Notre Dame has filed an appeal with the NCAA, seeking to overturn the first of two yellow cards assessed to senior defender/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker during Sunday's ACC quarterfinal loss at No. 5 Virginia Tech. Tucker, who was ejected after her second yellow card, currently stands to miss Notre Dame's next match in the first round of the NCAA Championship, should the Fighting Irish be selected.

Elizabeth Tucker Earns First-Team Academic All-District Honors

Oct. 31, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s soccer senior defender/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District V First Team, it was announced Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

This marks the third consecutive year Tucker has been chosen as a first-team academic all-district honoree, and once again, she will advance to the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America® consideration. Tucker was a first-team Academic All-America® selection in 2012, and now is aiming to become the 15th two-time first-team Academic All-American in Notre Dame athletics history, as well as the third Fighting Irish women’s soccer player to do so, along with three-time choice Vanessa Pruzinsky (2000-01, 2003) and two-time selection Ashley Jones (2006-07).

Tucker was selected for this year’s Capital One Academic All-District honors through voting by CoSIDA members in District V, which encompasses Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. In addition, nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s matches at their respective positions.

As a team tri-captain for the second consecutive year, Tucker has helped Notre Dame to an 11-5-1 record (7-4-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Individually, Tucker has started all 17 matches for the Fighting Irish this season, collecting three goals and one assists in her first year as a starter at left back, a position she had never played in her career prior to 2013. Tucker also registered her fifth career two-goal match on Oct. 10 at top-ranked Virginia, as Notre Dame became one of only two teams to take the unbeaten Cavaliers to extra time before falling 3-2 in double overtime.

A third-team all-BIG EAST and BIG EAST All-Rookie Team selection in 2010, Tucker presently is enrolled in Notre Dame’s top-ranked Mendoza College of Business, where she is an accounting major and has a perfect 4.000 cumulative GPA, having earned dean’s list honors each semester she has attended the University. She also made the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in each of her first three years in South Bend.

Notre Dame ranks second all-time with 231 Academic All-Americans® since the program’s inception in 1952. What’s more, 105 Fighting Irish student-athletes have earned the Academic All-America® distinction during the past 14 years, third-most from any school in the country. The Notre Dame women’s soccer program has produced 25 Academic All-Americans® in its history (a national-best 17 since women’s soccer was separated from the at-large Academic All-America® program in 2002).

A full rundown on the history of Notre Dame’s Academic All-America® success can be found in the Academic All-America® almanac under the “About ND Athletics” pulldown menu on the main page of the official Notre Dame athletics web site (

No. 19/10 Notre Dame wraps up the 2013 regular season at 8 p.m. (ET) Thursday when it takes on No. 3 Florida State at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla., with the match televised live on the ACC-Regional Sports Networks (check local listings), as well as ESPN3 (blackout rules may apply).

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— Chris Masters, Associate Athletic Media Relations Director