Nov. 5, 2000
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The top-ranked Notre Dame women's soccer team (19-0-1) and 24th-ranked
Connecticut will meet in the BIG EAST championship game for the sixth
straight season, at ND's Alumni Field on Nov. 5. Sunday's championship game
(12:05 EST) will be carried live by six regional sports cable stations,
including Fox Sports Net Chicago, Fox Sports Net New England, Fox Sports
Net Florida, Madison Square Garden Network, Empire Sports and Comcast
Sports Philadelphia. A live internet audio broadcast also may be accessed
via the Notre Dame website (www.und.com).
Sunday night's NCAA Tournament selection show will be aired live (10 p.m.
EST) on two cable sports networks: Empire Sports (DirectTV 626, Dish
Network 432) and Home Team Sports (DirectTV 629, Dish Network 424).
Satelleite coordinates for the selection show are: C-band, Telstar 5,
Transponder 24, downlink frequency 4180 MHZ).
AROUND THE HORN - Quick Notes on the Irish
* ND owns a 14-0-0 all-time record in the BIG EAST Tournament (53-7 scoring
* ND has outscored its opponents 67-6, an 11-to-1 ratio that ranks behind
only ND's '97 squad (135-9, 15-to-1).
* The BC game marked the 13th time this season that ND has allowed 0-2
shots on goal (1).
* Prior to the Miami game, ND had played six of seven games on the road
(during a 27-day stretch), including 10-of-11 days on the road from Oct.
* ND is 27-0-1 in its last 28 games vs. BIG EAST teams (69-3-2/.946 since
joining the BIG EAST in '95).
* The Irish have allowed just 3G in the last 15-plus games (1,428 minutes)
and have 10 shutouts in the last 12 (63 shots-28 on goal-and 21 CKs allowed
in that 12-game stretch).
* ND has led for 56% of the minutes while trailing just 1.5% of the time
(28 minutes, vs. BC)
* ND has scored in the first half 15 times while going scoreless past the
55:00 mark just three times.
* Season stat edges: 503-111 in shots (avg. 25-6), 288-53 in shots on goal
(avg. 14-3), 137-42 in CKs (avg. 7-2).
* ND has reached 30 shots six times this season and has owned a shot margin
of 25-plus in seven games.
* The Irish are 40-4-2 (.891) in the two-year tenure of head coach Randy
* ND is 114-7-1 (.939) in 11 seasons at Alumni Field, including 90-3-1 in
the last 94 and 79-1-0 vs. unranked teams (72 straight wins) ... ND's
current 22-game home winning streak includes a 60-9 scoring edge.
* The Irish own a 32-3-1 all-time record when playing as the top-ranked team.
* ND posted the 3rd unbeaten regular season in its 13-year history (17-0-1
in '94, 18-0-1 in '97).
* ND is ranked No. 1 for the first time since '96.
* ND returned 16 letterwinners but lost 5 starters from its '99 team
(21-4-1, NCAA runner-up).
* The Irish lead the nation in team GAA (0.29) and rank 6th in scoring (3.4
* ND's typical starting 11 (from nine states and Finland) is representative
of the University's national student body ... the 27-player roster includes
players from 17 states, two foreign countries.
* The Irish opened 16-0-0, besting the top start in team history (13-0-0 in
* ND surged to #1 with tough four-game stretch (Sept. 8-17), beating Santa
Clara (6-1, most goals vs. SCU in 20 yrs) and Stanford (2-1, OT) in ND's
KeyBank Classic and current #2 Washington (5-0) and Portland (1-0, in tough
atmosphere) at Portland Adidas Invitational.
* The current 20-game unbeaten streak ranks 3rd in ND history (24-0-0 from
'95-'96, 23-0-1 at start of 1997).
* Anne Makinen has 23 pts (9G-5A) in 10 career BIG EAST Tournament games
and 40 (14G-12A) in 22 career postseason games (including NCAAs) ... Meotis
Erikson has 28 pts (9G-10A) in 22 postseason games (6G-6A in 10 BET games).
* Amy Warner (9), Amanda Guertin (10) and Randi Scheller (6) are close to
joining the '97 trio of Makinen (23) , Meotis Erikson (22) and Monica
Gonzalez (10) as the second threesome of ND freshmen to reach 10G in a
season ... freshmen have scored 35% of ND's goals (26 of 67).
* Guertin has 14 points in the last 10 games (6G-2A), Scheller has 12 (4G-4A).
* Erikson, Vanessa Pruzinsky and Liz Wagner are the only ND players to
start all 20 games this season.
* Erikson has appeared in all 96 games of her career, one shy of tying Kate
Sobrero ('98) for 9th on the Irish career GP list.
* Liz Wagner has come up big in the big games (21 SV, 2 GA in 5 gms vs.
top-25 tms) ... her 0.280 season GAA (7 solo shutouts, 7 shared) now ranks
1st in the nation ... Wagner takes a 580-minute shutout streak into the
* Makinen (63G-55A) and Erikson (57G-41A) are the second pair of ND
classmates ever to reach 150 career points.
* Makinen is 5A shy of becoming the sixth Division I women's soccer player
ever to reach 60G-60A.
* Senior Kelly Lindsey is ND's only player on the defensive third of the
field who had started more than 26 career games prior to 2000 (Makinen and
Erikson were the only Ms or Fs with more than 26 GS).
ND-BC RECAP (3-0, BIG EAST semifinals, Nov. 3)
A rested ND team improved its all-time BET record to 14-0-0 while moving
closer to a sixth straight conference title, as the Irish used a pair of
impressive 1st-half combination plays and an insurance goal early in the
2nd half to defeat BC ... ND posted its 14th shutout and 10th in the last
12 games ... ND held a 27-4 shot edge-including a 55-minute stretch between
shots-and a 12-0 edge in corner kicks ... Anne Makinen and Meotis Erikson
each had 1G-1A to continue their strong postseason careers while Mia
Sarkesian (1G-1A) added to her growing resume of big plays ... ND utilized
the energy of Amy Warner off the bench while Kelly Lindsey returned to
action by playing the entire 2nd half ... Sarkesian scored what proved to
be her fourth game-winning goal of the season, after heading a cross from
Erikson into the lower left corner ... Makinen's pass down the left side
set up the cross, with Erikson quickly playing the ball from the left
endline to a wide-open Sarkesian for the 1-0 lead (15:46) ... the second
Irish goal was a textbook combination, started when Sarkesian deftly
threaded a pass forward to the top of the box ... Ali Lovelace-with her
back to the goal-then shielded off a defender while sweeping the ball to
the right side ... Makinen had all the space she needed and drilled a
14-yarder into the lower left corner for her 13th goal of the season and
64th of her career (43:40) ... Erikson pushed the lead to 3-0 after shaking
several BC players near the top of the box before sending a shot in traffic
that tucked inside the left post for her 10th goal of the season and 42nd
of her career (52:36) ... Erikson has collected eight points (2G-4A) in
four career games vs. BC, with three game-winning assists.
BC (14-7-0) 0 0 - 0
ND (19-0-1) 2 1 - 3
ND 1. Mia Sarkesian 4 (Meotis Erikson, Anne Makinen) 15:46, ND 2. Makinen
13 (Ali Lovelace, Sarkesian) 43:40, ND 3. Erikson 10 (-) 52:36.
Shots: BC 4, ND 27.
CKs: BC 0, ND 12.
Saves: BC 11 (Courtney Schaeffer, team 1), ND 1 (Liz Wagner 0, Lauren Kent
Fouls: BC 6, ND 8.
Offsides: BC 0, ND 0.
RANDY WALDRUM: "We came out tonight with great intensity, which we lacked
in recent weeks. We're rested and are getting some people healthy-plus it's
playoff time, so you expect to see this type of effort. We showed good
rhythm throughout the game and I anticipate Sunday's game will be one of
great intensity on both sides of the ball. ... Mia is one of our most
consistent players but today she really elevated her play. Ashley Dryer did
the same thing last week vs. Miami and Anne played one of her most inspired
games in a while. When those three are clicking for us in the midfield, it
makes the players around them so much better."
MEOTIS ERIKSON: "We were excited and ready to play. Everyone gave a great
effort. Part of being successful at combination plays is not just reading
when they are on but also having people move off the ball to complete the
play. That's what happened tonight. People were making runs for each other
and it led to our first two goals."
Notre Dame-Connecticut Series Notes
THE SERIES: ND leads the UConn series 9-2-2 (3-0-2 in last five), including
a pair of wins in '99: 2-1 in double OT (at ND) and 1-0 in the BIG EAST
title game (at Rutgers) ... ND owns a 29-16 series scoring edge, including
15-7 in the last seven games ... UConn has scored more than two goals vs.
