Sept. 4, 2003
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER
Notre Dame Classic (Alumni Field)
Fri., Sept. 5, 2003: Rutgers vs. Oklahoma (5:00 p.m. EST) … #5 Notre Dame vs. #13 Arizona State (7:30 p.m. EST)
Sun., Sept. 7, 2003: Rutgers vs. #13 Arizona State (11:00 a.m. EST) … #5 Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma; (1:00 p.m. EST)
(see PDF for complete release with chart formatting)
The Notre Dame women’s soccer team – ranked fifth in the Soccer America and NSCAA polls – will open the home portion of its 2003 schedule by playing host to the ND Classic (schedule above) … the Irish are 15-3-2 in all-time home tournaments, with last year’s losses vs. the defending and eventual NCAA champs (Santa Clara and Portland) … ND opened its ’03 season last week with impressive wins at the UConn Classic over perennial NCAA tournament teams Hartford (9-1) and Wake Forest (3-0), with junior F Mary Boland earning BIG EAST player-of-the-week honors after totaling 4G-1A in the wins … ND returns 12 of its top 13 players (two recently were lost for the season and another is sidelined with a broken arm) from the 2002 squad that closed with a 6-2-0 record and gave top-ranked Stanford all it could handle in a 1-0 NCAA round-of-16 loss … ND will be facing Arizona State and Oklahoma for the first time and will face Rutgers later this season in BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic Division play (Oct. 24, at RU) … the Irish played last week without junior All-America D Candace Chapman (ACL) and senior M Randi Scheller (hip surgery; 2nd team all-BIG EAST in ’02), with both out for the year while junior starting central D Gudrun Gunnarsdottir is out this week with a broken arm (long-term status TBA) … the top four of the national polls include UNC, SCU UCLA and Stanford.
INFORMATION HIGHWAY: Live stats for all four ND Classic games will be available via the main page at www.und.com … opponent websites include: www.thesundevils.com … www.soonersports.com … www.scarletknights.com … the Notre Dame sports hotline (574-631-3000) again will provide short game recaps after every game this season … for schedule and result information on all 26 Notre Dame varsity sports, call the ND Sports Hotline at (574) 631-3000 (press “4” for soccer information and then ‘2″ for women’s soccer results).
SERIES OPENER SUCCESS – Notre Dame will be facing Arizona State and Oklahoma for the first time and has won 70 percent of its all-time series openers (61-25-2, .705), including 28-5-0 in series openers since 1993 and 41-8-0 in all series openers played at home. (16-3-0 since ’93) … the Irish won 15 consecutive series openers before a 3-1 loss to Purdue and 3-2 loss to BYU (both in ’02).
FIRST-TIME VISITORS – Since the start of the 1993 season, Notre Dame opponents making their first visits to Alumni Field have totaled just three wins over the Irish while losing to ND 31 times (31-3-1, .900).
HOME OPENERS – Notre Dame has won its home opener 13 times in the program’s previous 15 seasons (12-1 in the last 13), with the only losses coming vs. Minnesota in 1989 (1-0) and in the 1999 heartbreaker vs. UNC (3-2, double OT).
MAGIC NUMBERS – Following last week’s wins over Hartford (9-0) and Wake Forest (3-0), ND now owns an all-time record of 189-3-1 (.982) when scoring 3-plus goals, with losses to N.C. State in the ’92 opener (4-3), to UConn in ’95 (5-4, OT), and at Georgetown in ’02 (4-3) and a 3-3 tie vs. Vanderbilt in ’91… the Irish had won 88 straight when scoring 3-plus, before the GU loss … ND also is 258-8-10 (.953) in all-time games when holding the opponent to 0-1 goals, including tough 1-0 losses last season to eventual NCAA champ Portland and top-ranked Stanford … prior to the Portland loss, the Irish had been 56-0-3 in the previous 59 games when allowing 0-1 GA (dating back to 1-0 loss to SMU in ’99, with ND playing minus Finnish national teamer Anne Makinen in that game).
