Dec. 18, 2007
Notre Dame juniors Brittany Bock and Kerri Hanks ranked among the nation's top forward duos during the 2007 collegiate women's soccer season and that status has been verified by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), which included both players among its 13-player list of 2007 first team All-Americans. It marks the first time since 1995 that two forwards from the same team have received the NSCAA first team All-America designation. Bock and Hanks also were named NSCAA first team All-Great Lakes Region, as was senior F/M Amanda Cinalli while junior left back Elise Weber was a second team all-region selection (only first team all-region players are eligible for NSCAA All-America consideration).
Notre Dame joined Connecticut, North Carolina and Virginia as teams with multiple players on the NSCAA first team All-America list, as those four teams combined for eight of the 13 selections (others came from Penn State, Portland, UCLA, Purdue and Florida State). Notre Dame's total of 39 NSCAA All-Americans during the past 14 seasons (1994-2007) trailed only UNC's 44 among Division I teams, with Portland (28) a distant third on that list of All-Americans from '94-'07.
The first four seasons of NCAA Division I women's soccer (1982-85) - when the number of participating teams was well below 50 - each featured a pair of NSCAA first team All-America forwards from the same team, but there then were only four seasons from 1986-95 (and none since '95) with two first-team forwards on the same squad. Those dynamic forward duos included North Carolina's Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly (both were first teamers in 1990 and '92), the Portland pair of Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Milbrett (in '94), and UNC's Cindy Parlow and Debbie Keller (in '95) - an impressive group of players, most of whom went on to standout careers with the U.S. National Team.
This marks the fourth time in Notre Dame's storied history (but first time since 1997) that multiple Irish players have been named NSCAA first team All-Americans. Bock (16) and Hanks (14) were one of three duos in the nation to each total 14-plus goals during the 2007 season, joining Florida State's Mami Yamaguchi (24) and Sanna Talonen (18) and UCLA's Lauren Cheney (23) and Danesha Adams (15) in that grouping.
Bock (Naperville, Ill.) - who carries a 3.25 cumulative GPA, as a marketing major - received All-America honors for the first time in her career while becoming the 51st Notre Dame student-athlete ever to couple All-America and official Academic All-America honors during the same season. She earlier was named an ESPN The Magazine second team Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Bock joins goalkeeper Jen Renola ('96) and defender Monica Gonzalez ('02) as Notre Dame women's soccer players who have been All-America and Academic All-America selections in the same season (M/F Jenny Streiffer was an All-American in '96 and '99 and an Academic All-American in '97 and '98).
A three-time all-BIG EAST selection who was named the BIG EAST's 2007 co-offensive player of the year, Bock totaled all but two of her 36 points in 2007 (16G-4A) during Notre Dame's 17-game unbeaten streak, in 15 games played (15G-4A). She led the BIG EAST with 10 goals during conference play while her 16 total goals ranked 11th in the nation and most by any BIG EAST player. She was named the national player of the week in back-to-back weeks during a midseason stretch that saw Bock post matching nine-point weekends (4G-1A): first at Syracuse (3G) and St. John's (1G-1A) and then at home versus Georgetown (2G) and Villanova (2G-1A). Half of Bock's career goals with the Irish (20 of 40) have come on headers, including eight in the 2007 season (among them, the goal that opened the scoring in the 3-2 NCAA round-of-16 win at UNC). She is one of 17 all-time Notre Dame players to reach 100 career points (40G-20A) and shares the Irish record for career goals in the NCAA Tournament (10).
Hanks (Allen, Texas) was one of four players nationwide to receive NSCAA All-America honors for the third time in her career, after being a second-team selection in 2005 and a first teamer in '06. She joins the captains of Notre Dame's 1996 team - midfilelder Cindy Daws ('93, '94, '96) and goalkeeper Jen Renola ('94, '96) - as the only Irish players ever to be NSCAA first team All-Americans in multiple seasons.