ND just twice (5-4 Huskies win in '95, 4-3 ND win in '96) and the Irish
have held UConn to 0-2 goals in each of the last eight meetings ... ND owns
a 149-84 shot edge (avg. 21-12) in the last seven games of the series ...
the series has produced low-scoring games (avg. 3.5 combined goals/gm),
including one 0-0 game, three 1-0 games, one 1-1 game, one 2-0 game and
three 2-1 games (the others: 5-4, 4-3, 6-1, 4-2) ... each team has been
ranked in the NSCAA poll in all 14 games of the series, including five in
which each team was ranked among the top-four (10 with each team in the
top-five) ... those rankings dropped off a bit in '99, as ND was ranked 6th
prior to both games (UConn was 8th and 13th, its lowest rankings in the
series prior to this year's games) ... ND is 69-3-2 vs. BIG EAST teams
since joining the conference in 1995, with UConn owning two of those wins
and both ties ... the Irish also are 90-3-1 in their last 94 home games,
with UConn handing ND one of those losses (5-4 in OT in '95).
UCONN CONNECTIONS: ND sophomore D Vanessa Pruzinsky is a native of
Trumbull, Conn., where she was an NSCAA prep All-American at Trumbull HS
and twice earned Gatorade New England regional player of the year ...
Pruzinsky led Trumbull to three state titles and a 65-8-3 record in her
four-year career ... she earned three team MVP awards, finished as the
school's all-time leading scorer with 79G-59A and was part of a 20-0-0 team
during her senior year that did not allow a goal ... Pruzinsky helped her
Weston Wild Things club team capture the '98 national title ... first-year
ND assistant Barb Chura was a student assistant at UConn in '93, after
starring for the Huskies '89-'92 squads ... Chura helped UConn reach the
'90 NCAA title game and finish each of her seasons in the NSCAA top 10 ...
she was a '92 team captain and finished her playing days ranked fourth at
UConn in career assists.
FRIEND OR FOE?: Several ND and UConn players are former teammates, most
notably ND senior Monica Gonzalez and UConn junior Lacey Toups-who were
teammates at Plano East High School (both hail from Richardson, Texas) ...
Gonzalez played club soccer with the Dallas Sting while Toups played with
the Longhorns (in a younger age group) ... Gonzalez and three UConn
players-senior M Lauren Molinaro and senior F Jen Carlson-played for the
Portland Adidas Summer League in '99 (shortly after Gonzalez returned from
the World Cup, where she played for Mexico) ... ND sophomore D Vanessa
Pruzinsky (Trumbull, Conn.) played against several UConn players during her
prep days while also playing alongside several UConn players during her ODP
and regional team days, with her longest-standing teammate being sophomore
D Lauren Naida (she also was a regional teammate of junior D Kristin
Gardiner) ... Pruzinsky likewise has played on regional teams with three of
UConn's players from New York: junior M Mary-Frances Monroe, junior M/D
Casey Zimny and sophomore F Sarah Popper ... Pruzinsky and UConn sophomore
D Naima Montacer were teammates during the summer of 2000 with the Westin
Wildcats ... several other ND players have playing experience with Monroe
with the U.S. national team program, including senior D Kelly Lindsey and
senior F Meotis Erikson ... ND senior M Anne Makinen and two UConn
sophomore Fs-Leena Kovanen and injured Salla Ranta-attended the same high
school in Finland.
ND-UCONN RECAP (0-0, Oct. 21, 2000) - The ever-growing rivalry added
another chapter at Marrone Stadium, as the Irish and Huskies played to a
scoreless tie in front of 2,494 spirited fans ... road-weary ND-which had
spent seven of eight days away from home-failed to tie the Irish record for
consecutive wins in a season while seeing its string of consecutive wins
over BIG EAST teams end at 25 ... UConn held a 16-7 shot edge but
repeatedly was thwarted by Liz Wagner, who again turned in a strong
performance vs. a ranked opponent by making eight saves while smothering
several other scoring chances ... five ND field players logged the entire
120 minutes: Mia Sarkesian, Ashley Dryer, Nancy Mikacenic, Vanessa
Pruzinsky and Monica Gonzalez ... ND continued to play without two of its
top players (Amy Warner, Kelly Lindsey, both out due to injury) ... the
Irish again elected to rest Anne Makinen at the start of the game, with
Gonzalez-who also played at D and F-filling Makinen's central M role
before Makinen entered late in the 1st half (she played the rest of the
way) ... UConn's Jen Carlson nearly scored in the closing moments of
regulation, on a 20-yard shot that clanged off the near right post in the
87th minute ... Carlson later launched a 30-yarder from the left flank that
Wagner boxed away from the upper right corner with 0:02 left in the first
OT ... ND managed just three shots on goal, with strong chances from close
range in each OT by Meotis Erikson and Gonzalez.
#1 Notre Dame (16-0-1) 0 0 0 0 - 0
#25 Connecticut (12-5-2) 0 0 0 0 - 0
Shots: ND 7, CONN 16.
Corner Kicks: ND 3, CONN 5.
Saves: ND 8 (Liz Wagner), CONN 3 (Maria Yatrakis).
Fouls: ND 13, CONN 13.
Offsides: ND 3, CONN 1.
ND'S RANDY WALDRUM ON THE FIRST ND-UCONN GAME: "I'm sure that this was a
fun game to watch and both teams certainly had their chances. I think you
saw tonight why Liz Wagner has to be considered for BIG EAST goalkeeper of
the year. In a lot of our games this season, she hardly has touched the
ball and it's hard to appreciate her skill and leadership in that type of
game. But every time she has been tested in a big game she has answered
the bell for us. The way she has played for us-along with the play of an
inexperienced defense that has battled through some injuries-have been
invaluable to us this season. ... This was the first game where we could
not find the right combinations or formation, but much of that was due to
UConn's play. They were very strong tonight and their won-loss record is
deceiving. This was a pretty wide-open game tonight and was enjoyable to
watch for the fans."
CAREER STATS VS. UCONN: The current ND players have combined to score eight
career goals vs. UConn but most of that success belongs to senior M Anne
Makinen (5G-1A, 3 GWG) ... senior F Meotis Erikson scored vs. UConn in a
1-0 win during her freshman year but is long overdue for her second career
goal vs. the Huskies (she has 30 shots vs. the Huskies since that goal in
1997) ... sophomore F Ali Lovelace scored vs. UConn in the 1999 BIG EAST
title game (all four of her '99 goals came in the postseason).
ND CAREER STATS VS. THE HUSKIES
Liz Wagner: played final 5:27 of 4-2 ND win in '99 BE title game (1 GA, 0
SV) and all 120 minutes in this season's 0-0 tie (8 SV).
Notre Dame-Connecticut Series Capsules (gm 13 recap on p. 2)
Series Game No. 1 ... #5 UCONN 5, #2 ND 4 (OT) ... Oct. 6, 1995
BIG EAST Regular-Season Game (at ND's Alumni Field)
ND's first BIG EAST competition in any sport featured a rare three-goal
overtime, with Jana Carabino scoring twice for a 5-3 Huskies lead while
Monica Gerardo capped the scoring with a PK in the final minute ... Ginny
Woodward gave UConn an early lead before ND's Cindy Daws scored early in
the 2nd half ... UConn's Margaret Tietjen and ND's Holly Manthei traded
goals and the Huskies took their third lead on a Anika Martinez' goal in
the 74th minute ... Manthei then set up a Gerardo's six-yard shot, tying
the game with 8:30 left in regulation ... ND held a 26-19 shot edge ... the
game remains one of just three all-time losses for the Irish at Alumni
Series Game No. 2 ... #5 ND 1, #5 UCONN 0 ... Nov. 5, 1995
BIG EAST Championship Game (at Seton Hall's Carroll Field)
BIG EAST Tournament MVP Amy Van Laeke scored the game's only goal, with an
assist from Gerardo in the 18th minute ... the tight game featured an 11-8
shot edge for the Huskies.
Series Game No. 3 ... #4 ND 2, #5 UCONN 0 ... Nov. 26, 1995
NCAA Quarterfinal (at ND's Alumni Field)
The third meeting of '95 produced another shutout, with Jen Renola making
seven saves ... ND opened the scoring in the 21st minute, with D Julie
Vogel scoring one of her three career goals (assisted by Manthei) ... Daws
and Kate Sobrero assisted on the second goal, with Van Laecke haunting the
Huskies again (at the 51:00 mark) ... UConn held a 12-10 shot edge but ND
launched seven corner kicks (to UConn's four) ... the Irish went on to
capture the NCAA title, with a pair of 1-0 wins over North Carolina and
Series Game No. 4 ... #2 ND 2, #4 UCONN 1 ... Sept. 22, 1996
BIG EAST Regular-Season Game (at UConn Soccer Stadium)
Gerardo scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the 2nd half to
break a 1-1 tie, putting the Irish in command of the BIG EAST race.