ND WOMEN’S SOCCERBY THE NUMBERS (see PDF)
SUN DEVILS NOTES – Arizona State has climbed to 13th in the Soccer America poll after wins last week at the Hawaii Classic (4-0 vs. UH, 5-1 vs. Bowling Green) … ASU returned 11 starters and 18 of 21 letterwinners from its 2002 team that went 12-7-2, finished sixth in the Pac-10 (4-5) and lost to Santa Clara in the first round of the NCAAs (5-1) … four ASU players were named all-tournament at the UH Tournament: junior G Kelly Fitzgerald, senior D Amy LePeilbet, sophomore D Stephanie Ebner and sophomore F Elizabeth Bogus … seven players combined on the nine ASU goals last week, with Bogus and freshman Courtney Crane notching two each … LePeilbet helped the U.S. Under-21 team win the Nordic Cup while sophomore M Manya Makoski (an ’02 Freshman All-American) also has been a member of the u-21 team … Ebner played on the U.S. team that won the 2002 Under-19 World Championship (ND’s Annie Schefter was a regular on that team before suffering an ACL injury shortly before the World Championship) … ASU – in its eighth varsity season – was picked to finish third in the 2003 Pac-10 standings … ASU third-year head coach Ray Leone previously coached at Clemson (a 2002 ND Classic participant), coaching alongside his wife Tracy (she now is coach of the U.S. Under-19s) … Bogus racked up seven game-winning goals in 2002 … senior F Patrice Feulner has 27 career goals (2nd in ASU history) and three hat tricks … ASU’s freshman class was rated ninth in the nation (by SA), with G Kim Bingham listed as the No. 9 recruit while M Katie Mahoney was 17th on that list … ASU will be facing both Notre Dame and Rutgers for the first time.
SOONERS NOTES – Oklahoma opened with home wins over Arkansas (3-1) and New Mexico (2-1, OT) … the Sooners lost eight seniors and four starters from its 2002 team, with 19 letterwinners returning from that 11-8 team that narrowly missed a spot in the Big 12 Conference Tournament (4-6, 9th) … the OU roster includes 25 players who are freshmen or sophomores … OU is embarking on its eighth season of varsity women’s soccer and fifth under head coach Randy Evans … the ’02 team started 11-3 before closing with five straight losses … current senior F Logan Womack and sophomore M Lauren MacIver were second team all-Big 12 selections in 2002 … Womack is a three-time all-Big 12 performer and heads into the ND classic with 76 career points (30G-16A), three shy of the OU record … junior G Catherine Wade racked up 10 saves in both games last week and carries a 0.95 goals-against average … OU beat Mississippi in a preseason exhibition (2-1).
KNIGHTS NOTES – Rutgers opened with a pair of shutouts last week, versus Providence (5-0) and Stony Brook (3-0) … junior All-American M Carli Lloyd (4G-1A) is a two-year member of the U.S. Under-21 team … Lloyd (4) and sophomore Kelly Evans (3) combined for seven of RU’s eight goals last week … ‘keepers Robyn Jones and Nora Crawford split time in the nets vs. PC and Stony Brook … the Knights return eight starters and 14 letterwinners from the 2002 team that went 10-9-2, finished third in the BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic Division and lost in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals (before missing the NCAAs) … RU went to the NCAAA round of 16 in 2001 … the Knights are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1999.
POLL NOTES – ND joins UCLA and North Carolina as schools currently ranked in the top five of both the men’s and women’s Soccer America polls, with the Irish men ranked 4th while the Bruins are first in the men’s poll and third in the women’s (UNC is first in the women’s poll, fifth in the men’s. …seven ND opponents currently are ranked in the SA or NSCAA women’s polls, with Stanford as high as second in the SA poll, Santa Clara as high as third in the coaches poll, West Virginia as high as 10th and Arizona State as high as 13th (both in the SA poll), Connecticut as high as 12th in the coaches poll, Villanova 23rd in the SA poll and Boston College 22nd in the coaches poll.
NOTES FROM 9-1 OPENING WIN OVER HARTFORD (Aug. 29)
HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING – Notre Dame, despite not playing its customary preseason exhibition games (instead opting for 20 regular-season dates) headed into its 2003 season opener minus three injured starters and two other regulars who are sidelined with various ailments … the result? – one of the most dominating games in the program’s history, a 9-1 dismantling of an historically-strong Hartford squad in opening-round action at the UConn Classic.
