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BIG EAST Playoff Spot On The Line As Irish Close Divisional Play Versus Pittsburgh And West Virginia

Oct. 2, 2002


vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 4) and at West Virginia (Oct. 6)

PLAYOFF PUSH: The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (6-4-0) puts its 41-game home winning streak vs. BIG EAST opponents on the line with Friday night’s Mid-Atlantic Division vs. Pittsburgh (5:00 p.m., followed by the ND-Pitt men’s game) before heading to West Virginia for a key battle with the Mountaineers on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) … the Irish (2-2-0) are locked in a five-team battle atop the Mid-Atlantic standings (see note below) and still could finish with the division’s top seed … ND needs to get back on the winning track after suffering a pair of one goal losses at Villanova (2-1) and Georgetown (4-3) … junior F Amy Warner registered the second hat trick of her career in the GU game but the Hoyas tied the game in the 79th minute and scored the gamewinner with just 24 second left in regulation (ND had 17 shots on net in the VU game but managed just the one goal)… the Irish had opened divisional play at home with a pair of 1-0 wins over Rutgers and Seton Hall, after impressive comeback victories over Hartford (2-1) and #25 Maryland (5-2) at the Maryland Fila Classic … four ND starters – senior D Vanessa Pruzinsky (ankle), senior M Ashley Dryer (ankle/knee), sophomore central back Gudrun Gunnarsdottir (foot) and junior F/D Melissa Tancredi (leg) – missed the GU game due to injury (their status is TBA) … ND has won every BIG EAST regular-season title (7) since joining the conference, plus seven BIG EAST tournament titles and just seven losses vs. BIG EAST teams since ’95 … the Irish – who returned seven starters and 12 letterwinners from the 2001 team (17-3-1) – staged comebacks in both wins at the Fila Classic, including a five-goal fluty in the final 25 minutes vs. Maryland (after trailing 2-0) … those wins followed rare shutout losses vs. perennial national powers Santa Clara (4-0) and Portland (1-0) in the ND Classic.

BIG EAST SCRAMBLE: Five teams essentially are in the running for the four Mid-Atlantic Division spots in the BIG EAST Championship (the top two teams will be home teams in the quarterfinal round, vs. teams from the Northeast Division) … several teams could clinch playoff spots this week but the final standings may come down to the Villanova at Seton Hall game on Oct. 23 (the only game after Oct. 9 that involves one of the top-five teams) … Notre Dame still could win the divisional title or earn one of the Division’s two host spots for the BIG EAST quarterfinal round (the Mid-Atlantic’s third and fourth seeds will play at the No. 1 and 2 seeds from the Northeast Division) … Rutgers posted a 1-0 overtime win vs. Seton Hall on Wednesday, meaning the Irish need at least a tie in one of this weekend’s games to stay in the running for the BIG EAST postseason … a win and a tie (yielding 10 points) likely would clinch a playoff spot for the Irish – but it likely will take two wins for ND to retain a chance at home-field advantage in the quarterfinals … here’s a look at the updated standings, including Wednesday’s games (RU 1, SHU 0; VU 2, GU 1):

Villanova (10 pts, 3-1-1) … at SHU (10/23)

Georgetown (9 pts, 3-1-0) … at RU (10/5), at WVU (10/9)

West Virginia (9 pts, 3-0-0) … at SHU (10/4), ND (10/6), GU (10/9)

Rutgers (7 pts, 1-2-1) … GU (10/5)

Notre Dame (6 pts, 2-2-0) … vs. Pitt (10/4), at WVU (10/6)

Seton Hall (0 pts, 0-3-0) … WVU (10/4), PITT (10/6), VU (10/23)

Pittsburgh (0 pts, 0-4-0) … at ND (10/4), at SHU (10/6)

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SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Pittsburgh – which returned five starters and 10 of 18 letterwinners from its 2001 team (7-9-1, 2-4-0 BIG EAST) – enters the week 3-8-0 and 0-4-0 in BIG EAST divisional play, including a 6-0 loss last week at Georgetown … the Panthers own wins over St. Francis (2-1), Duquesne (2-0) and Lehigh (3-0) – with other Mid-Atlantic Division losses to West Virginia (2-4), Villanova (1-2, OT) and Rutgers (0-1) … Pittsburgh has totaled just 12 goals in 11 games, with Lauren Schiocchetti (4G) being the team’s only player with more than two goals … Jamie Pelusi owns a 2.22 goals-against average, with 80 saves and 24 goals allowed.

