Aug. 21, 2008
#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-0-0 / 0-0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Michigan Wolverines (0-0-0 / 0-0-0 Big Ten)
DATE: August 22, 2008
#5 Irish Open Regular Season Friday Night Against Michigan
The Irish are coming off a 2-1 loss to #6 Virginia in their exhibition finale last Saturday afternoon in Traverse City, Mich. Despite leading in virtually every statistical category, Notre Dame was not able to hold the upper hand in the one area that mattered -- the scoreboard. Junior midfielder Courtney Rosen drew the Irish level at 1-1 with her 23rd-minute goal, but UVa scored early in the second of three 30-minute periods and turned back several good scoring changes by the Irish to take the win.
Notre Dame outshot the Cavaliers, 14-10, including a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Weiss went the distance and made one save.
A Quick Look At The Fighting Irish
As if that weren't enough, Notre Dame welcomes a highly-regarded nine-player freshman class to campus, with three of those incoming players having earned multiple national All-America honors during their prep or club careers.
Leading the way for Notre Dame this season will be two of the country's premier front-line players (and '07 NSCAA first-team All-Americans) in senior forward Kerri Hanks and senior midfielder/forward Brittany Bock.
Hanks (14G-21A in 2007) continues to blaze new trails through the NCAA and Notre Dame record books, having led the nation in assists the past two seasons, and aiming to become the third Division I player ever to log 70 goals and 70 assists in her career (64G-58A entering this year). Among the nation's most gifted players, she also can become the 23rd Division I player ever to collect four All-America citations, and she remains a prime candidate for the Hermann Trophy, an award she claimed as a sophomore in 2006.
Bock (16G-4A), one of the Irish co-captains in 2008, emerged as a genuine offensive threat last season, leading the team in goals and finishing second with 36 points. The reigining BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Bock could see time at either forward (where she has spent much of the past two seasons) or midfield (her natural position) depending on other personnel moves.
Another key player for the Irish this season will be senior center back and co-captain Carrie Dew (2G-3A), the 2006 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year who made a successful recovery from an ACL injury late in the '06 regular season with a solid '07 campaign. She also anchored a Notre Dame back line that allowed only 10 goals and less than three shots per game during a 17-game unbeaten string in the final two months of the season.
A Quick Look At Michigan
Michigan's top returning offensive threat is sophomore forward/midfielder Amanda Bowery (5G-2A), but the Wolverines rely largely on their defense, which will be anchored by senior goalkeeper Madison Gates (3-9-5, 1.16 GAA , 3 ShO in 2007), who turned aside 10 shots in last year's 0-0 tie at Notre Dame.
Ryan has a 185-81-18 (.683) career record in 15 seasons, making stops at Wisconsin (1986-93), SMU (1996-98) and Colorado College (1999-2002) before moving on to the U.S. National Team program. He is 1-2 all-time against the Irish (all while at UW).
The Notre Dame-Michigan Series
The Last Time Notre Dame And Michigan Met
The tie ended Notre Dame's home winning streak at 32 games, which tied for the third-longest in NCAA Division I women's soccer history.
Notre Dame's best scoring chance came in the third minute of the second half, as forward Kerri Hanks delivered a free kick to the top of the 18-yard box, where midfielder Lauren Fowlkes struck a sharp header that smacked off the center of the crossbar.
The Irish held the Wolverines without a shot for 92 straight minutes of game time, stretching into the second of the two 10-minute overtimes. Notre Dame also extended its school-record overtime unbeaten streak to 21 games (14-0-7), dating back to the 1999 season.
Goalkeeper Kelsey Lysander started the season opener for the second consecutive season, making one save in the first half before Nikki Weiss came on to complete the shutout through the final 65 minutes (one save).
Blowing The Lid Off
The Balancing Act
Exhibition Game #2 Recap: Virginia
Junior midfielder Courtney Rosen scored the only goal for Notre Dame in the 23rd minute. Freshman back Jessica Schuveiller started the sequence with a run to the right corner before her cross to the six-yard box was punched out. The ball landed at Rosen's feet and the Irish veteran took one dribble before powering a 25-yard rocket into the far right-side netting.
Notre Dame ended up with a 14-10 edge in total shots (4-3 in shots on goal), as well as a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Weiss went the distance for the Irish, making one save.
Bock, Hanks On Hermann Trophy Watch List
A three-time All-American (twice on the first team) and the 2006 Hermann Trophy recipient (the first sophomore to garner the honor), Hanks is poised to become only the fourth multiple winner of the award, and the first to do so in non-consecutive years.
Bock emerged as one of the nation's top offensive threats last season, earning first-team All-America honors and joining Hanks and recently-graduated forward (and current volunteer assistant coach) Amanda Cinalli on the Hermann Trophy final-15 (semifinalists) list.
Notre Dame is one of only two programs to field three or more different recipients of the prestigious Hermann Trophy, with Cindy Daws (1996) and Anne Makinen (2000) joining Hanks in this elite sorority. The 2008 Hermann Trophy winner will be announced during a news conference on Jan. 9, 2009, at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
ND Picked To Win BIG EAST National Division
Notre Dame went 11-0-0 in the BIG EAST a year ago, and will head into the 2008 season with a 38-game unbeaten streak against conference opponents (36-0-2 since October 2005), the longest run in school history and tied for the fourth-longest in NCAA Division I history.
Bock Voted BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player Of The Year
Fellow senior forward Kerri Hanks also was a unanimous choice on the preseason all-conference team following a 2007 campaign that saw her lead the nation in assists (21) for the second consecutive year and set the BIG EAST pace in points (49) while earning NSCAA first-team All-America honors for the second time. Hanks had been the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year the past two seasons and earned the league's postseason Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2006.
The Golden Girls
The duo join fencer Mariel Zagunis ('10) as Notre Dame Olympians with multiple gold medals. Markgraf also matches Zagunis' career total of three medals (Markgraf won silver with the USA at the '00 Sydney Games), a standard also equalled by former track & field great Alex Wilson ('32).
Next Game: Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount went 12-6-1 last season, tying for third in the West Coast Conference. The Lions return 23 letterwinners and nine starters from that club, as they head into their season opener Friday night at home against UNLV.