NEARLY DOUBLE DIGITS – The nine goals equal the second-most scored by the Irish in the five-year Randy Waldrum era and most since a 9-2 win at Wisconsin in 1999 (trailing only a 10-0 win over Georgetown later that season) … it also equates to nearly one-fifth of the entire goal output by the 2002 team that managed just 46 goals in 21 games … just two of the previous 15 ND women’s soccer teams have turned in a more dominating opener, in ’93 (12-0 at LaSalle) and ’96 (14-0 at Providence), while the nine-goal outburst trails just 15 double-digit scoring games in the program’s history.
NEW-LOOK LINEUP – The Irish started three freshmen and a sophomore, midfielder Annie Schefter, who missed all of the ’02 season due to injury (the other starters included three seniors, two juniors and two other sophomores) … the season-opening lineup included just six players who started the final game of the 2002 season, with two of those players – junior F Mary Boland and senior M Kim Carpenter – occupying different positions than in that ’02 NCAA third-round game at Stanford (others who started that game were senior F Amy Warner, sophomore F Katie Thorlakson, senior central D Melissa Tancredi and sophomore G Erika Bohn) … Schefter was one of several “newcomers” who had an impressive debut, energizing the midfield along with the addition of freshman Jen Buczkowski … Schefter looped a shot on goal that was nudged in by Carpenter before assisting on Boland’s third goal with a well-placed rightside corner kick.
OPENER SUCCESS – Notre Dame improved to 10-1-0 in its last 11 season openers (14-2-0 overall), including four straight opening wins since dropping a heartbreaker in 1999 to top-ranked North Carolina (3-2 in double -OT).
SKILLS SHOWCASE – The bulk of the Irish goals were the result of skilled play from several players, showcasing the tremendous technical ability of a potent team that now is slated to return 24 of its 28 players in ’04 … the ND forwards set the tone with stifling pressure that kept Hartford on its heels throughout the game while the midfield dominated their counterparts with crisp distribution … in the back, senior Melissa Tancredi and junior Gudrun Gunnarsdottir showed composure on the ball and top-level ball skills that are rarely seen with a pair of central backs on the college level – while freshmen Kim Lorenzen (rightside starter), Christie Shaner (leftside starter) and Lizzie Reed (reserve) each logged solid debuts at outside back.
FIRST-HALF FLURRY – ND totaled just 12 first-half goals in all of the 2002 season but erupted for five in the first 45 minutes of the Hartford game (on just seven shots) … the Irish wasted little time displaying their impressive interplay and pinpoint passing, with a five-player combination sequence yielding the first goal in the 7th minute … junior Mary Boland started at forward and made an immediate impact, scoring the first two Irish goals and adding a third in the second half (for her first career hat trick), in addition to threading a perfect thru-pass that sprung senior F Amanda Guertin for the 5-1 halftime cushion … Guertin and sophomore F Maggie Manning both scored twice off the bench, with Guertin adding a booming 40-yard assist on Manning’s second goal … senior F Amy Warner assisted on Boland’s first two goals and was taken down on a breakaway to set up Guertin’s PK, with Warner later capping the onslaught on a goal in the 81st minute … the Irish finished with a 24-7 overall shot edge (converting nine of the 14 shots that were on target) and nearly reached a double-digit goal total, with one shot clanging off the post and another off the crossbar .. ND’s constant pressure also was evidenced in the 10 offside calls that went against the Irish.
GUERTIN NEARS 40 GOALS, REACHES 100 POINTS – Her pair of goals vs. Hartford pushed Amanda Guertin’s career total to 39, tying 1999 graduate Shannon Boxx (who just was named to the U.S. World Cup roster) for 11th in ND history, just four behind Susie Zilvitis (’92) … the five-point day also landed Guertin on 100 career points, becoming the 13th Irish player ever to reach the century mark (she added an assist two days later in the 3-0 win over Wake Forest).
#6 NOTRE DAME 5 4 – 9
HARTFORD 1 0 – 1
ND 1. Mary Boland (Amy Warner) 6:32; ND 2. Boland (Warner) 15:19; ND 3. Kim Carpenter (Annie Schefter) 27:01; ND 4. Maggie Manning (-) 28:55; HART 1. Hilde Bakke (Jeanette Akerlund, Erin Mucha) 41:47; ND 5. Amanda Guertin (PK) 43:09; ND 6. Guertin (Boland) 50:36; ND 7. Manning (Guertin) 58:07; ND 8. Boland (Katie Thorlakson, Schefter) 71:55; ND 9. Warner (-) 80:58.