Series Game No. 5 ... #1 ND 2, #4 UCONN 1 ... Nov. 10, 1996
BIG EAST Championship Game (at ND's Alumni Field)
ND jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with 2G from Daws ... the Huskies rallied
(3-3) before Jenny Heft tapped in a long service from Sobrero for the
game-winner and ND's third one-goal win over UConn in a four-game span.
Series Game No. 6 ... #2 ND 1, #5 UCONN 0 ... Oct. 26, 1997
Regular-Season Game (at ND's Alumni Field)
Freshman F Meotis Erikson scored early in the 1st half for the game's only
score and what remains her only career goal vs. the Huskies ... ND scored
the game's only goal in the 16th minute, as Erikson took a cross from Kelly
Lindsey and sent a shot from the right side that slipped through the hands
of UConn 'keeper Jennifer Traw ... the Irish finished with a 13-3 shot
Series Game No. 7 ... #2 ND 6, #4 UCONN 1 ... Nov. 9, 1997
BIG EAST Championship Game (at Rutgers, Yurcak Field)
Freshman M Anne Makinen's hat trick earned her tournament MVP ... ND
scoring just 2:27 into the game, when Gerardo blasted a shot from 10 yards
that bounced out of the hands of Traw, with Jenny Streiffer knocking the
loose ball into the upper right corner ... four minutes later, a hard foul
on Gerardo set up Makinen's PK for a 2-0 lead (6:40) and Makinen scored
again after volleying a failed clear from 20 yards out, with the ball
tucking under the crossbar ... ND put the game out of reach with 2G in the
final five minutes before halftime ... Streiffer split the defense with a
pass to Shannon Boxx, who dribbled in from the left wing and scored into
the upper right corner (39:51) ... Monica Gonzalez then intercepted a goal
kick and fired a low shot from 20 yards into the right corner (44:37) ...
ND held a 17-1 shot edge in the 1st half (30-9 overall) while scoring the
most goals ever allowed by UConn in the 1st half ... UConn scored at 54:35,
when Sarah Barnes headed in a pass from the top of the box from Jen Tietjen
... Makinen completed her hat trick in the closing minutes (85:52), taking
a feed from Erikson just past midfield and converting the breakaway, into
the right corner ... the 6G matched the most ever allowed by UConn (UNC
'90, UMass '79).
Series Game No. 8 ... #5 UCONN 2, #2 ND 1 ... Dec. 5, 1997
NCAA Semifinals (at North Carolina-Greensboro Stadium)
Senior F Sara Whalen's 2G helped UConn hand ND its first loss of '97 ... ND
held sizable edges in shots (28-6) and corner kicks (10-0) ... Whalen's
goals pushed her season total to 21 (plus 22A) ... the 1st half saw ND fall
behind 1-0, despite a 12-1 shot edge and eight CKs ... Whalen raced up the
left side and blasted a shot past a diving LaKeysia Beene for the first
goal (41:01, assisted by Jen Carlson) ... midway through the 2nd half,
Whalen went 1-on-1 with Beene and dribbled around the right side of the
'keeper before shooting into the open net (64:37, assisted by Jen Tietjin)
... ND peppered the posts and crossbars several times, with the lone Irish
goal coming at 76:01, when Streiffer headed a pass from Manthei into the
net ... the game halted ND's series winning streak at six games and gave
UConn a team-record 23 wins for the season ... it also marked just the
second time in the '97 season that ND allowed more than one goal (with a
2-2 tie vs. UNC and just five other goals allowed in all of '97).
Series Game No. 9 ... #2 ND 1, #4 UCONN 1 ... Oct. 16, 1998
Regular-Season Game (at UConn's Morrone Stadium)
ND scored seven minutes in and held a 29-18 shot edge (three off the posts)
but failed to score in the final 113 minutes ... the tie snapped ND's
36-game streak of 36 consecutive wins in BIG EAST regular-season and
tournament play ... Heft's 18th goal of the season gave ND the early lead
... Kara Brown lofted a pass down the left side and Heft quickly fired a
shot that skimmed off the left post and into the right side of the net ...
UConn's Mary-Frances Monroe tied the game in the 30th minute, after winning
a ball near midfield, driving to the goal and firing a shot from 16 yards
into the lower right corner (29:52) ... Makinen's 20-yard free kick slammed
off the right post and Heft also found the post with a header try in the
second minute of OT ... the game featured a matchup of two of the nation's
leader in goals/gm (ND 4.77, UConn 4.15) and team GAA (ND 0.50, UConn
Series Game No. 10 ... #5 ND 1 , #3 UCONN 0 ... Nov. 8, 1998
BIG EAST Championship Game (at UConn's Marrone Stadium)
Makinen's goal at 80:39 was the only score as the Irish won their 4rth
consecutive BIG EAST title ... Makinen repeated as tournament MVP ... the
goal was set up by a CK from Jen Grubb, with the kick sailing past the goal
before being deflected by a UConn player to D Lauren Molinaro, whose
shanked the clearing try ... the ball went directly to Makinen, who quickly
sent a five-yard shot inside the far right post ... ND held a 19-16 shot
edge (12-8 second half) and a 9-4 edge in CKs ... Beene had seven saves for
her 9th solo shutout ... the goal marked ND's latest 1st goal of '98.
Series Game No. 11 ... #6 ND 2 , #8 UCONN 1 ... Oct. 22, 1999
BIG EAST Cross-Divisional Game (at ND's Alumni Field)
Makinen scored the game-winner in the 112th minute, in rainy and wind-swept
conditions ... Heft tied the ND record for career goals (73) in the 15th
minute but UConn freshman Sarah Popper sent the game into OT with her 1st
career goal, in the 89th minute ... ND held a 25-10 shot edge (7-3 first
half, 11-6 second half, 6-0 second OT) ... both teams managed just one shot
in the first OT ... UConn's Maria Yatrakis made four of her 12 saves in the
second OT ... UConn saved Streiffer's header off the backline in the 64th
minute ... Makinen scored her third career GWG vs. UConn at 111:03, after
Grubb served a corner kick that the Huskies failed to clear ... Makinen
collected the loose ball and sent a six-yard shot towards the upper right
corner, with the ball deflecting off a UConn player into the net ... the
game was Makinen's 10th straight with a point ... Popper scored at 88:21,
taking a pass from Salla Ranta and dribbling into the box before placing an
18-yard shot into the upper right corner ... Heft gave ND the lead at
73:52, settling a Kara Brown CK and half-volleying a shot that sailed below
Series Game No. 12 ... #6 ND 4, #13 UCONN 2 ... Nov. 7, 1999
BIG EAST Championship Game (at Rutgers' Yurcak Stadium)
ND used goals by three different players and took advantage of a UConn
own-goal to win its 5th consecutive BIG EAST title ... Heft and freshman
Ali Lovelace tallied 2nd-half goals for the Irish ... Streiffer was named
tournament MVP (she had 1G-1A in the title game) ... ND held an 11-9 shot
edge on the blustery day, with the Irish scoring twice on three shots to
pull away early in the 2nd half ... Streiffer struck in the 9th minute, on
a play set up by Grubb's cross from the right flank ... Streiffer ran onto
the ball on the left wing and dribbled inside the box before scoring past
Yatrakis, who had come off her line (8:12) ... later in the half, UConn
played the ball back to Yatrakis but it slipped under her heel and went
into the left corner of the net (36:05) ... UConn forged a 2-1 game early
in the 2nd half, when Alexa Borisjuk served a ball over the back line to
Salla Ranta, who lofted a shot from the upper right corner of the box into
the upper left corner of the net (48:22) ... Heft restored the two-goal
cushion at 55:37, blasting an 18-yard shot from the left wing into the
upper right corner (Makinen had won the ball at midfield, dribbled
downfield and dropped a pass to Heft on the left wing) ... Lovelace pushed
the lead to 4-1 at 71:48, son an open shot from seven yards near the right
post (Heft brought the ball into the box and passed to Streiffer, who
tapped the ball to an unmarked Lovelace) ... Monroe closed out the scoring
at 85:37 with a right-corner shot from 20 yards to beat backup Liz Wagner.
Notre Dame Team Notes
YOU NEVER KNOW
* Conventional thinking predicted that ND would experience a dropoff after
losing five starters from the 1999 NCAA runner-up team to graduation,
including three All-Americans (F/M Jen Streiffer, D Jen Grubb and G
LaKeysia Beene) and ND all-time leading goalscorer Jenny Heft (80 career
goals, with Streiffer ranking 2nd at 70), plus hard-nosed D Kara Brown (5th
in ND history with 99 GP) ... those five seniors combined to log 485 games
from '96-'99, including 440 starts.