With one year of eligibility remaining, Hanks could become the 23rd player in Division I women's soccer history ever to be a four-year NSCAA All-American. That elite list features multiple players from three programs (ND, UNC and Portland), with Notre Dame's four-timers including midfielders Holly Manthei (1994-97) and Anne Makinen (1997-2000), plus defender Jen Grubb (1996-99). Hanks is the eighth Notre Dame player to be an NSCAA All-American in three-plus seasons, joining Manthei, Grubb, Makinen, Daws, Renola ('94-'96), outside back Kat Sobrero ('95-'97) and midfielder Jen Buczkowski ('04-'06) in that distinction.
Hanks (Allen, Texas) finished fourth nationally in scoring with 49 points in the 2007 season (14G-21A) and was one of two players nationwide with at least 12 goals and 12 assists. She led the nation in assists for the second straight season and is on the verge of becoming the sixth D-I player ever to reach 60 career goals (64) and 60 assists (58). Hanks owns an assortment of more than 60 Notre Dame records, including career points in postseason play (58; 18G-22A). Her 58 career assists already rank 11th in the NCAA record book and she is one of three D-I players ever to reach 50G-50A prior to her senior season.
Cinalli (Maple Hts, Ohio) was honored by the NSCAA as one of the elite players in the Great Lakes Region, despite somehow being shut out entirely from 2007 all-BIG EAST honors. A three-time all-BIG EAST selection and 2006 second team all-region pick (as was Bock), Cinalli was slowed by a midseason hamstring injury in 2007 but still managed to total three goals and six assists in 2007 while appearing in 21 of the 26 games. The four-year starter led the way for a senior group that helped the Irish total 91 wins during the 2004-07 seasons, making them the nation's winningest senior class for the 2007 season. Cinalli joined Hanks and Bock in giving the 2007 Notre Dame team three players with 30-plus career goals, making the 2007 squad the first Irish team since 1999 with that distinction. One of 12 Notre Dame players ever to reach 30 career goals and 30 assists, Cinalli appeared in 100 career games and is tied for fourth on the Irish career games played list.
Weber (Elk Grove, Ill.) emerged as one of the nation's top outside backs in the 2007 season while totaling three goals and seven assists (13 points), as a starter in all 26 games. The transfer from Wisconsin finished second on the team in assists and fourth in points while compiling one of the top point totals of any defender in the BIG EAST and yielding one of the most noteworthy offensive seasons ever by a Notre Dame defensive player. Despite being relegated to third team all-BIG EAST honors for the 2007 season, Weber was one of only 12 defenders on the midseason Hermann Trophy ballot (national player of the year). She was one of three Irish players to start all 26 games in the 2007 season and logged 2,134 minutes of game action (fourth-most on the team; 82.1/gm).
The 2007 season saw Weber deliver several key goals and assists, most notably her rocket shot that forged a 2-2 tie in the NCAA semifinal versus Florida State (shot from upper left corner of box into upper left corner of net). She made an early impact in the 2-0 win at Florida, with the cross on Bock's diving header goal and a scored of her own later in that game. Weber later had a similar left-flank cross to Bock to help beat Connecticut in overtime and she also assisted on Bock's goal that opened the BIG EAST semifinal versus Georgetown (2-0). She earlier scored on a direct free kick (1-0) in a 3-1 win at Seton Hall, picked up an assist on a goal by Hanks in the midseason battle with Penn State (1-0; lost 1-2) and had an assist in the 4-1 win at Syracuse - plus a pair of assists in 5-0 win over Villanova.
Additional All-America/All-Region notes follow below, as do updated bio. capsules for Bock, Hanks and Cinalli.
POTENT PAIRS - The eight previous seasons to feature teams with two forwards who were NSCAA first team All-Americans include: 1982 (UNC's Amy Machin and Stephanie Zeh); 1983 (George Mason's Pam Baughman and Lisa Gmitter); 1984 (UConn's Donna MacDougall and Catherine Shankweiler); 1985 (GMU's Baughman and Gmitter); 1990 (UNC's Hamm and Lilly); 1992 (UNC's Hamm and Lilly); 1994 (Portland's MacMillan and Milbrett); and 1995 (UNC's Parlow and Keller) ... Notre Dame became the fifth different program with a pair of players owning that unique distinction.