ND-PITT SERIES NOTES: Notre Dame has won all five previous meetings with Pittsburgh (24-2 scoring edge), including a 4-0 road win in 2001 … Candace Chapman scored her first goals of the season in that game – one playing as a defender and one as a forward – and the Irish led 3-0 after 20 minutes, with goals also coming from Amanda Guertin and Melissa Tancredi (ND held a 16-4 shot edge) … Pittsburgh’s last visit to Alumni Field produced a 1-0 Irish win (the other four games in the series have been decided by four-plus goals).

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS: West Virginia – which plays at Seton Hall on Friday – entered the week riding a nine-game winning streak and ranked ninth in the NSCAA coaches poll, with a 9-1-0 overall record (3-0-0 in BIG EAST divisional play) … WVU posted wins last week over Villanova (1-0) and at Rutgers (4-1), plus a 4-1 non-conference win over William & Mary … WVU’s lost its opener (0-2 at Auburn), followed by wins over Jacksonville State (5-0), Boston College (3-0), George Mason (4-1), at Virginia (2-1), James Madison (3-0) and at Pittsburgh (4-2) … WVU had to replace two-time BIG EAST offensive player of the year Katie Barnes but outscored its opponents 28-8 in the first 10 games, led by junior F Chrissie Abbott (13G-1A), Laura Kane (7G-6A) and junior M Lisa Stoia (4G-6A; first team all-BIG EAST in 2001) … Melissa Haire has logged 70 percent of the team’s minutes in the nets, with an 0.95 goals-against average, 23 saves and seven goals allowed.

ND-WVU SERIES NOTES: Notre Dame has won all eight previous meetings vs. WVU but the last two seasons saw the Irish win three 2-1 games, with the 2000 and ’01 regular-season games decided in overtime while a late Randi Scheller goal helped the Irish beat the Mountaineers in the 2001 BIG EAST title game … days after rising to the No. 1 national ranking in 2000, the Irish nearly were upset at WVU (ND’s Amy Warner scored in regulation, as did WVU’s Katie Barnes on a PK, with Amanda Guertin netting the OT gamewinner) … one year later, goals from ND’s Mary Boland and WVU’s Chrissie Abbott forced another OT – with Guertin’s free-kick cross setting up a double-header sequence by Boland and Mia Sarkesian to end the game … Guertin and Abbott then scored in the 2001 BIG EAST title game, with Guertin’s 76th-minute corner kick and headers by Sarkesian and Tancredi preceding Scheller’s lunging volley for the winning goal.

THORN IN THEIR SIDE: Notre Dame junior F Amanda Guertin (Grapevine, Texas) has played a key role in ND’s last three wins over WVU (all 2-1), including the overtime goal at WVU in 2000, the free-kick cross from the right flank that led to Mia Sarkesian’s gamewinning OT goal in 2001 (at Alumni Field) and the rightside corner kick that set up Randi Scheller’s goal that won the 2001 BIG EAST title game.