Shots: ND 7-17 – 24, HART 5-2 – 7.
Corner Kicks: ND 2-3 – 5, HART 1-1 – 2.
Saves: ND 4 (Erika Bohn 3, Nikki Westfall 1), HART 5 (Heather Hinton).
Fouls: ND 8, HART 10.
Offsides: ND 10, HART 10.
NOTES FROM 3-0 WIN OVER WAKE FOREST (Aug. 31)
GOALS KEEP COMING – Notre Dame generated just as many scoring chances as in the 9-1 win over Hartford but the Irish converted only three times, with several near-miss breakaways in the first half.
FIRST GOAL FOR THE ROOKIES – Midfielder Jill Krivacek opened the scoring 26 seconds before the halftime horn, becoming the first member of the highly-touted freshman class to find the net … senior F Amy Warner set the sequence in motion on a pass to freshman M Jen Buczkowski … the rookie playmaker then quickly moved the ball down the left endline and the 5-10 Krivacek (who teamed with Buczkowski on the Chicago Sockers and the Illinois ODP squad) roofed a close-range shot that ripped into the upper-left topnetting.
ANOTHER LAST-MINUTE GOAL -The Irish also scored in the closing seconds of the second half, as junior F Mary Boland flared a lead pass to the left side (no official assist) to set up senior F Amy Warner’s crossing shot with 10 seconds left to play.
NINE-POINT WEEKEND – Junior F Mary Boland also scored in the 65th minute, knocking home a deflected Amanda Guertin shot, to round out her nine-point showing at the UConn Classic (4G-1A).
BACK IN THE LINEUP – Fifth-year defender and Trumbull, Conn., native Vanessa Pruzinsky saw her first fall action since Sept. 20 of the 2002 season, after missing 19 of 21 games in 2002 due to a nagging ankle injury … Pruzinsky, who saw some action in the ’03 spring season, played the first 18 minutes of the second half vs. WFU and had a solid return to action, including several runs into the offensive third.
INJURY WOES CONTINUE – The Irish, already playing minus junior All-America D Candace Chapman and senior M Randi Scheller (both lost for the season due to injuries) suffered an injury to another starter in the WFU game, as junior central back Gudrun Gunnarsdottir was lost to a broken arm injury midway through the second half.
BACK-TO-BACK – The 12 goals scored at the UConn Classic are the most by an ND team in back-to-back games since the first year of the Randy Waldrum era, when his 1999 team totaled 16 goals in wins over Miami (7-1) and Wisconsin (9-2) … by comparison, last year’s Irish team totaled just 10 goals in the first five games of the 2002 season, with that ’02 squad averaging just over two goals per game for the entire season (46 goals in 21 games).
HOME-STATE HERO – Sophomore G and nutmeg state native Erika Bohn (Brookfield) stopped all five shots she faced for her 13th win in her last 15 games with the Irish (including a 5-0 mark in the ’03 spring) … her only losses in that stretch include: a 3-2 game vs. BYU that included a fluke goal (after a clearance deflected off the referee) and a rare late-game PK to break the 2-2 tie; and the season-ending loss at top-ranked Stanford, with the game’s only goal coming in the 81st minute as Bohn logged possibly her top all-around game of the ’02 season.
VS. THE ACC – The Irish now are 11-0-1 in their last 12 games vs. Atlantic Coast Conference teams other than perennial power North Carolina, with two wins and two ties vs. UNC during that 12-year stretch (dating back to ’92) .. that run vs. the ACC includes a 6-0-1 mark vs. Duke, 2-0-0 vs. both WFU and Maryland and a single win over N.C. State.
TOURNEY-TESTED – Notre Dame has gone 2-0 in each of its last three regular-season road tournaments, defeating top-level opponents in all six games (also 5-0 vs. Washington and 1-0 vs. Portland at the 2000 UP Classic; then 2-1 vs. Hartford and 5-2 vs. Maryland at the ’02 UM Classic, with the ’01 Santa Clara Classic canceled due to the 9/11 tragedy) … the Irish will hope for that success to continue in three weeks, with showdowns vs. Stanford (Sept. 19) and Santa Clara (Sept. 21) at the SCU Classic.