ND ALL-AMERICA HISTORY - Eleven ND players now have combined for 15 NSCAA first team All-America honors ... Bock is the sixth ND player to be a first teamer prior to her senior season (others include Daws, Renola, Manthei, Grubb, goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene and Hanks) ... prior to 2003, no ND forward ever had been an NSCAA first team All-American but there now have been five in the past five years (also Amy Warner in '03, Katie Thorlakson in '05 and Hanks in '06) ... this marks ND's 12th all-time season with multiple NSCAA All-Americans and fifth straight (also Warner and center back Melissa Tancredi in '03; Thorlakson, Tancredi and Buczkowski in '04; Thorlakson, Hanks, Buczkowski and right back Candace Chapman in '05; and Hanks and Buczkowski in '06) ... the three previous ND teams wit multiple NSCAA first team All-Americans were in 1994 (Daws and Renola), 1996 (Daws and Renola) and 1997 (Beene, Grubb and Sobrero) ... ND's all-time breakdown of NSCAA first team All-Americans now includes three goalkeepers, two defenders, five midfielders, five forwards, one freshman (Daws), six sophomores, two juniors and six seniors ... the program's 42 all-time NSCAA All-America selections (since '92) include: four goalkeepers, 12 defenders, 16 midfielders, 10 forwards, seven freshmen, 10 sophomores, eight juniors, 12 seniors and three 5th-year seniors ... ND has produced at least one NSCAA All-American every year since 1992 ... in addition to Bock and Hanks, ND's other forwards to be NSCAA All-Americans have included Alison Lester ('92), Rosella Guerrero ('94), Streiffer ('99), Warner ('03) and Thorlakson ('04-'05).
2007 NSCAA ALL-AMERICA NOTES - Nearly half of the 2007 NSCAA All-Americans (18 of 40; first, second and third team) played for teams that faced Notre Dame during the '07 season, including three each from UNC (M Yael Averbuch, M Tobin Heath and D Jessica Maxwell) and West Virginia (D Greer Barnes, M Amanda Cicchini, F Ashley Banks), plus Virginia defenders Nikki Krzysik and Becky Sauerbrunn, two each from four other teams - Penn State (G Alyssa Naeher, F Katie Schoepfer), UConn (D Brittany Taylor and M Megan Schnur), Florida (D Melanie Booth and Lauren Hyde) and Stanford (D Rachel Buehler, F Kelley O'Hara) - in addition to Florida State's Yamaguchi and Georgetown M Ingrid Wells ... the BIG EAST was the conference with the most players (8) and most different teams (4) represented among the 40 All-Americans.
ALL-AMERICA/ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA DOUBLE HONOREES - Bock joins 50 previous ND student-athletes (61 times) who have been named All-America and Academic All-America during the same season ... the others have included: 16 football players (Dan Shannon, Don Schaefer, Bob Lehmann, Jim Lynch, Tom Regner, Jim Smithberger, George Kunz, Jim Reilly, Tom Gatewood, Joe Theismann, Greg Marx, Dave Casper, Pete Demmerle, Ken MacAfee, John Krimm and Tim Ruddy); 11 men's cross country/track-and-field competitors (Mike McWilliams, Jeff Hojnacki, Jason Rexing, Errol Williams, Mike Brown, Ryan Shay, Luke Watson, Todd Mobley, Tim Moore, Thomas Chamney and Todd Ptacek); four men's basketball players (Bob Arnzen, Kelly Tripucka, John Paxson and Pat Garrity); four softball players (Katie Marten, Jarrah Myers, Jen Sharron and Stephanie Brown); three baseball players (Dan Peltier, J.P. Gagne and Steve Sollmann); three women's distance runners (Alison Klemmer, Lauren King and Stephanie Madia); two women's fencers (Heidi Piper and Claudette de Bruin); two previous women's soccer players (Renola and Gonzalez); men's tennis player Andy Zurcher, men's fencer Bill Lester, women's tennis player Jen Hall, women's basketball player Ruth Riley and volleyball player Lauren Brewster ... Bock in 2008 could complete the rare feat of being a AA/AAA double honoree in multiple seasons ... the 11 previous ND student-athletes who have pulled off the AA/AA honors in two different seasons include: Gatewood ('70, '71), Arnzen ('67, '68), Paxson ('82, '83), Piper ('91, '92), Marten ('95, '96), Lester ('96, '97), Renola ('95, '96), Riley ('00, '01), Myers ('01, '02), Watson ('01, '02) and Chamney ('06, '07).