INJURY WOES CONTINUE FOR DEFENSE: The Irish defense continues to cope with injury problems to several key regulars … senior All-America candidate Vanessa Pruzinsky – whose versatile skills allow her to play outside or centrally with equal effectiveness – remains sidelined as she battles back from an ankle injury … Pruzinsky played the first 47 minutes of the Santa Clara game (at left back), helping shut out SCU in that span, and then logged 60 minutes off the bench in the 1-0 OT win over Rutgers (at left and central back) … sophomore Gudrun Gunnarsdottir – the BIG EAST defensive player of the week after the opening wins over Providence and Virginia Tech – has missed the last six games due to a stress fracture in her foot … Gunnarsdottir had been the anchor of the Irish defense in the absence of Pruzinsky, playing centrally alongside freshman Cat Sigler … senior captain Ashley Dryer – one of the nation’s premier defensive midfielders – missed the final 50 minutes of the Rutgers game and the last three games due to an ankle injury … ND’s many options in the back even have included junior F Melissa Tancredi, who then suffered a leg injury late in last week’s Villanova game (sidelining her for the Georgetown game) … other defensive options have included versatile sophomore Mary Boland (she also has started at forward and midfield), junior Kim Carpenter (she has shifted back from the midfield in the past) and two others who have started at outside back: sophomore Kate Tulisiak and freshman Miranda Ford … sophomore Candace Chapman has started at both right and central back in recent weeks, after returning from the Under-19 World Championship … the defensive third already was ND’s area of least experience, following the graduation of central back Monica Gonzalez (a two-year starter), left back Lindsey Jones (a three-year starter) and two-year starting ‘keeper Liz Wagner – plus the loss of highly-touted freshman Annie Schefter to a preseason ACL injury (she was being considered for a shift from midfield to outside back).

THREE EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS: Three ND players were honored by the BIG EAST for their roles in the wins over Rutgers and Seton Hall … junior F Amy Warner (Albuquerque, N.M.) was named BIG EAST offensive player of the week for the second time in her career, sophomore Mary Boland (Hudson, Ohio) was named defensive player of the week and freshman Erika Bohn (Brookfield, Conn.) earned goalkeeper of the week … Warner’s goal ended the Rutgers game with 9:17 left in the second OT, running onto a thru-ball from Maggie Manning and arching a crossing shot into the upper left corner … two days later, Warner’s leftside cross initiated a double-header sequence, with Boland scoring on the diving header vs. SHU … the versatile Boland started at left back, limiting RU and SHU to a total of seven shots on net … she shifted into the midfield in the second half of the RU game, filling in for injured Ashley Dryer (the team’s top defensive midfielder) … Boland picked up where Dryer left off, as the Irish limited RU’s top player Carli Lloyd to one shot for the entire game … Boland continued to show her versatility in the SHU game, diving low to redirect Katie Thorlakson’s header midway through the first half … Bohn – the first freshman to start in the nets for the Irish since Jen Renola in 1993 – made six saves and stopped several other RU scoring chances before helping foil several potential chances in the SHU game … Warner also was named BIG EAST player of the week on Oct. 8, 2001, after totaling 3G in action vs. St. John’s and Miami … Boland is ND’s second player to earn BIG EAST defensive player-of-the-week honors in 2002, as her classmate Gudrun Gunnarsdottir was so honored after the opening wins over Providence (3-0) and Virginia Tech (5-0).

GOING THE DISTANCE: Notre Dame is unbeaten in its last 12 overtime games (9-0-3), dating back to the 3-2, double -OT loss to North Carolina in the 1999 opener … that team went on to post a 2-1, double-OT win at UConn and played to a 1-1 tie at Nebraska in the NCAA quarterfinals (ND advanced on PKs) … the 2000 team registered three OT wins – over Stanford, at West Virginia and vs. Santa Clara in the NCAA quarterfinals (all 2-1) – while also playing to a scoreless tie at UConn … the 2001 season featured an unprecedented five OT games, with four 2-1 wins (vs. Indiana, Villanova, WVU and Michigan) and a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin … the OT unbeaten streak continued with the recent 1-0 win over Rutgers.

