Junior M Mia Sarkesian - who had the first goal and assisted on the second in ND 3-0 BIG EAST semi-final win over Boston College - was named the tournament's outstanding player, after playing a leading role in the pivotal midfield battle in the BIG EAST title game.
REST FOR THE WEARY: ND is completing a six-day break from competition (Nov. 6-11), its longest stretch without a game all season ... the Irish closed the regular season by playing four road games and being on the road for 11 days in a 12-day stretch (Oct. 14-24) ... ND played twice in a week nine times this season and enjoyed significantly higher production in the first games of week (38-3 scoring edge) than in the second games (16-2), with most of those games typically played Friday-Sunday.
THE MICHIGAN SERIES: ND has won all six previous games vs. Michigan: 4-3 in '89 (@ND), 5-0 in '97 (@ND), 1-0 in '98 (double OT, @UM), 3-0 in '98 (@ND, NCAA 2nd rd), 4-1 in '99 (@ND) and 5-1 last Oct. 24 (@UM) ... the Irish hold a 22-5 series scoring edge and have three-plus goals in five of the six games ... see p. 1 for recap of this year's earlier ND-UM meeting ... in last year's game (Oct. 5, 1999), ND was ranked 6th and UM 16th, with the Irish goals coming from Jenny Heft, Anne Makinen (2) and Meotis Erikson (Lindsey Jones, Monica Gonzalez and Nancy Mikacenic each had assists) ... UM's Marie Spaccarotella tied the game in the 35th minute ... ND held a 16-11 shot edge and 8-5 corner kick edge ... Jones also had assists in the '98 NCAA win over UM while Makinen scored on a PK and Erikson had an assist in the '97 meeting ... ND has won its last 40 vs. Big 10 Conference teams, with '99 wins over UM (4-1), Wisconsin (9-2) and Indiana (4-1).
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES: Michigan (13-8-1) made a late push by reaching the championship game of the Big Ten Conference Tournament, where the Wolverines lost in overtime to Penn State (1-0) ... for detailed information on the Wolverines, see www.mgolblue.com.
ND HEAD COACH RANDY WALDRUM ON THE NCAAS: "Receiving the top seed is a great tribute to the hard work, cohesiveness and resiliency that this team has shown throughout the season. You always will face tough tests in the postseason and I expect that to be the case this year. Michigan is a team that had an up-and-down season before getting some solid results in the Big Ten Tournament. They have some dangerous players up top that you always have to contend with but they are a team that we have played several times in the last few seasons.
UCONN SERIES NOTES: ND now leads the UConn series 10-2-2, with a 30-16 scoring edge (16-7 in the last eight) ... ND has held UConn to 0-2 goals in 12 of the 14 games ... just three of the games in the series have featured more than three combined goals ... the team that has scored first in the ND-UConn series is 12-0-1 ... 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 nine meetings ... ND owns a 159-92 shot edge in the last eight games of the series ... the series has produced low-scoring games, including one 0-0 game, four 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).
MAKINEN, SENIORS MAKE FINAL PUSH: Senior M Anne Makinen is putting the finishing touches on her stellar Notre Dame career and is widely considered to be the favorite for national player-of-the-year honors ... Makinen and the team's other fourth-year seniors - F Meotis Erikson, D Kerri Bakker, D Kelly Lindsey and D/F Monica Gonzalez - have helped ND compile a record of 85-8-4 during the 1997-2000 seasons (.897), good for 4th in ND history ... the class of 1998 won 92.1 pct. of its games (91-6-4, from '94-'97) while the classes of '97 (.903, 87-8-3, from '93-'96) and '99 (.901, 89-8-4, from '95-'98) also enjoyed stellar four-year runs ... if ND closes with five more wins to claim the NCAA title, the senior class will finish with a .902 four-year winning pct. (90-8-4) that would rank as the 3rd-best winning pct. and 2nd-most wins during any four-year period of the ND women's soccer 13-year history.