Brittany Bock UPDATED BIO CAPSULE (Jr., M/F; Naperville, Ill.) - An NSCAA first team All-American in 2007 and the BIG EAST Conference co-offensive player of the year, after leading the league with 10 goals in BIG EAST regular-season play ... scored 15 of her 16 goals (and all four of her assists) in team's current 17-game unbeaten streak (15 GP in that span) that ended in NCAA semifinals ... ranked 11th nationally in goals and 18th in points (36) ... named national player of the week in back-to-back weeks, after totaling 4G-1A in road wins at Syracuse and St. John's (Oct. 5/7; honor from NSCAA) and then duplicating that 4G-1A versus Villanova and Georgetown on Oct. 12 and 14 (honor from Soccer America) ... member of U.S. U-21 National Team who also trained with the full National Team in early 2007 ... converted midfielder who is one of nation's most versatile and all-around talented offensive players ... her shift to forward has spearheaded ND's dominance over the final two months (50-10 scoring edge in unbeaten streak), as she snapped out of a seven-game goal drought by registering a career-best five-game goal streak ... also named a CoSIDA second team Academic All-American (3.25 cum. GPA; marketing major) ... reached the 20G-20A milestone for her career (40G-20A; 100 pts/16th in ND history) ... her 13 career game-winning goals (in 70 total games/60 starts) included a team-best seven in 2007 ... became sixth ND player ever to score the first three goals in a game (at Syracuse) and has totaled half of her career goals (20 of 40) on headers, in addition to four rare header assists during her career ... one of her biggest goals of the '07 season was a far-post header via a free-kick service from Kerri Hanks, giving the Irish a 2-1 overtime win over BIG EAST rival Connecticut ... also had header goal that opened scoring in 15th minute of NCAA third-round win at UNC (3-2) ... was an NSCAA second team all-region selection in 2006 and was named second team all-BIG EAST in each of her first two seasons with the Irish (1st team in '07) ... her 10 career goals in NCAA Tournament play are tied with Monica Gerardo for the ND record ... capped off her selection to the 2006 NCAA all-tournament team with a header goal in the national championship game vs. UNC, after earlier scoring in the third round vs. Colorado (3-0) and then adding assists against Penn State (4-0 quarterfinal) and FSU (2-1 semifinal) ... was among a select group of student-athletes who were accepted as early enrollees at Notre Dame during summer of 2005 ... her early action in 2007 included starting at defensive midfielder vs. Princeton and at forward two days later vs. Oklahoma State ... scored on one of her classic diving headers to open scoring at #7 Florida early in '07 season (2-0), connecting on left-flank cross from Elise Weber ... missed two 2007 postseason games due to minor injuries (BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Rutgers and NCAA second round vs. Illinois) but returned to score early header on a rightside flip-throw from Michele Weissenhofer, for 1-0 lead at UNC in NCAA round-of-16 (3-2) ... fed ball into box to assist on Weissenhofer's opening goal vs. Duke in quarterfinals, later outjumping the 'keeper for impressive point-blank header goal and 2-0 lead (3-2 final) ... ranks second in the ND record book with 15 career postseason goals (behind Hanks' 18) and is fourth all-time in career NCAA Tournament points (23, one behind Gerardo) ... her 38 career postseason points are sixth in ND history (one shy of Streiffer, two back of Gerardo and five behind Makinen) ... ranks 14th on the ND career goals list, three behind Susie Zilvitis ... became the 26th ND player ever to reach 20G-20A in her career.