BOUNCE BACK – The win over WFU could signal a new trend for an ND program that recently has met with mixed results when playing the second day of a weekend, going just 4-4 in the 2002 regular season when playing two days after a previous game (the Irish were outscored 14-12 in those games).
ALL-TOURNAMENT PICKS – Four ND players were named to the UConn Classic all-tournament team: sophomore G Erika Bohn, junior F Mary Boland, junior D Gudrun Gunnarsdottir and senior F Amy Warner.
WAKE FOREST 0 0 – 0
#6 NOTRE DAME 1 2 – 3
ND 1. Jill Krivacek 1 (Jen Buczkowski, Amy Warner) 44:34; ND 2. Mary Boland 4 (Amanda Guertin) 64:13; ND 3. Warner 2 (-) 89:50.
Shots: WFU 4-4 – 8, ND 10-10 – 20.
Corner Kicks: WFU 3, ND 6.
Saves: WFU 7 (Kenna Healy), ND 6 (Erika Bohn 5, team 1).
Fouls: WFU 11, ND 12.
Offsides: WFU 0, ND 4.
NOTRE DAME PLAYER QUICK FACTS (see PDF for chart form)
F/M – #10 Mary Boland(Jr.; Hudson, OH … first player ever named BIG EAST off. and def. player of year in career … ’03 stats: 4G-1A (9 pts), GWG, 2 GS … versatile player who made M/D starts in 2002 … ’02 stats: 5G, GWG, 19 GP/15 GS … Academic All-America candidate (3.87 GPA) … career: 11G-3A (25 pts), 2 GWG, 31 GP/22 GS … former member of U.S. Under-19 Team
F – #6 Amanda Guertin (Sr.; Grapevine, TX) … 8 corner-kick assists in ’02 … ’03 stats: 2G-2A (6 pts), 2 GP/1 GS … 11th on ND career goal list, 6th on GWG list … ’02 stats: 11G-11A (5 GWG), 21 GS 10-game goal streak in ’01 (3rd in NCAA history) … career: 39G-23A-101 pts, 15 GWG, 69 GP/65 GS … ND-record 3 career OT goals
F – #7 Katie Thorlakson (So.; Langley, BC) … 10 of her 11 pts in ’02 came in final 9 games … ’03 stats: 1A; 2 GP/1 GS … ’02: 4G-3A, GWG, 19 GP/18 GS … member of Canada’s Under-19 National Team (’02, ’03) … career: 4G-4A (12 pts), 21 GP/19 GS … played some M with ND in ’02 before full-time shift to F
F – #12 Amy Warner (Sr.; Albuquerque, NM) … 2nd-year co-captain … ’03 stats: 2G-3A (7 pts), 2 GS … 15th on ND career goals list ; 2 career hat tricks … ’02 stats: 9G-8A (26 pts), 3 GWG, 21 GS … named all-tournament at 2003 UConn Classic … career: 29G-16A (74 pts), 9 GWG, 62 GP/55 GS … 3-time all-region pick, twice 1st team all-BIG EAST
F – #13 Maggie Manning (So.; Lake Oswego, OR) … turned in strong ’03 spring season … ’03 stats: 2G, 2 GP … ’02: 1G-2A, 18 GP/13 GS … played some M in ’02, now part of regular F rotation … career: 3G-2A (8 pts), 20 GP/15 GS … Oregon player of year at Jesuit HS
AM – #25 Kimberly Carpenter (Sr.; Webster, NY) … started at right back and midfield in ’02 … ’03 stats: 1G, 2 GS … ’02: 1A, 21 GP/20 GS … career: 3G-1A, 47 GP/22 GS
DM – #9 Jen Buczkowski (Fr.; Elk Grove , IL) … totaled 69G-52A in 3-year HS career (Elk Grove) … ’03 stats: 1A, 2 GS … rated #6 recruit (Soccer America); prep All-American, U.S. Under-19 team
DM – #24 Jill Krivacek (Fr.; Geneva, IL) … 78 career goals at Rosary HS … ’03 stats: 1 GWG (vs. WFU), 2 GP … has good skills to fill defensive midfield role
M – #19 Sarah Halpenny (Jr.; Glendale, IL) … former transfer from UC-Irvine … ’03 stats: 1 GP (9 GP/2 GS in ’02) … career: G-A, 20 GP/15 GS
M/OB – #15 Lizzie Reed (Fr.; Franklin Lakes, NJ) … 126 career goals at Ramapo Regional HS … ’03 stats: 2 GP/1 GS … prep All-American; member of ODP national runner-up (NJ)
M/CD – #11 Annie Schefter (So.; Yakima, WA … member of U.S. Under-19 Team (’02) … ’03 stats: 2 A (vs. Hartford), 2 GS (at M) … Academic All-America candidate (3.67 GPA) … missed all of ND’s ’02 season(ACL) … 47G-21A as sr. at West Valley HS (Gatorade WA player of yr.)