OVERTIME MASTERS: Junior forwards Amy Warner and Amanda Guertin share the ND record for career goals scored in overtime (2), with 1996 national player of the year Cindy Daws also scoring two OT goals in her career (including the gamewinner vs. Portland in the 1995 NCAA title game) … 11 other former ND players each scored one OT goal … Guertin holds the ND record for overtime points (6; 2G-2A; see quality and quantity note below) – with 1G-1A in a pair of previous OT games vs. upcoming opponent West Virginia – followed by Warner and Daws with five career OT points each … in addition to her double-OT goal on Sept. 20 vs. Rutgers (1-0), Warner also scored in OT as a sophomore vs. Villanova and had the primary assist on Kelly Tulisiak’s OT goal in the 2001 win over Indiana (both 2-1) … she also had the cross that produced an overtime own-goal to beat Stanford in 2000), thus playing a key role in four of ND’s last two OT goals (Guertin has scored or assisted on four of the last seven).

EXPERIENCED FRONTRUNNERS: Notre Dame’s experience clearly lies in the offensive third, with junior forwards Amanda Guertin (29G-14A), Amy Warner (25G-8A) and Melissa Tancredi (6G-4A) combining for 129 games played (111 starts), 60 goals and 26 assists (Tancredi did not play in ’99 due to an ACL injury) … add in junior midfielder Randi Scheller (14G-15A) and senior M Ashley Dryer (3G-12A) and the Irish have five veteran forwards/midfielders who have combined for 257 games played (205 starts), 77 goals and 53 assists.

HAT TRICKERY: Amy Warner’s three-goal effort in last week’s game at Georgetown made her the 13th ND player ever to post multiple hat tricks in her career … she also had 3G vs. Providence on Sept. 3, 2000 – the earliest hat trick (by date) ever posted by an ND freshman … 10 previous ND players have totaled three-plus hat tricks, led by Jenny Heft’s six (1996-99) and five each from Rosella Guerrero (’92-’95) and Monica Gerardo (’95-’98) … Michelle McCarthy had four hat tricks from 1992-95 while six other ND players have totaled three HTs: Susie Zilvitis (’88-’91), Alison Lester (’90-’93), Cindy Daws (’93-’96), Jenny Streiffer (’96-’99), Meotis Erikson (’97-’00) and Anne Makinen (’97-’00).


Amanda Guertin (Jr., F) … 56 GP/52 GS, 29G-14A, 72 pts (12 GWG)

Amy Warner (Jr., F) … 49 GP/42 GS, 25G-8A, 58 pts (10 GWG)

Randi Scheller (Jr., M) … 55 GP/35 GS, 14G-15A, 43 pts (1 GWG)

Ashley Dryer (Sr., M) … 73 GP/59 GS, 3G-12A, 18 pts

Melissa Tancredi (Jr., F) … 24 GP/16 GS, 6G-4A, 16 pts (1 GWG; injured in ’00)

Vanessa Pruzinsky (Sr., D) … 73 GP/72 GS, 2G-6A, 10 pts

Mary Boland (So., F/D) … 20 GP/12 GS, 5G-2A, 12 pts (1 GWG)

Candace Chapman (So., D) … 29 GP/28 GS, 4G-3A, 11 pts (2 GWG)

Kim Carpenter (Jr., M) … 34 GP/9 GS, 2G-1A, 5 pts

Gudrun Gunnarsdottir (So., D) … 21 GP/7 GS, 0G-0A

Kate Tulisiak (So., D) … 13 GP/3 GS, 0G-0A

Lauren Kent (Jr., G) … 11 GP/2 GS, 334:00, 4 GA, 12 SV, 1.08 GAA, 1-1-0

PLAYING THE BEST: Notre Dame consistently has played some of its best soccer in recent years when facing a ranked opponent, with a 19-7-2 record vs. ranked teams during the Randy Waldrum era (since ’99) … that trend held true in 2001, when the Irish went 5-1 vs. ranked teams (2-1 vs. Penn State, 2-0 vs. Hartford, 2-1 vs. West Virginia, 3-0 vs. Miami, 0-3 at UConn and 2-1 vs. Michigan) … the Irish lost to a pair of ranked teams (Santa Clara and Portland) in the recent Notre Dame Classic before winning at #25 Maryland on Sept. 15 (5-2) … over the course of the 2001 and ’02 seasons, ND owns a 6-3-0 record vs. NSCAA top-25 teams (but just 17-4-1 vs. unranked teams).