Kerri Hanks UPDATED BIO CAPSULE (Jr., F; Allen, Texas) - Only player among the final-15 candidates for the Hermann Trophy in each of the past three seasons ... in 2006, she became the youngest player by class year - male or female - ever to receive the Hermann Trophy ... was the nation's first player to reach double-digit goals and assists during the 2007 season, with only five players joining her in that distinction (from the 313 other Division I teams) and FSU's Yamaguchi being the only other player with 12-plus goals and 12-plus assists ... led nation with 21 assists in 2007 while ranking fourth nationally with 49 points (14 goals), behind the three finalists for the '07 Hermann Trophy: FSU's Yamaguchi (66; 24G-18A), Texas A&M's Ashlee Pistorius (59; 25G-9A) and UCLA's Cheney (57; 23G-11A) ... third D-I women's soccer player ever to reach 50 career goals and 50 assists prior to her senior season (now 64 goals and 58 assists; 186 points) ... her 186 points are tied with Makinen for fifth in the ND record book, only three behind Daws and Jenny Heft ('96-'99) while Gerardo (190; '95-'98) is the #2 all-time scorer in ND history (behind Streiffer's 211) ... owns 21 career assists on set plays (13 on corner kicks, 8 on free kicks) ... had three free-kick assists and four CK assists '07 ... also has 15 career goals on set-play/deal-ball situations (seven on free kicks, seven on PKs and one directly on a corner kick) ... already ranks 12th on the NCAA career assists list ... had a 13-game point streak snapped in the second round of the 2007 NCAAs (also ended '06 on 13-game point streak) ... had 22G-22A in 2006, joining former UNC great Mia Hamm as only D-I players ever to lead nation in goals and assists for same season ... her 28 goals in 2005 were the third-most ever posted by a D-I player in her freshman season ... one of 12 D-I players ever to reach 55G-55A ... owns an assortment of more than 60 Notre Dame records, including career goals in the postseason (18) and career points per game (2.39) ... her career avg. of 0.74 assists/gm ranks sixth in the NCAA record book ... her 2005 honors included second team NSCAA All-American and national/BIG EAST freshman of the year ... named a first team NSCAA All-American in '06 ... has 51 career points (15G-21A) on set-play/dead-ball situations ... member of U.S. U-21 National Team (has trained with full National Team) ... has points in 21 of 24 career postseason games ... has posted 3A in two different NCAA Tournament games during her career (vs. Penn State in '06 NCAA quarters and Loyola Chicago in '07 first round), plus another game with 3G-1A (vs. Oakland; '06 first round) ... her five career hat tricks (one shy of ND record) include 3G-1A in first game of career (vs. New Hampshire) and 4G in second game (vs. Vermont) ... her lead pass assisted on Elise Weber's goal to cap 2-0 win at #7 Florida early in 2007 season ... added similar assist on Michele Weissenhofer's goal at #3 Santa Clara (7-1 loss) and then played ball back to Lauren Fowlkes to set up game's opening goal vs. #5 Stanford (2-1 loss in OT) ... had left-endline cross on Weissenhofer's header vs. Princeton and later scored on direct free kick in that 4-2 game ... added another free-kick goal that tied game with #16 Oklahoma State (2-1 OT loss) ... posted her fifth career hat trick in 4-0 win over DePaul,