LB/CD – #18 Christie Shaner (Fr.; Ambler, PA) … rated #22 recruit (SA) … ’03 stats: 2 GP/1 GS (LB vs. Hartford) … prep All-American … 15G as center M in ’02 at Germantown Academ … member of national u-19 semifinalist (FC Bucks Challenge)
RB – #4 Kim Lorenzen (Fr.; Naperville, IL) … versatile player who has trained at F, M and D … ’03 stats: 2 GS … teamed with Buczkowski and Krivacek on ODP national champs (IL)
D – #5 Vanessa Pruzinsky (Sr.; Trumbull, CT) … 5th-year player (ankle injury in ’02), 2nd-year team co-captain … ’03 stats: 1 GP … ’02: 2 GP/1 GS (inj.) … third ND chemical engineering major ever to graduate with 4.0 GPA … career: 2G-6A (10 pts), 74 GP/72 GS … named first team all-BIG EAST in 2000 and 2001
CD – #17 Melissa Tancredi (Sr.; Ancaster, ONT) … converted forward … ’03: 2 GS … ’02: 4G, 18 GP/16 GS … 5 of 8G with ND have come on CK headers (all 4 in ’02) … career: 8G-4A (20 pts), GWG, 36 GP/28 GS … named offensive MVP at 2002 Maryland Classic
G – #1 Erika Bohn (So.; Brookfield, CT) … was first ND freshman to start in G since ’93 … ’03 stats: 0.56 GAA, 8 SV, 1 GA, 2 GS … 14 games with 0-1 GA in ’02 (7 of final 8) … ’02 stats: 1.27 GAA, 57 SV, 23 GA, 20 GP/19 GS … Academic All-America candidate (3.67 GPA) … career: 1.21 GA, 65 SV, 24 GA,22 GP/21 GS … 13-2 with 11 GA in last 15 starts with Irish (5-0 in spring ’03)
G – #0 Nikki Westfall (Fr.; Waterville, OH) … 0.76 GAA in ’02 at Wayne HS (0.88 career) … ’03 stats: 0.00, 1 SV, 1 GP (vs. Hartford) … 5 GA, 15 shutouts as prep sophomore
NOTRE DAME TEAM QUICK FACTS
DEPTH CHARGES – ND returned 12 of its top 13 players from the 2002 roster (including Candace Chapman and Randi Scheller, now both out for the year), with the biggest loss being ace defensive M Ashley Dryer … the addition of nation’s 5th-rated freshman class gives the Irish the greatest depth of the five-year Randy Waldrum era.
FIRE & ICE – Seniors Amy Warner (29 career goals) and Amanda Guertin (39) could emerge as one of the nation’s premier forward tandems, with both among 12 total players named to the preseason all-BIG EAST team.
MIDFIELD SHIFT – ND has altered the alignment of its three central-based midfielders, with one of those players in a defensive role and two in more attacking roles (the Irish used that shape in ’99, then two back and one forward in ’00-’02).
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – Fifth-year D Vanessa Pruzinsky in May 2003 became the third chemical engineering major (and first since ’74) to graduate from ND with a 4.0 cumulative GPA … Pruzinsky is a two-time Academic All-American, with ND’s other top candidates for that award in ’03 including junior F/M Mary Boland (3.87, psychology), sophomore M/D Annie Schefter (3.67, College of Science) and sophomore G Erika Bohn (3.67, College of Business).
INJURY WOES CONTINUE: Notre Dame’s 2002 season was hampered by injuries to several top players (totaling 64 games missed)