PRIME-TIME FLURRY: ND’s offensive outburst in the 5-2 win at #25 Maryland represents the most goals ever scored by the Irish vs. an NSCAA top-25 opponent that was playing on its home field … it also matched the sixth-highest goalscoring day ever for the Irish in any game vs. a top-25 opponent (second-most since the high-powered 1997 offense) and tied ND’s second-highest goal output ever in a regular-season game vs. a top-25 opponent … ND’s top all-time scoring games vs. top-25 teams include 1997 postseason wins over UConn (6-1, BIG EAST title game), Nebraska (6-0, NCAA second round) and UCLA (8-0, NCAA quarterfinal) – plus the 8-1 win over Indiana in the 1996 NCAA first round and the 6-1 win over Santa Clara in 2000 … the Irish have scored five goals vs. top-25 teams in six other games (all 5-0): vs. Duke in ’94, vs. Wisconsin in the ’95 and ’96 NCAA second rounds, vs. Duke and Michigan in ’97, and vs. Washington in 2000.

JUNIOR JAMBOREE: Five players from ND’s seven-member junior class played key roles in the wins over Hartford and Maryland, with the juniors scoring six of seven goals and registering three of the four official assists (for 15 of 18 points) … Melissa Tancredi scored a pair of classic header goals to spark the comeback vs. Maryland (both via corner-kick serves from fellow junior F Amanda Guertin) … Tancredi also set up the GWG vs. Maryland with her thru-ball to classmate Amy Warner, with Guertin sending home the rebound for her 28th career goal and 12th GWG … M Randi Scheller started the comeback vs. Hartford with her free-kick goal and capped the scoring in the win over the Terps … Kim Carpenter played key roles in both wins, as both a midfielder and right back (where she played for the entire Maryland game).

FACING THE ELEMENTS: Notre Dame’s potent trio of junior forwards could be due for a breakout stretch, after using their combination of diverse skills to play leading roles in the mid-September wins over Hartford and Maryland … Amy Warner and Amanda Guertin a.k.a. “Fire and Ice” due to their unique playing styles – have been joined by bruising classmate Melissa Tancredi (who could be dubbed “Earthquake” due to her combination of power and speed) to form one of the nation’s top groups of forwards … Warner – whose seven goals this season include a hat trick at Georgetown – appears to have regained the speed that made her a constant threat as a freshman (prior to a knee injury) while Guertin’s calm presence and deadly accuracy continue to be on display in her pinpoint corner kicks and well-placed shots from any angle … Tancredi’s physical play and ability in the air (she headed in two Guertin CKs vs. Maryland) played a key part in the win over the Terps.

DRYER DOES IT AGAIN: Lost amidst the disappointment of ND’s 4-0 loss to Santa Clara was another stellar defensive effort from Notre Dame senior M Ashley Dryer (Salt Lake City, Utah), who has missed ND’s last three-plus games due to injury … Dryer essentially neutralized SCU’s star midfielder Aly Wagner (she did not factor into any of the SCU goals before scoring twice in the Broncos’ 4-2 win over Clemson) … she also was named to the Maryland Fila Classic all-tournament team, after playing a lead role in the key midfield battle (while fighting off illness) and combined with sophomore Mary Boland to hold Rutgers All-American Carli Lloyd (one shot) in check during last week’s 1-0 OT win (Dryer left the game early in the second half, with an ankle injury) … Dryer’s status as one of the nation’s premier defensive midfielders was reinforced at the 2001 BIG EAST Tournament, when she shut down BIG EAST midfielder of the year Sarah Rahko in the semifinal win over Boston College before holding another top midfielder (Lisa Stoia) in check to help beat West Virginia in the BIG EAST title game.

