring Board of Trustees meetings May 4 and 5.
The 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year, Tucker became one of five new Board members elected during the summit, filling one of two spots designated for recent graduates.
Tucker earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Notre Dame in 2014 and is a consultant for McKinsey & Company. She is one of the most decorated student-athletes in the University’s history, capped by her selection in 2014 as NCAA Woman of the Year – the first from Notre Dame and the first women’s soccer player from any university.
The Jacksonville, Florida, native helped the Fighting Irish to four consecutive NCAA Championship berths during her career (2010-13), including the 2010 national title and a spot in the 2012 NCAA quarterfinals. In fact, during that run to the 2010 NCAA crown, Tucker scored both goals in a 2-0 Fighting Irish win at No. 6 Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals, as Notre Dame became the lowest-seeded team (No. 4 in its quadrant, No. 13-16 in the 64-team field) to earn the title in the 32-year history of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.
A four-year monogram recipient and team captain during her final two seasons with the Fighting Irish, Tucker played in all 92 of Notre Dame's matches in that four-year span, starting 87 times while finishing with 19 goals and 14 assists. She also earned third-team all-BIG EAST Conference honors and BIG EAST All-Rookie Team accolades in 2010.
In the classroom, Tucker was largely without peer, receiving the 2014 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and a 2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, while being named one of five finalists for the 2014 Wooden Citizenship Cup and a candidate for both a Rhodes Scholarship and University valedictorian honors.
Tucker earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business in May 2014 with a 4.00 grade-point average. An accounting major and theology minor, she received Dean's List honors all eight semesters she attended the University. She also was a first-team Capital One Academic All-America selection in 2012 and 2013, making her only the 15th Notre Dame student-athlete in school history to earn first-team Academic All-America honors twice (and just the fourth women's soccer player to do so).
During her academic career, Tucker received numerous accolades from the Mendoza College of Business, including the 2013 Eugene D. Fanning Scholarship Award, recognizing exceptional achievement in business communication, and the 2012 Notre Dame Accounting Excellence Award, recognizing Mendoza's top 20 accounting majors. She also earned the 2014 Tara K. Deutsch Award, given to a Notre Dame accountancy senior who displays exemplary social consciousness and devotion to those less fortunate, as well as the 2014 Top Hamilton Award for accountancy for having the highest cumulative GPA.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master's degree from Georgetown University in 2013.