with first goal coming on a header (via Cinalli's right-endline cross) before pair of converted PKs) ... cashed in pass from Cinalli to open scoring against Penn State (2-1 loss) and earn spot on BIG EAST weekly honor roll (3G-1A) ... her deflected shot set up Cinalli's goal at #25 Louisville (1-0) ... added 1G-1A in 6-1 win over Cincinnati, plus assist at Syracuse (4-1), the game's first goal at St. John's (3-0), two more assists in the wins over Georgetown (3-0) and Villanova (5-0), a penalty-kick goal vs. Providence (4-0) and the 86th-minute goal scored directly off a leftside corner kick vs. UConn (tied game, ND won 2-1 in overtime) ... named BIG EAST player of the week after 6-point weekend during 3-1 wins at Seton Hall (2A) and Rutgers (1G-2A), assisting on Susan Pinnick's GWGs in each of those games ... had leftside corner-kick assist on goal by Ashley Jones and then converted PK for 2-0 final in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Rutgers, then provided leftside give-and-go cross to assist on Bock's header that opened BIG EAST semifinal vs. Georgetown (2-0) ... poked home chip pass from Courtney Rosen for early go-ahead goal in BIG EAST title game vs. West Virginia (1-1) ... her 3A in NCAA opener vs. Loyola Chicago (3-0) included short pop-up header than led to a Brittany Bock goal, a corner-kick service on Carrie Dew's goal and a thru-ball to set up another Bock goal ... saw her 13-game point streak end two days later vs. Illinois ... had secondary assist on Weissenhofer's goal in quarterfinal win over Duke (1-0) before her rightside corner kick assisted on Bock's header for 2-0 lead ... later took pass from Cinalli and sent home far-post shot from far right side of box for GWG in the Duke game (3-2; 77th minute) ... earlier in season, she ran onto long free kick from Amanda Clark and struck shot inside right post to tie exhibition game with UNC (2-2) ... also had free-kick assist on Cinalli's header in 3-1 exhibition win over #11 Virginia ... her leftside CK assisted on Carrie Dew's volley goal vs. FSU in NCAA semi's (1-1; lost 3-2) ... owns ND records for career postseason points (58; 18G-22A) and is one shy of tying the ND record for career postseason assists (23; held by Thorlakson) ... also owns ND records for career points in the NCAAs (33; 9G-15A) and is tied with Thorlakson and Holly Manthei for the most career NCAA Tournament assists ever by an ND player (15) ... needs only 2A to become sixth D-I player ever to reach 60G-60A ... has points in 21 of 24 career postseason games with the Irish ... her 0.82 goals/gm is just shy of Heft's ND record (0.83) ... Hanks (22 in '06, 21 in '07), Manthei and Thorlakson are the only ND players ever to total 21-plus assists in multiple seasons ... has 12 career multi-assist games ... already owns ND record for career shots (357) ... also the ND recordholder for career postseason gamewinning points (15; 4 GWG-7 GWA), and career gamewinning points in the NCAAs (10; 3 GWG-4 GWA) ... would rank as the career assist leader at 308 of the 314 current D-I programs but stands only fifth on an impressive list of all-time ND assist leaders (she also is behind four former UNC players and one each from Jacksonville, Santa Clara, UConn and UC Santa Barbara on the NCAA career assists list) ... has scored (17) or assisted (16) on 33 GWGs in her ND career ... her 50 career GW points are third in the ND record book, one behind Streiffer and six back of Thorlakson's record ... has points in 64 of 78 total games with the Irish ... Streiffer (19), Michelle McCarthy (19) and Amanda Guertin (18) are the only ND players ever to total more career gamewinning goals than Hanks (17) ... the exclusive 60G-60A club includes: former UNC great Mia Hamm (103G-72A), ND's Streiffer (70G-71A) and Daws (61G-67A), UC Santa Barbara alum Carin Jennings (102G-60A) and former SCU player Mandy Clemens (67G-65A) ...