A BORN WINNER: Junior Amanda Guertin (Grapevine, Texas) continues to add clutch goals and assists to her career totals (28G-13A, in 52 games) – with her 12 career gamewinning goals already ranking eighth on the ND all-time list (one behind former teammate Meotis Erikson and three ahead of classmate Amy Warner) … nearly half of Guertin’s career goals (12 of 29, or 41.4 percent) have been gamewinners – well ahead of the seven players above her on the GWG list (next is Michelle McCarthy, at 30.5%) … here is the exclusive company that Guertin finds herself amidst on the Irish career GWG charts:

Name (pos., years) … GWG/Gls (Pct. GWGs)

1. Jenny Heft (F, 1996-99) … 19/80 (23.8%)

2. Michelle McCarthy (F, 1992-95) … 18/59 (30.5%)

3. Rosella Guerrero (F, 1992-95) … 16/55 (29.1%)

Monica Gerardo (F, 1995-98) … 16/73 (21.9%)

Anne Makinen (M, 1997-2000) … 16/65 (24.6%)

6. Jenny Streiffer (F, 1996-99) … 15/70 (21.4%)

7. Meotis Erikson (F, 1997-2000) … 13/59 (22.0%)

8. Amanda Guertin (F, 2000- ) … 12/29 (41.4%)

9. Amy Warner (F, 2000) … 9/25 (36.0%)

QUALITY AND QUANTITY: Amanda Guertin’s gamewinning goals have come with both frequency and in countless clutch situations … here’s a look at some of the top moments in her career:

* Unassisted goal in overtime to hold off upstart West Virginia and maintain #1 ranking (2-1, 2000)

* GWG vs. Boston College (2-1) to end ND’s only deficit of 2000 (prior to NCAA semifinals)

* GWG in 2000 NCAA second-round win over Michigan (3-1)

* Pass that initiated Meotis Erikson’s OT goal vs. Santa Clara (2-1), sending ND to 2000 NCAA College Cup semifinals

* GWG vs. Penn State in 2001 Key Bank Classic (2-1)

* Direct score via corner kick for GWG vs. Georgetown (2-1, 2001)

* Flick pass as part of set play for only scoring in 1-0 win over Nebraska (2001)

* Free-kick cross that led to double-header goal, beating WVU in another OT game (2-1, 2001)

* Scored both goals in 2001 win at Yale (2-0)

* Cashed in a shanked clearance to beat Michigan in OT (2-1, 2001)

* Scored again directly on corner kick to open scoring vs. St. John’s in 2001 BIG EAST quarterfinal (2-0)

* Set up Amy Warner rebound goal, then scored for 2-0 lead in 3-0 win over BC (2001 BIG EAST semi’s)

* Scored and provided corner kick that led to late GWG vs. WVU in 2001 BIG EAST title game (2-1)

* Netted both goals in 2001 NCAA first-round win over Eastern Illinois (2-0)

* Provided pair of corner-kick assists and scored GWG in 5-2 comeback at #25 Maryland (2002)

MARYLAND CLASSIC HONORS: Sophomore D Candace Chapman (Ajax, Ontario) was named defensive MVP of the Notre Dame Classic (Sept. 6-8) before repeating the honor at the Maryland Fila Classic … Chapman – who made plays all over the field in the ND Classic battles with Santa Clara and Portland – opened the UP game at central defense, with strong marking of her Canadian national teammate Christine Sinclair (before shifting to her customary right back position) … she then played both defensive positions vs. Hartford and started centrally vs. #25 Maryland, before shifting into the midfield and sparking the 5-2 comeback by scoring the first Irish goal (her top defensive moments vs. the Terps included clearing a shot off the goalline late in the first half). … another Canadian native also was honored at the Fila Classic, as ND junior F Melissa Tancredi (Ancaster, Ontario) was named the tournament’s offensive MVP … Tancredi actually was an emergency starter at central defense in the Hartford game and was hampered by a nagging Achilles injury throughout the weekend (she came off the bench in the first and second half vs. Maryland) … Tancredi’s undying hustle and physical presence changed the tenor of the Maryland game, with her pair of header goals providing the tying and 4-2 goals … ND’s all-tournament selections at the Fila Classic also included junior F Amy Warner (gamewinning goal vs. Hartford, rebound shot to set up GWG vs. Maryland, followed by an official assist on last ND goal), senior M Ashley Dryer – who turned in a gutsy effort while battling through illness – and freshman G Erika Bohn, who registered a variety of big plays including a breakaway stop with the Hartford game tied up and a lunging tip over the crossbar with the Irish still trailing the Terps, 2-1 in the 75th minute.