* While struggling at times this season with consistent finishing, ND has
risen to the top of the polls thanks to a skilled midfield that excels in
possession and distribution and steady play in the defensive third that has
yielded just six goals in 20 games (compared to 18 GA in the first 20 games
* ND's trio of central-based midfielders-senior Anne Makinen, junior Mia
Sarkesian and sophomore Ashley Dryer-has provided consistent ball control
that has yielded huge edges in shots (446-102), shots on goal (257-51) and
corner kicks (119-38).
* The Irish defense has thrived thanks to a seven-player group that has
found strong chemistry despite limited experience ... that group has
included junior G Liz Wagner, senior central Ds Kelly Lindsey and Kerri
Bakker, junior right back Lindsey Jones and sophomore left back Vanessa
Pruzinsky ... senior Monica Gonzalez also has seen significant time on the
D flank while sophomore Nancy Mikacenic has done a solid job when called on
to play in the middle-giving the Irish D an effective six-player rotation
... Lindsey is the only player among the six D who had made more than 26
career starts in the Irish defense prior to this season (Jones made 17
starts as a freshman M, Gonzalez was used strictly as a F prior to 2000 ...
and Wagner had no previous career starts) ... Mikacenic (21 GS as a M in
'99) has started five games in place of the injured Lindsey.
PRIMED FOR POSTSEASON: Senior M Anne Makinen and senior F Meotis Erikson
have done their share of scoring during the postseason, with Makinen
amassing 40 points (14G-12A, 3 GWG) in 22 career postseason games while
Erikson has 28 (9G-10A) ... that dynamic duo has combined to average 3.1
points per game in the postseason, including a combined 4.1 points per game
in BIG EAST Tournament play (Makinen has 9G-5A and Erikson 6G-6A in 10
career BIG EAST Tournament games) ... senior D Kelly Lindsey started all of
ND's 20 postseason games during the previous three seasons ... junior G Liz
Wagner had limited postseason experience (4 GP, 33:17, 3 SV, 2 GA) prior to
the Miami game, including short stints in the '99 BIG EAST Tournament vs.
Seton Hall and UConn and 12 minutes of action in the second round of the
NCAAs vs. Dayton ... Wagner actually saw some late-game action as a field
player in 1998 BIG EAST Tournament routs of West Virginia and Syracuse
(roster limits expanded from 18 to 22 players this season).
SCOUTING THE IRISH: Notre Dame returned 16 of 22 letterwinners but lost
five starters from its '99 team that went 21-4-1 and advanced to the NCAA
title game ... senior M and leading national player-of-the-year candidate
Anne Makinen (13G-14A) has scored or assisted on nearly half of ND's goals
this season (27 of 67) while other top scorers include freshman Fs Amy
Warner (9G-4A) and Amanda Guertin (10G-3A) and senior F Meotis Erikson
(11G-9A) ... junior Elizabeth Wagner has played most of the minutes in the
nets, with 41 saves, five goals allowed (one on a PK) and the nation's top
THE FRIENDLY CONFINES: There has been plenty of women's soccer action at
ND's Alumni Field during the eight-day stretch of Oct. 29-Nov. 5, as the
facility will serve as the site for the BIG EAST semifinals (Nov. 3) and
championship game (Nov. 5) after also hosting the Oct. 29 quarterfinal game
vs. Miami ... ND also could play host to three NCAA Tournament games,
meaning the Irish potentially could play six straight postseason games at
FOR STARTERS: The Irish rediscovered their 1st-half scoring form in the
regular-season finale at Michigan, with scores from senior F Monica
Gonzalez and junior M Mia Sarkesian ... ND had totaled just two 1st-half
goals in the previous five games (vs. BC and at Syracuse), compared to 20
first-half goals in the first 12 games ... the Irish have totaled 14
second-half goals during the last eight games (compared to just seven in
the first half) ... over the course of the entire season, ND has scored 11
more goals in the 2nd half (38) than in the first 45 minutes (27) ... ND
owns a 27-3 scoring edge in the 1st half, 38-3 in the 2nd half (2-0 in OT)
... the Irish own a 29-2 scoring edge away from home this season (38-4 at
IRISH POST BEST START: ND's 16-0-0 start bested the ND record for top
won-loss record to open a season (the '96 team opened 13-0-0) ... that '96
team posted a 66-6 scoring edge through the first 13 games before dropping
a 3-1 game at 9th-ranked Santa Clara (just days after the Irish had risen
to No. 1 in the polls) ... the '96 team owned five wins over ranked teams
during that 13-0 start, including victories over No. 14 Wisconsin (3-1),
No. 13 Washington (4-0), No. 4 UConn (2-1), No. 1 UNC (2-1, OT) and No. 18
Stanford (4-0) ... by comparison, the current Irish squad owns a 67-6
scoring edge and has posted three wins and one tie vs. teams that were
ranked in the NSCAA poll at game time: No. 2 Santa Clara (6-1), No. 10
Stanford (2-1, OT), No. 15 Washington (5-0) and No. 25 UConn (0-0).
PERFECT MARK: The Irish concluded Mid-Atlantic Division play with an
undefeated record (6-0-0) for the second consecutive season and own a
54-2-2 (.948) all-time record in BIG EAST regular-season play (including
cross-divisional games and the recent tie at UConn, which was not part of
the official BIG EAST schedule) ... prior to the tie at UConn, ND had won
25 straight games vs. BIG EAST teams (19 regular season, six BIG EAST
Tournament) ... ND's only blemishes in BIG EAST regular-season play include
a 5-4 OT loss to UConn in the '95 NCAA Championship season, a 1-1 tie at
UConn in '98, a 3-2 loss two days later at Seton Hall and the recent 0-0
tie at UConn ... since joining the BIG EAST in '95, the Irish own a 69-3-2
record (.946) in all games vs. BIG EAST opponents (including a 2-0 win over
UConn in the '95 NCAA quarterfinals and a 2-1 loss to UConn in the '97 NCAA
semi's) ... Notre Dame's 74 games vs. BIG EAST teams since '95 have
included a 369-33 scoring edge (avg. 5.0-0.5), with a 59-7 scoring edge in
14 BIG EAST Tournament games (avg. 4.2-0.5).
IRISH COMPLETE UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON: The 5-1 win at Michigan yielded
just the third undefeated regular season in the 13-year history of ND
women's soccer (17-0-1) ... the '94 team headed into the postseason with a
similar 17-0-1 mark while the '97 Irish squad went 18-0-1 in the regular
SCORE 11, LET IN 1: ND owns a 67-6 scoring edge, yielding an 11-to-1
scoring ratio that trails only the high-scoring '97 squad (135-9, 15-to-1
ratio) in the program's 13-year history.
READY, SET, GO!: Set plays have produced five ND goals in the last eight
games: Anne Makinen's corner kick that led to the own goal at Villanova,
Mia Sarkesian's volley that was set up by a CK at Syracuse, Meotis
Erikson's free kick at SU, Makinen's free kick at Yale, and Sarkesian's
header off a CK at Michigan.
SCORING 'EM AND STOPPING 'EM: ND and No. 3 Nebraska are the nation's only
teams ranked in the top six for scoring offense and team goals-against
average ... ND's 3.35 goals per game ranks 6th while the Irish lead the
nation with an 0.29 goals-against average ... Nebraska entered the week
ranked 2nd in scoring (4.16 goals/gm) and 3rd in GAA (0.42).
ND HEAD COACH RANDY WALDRUM ON THE POSTSEASON:
"This game (at UConn, Oct. 21) could prove to be a good lesson for us and
we are looking forward to having some more spacing between games that comes
with the postseason. Right now, the team needs some time-physically and
mentally-to get refocused and rested.
"But it's been a tremendous season. To have predicted that we would be
16-0-1 heading into the final regular-season game-with two starters
missing a stretch of games-would have been a pretty bold statement heading
into this season, but this team has shown great leadership and chemistry
while playing with a lot of resiliency. It's a special group and we are
looking forward to the next few weeks."
BIG EAST HONORS
* Three ND players-senior M Anne Makinen, senior D Kelly Lindsey and
freshman F Amy Warner-earned first team all-BIG EAST honors while senior F
Meotis Erikson, sophomore D Vanessa Pruzinsky and junior G Liz Wagner were
named second team all-BIG EAST.
* ND has produced an all-BIG EAST goalkeeper during all six of its season
in the conference while also producing 13 all-conference forward, 12 a
all-BIG EAST midfielders and 11 all-conference defenders.
* At least two ND forwards have received all-BIG EAST honors in every
season (1995-2000) except '97) while two Irish defenders have received
all-conference honors every season since '95 except '98.
* ND's 26 all-time BIG EAST first-teamers include nine midfield honors,
seven forwards, seven defenders and three goalkeepers.
