Defender/co-captain Carrie Dew and her fellow Irish seniors have won each of their three previous third-round games in the NCAA Championship by a combined 11-4 margin, including last year's stirring 3-2 victory at North Carolina.

Carrie Dew Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Week

Aug. 25, 2008

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior defender and co-captain Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) has been selected as the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week and senior forward Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas/Allen) has been tabbed for a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, it was announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

This marks the third time in her career that Dew has earned the award, following selections on Sept. 25, 2006, and Oct. 1, 2007. Dew also went on to be named the 2006 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to collecting first-team all-conference and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) first-team all-Great Lakes Region honors.

Last Friday, Dew played an important role in Notre Dame’s 7-0 season-opening win over Michigan at Alumni Field. The Irish center back helped anchor a defensive unit that allowed the Wolverines just four total shots, including only one shot on goal. Notre Dame also posted its fifth consecutive shutout over UM and extended its string of consecutive scoreless minutes against Michigan to 518:22. Dew has been a part of the past four Irish shutouts against the Wolverines, starting three times.

Hanks was one of seven different goalscorers for Notre Dame in last week’s win over Michigan, potting her 65th career goal six minutes into the second half. She also assisted on the first Irish goal of the night, a strike by junior forward Michele Weissenhofer (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) in the seventh minute. Hanks now has 65 goals and 59 assists in her illustrious career, putting her one assist away from becoming the sixth NCAA Division I player to reach 60G-60A.

No. 5 Notre Dame (1-0) returns to action Friday when it plays host to the 16th annual Inn at Saint Mary’s Soccer Classic at Alumni Field. The Irish will face Loyola Marymount at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Friday in the nightcap, following a matchup between No. 12 West Virginia and 22nd-ranked Santa Clara at 5 p.m. (ET). On Sunday, West Virginia and Loyola Marymount will open play at 11 a.m. (ET), with Notre Dame and SCU set to renew their long-standing rivalry at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

Tickets for these, and all Irish soccer games this season, are available by contacting the Notre Dame Athletics Ticket Office by phone (574-631-7356) or in person (Joyce Center Gate 2, second floor), going on-line to the official Irish athletics web site ( and clicking on “Tickets”, or visiting the Alumni Field ticket windows on game night.

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