Oct. 16, 2001
Notre Dame sophomore forward Amy Warner (Albuquerque, N.M.) has been named the BIG EAST Conference offensive player of the week, after scoring three goals last week to play a leading role in the Irish 11-goal explosion in shutout wins over St. John’s and at No. 24 Miami (Fla.).
In other news, Notre Dame moved from fifth to fourth in the national coaches poll-with the Irish climbing past Nebraska (now 5th) and Portland while Santa Clara made its own move from sixth to third. North Carolina and UCLA remained atop the poll, with the bottom half of the top 10 including Penn State, St. Mary’s (Calif.), Florida, Stanford and Harvard.
Warner-who halted her uncharacteristic six-game goal drought-gave the Irish a 3-0 lead in the St. John’s game, after winning the ball from a pair of SJU players and speeding into the goal area for an unassisted score.
Two days later, she sent home a cross from classmate Melissa Tancredi to open the scoring at Miami before stopping a Miami clearing attempt and scoring from the top of the box for the 4-0 cushion and the 17th goal of her young Irish career.
Warner leads the 2001 Irish squad with seven goals while her 15 points rank second on the squad behind classmate Amanda Guertin’s 16 (5G-6A).
Notre Dame players have totaled five BIG EAST weekly awards during the 2001 season, with senior Liz Wagner and junior Vanessa Pruzinsky named goalkeeper and defensive player of the week, respectively, on Sept. 3 while senior midfielder Mia Sarkesian and fifth-year player Monica Gonzalez were the Oct. 1 honorees for BIG EAST offensive and defensive players of the week.