NO. 1 SIGN BURNS ON: October 12 brought a new look to the night sky on the
northeast corner of the Notre Dame campus, as the traditional, lighted
numeral one was placed atop Grace Hall, in honor of the Irish women's
soccer team's ascension to the number-one ranking ... the eight-foot sign,
for years under the auspices of Grace Hall (a men's residence hall from
1969-96), had not appeared since it last was lit in honor of the '95 NCAA
championship won by the women's soccer team ... the number-one sign, built
by Father Bob Malone and a group of seminarians, originally went up at
Moreau Seminary (located at the north end of St. Joseph's Lake) in January
of 1974, following Notre Dame's 1973 national championship football season
... designed to be lit anytime a Notre Dame team was ranked number one, it
later moved to Howard Hall (at the center of campus, near the old Notre
Dame Bookstore) before finally shifting to the roof of Grace Hall ... the
sign was proudly displayed during the end of the 1988 football season (when
the Irish captured the national title) and returned during parts of the
1989, '90 and '93 football campaigns.
IRISH REMAIN NO. 1: ND has returned to the top of the national polls for
the first time since '96, following a pair of quality wins on Sept. 16-17
over current No. 2 Washington (5-0) and current No. 10 Portland (1-0),
coupled with UNC's 2-1 loss earlier that week at Clemson ... North Carolina
(now 14-3-0) dropped out of the top spot and is ranked 6th in this week's
National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) poll ... the Irish
are ranked first in the NSCAA poll and various other polls conducted by
soccer-specific publications and websites, including the long-running poll
compiled by the editors of Soccer America, the SoccerTimes.com national
coaches poll and the American Soccer Writers media poll (coordinated by
NO. 1 HISTORY: The previous year in which ND sat atop the NSCAA poll in the
regular season was '96, when the Irish owned the top spot for the final two
months (a 2-1 win over UNC on Oct. 4 of that year, followed by a 2-0 win
over Duke, bumped the Irish up from No. 2) ... ND spent the final month of
'94 as the No. 1-ranked team, thanks to an earlier 0-0 tie with UNC and the
Tar Heels' loss to Duke in early October.
RISING TO THE TOP: Following Nebraska's 2-1 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 15,
Notre Dame became the only undefeated team left in all of Division I
women's soccer (spanning 271 teams) ... ND's strength of schedule has
improved since the start of the 2000 season, as Portland (10th), Washington
(2nd), Boston College and Michigan (both not currently ranked) each have
entered the NSCAA poll in recent weeks ... other 2000 Irish opponents
currently ranked in the NSCAA poll include No. 15 Stanford, Santa Clara
(just fell out of the poll) and #24 Connecticut.
BULLSEYE ON THEIR BACKS: ND owns a 32-3-1 all-time record (20-1-1 in the
regular season) when playing as the top-ranked team in the NSCAA poll ...
ND's losses as the No. 1 team have come at Santa Clara in '96 (3-1) and in
a pair of NCAA title games vs. UNC (5-0 in '94, 1-0 in '96), with the tie
coming last week at UConn (0-0).
A WILD YEAR: Following Nebraska's 2-1 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 15, Notre
Dame became the nation's only remaining unbeaten team (among 271 Division I
women's soccer programs) ... just five other teams own a record with two
losses or better: two teams with one loss and no ties (Nebraska, unranked
Furman) and two with two losses (Washington, Hartford and unranked
REGULARS IN THE LINEUP: Due to the use of various lineups and a handful of
injuries, just three ND players have started all 20 games this season:
senior F Meotis Erikson, sophomore D Vanessa Pruzinsky and junior G Liz
Wagner ... six others have appeared in every game: freshman F Amanda
Guertin (17 GS), freshman M Randi Scheller (5 GS), junior M Mia Sarkesian
(19 GS), sophomore M Ashley Dryer (16 GS), junior D Lindsey Jones (18 GS)
and senior D Kerry Bakker (15 GS) ... Erikson has started every game of her
ND career (96), as has Pruzinsky (46).
DEFENSIVE-MINDED: ND's hard-nosed D has held the opposition to six goals
while having a hand in just 10 goals on the other side of the field (2G-8A)
... sophomore Nancy Mikacenic (1G-3A) is the "leading scorer" among the
Irish D but her header goal came on a corner kick while she was playing in
the midfield (in the opener vs. Detroit) while two of her three assists
also came as a midfielder ... senior Monica Gonzalez (1G-1A) scored last
week-while playing as a forward at Michigan-while junior Lindsey Jones
(2A), sophomore Vanessa Pruzinksy (1A) and freshman Megan Rogers (1A) round
out the scoring by the Irish D ... seniors Kelly Lindsey and Kerri Bakker
have yet to register a point in 2000 ... not counting points recorded at
other positions, the Irish D has accounted for just seven (7A) of the
team's 180 points (3.9 percent) ... by comparison, 2000 graduates Jen Grubb
(9G-8A) and Kara Brown (2G-16A) combined to total 46 points from the back
during the 1999 season (those two D alone accounted for 15.0 pct. of the
points in '99).
Prior to the tie at UConn, ND nearly tied the team record for consecutive
wins in a season (the '97 squad won 17 straight before losing 2-1 to UConn
in the NCAA semi's) ... ND's last regular-season loss came Oct. 17, 1999
(4-2 game at then-No. 1 Santa Clara) ... since that time, the Irish set a
team record by winning 20 straight regular-season games (the '94-'95 teams
combined to win 17 straight regular-season games) and now are 21-0-1 in the
last 22 regular-season games ... ND is 29-1-2 in its last 32 games overall
... a regular-season win over UConn also would have equaled the 2nd-longest
overall winning streak in the program's 13-year history (the '95 and '96
teams combined to win 24 straight) ... ND's current 20-game unbeaten streak
ranks 3rd in ND history (the '95-'96 teams went 24-0-0, the '97 team opened
RACKING UP THE HONORS
ND amassed 15 of 28 weekly BIG EAST awards for offensive player, defensive
player and rookie (UConn was next with four) ... due to strong play in
front of her, Irish junior Liz Wagner was nominated just three times for
goalkeeper of the week-seven saves vs. Santa Clara and Stanford, six vs.
Washington and Portland and eight in the 0-0 game at UConn (Wagner has
faced just 23 shots on goal in ND's other 13 games) ... the Irish produced
three straight offensive players of the week (senior M Anne Makinen, senior
F Meotis Erikson, junior M Mia Sarkesian) while ND players collected seven
straight defensive player-of-the-week awards (three by Kelly Lindsey, one
by fellow senior Kerri Bakker, three by sophomore Vanessa Pruzinsky) ...
Amanda Guertin was the third Irish freshman to be honored by the BIG EAST
in a three-week stretch, following fellow F Amy Warner (three-time honoree)
and M Randi Scheller.
NO GOALS A RARITY
The 0-0 game at UConn on Oct. 21 marked just the third scoreless tie in ND
history and the first in six seasons (also at Dayton in '91 and vs. North
Carolina in a '94 game played in St. Louis).
PLAYING WITH THE LEAD: ND has trailed just once this season while holding
the lead for 56% of the minutes ... just three teams have managed to forge
a tie (1-1) vs. the Irish this season-Providence, Stanford and West
Virginia-while Boston College is the only team to hold a lead on ND in 2000
(for 28 minutes), meaning that the Irish have trailed for just 1.5% of the
minutes this season.
GAINING EXPERIENCE ... AND WINS: Notre Dame's regular starting lineup
during the 2000 season includes three players who had no previous starts on
the Division I level-freshman Fs Amy Warner and Amanda Guertin and junior G
Liz Wagner-plus several others with limited starting experience prior to
2000: senior D Kerri Bakker (3 GS prior to 2000), freshman M Ashley Dryer
(15), junior M Mia Sarkesian (17), junior D Lindsey Jones (17) and
sophomore D Vanessa Pruzinsky (26) ... the only members of the everyday
starting 11 with more than 26 starts prior to 2000 were senior D Kelly
Lindsey (68), senior M Anne Makinen (66) and senior F Meotis Erikson (63)
... by comparison, the Irish headed into the 1999 season with eight players
who had more than 26 career starts.
ROAD WARRIORS: Since dropping a 4-2 game at Santa Clara on Oct. 17, 1999,
ND is13-1-2 record in its last 16 games away from Alumni Field ... the
Irish have put up solid numbers on the road in 2000 (9 games), including a
29-2 scoring edge (the other 4 GA have come at home), a 166-72 shot edge
(21-9 avg.) and a 96-32 edge in shots on goal (12-4 avg.).
BREAKING THE SEAL: Three different ND players-senior M Anne Makinen, senior
F Meotis Erikson and freshman F Amy Warner-each scored the first goal of
the game three-plus times in the first 11 games before freshman F Amanda
Guertin joined that group with the first goal in the 8-0 win at Georgetown
... junior M Mia Sarkesian then did the honors vs. BC, Syracuse (and BC
again) while Erikson netted the first goal at Yale, senior Monica Gonzalez
did the honors at Michigan and Warner scoring off the bench vs. Miami ...