Amanda Cinalli UPDATED BIO CAPSULE (Sr., F/M; Maple Heights, Ohio) - Slowed by hamstring injury but totaled three goals and six assists in 2007 while appearing in 21 of the 26 games ... two-year starter with U.S. Under-20/21 National Teams ... four-year starter with Irish who led the way for senior group that helped ND go 91-10-4 during '04-'07 seasons (nation's winningest senior class; ND's 18-3-0 record in the NCAAs from '04-'07 also was best in nation) ... member of ND's 30G-30A club (34G-32A in her career; 100 pts) ... her versatility as a forward/midfielder played key role in ND's success the past two seasons ... had double-digit goals in each of her first three seasons ... tied for fifth in ND history with 100 career games played (she had not missed any games before the 2007 injury) ... tied her career high with a five-point game (2G-1A) in '07 win over Princeton (4-2) ... had assist on opening goal (rebound shot by Weissenhofer) in 2007 NCAA second-round win over Illinois (2-0) ... her eight career goals in the NCAAs are fourth-most ever by an ND player ... an NSCAA second team all-region selection in '06 before receiving first-team honors in 2007 ... named to all-BIG EAST team each of her first three seasons ... served as 2007 team solo captain ... has totaled four career game-winning goals in postseason play (third-most in ND history) ... her three career GWGs in the NCAAs are one shy of that ND record ... holds ND career records for "first goals" in the postseason (6) and in the NCAAs (5) ... scored in 2007 preseason exhibition vs. #1 UNC (2-2) and had 2G in 3-1 exhibition win over #11 Virginia (3-1) ... ranked 5th in nation with 17 assists in 2005 ... her 2G-1A sparked comeback to beat #1 Santa Clara in 2006 (3-1) ... scored game's first two goals in 2004 NCAA quarterfinal victory over Portland (3-1), with ND going on to win national title ... was nominated for the 2007 Lowe's Senior Class Award ... already has received two prestigious awards from Notre Dame: the Mike Russo Award (in 2006; one recipient) and the Francis Patrick O'Connor Award (2007; two recipients) ... the Russo Award, presented by ND Alumni Association, recognizes exemplary qualities in students who epitomize, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, caring nature and great sense of humor ... the O'Connor Award honors student-athletes who best display true spirit of Notre Dame (caring, courage, confidence, encouragement, humility, honesty, humor, kindness and patience) ... a pre-professional studies major, with 3.12 cumulative GPA ... intends to attend graduate school and ultimately medical school, with interest in emergency practice or pediatrics ... her five-point game vs. Princeton included scoring on a one-timer leftfooted shot from top of the box to tie that game (1-1), just a couple minutes after checking in ... also had right-endline cross on header by Hanks that opened scoring vs. DePaul (4-0) and then fed ball to Hanks to open scoring vs. Penn State (2-1 loss) ... knocked in a deflected shot by Hanks for only goal in 1-0 win at Louisville ... two days later, her run down the left side and deflected shot set up Rose Augustin's far-post goal that opened the scoring vs. Cincinnati (6-1) ... showed her postseason poise with late gamewinning assist in 2007 NCAA quarterfinals vs. Duke (3-2), winning ball in attacking third and leading Hanks into space on right side (Hanks then sent home the far-post shot) ... one of 17 all-time ND players with 100-plus career points ... her strong 2007 preseason included goal that opened scoring in exhibition vs. then-#1 UNC (2-2) before adding pair of goals in 3-1 win over #11 Virginia (she headed in a Hanks' free kick and later knocked home a deflected Weissenhofer shot) ... combined with M/D Ashley Jones (105) for the most combined games played of any pair of classmates in ND history (205) ... the 2007 ND senior class finished with a 91-10-4 career record (.886), going 28-4-1 in the postseason, with one NCAA title ('04), a runner-up season ('06), a semifinal finish ('07) and another season that ended in the quarterfinals ('05), plus two BIG EAST Tournament titles ('05, '06; also BET runner-up in '04 and '07) ... the '07 seniors went 48-2-2 at home and 40-8-2 on the road in their career while allowing three-plus goals in only four games during their four seasons ... ranks ninth at ND in career postseason points (27) and third with nine career GW points in the NCAAs (3 GWG-3 GWA) ... the 2007 seniors ended up one win shy of tying the 2006 seniors (92) for most career wins at ND (the '97 seniors also had 91 career wins) ... the '07 seniors tied for having the 15th-most career wins of any senior class in D-I women's soccer history (behind ND's '06 seniors and 13 former UNC senior groups).