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 23 career postseason games while Erikson has 28 (9G-10A) ... that dynamic duo has combined to average 3.0 points per game in the postseason, including a combined 2.3 points per game in NCAA Tournament play (Makinen has 5G-7A and Erikson 3G-4A in 12 career NCAA Tournament games) ... senior D Kelly Lindsey started all of ND's 20 postseason games during the previous three seasons and has 2G-1A in 12 career NCAA Tournament games (including a game-winning assist in the 2-1 win over Nebraska in '98, plus the winning sudden-victory penalty kick vs. the 'Huskers in the '99 NCAA quarterfinals) ... more than half (4G-2A) of sophomore F Ali Lovelace's 19 career points have come in the postseason ... junior G Liz Wagner (who led three shutout efforts in the 2000 BIG EAST Tournament) had limited postseason experience prior to 2000, 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 68) 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 44 saves, five goals allowed (one on a PK) and the nation's top GAA (0.27).
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 served as the site of 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 home.
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, 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 eight in the first half) ... over the course of the entire season, ND has scored 10 more goals in the 2nd half (38) than in the first 45 minutes (28) ... ND owns a 28-3 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 (39-4 at home).
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 68-6 scoring edge and has posted four 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), No. 25 UConn (0-0) and No. 24 UConn (1-0).
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 70-3-2 record (.947) 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 75 games vs. BIG EAST teams since '95 have included a 370-33 scoring edge (avg. 4.9-0.4), with a 60-7 scoring edge in 15 BIG EAST Tournament games (avg. 4.0-0.5).
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 season.
SCORE 11, LET IN 1: ND owns a 68-6 scoring edge, yielding nearly a 12-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 nine 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, UCLA and Nebraska are the nation's only teams ranked in the top eight for scoring offense and team goals-against average ... ND is 1st in GAA (0.278) and 8th in scoring (3.24), UCLA 2nd in GAA (.355) and 6th in scoring (3.42) and Nebraska 4th in GAA (.409) and 2nd in scoring (4.14).
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 17-3-0) dropped out of the top spot and is seeded fifth in the NCAAs ... 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 collegesoccerdaily.com).
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 33-3-1 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 four other teams own a record with two losses or better: one teams with one loss and no ties (Nebraska) and three with two losses (Washington, unranked Furman and unranked Jacksonville).
REGULARS IN THE LINEUP: Due to the use of various lineups and a handful of injuries, just three ND players have started all 21 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 (18 GS), freshman M Randi Scheller (5 GS), junior M Mia Sarkesian (20 GS), sophomore M Ashley Dryer (17 GS), junior D Lindsey Jones (19 GS) and senior D Kerry Bakker (16 GS) ... Erikson has started every game of her ND career (97), as has Pruzinsky (47).
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 193 points (3.6 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).
PLAYING WITH THE LEAD: ND has trailed just once this season while holding the lead for 57% 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 1.4% 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 11 seasons at Alumni Field is 115-7-1 (.939), including 91-3-1 in the last 95 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 23-game home winning streak, with a 61-9 scoring edge in those games ... ND's all-time record at Alumni Field vs. teams not ranked in the NSCAA poll is 80-1-0 (35-6-1 vs. ranked teams), with 73 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).
BACK-TO-BACK GOALS: Despite a dropoff in overall scoring, ND has shown the ability to score quick back-to-back goals ... the Irish have scored twice in a span of 5:21 or shorter 12 times this season, highlighted by five times when ND scored twice in 2:36 or less ... eight players have combined to score the second goals in those flurries, including two each by sophomore F Ali Lovelace, senior F Meotis Erikson and freshman Fs Amy Warner and Amanda Guertin ... ND has scored a pair of bunched goals twice in the same game vs. Santa Clara, Seton Hall and Georgetown ... in addition to the bunched pairs listed below, the Irish have posted two noteworthy three-goal flurries, scoring three times in 5:01 to stunningly take a 3-0 lead on Washington while putting the Yale game away with three goals in a late 6:54 stretch:
21-GAME CHECKUP: With 21 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 0.28 team GAA is below the record of 0.36 (also set in '97) ... the Irish have posted 15 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 96 over 26 games) or Meotis Erikson (on pace for 105) ... Makinen owns five game-winning goals this season (Rosella Guerrero's eight in '94 are the ND record).
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) followed by just 3G on 30 shots vs. Miami, three on 27 vs. BC and an own goal on 10 shots vs. UConn (ND technically cashed in six of 57 shots in the BIG EAST Tournament, or one goal every 9.5 shots) ... 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 24.4 shots/gm, which ranks ahead of every previous ND season except '97 (30.9) and '98 (26.8) ... seniors Anne Makinen (77 shots) and Meotis Erikson (85) have taken the bulk of ND's shots this season (they have combined to average 7.9 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 45, 5.0) and freshman F Amanda Guertin (10 on 56, 5.6).