Makinen opened the scoring in three consecutive games (vs. Pittsburgh,
Seton Hall and Rutgers), after earlier scoring the first goal versus
Detroit and Tulsa ... Erikson scored first vs. Santa Clara, Washington,
Portland and Yale while Warner broke the ice vs. Providence, Stanford, West
Virginia and then Miami.
HOMESTANDERS: ND's home record in 10-plus seasons at Alumni Field is
114-7-1 (.939), including 90-3-1 in the last 94 games-highlighted by a
27-game win streak from '92-'95 (5th-longest in NCAA history) ... ND's last
three home losses have been at the hands of #5 UConn in '95 (5-4, OT), #6
Portland in the '98 NCAA quarterfinals (2-1) and top-rated UNC in the '99
opener (3-2, OT) ...the Irish currently carry a 22-game home winning
streak, with a 60-9 scoring edge in those games ... ND's all-time record
at Alumni Field vs. teams not ranked in the NSCAA poll is 79-1-0 (35-6-1
vs. ranked teams), with 72 straight home wins over unranked teams dating
back to a 2-0 loss to Creighton in '90 ... ND played at Moose Krause Field
in the program's first two seasons ('88 and '89), with a home record of
19-5-1 during that span (all vs. unranked teams).
Notre Dame jumped out to 1-0 leads in the first 12:00 of six games this
season, including three of the last seven (Seton Hall, Georgetown and
Syracuse) ... the Irish opened the season by scoring in the 12th minute vs.
Detroit and scored in the 8th minute the next week vs. Providence ... the
most important quick-strike goal of the season came Sept. 17 at Portland,
as Meotis Erikson's score in the 8th minute quieted the raucous 3,500-plus
crowd and held up as the game's only goal (the Irish ascended to the top of
the national rankings one day later).
ND's Quickest First Goals in 2000
1:32 - at Syracuse (Mia Sarkesian)
7:20 - at Portland (Meotis Erikson)
8:38 - vs. Providence (Amy Warner)
9:24 - vs. Seton Hall (Anne Makinen)
9:49 - at G'town (Amanda Guertin)
11:36 - vs. Detroit (Makinen)
Notre Dame has posted dominating statistical edges during the 2000 season,
including: 67-6 in scoring, 503-111 in shots ( avg. 25-6), 288-53 in shots
on goal (avg. 14-3) and 137-42 in corner kicks (avg. 7-2) ... the Irish
have held seven teams to 0-2 shots and have allowed more than eight shots
just four times (10 by Santa Clara, 11 by Portland, 16 by UConn, 16 by
Michigan) ... ND has allowed 0-2 shots on goal in 13 games (none in three)
while SCU (7), UConn (8) and Michigan (8) are the only teams to uncork more
than four shots on goal vs. the Irish ... 16 of 20 ND opponents have been
limited to 0-3 corner kicks (Portland had 7, Yale 4, UConn 5).
* The ND women's soccer program has been ranked in the top-7 of the NSCAA
poll since Sept. 14, 1993 (86 straight polls) and has held down a spot in
the top-six since Sept. 15, 1999.
* The Irish have been ranked 1st-3rd in 60 of 87 polls during the past
seven seasons and have been ranked in the top-five in 72 of the last 87
polls (in the top 10 of all but one).
* ND's spots in the last 87 NSCAA polls include 16 weeks at No. 1, 32 at
No. 2, 12 at No. 3, four at No. 4, eight at No. 5, 11 at No. 6, three at
No. 7 and one at No. 12.
20-GAME CHECKUP: With 20 games in the books (the Irish could play as many
as 26), ND is on pace to challenge several team records ... ND has allowed
just six goals (the team record is nine, in '97) while the 0.29 team GAA is
below the record of 0.36 (also set in '97) ... the Irish have posted 14
shutouts and could make a run at the record (18, in '95) ... ND set the
team record for best start (the '96 team opened 13-0-0) and-prior to the
tie at UConn-was one win shy of tying the record for longest single-season
winning streak (the '97 team won 17 straight midseason games) ... ND also
won 20 straight regular-season games (the previous team record was 18, from
'95-'96) ... Anne Makinen's record for shots in a season (106, in '98)
could be bested this season by either Makinen (on pace for 99 over 26
games) or Meotis Erikson (on pace for 108) ... Makinen owns five
game-winning goals this season (Rosella Guerrero's eight in '94 are the ND
SHARPSHOOTING: ND will be looking to rediscover its improved shooting
accuracy, as the Irish were averaging one goal ever 7.8 shots before
scoring three goals on 12 shots at Syracuse, 4G on 19 shots at Yale, no
goals on seven shots at UConn and 5G on 27 shots at Michigan (one goal
every 5.4 shots over the course of those four games) before scoring just 3G
on 30 shots vs. Miami and three on 27 vs. BC ... the current overall
average of 7.5 shots/goal is highest in ND history, up from '98 (6.8) and
'99 (6.1) .. the best shot-to-goal ratio in ND history was 4.40 (in '96)
... the 2000 Irish are averaging 25.1 shots/gm, which ranks ahead of every
previous ND season except '97 (30.9) and '98 (26.8) ... seniors Anne
Makinen (75 shots) and Meotis Erikson (83) have taken the bulk of ND's
shots this season (they have combined to average 8.1 shots/gm) ... the top
shooting percentages among ND regulars include junior F Kelly Tulisiak (4G
on 14 shots, 3.5 shots/goal), freshman F Amy Warner (9 on 44, 4.9) and
freshman F Amanda Guertin (10 on 55, 5.5).
ARE WE THERE YET?: There have been times during recent weeks in which the
Irish women's soccer team has felt like it was several weeks farther along
in the season, due in large part to the preseason trip to Brazil that
included seven games versus Brazilian club teams ... including the games in
Brazil, ND has played 27 games in 2000 (the equivalent of playing the
regular season, a full allotment of eight postseason games and an
A-M FREQUENCY DIALED IN FOR SCORING: ND's 27-player roster includes five
players whose first names begin with A and five who begin with M (plus five
that start with K and four with L) ... five of the 10 players whose names
start with A or M have combined to score ND's first goal in every game,
including five by senior M Anne Makinen, four each by senior F Meotis
Erikson and freshman F Amy Warner, three by junior M Mia Sarkesian and one
each by freshman F Amanda Guertin and senior Monica Gonzalez (Makinen also
had the corner kick that led to an own goal in the 1-0 game at Villanova)
... all told, eight players from the "A-M frequency" (also sophomore F Ali
Lovelace and sophomore M Ashley Dryer) have combined to score 81 percent of
the team's goals (54 of 67), with that 67-goal total not including a pair
of own goals that the A-M players helped set up (Makinen's pass sprung
Warner for a cross that was deflected in for a 2-1 overtime win over
Stanford) ... the names of ND's top four forwards and entire starting
midfield (all listed above) each start with an A or M.
RUGGED STRETCH: The Sept. 17 game at Portland completed a challenging
stretch in which the Irish posted three consecutive wins over ranked
opponents (#2 Santa Clara, #10 Stanford and #15 Washington), followed by
the win over a Portland team that entered the NSCAA poll the next week at
#14 ... the last time ND played three straight NSCAA ranked opponents was
in the 195 NCAA championship run ... early in that season, ND posted
successive wins over #13 Wisconsin, #19 Michigan State and #3 Stanford ...
later in '95, a rugged four-game stretch in the regular season yielded a
5-4 loss to #5 UConn, a 1-0 win over #6 SCU, a 2-2 tie with #11 Duke and a
2-0 loss to #1 North Carolina.
BRONCO BUSTERS: Notre Dame's 6-1 win over Santa Clara marked: SCU's first
consecutive losses since Sept. of 1994 (vs. LMU, Stanford and UNC), the
first time SCU was outshot (23-10) in 19 games, and the most goals by an
SCU opponent in 20 seasons-dating back to an 8-0 loss to UC Davis in '80
(the last team to reach five goals vs. SCU was UNC, in '91) ... ND also
became the first team to post more than 20 shots vs. Santa Clara since
Washington did it in '94 (23-18, in a 2-2 game).
FAR & WIDE
* ND's typical starting 11 is representative of the University's national
student body, as that starting unit includes players from nine states and
Finland (senior M Anne Makinen), with the lone duplicate state being Texas
(junior G Liz Wagner and freshman F Amanda Guertin) ... the others hail
from Connecticut (sophomore D Vanessa Pruzinsky), Indiana (junior D Lindsey
Jones), Michigan (junior M Mia Sarkesian), Nebraska (senior D Kelly
Lindsey), New Jersey (senior D Kerri Bakker), New Mexico (freshman F Amy
Warner), Utah (sophomore M Ashley Dryer) and Washington (senior F Meotis
* The top five reserves represent three more states: Ohio (junior F Kelly
Tulisiak), Pennsylvania (freshman M Randi Scheller) and Georgia (sophomore
F Ali Lovelace), plus repeats for Washington (sophomore D Nancy Mikacenic)
and Texas (senior D/F Monica Gonzalez).