RESULT NOTES: With the opening 5-0 win at Providence, ND now is 13-2-0 in all-time season openers (9-1-0 in the last 10, with a 3-2 OT loss to UNC in 1999) … the 4-0 loss to Santa Clara represented ND’s largest margin of defeat ever at home (the Irish had not been shut out at home since 1992) … ND suffered consecutive shutout losses (0-1 vs. Portland) for the first time since 1989 … following the 5-2 win at Maryland, the Irish have not lost to an ACC team other than UNC since a 2-1 loss to Duke on Sept. 25, 1992 (8-0-1 vs. ACC teams, other than UNC, since that game).

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RETURN: Notre Dame recently welcomed back two players who competed in the recent Under-19 World Championship, held in three Canadian cities … the exciting tournament was capped by a 1-0 U.S. win over Canada in the title game, with 47,000 fans in attendance at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium … Portland’s Christine Sinclair earned the “golden boot” award as the tournament’s top scorer (10 goals, in six games with Canada) and formed a potent offensive tandem with Notre Dame freshman Katie Thorlakson (who plays mostly as an attacking midfielder with Canada) … ND sophomore Candace Chapman also was a starter with Canada, playing mostly right back while also shifting into the central midfield … Irish freshman M Annie Schefter was on track to be a starter for the U.S. team but was sidelined with a season-ending ACL knee injury in late July.

GERTY’S GOALS: Junior forward Amanda Guertin scored a goal in each of the final 10 games of the 2001 season – good for the third-longest goalscoring streak in Division I women’s soccer history (Brandi Chastain had a 15-game streak while playing for Santa Clara in 1990, with Hartford’s Maria Kun compiling an 11-game streak in 1997) … Guertin also scored in six of seven games during the 2002 spring season, in one of the two fall exhibitions and in 2002 games vs. Virginia Tech, Maryland and Villanova.

CONFERENCE COMMAND: Notre Dame’s all-time record in regular-season conference games now stands at 82-6-2 (.922), including 63-6-2 (.901) in BIG EAST games (since ’95) … the Irish also own a 45-1 record in all-time home games vs. BIG EAST opponents, with a streak of 41 straight home wins vs. BIG EAST teams (since a 5-4 OT loss to UConn in ’95) … the current 41-game home winning streak vs. BIG EAST teams includes a 211-15 scoring edge, 28 shutouts and 12 games with one goal allowed (plus a 4-3 win over UConn).

HOME, SWEET HOME: Notre Dame’s all-time overall record at Alumni Field is 132-10-2 (.924), including 108-6-2 in the last 116 … the Irish own a 40-3-1 record in their last 44 home games, with a 2-2 tie vs. Wisconsin and the 3-2 NCAA loss to Cincinnati (both in 2001) prior to the losses to SCU and Portland.

SCORING STREAK ENDS AT 31: Notre Dame carried a 31-game scoring streak into the Sept. 6 Santa Clara game (third-best in ND history, behind a 55-game streak from 1997-99 and a 36-game streak from ’95-’96), with the streak ending in a 4-0 loss to SCU (followed by a 1-0 loss to Portland) … the previous time that the Irish had failed to score was the 0-0 tie at UConn on Oct. 22, 2000 … since 1994, ND now has scored in 150 of 155 (.968) regular-season games (also an 0-0 tie vs. UNC in ’94 and a 2-0 loss to UNC in ’95) and 49 of 52 postseason games, with three shutout losses to UNC in NCAA title games.