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 additional game).
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 and Guertin's cross was knocked in for the own goal vs. UConn) ... all told, eight players from the "A-M frequency" (also sophomore F Ali Lovelace and sophomore M Ashley Dryer) have combined to score 80 percent of the team's goals (54 of 68), with that 68-goal total not including three 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).
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 20 games played (18 starts), despite being marked heavily as ND's top offensive weapon .. Makinen heads into the NCAAAs with a career average of 2.15 points/gm (183 points in 85 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 20 games played this season (18 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 68), 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 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 (3-0).
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: The Irish have scored 1st-half goals in 14 of 19 games this season while going past the 55:00 mark without any ND scoring in just three games ... senior M Anne Makinen has come to the rescue several times with ND needing a 2nd-half goal ... on Sept. 1 vs. Tulsa, the offense was struggling before Makinen fired home a shot in the 69th minute and scored again for the 2-0 win ... one month later, the ever-reliable Makinen converted a penalty kick in the 53rd minute vs. Rutgers and ND went on to another 2-0 win ... one week later at Villanova, Makinen's leftside corner kick bent toward the goal and led to the decisive own goal in the 80th minute ... most recently, Makinen came off the bench in the 54th minute at Yale and set up the first ND goal less than two minutes later, after slicing through the Bulldogs defense and sliding a pass to Meotis Erikson for the 1-0 lead (Makinen converted a free kick in the 83rd minute to spark a late flurry in the 4-0 win) ... Mia Sarkesian's first goal of the season-in the 38th minute vs. BC-helped erase ND's only deficit of 2000 (Erikson assisted on that looping shot from 20 yards out).
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).
KEEP THAT MOTOR RUNNING: Notre Dame senior F Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) has been a durable and reliable member of the Irish lineup throughout her career, appearing in all 97 of ND's games during the past four seasons (starting 84 of them) ... Erikson could become the 9th Irish player to appear in every game of her career (see list below) and only four players currently on that list logged more games than Erikson: M Shannon Boxx (101, '95-'98), M/D Kara Brown (99, '96-'99), D Kate Fisher (98, '93-'96) and G Jen Renola (98, '93-'96) ... Erikson is tied with D Kate Sobrero (97, '94-'97) for 9th on the ND list for career games played, recently moving past current Irish G coach LaKeysia Beene (90, '96-'99), F Rosella Guerrero (91, '92-'95), M Cindy Daws (94, '93-'96) and F Jenny Heft (97, '96-'99) ... Erikson would move into a tie for 6th on the list by playing in the first NCAA game and could surpass Boxx's record 102 total by playing in the maximum five NCAA games ... others on that list include the three tied for 6th with 98 GP: Fisher, Renola and F Monica Gerardo ('95-'98) ... Brown ranks 5th on that list with 99 GP while the top four include Boxx and three with an even 100 GP: M Holly Manthei ('94-'97), M/F Jenny Streiffer ('96-'99) and D Jen Grubb ('96-'99) ... Erikson and classmate Anne Makinen are tied for 12th at ND for career games started (84), two behind Tiffany Thompson ('91-'94) and four back of Michelle McCarthy ('92-'95)
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 - who repeated as BIG EAST coach of the year - has seen his Irish teams post an impressive 41-4-2 combined record (.894), including a solid 10-3-2 mark vs. NSCAA top-25 teams and a '99 season that ended in the NCAA title game ... if ND picks up five more wins and captures the NCAA title, Waldrum's two-year winning pct. with the Irish would top 90% (.904, 46-4-1) ... 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 224-109-21 (.662) ... he owns a 148-54-14 (.718) 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 wins list).
BIG-GAME PERFORMER: Despite facing just 49 shots on goal all season, junior Liz Wagner - who leads the nation with an 0.27 season goals-against average - has made several big plays vs. ranked opponents ... in six games vs. NSCAA top-25 teams, Wagner has totaled 24 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, and her three saves vs. UConn in the BIG EAST title game included stops of the two best scoring chances in the game (by either team) ... 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 (0.28) 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 1,538 minutes of action, stretching back to Stanford's goal in the 80th minute on Sept. 10 ... the Irish have posted 11 shutouts in the last 13 games (15 total), allowing just 71 shots (31 on goal) and 27 corner kicks during that 13-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, BC (both 3-0) and UConn (1-0).
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 M 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.