* ND's 27-player roster includes players from 19 states and countries (the
above 13, plus California, Canada, Florida, Idaho, Illinois and New York).
* ND's all-time roster includes players from 29 states and two countries,
the above 19 plus: Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia and
ANNE MAKINEN NOTES
50-50 PROPOSITION: Senior M Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) scored on
Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 vs. Seton Hall and Rutgers, giving her 60 career goals
to move past '96 graduate Michelle McCarthy (59) into 5th on the ND
all-time list (she then scored vs. Georgetown to move into a tie on the ND
goalscoring list with 97 grad. Cindy Daws before adding her 62nd career
goal at Yale, her 63rd vs. Miami and 64th vs. BC) ... Makinen was stuck on
49 career assists since Sept. 17 before assisting on all three Meotis
Erikson goals in the 8-0 win at GU (Oct. 6)-becoming the 13th player in
Division I history, and the third ND player, to eclipse the 50-goals,
50-assists plateau (she entered 2000 as the nation's only active 40-40
player) ... Jenny Streiffer (70G-71A, '96-'99) and Daws (61G-67A) are the
only previous ND players to reach 50-50 ... Makinen still has a shot at
reaching 60-60, needing 5A to become the 6th Division I player to earn that
distinction ... members of the 60-60 club include Streiffer, Daws, Carin
Jennings (102G-60A, UC Santa Barbara, '83-'86), Mia Hamm (103G-72A, North
Carolina, '89-'93) and Mandy Clemens (67G-65A, Santa Clara, '96-'99) ...
eight more goals and 15 more assists would place Makinen alongside
Streiffer and Hamm in the very exclusive 70-70 club.
ANNE'S ARSENAL: Anne Makinen has totaled 40 points (13G-14A) in 19 games
played (17 starts), despite being marked heavily as ND's top offensive
weapon .. Makinen heads into the UConn game with a career average of 2.18
points/gm (183 points in 84 games) ... her 55 career assists rank 5th
all-time an ND (she just edged past 2000 Jen Grubb, who had 53) ...
Makinen's 183 career points push her into 5th on the ND all-time list,
moving past Holly Manthei's career total from '94-'97 (176) to trail only
Jenny Streiffer (211, '96-'99), Monica Gerardo (190, '95-'98), Cindy Daws
(189, '93-'96) and Jenny Heft (189, '96-'99) ... Makinen needs to total 48
points this season-she needs 8 more-to pass Gerardo into 2nd on the ND
all-time scoring list.
MAKIN' WAVES: Anne Makinen-who has points in 14 of 19 games played this
season (17 starts)-has been the focal point of the Irish offense this
season, as the three-year All-American has scored or assisted on 40% of
ND's goals (27 of 67), including five game-winning goals and four primary
game-winning assists ... her outlet pass also sprung Amy Warner for the
cross that led to the game-ending own goal versus Stanford while her
bending corner kick led to the own goal in the 1-0 game at Villanova ...
with her team struggling to cash in its chances vs. Tulsa on Sept. 1,
Makinen took over in the lategoing by scoring a pair of goals for a 2-0 win
... two days later, in the 5-1 win over Providence, her play from her
central midfield spot helped the Irish eclipse 30 shots for the third
straight game ... her pass into the middle set up Amy Warner's second goal
of the PC game and Makinen added a long cross late in that game that Warner
half-volleyed to complete her hat trick ... Makinen had 1G-2A in the 6-1
win over No. 2 Santa Clara before setting up the game-ending sequence
versus Stanford ... at the Portland Invitational, Makinen's long cross set
up Ali Lovelace's goal for a 2-0 lead on Washington and Makinen added a
rebound goal and PK goal in that 5-0 game ... the next day, her cross from
the right set up Meotis Erikson's goal in the 1-0 win over Portland ...
most recently, Makinen's rocket shot from the top of the box held up as the
only score in a 1-0 game with Pittsburgh before she opened the scoring to
ignite the 6-0 win over Seton Hall and converted a second-half PK to give
ND the lead in the 2-0 game with Rutgers ... she then came off the bench in
the 53rd minute to spark the 4-0 win at Yale, setting up Meotis Erikson for
the first goal before sending a free kick over the wall and into the left
corner for a late 2-0 cushion ... Makinen's rebounded shot was knocked in
by Monica Gonzalez for an early lead in the 5-1 win at Michigan, she
blasted home ND's second goal in the 3-0 win over Miami, and she completed
a strong combination play for a 2-0 lead in the semi-final win over BC
What They've Said About
SANTA CLARA HEAD COACH JERRY SMITH:
"Anne Makinen is the best player in college soccer. She is a great
international player, let alone a great college player. The international
game is a much tougher game to be good than the college level. ... I have
such a high opinion of (Anne) that she would have to play just awesome for
me to be kind of surprised. We talked about it in our team meeting. We just
don't have enough players that can kind of corral her."
NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH RANDY WALDRUM:
"Tonight (Oct. 18 at Yale) was a classic example of why Anne Makinen is the
best player in college soccer. She takes the game to another level for our
team and presents a whole different set of challenges for teams trying to
defend us. It was amazing how the game changed so quickly after she checked
YALE HEAD COACH RUDY MEREDITH:
"I'd always known Anne was a great player from watching her on TV but this
was the first time I'd seen her in person and she completely changed the
game from the moment she stepped on the field. She was creating great
offensive chances but also made her teammates better. That's the sign of
great player and she's the best I've seen this year."
Notre Dame Individual Notes
CORNER KICKERS: Despite being one of ND's most dangerous players in the
penalty box area, senior M Anne Makinen has taken many of ND's corner kicks
this season and is considered the team's top option for that role due to
her strong leg and pinpoint accuracy ... senior F Meotis Erikson and
freshman F Amanda Guertin also have been used recently on CKs ... Erikson
set up an Irish goal versus PC with one of those set plays, as did Makinen
in the Detroit game ... Makinen's late corner at Villanova was bending into
the goal before being kicked into the net by a VU player, for the game's
only goal ... Guertin's CK at Syracuse led to a header-volley combination
by Ashley Dryer and Mia Sarkesian in the first two minutes of that 3-0 win
while Erikson's CK set up Sarkesian's header goal at Michigan,
DYNAMIC DUO: Senior M Anne Makinen and senior F Meotis Erikson have joined
2000 graduates Jenny Streiffer (70G-71A, 211 pts) and Jenny Heft (80G-29A,
189 pts) as the second pair of ND classmates to each reach 150 career
points ... Makinen ranks 5th in ND history with 183 points (64G-55A) while
Erikson ranks 7th with 156 (57G-42A).
MOTORING: Senior F Meotis Erikson scored three goals on Oct. 6 at
Georgetown, becoming the 11th ND player to post three-plus hat tricks in
her career (senior M Anne Makinen also has three career HTs) ... Erikson
registered three goals twice in a five-game span in late October of '97 ...
just four previous ND players have turned in four-plus hat tricks: Jenny
Heft (6, '96-'99), Rosella Guerrero (5, '92-'95), Michelle McCarthy (4,
'92-'95) and Monica Gerardo (4, '95-'98) ... Erikson's hat trick is the
49th in ND history and the 25th in the last five seasons (freshman Amy
Warner had 3G vs. PC on Sept. 3) ... Erikson has points in six of the last
seven games (3G-5A) and eight of the last 11 (7G-6A) ... Erikson's recent
surge gives her 156 points (57G-42A) for her career, tied with `96 graduate
Michelle McCarthy for 7th on the ND all-time scoring list ... her 57 goals
also rank 7th in ND history, two behind McCarthy, with Erikson ranks 9th on
the assists list.
WALDRUM WORKING WONDERS: Second-year Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum
has seen his Irish teams post an impressive 40-4-2 combined record (.891),
including a solid 9-3-2 mark vs. NSCAA top-25 teams and a '99 season that
ended in the NCAA title game ... Waldrum in '99 became the only coach in
the 18-year history of the NCAA women's soccer championship to lead a team
to the title game in his first season as that team's head coach ... he was
the fourth first-year coach to take his team to the NCAA semi-finals, with
the Irish beating top-ranked and previously unbeaten Santa Clara in their
backyard of San Jose, Calif. ... Waldrum's 19-year record as a college head
coach (with both men's and women's teams) is 223-109-21 (.662) ... he owns
a 147-54-14 (.716) record in 10-plus seasons as a Division I women's coach,
including 61-36-9 in six years at Tulsa (.580) and 46-14-3 in three seasons
at Baylor ... Waldrum entered the 2000 season ranked 15th among active
women's coaches for career winning percentage (he ranks 26th on the total
BIG-GAME PERFORMER: Despite facing just 46 shots on goal all season, junior
Liz Wagner-who leads the nation with an 0.28 season goals-against
average-has made several big plays vs. ranked opponents ... in five games
vs. NSCAA top-25 teams, Wagner has totaled 21 saves while allowing just two
goals (she has 20 saves and 3 GA in ND's other 15 games) ... in the 6-1 win
over then-No. 2 Santa Clara, Wagner made five big saves, including an early
breakaway and a diving stop in the second half ... she finished the KeyBank
Classic (which included a 2-1 OT win over Stanford) with seven saves, as
the backstop to a defense that allowed just 16 shots ... Wagner then made
six saves at the Portland Invitational but turned in several other big
plays in both games (she thwarted two early scoring chances by current No.
4 Washington before holding off current 17th-ranked Portland's late charge)
... she arguably was the best player on the field in the 0-0 tie at UConn,
making eight saves while smothering several other Huskies chances at a
charged-up Marrone Stadium ... Wagner is in the midst of her first season
as a starter while facing the challenge of replacing All-American LaKeysia
Beene and losing two starting defenders from the '99 team (including
four-time All-American Jen Grubb).
ND HEAD COACH RANDY WALDRUM ON WAGNER: "I think you saw tonight (Oct. 21 at
UConn) why Liz Wagner has to be considered for BIG EAST goalkeeper of the
year. In a lot of our games she hardly has touched the ball and it's hard
to appreciate her skill and leadership in that type of game. But every time
she has been tested in a big game, she has answered the bell. The way she
has played for us-along with the play of an inexperienced defense that has
battled through some injuries-have been invaluable."
SHUTOUT CITY: ND's GAA (0.29) is on pace to best the team record (0.36) set
in '97, when the Irish allowed just five goals in the regular season and
nine overall ... the Irish have allowed just three goals (a PK at West
Virginia, a counterattack by BC and a tough crossing shot at Michigan) in
the last 1,428 minutes of action, stretching back to Stanford's goal in the
80th minute on Sept. 10 ... the Irish have posted 10 shutouts in the last
12 games (14 total), allowing just 63 shots (28 on goal) and 21 corner
kicks during that 12-game stretch ... Michigan's goal prevented ND from
tying the team record for fewest goals allowed in the regular season (5, in
'97) ... junior G Liz Wagner and the Irish allowed just one goal in each
game of the KeyBank Classic, vs. two of the nation's top teams (Santa
Clara, Stanford), before posting a pair of shutouts in the Portland adidas
Invitational (vs. current #2 Washington and current #14 Portland), the 2-1
win at WVU and the five straight shutouts vs. Pittsburgh (1-0), Seton Hall
(6-0), Rutgers (2-0), Georgetown (8-0) and Villanova (1-0), followed by
shutouts at Syracuse (3-0), Yale (4-0) and 25th-ranked UConn (0-0) and BET
shutouts of Miami and BC (both 3-0).
SHUT DOWN: In the season-opening win over Detroit (6-1), the Titans nearly
scored the game's first goal during an early flurry but ND responded by not
allowing a shot for the final 83 minutes ... the final shot margin (49-2)
ranks as one of the largest in ND history (the team record for shots is 59)
... the Irish gave up an early shot (not on goal) by Pittsburgh on Sept. 24
before holding the Panthers without a shot in the final 76 minutes ... one
week later, ND allowed Seton Hall just one shot (off goal) in the final 86
minutes before holding Rutgers without a shot of any kind for the entire
90:00 ... the RU game marked the 13th time in ND history-and sixth in the
last six seasons-that the Irish have held the opponent without a shot ...
most recently, ND held Miami without a shot for a 45-minute mid-game
stretch before holding BC without a shot for a 55-minute midgame stretch
during the BIG EAST semifinals.
FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC: Junior midfielder Mia Sarkesian has totaled just
eight goals in her ND career (65 GP) but many have come in clutch
situations ... she scored on a looping 20-yard shot late in the first half
to tie the regular-season BC game and halt ND's only deficit of the 2000
season (that was her first goal of the season, to go along with one assist)
... two days later, Sarkesian's volley of a corner kick-header combination
gave ND a 1-0 lead in the first two minutes at Syracuse and she worked a
give-and-go to set up Randi Scheller's clinching goal late in the game
(3-0) ... her early header then ended up being the game-winner in the 5-1
game at Michigan (all three of her scores have been GWGs) and "Mia's magic
continued in the BIG EAST semi-final win over BC, when she headed in a
cross for a 1-0 lead ... Sarkesian's last five goals all have been
game-winners (including four in 2000) ... all three of Sarkesian's 1999
goals came in big games: versus top-ranked North Carolina in the '99 opener
(UNC won 3-2 in OT), vs. Seton Hall in the BIG EAST semifinals (5-0) and
vs. Stanford in a 1-0 NCAA third-round game.
Freshmen have combined to score nearly 40% of the ND goals this season (26
of 67) ...Fs Amanda Guertin (10) and Amy Warner (9) and M Randi Scheller
(6) suddenly have a chance to become just the second trio of ND freshmen
ever to each reach 10 goals in their rookie season (in '97, Anne Makinen
had 23, Meotis Erikson 22 and Monica Gonzalez 10) ... Guertin is the 14th
ND freshman to reach 10 goals in her debut season ... Guertin and Scheller
have provided boosts to the offense in recent weeks while helping fill the
void left by the injury to their classmate Warner (who came off the bench
to score vs. Michigan and Miami) ... Guertin has points in seven of the
last 10 games (6G-2A) while Scheller has 4G-4A in that 10-game span (she
had 2G-2A in the first 10).
Senior Monica Gonzalez has filled many roles for the Irish in recent weeks,
including stints as a starter at three different positions during the last
four games ... Gonzalez started in the midfield at Yale and Connecticut
during fall break (she turned in a solid game while playing all over the
field-and all 120 minutes-at UConn) before making a start at forward vs.
Michigan in the regular-season finale ... she then started at left back vs.
Miami and BC (most of her 13 starts have been in the D).
Speedy freshman F Amy Warner has not started a game for the Irish since the
Sept. 29 Seton Hall game but she made her presence felt off the bench in
her first two games back in the lineup, scoring shortly after checking into
the victories over Michigan (capping that 5-1 win) and Miami (for a 1-0
lead in that 3-0 game) ... Warner has opened the scoring for ND in four
games this season, second only to Anne Makinen (5) on the Irish squad.
Sophomore F Ali Lovelace-whose 19 career points include 10 in the
postseason (4G-2A) saved her goalscoring for when it mattered most in the
'99 season, as all four of her goals came in the postseason ... Lovelace
scored twice to cap the scoring in the 5-0 BIG EAST quarterfinal win over
Miami before giving ND a 4-1 lead in the 4-2 win over UConn in the BIG EAST
title game ... Lovelace then scored one of the biggest goals in ND women's
soccer history, showing her speed to break free down the right side and
place a crossing shot into the net in the 75th minute to knock off No. 1
Santa Clara in the NCAA semifinals ... she had an assist on Anne Makinen's
goal that gave ND a 2-0 lead last week in the 3-0 BIG EAST quarterfinal win
over Miami and likewise helped set up Makinen's goal for a 2-0 lead in the
3-0 win over BC.
Senior M Anne Makinen entered the week ranked 12th in the nation for
assists/gm (0.72, now 0.74) ... ND junior Liz Wagner stands alone atop the
nation's GAA list at 0.280 É three ND players are ranked among the BIG
EAST's top-12 scorers: Makinen (2nd, 13G-14A-40P), senior F Meotis Erikson
(6th, 11G-9A-31P) and freshman F Amanda Guertin (9th, 10G-3A-23P) ... ND
leads the BIG EAST in goals (67), GAA (0.29), shutouts (14).
ND freshman F Amy Warner (Albuquerque, N.M.) missed seven games with a leg
injury before playing the final 20 minutes in the regular-season finale
(she capped the scoring in that 5-1 win) and playing a key role off the
bench vs. Miami (she opened the scoring in that 3-0 game) and UConn ...
senior central D and captain Kelly Lindsey was injured late in the first
half at Villanova on Oct. 8 and missed six games before retuning to play
the 2nd half vs. BC in the BIG EAST semi's ... the Irish have developed
significant D depth in recent weeks, with four players-Lindsey and fellow
senior Kerri Bakker, plus sophomores Vanessa Pruzinsky and Nancy
Mikacenic-capable of playing in the central positions while Pruzinsky,
junior Lindsey Jones and senior Monica Gonzalez have seen significant time
on the flanks ... Mikacenic started five games at Lindsey's spot while
Gonzalez started at left back vs. Miami and BC, with Pruzinsky playing