April 21, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will emanate for the first time from Canada this summer, and a University of Notre Dame women’s soccer legend looks to play a prominent role for her home country on the sport’s grandest stage.
Three-time all-BIG EAST Conference selection Shannon Boxx (’99) was officially named to the United States Women’s National Team roster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup late last week. Boxx’s selection insured that Notre Dame would be represented in the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the sixth straight cycle dating back to 1995 (Holly Manthei, United States).
Boxx will make her fourth career appearance for the United States in World Cup play after previously competing in 2003 (bronze), 2007 (bronze) and 2011 (silver). Boxx was named to the FIFA All-World Cup Team in 2003 during a breakout performance for the American side, and has scored 27 international goals in her career. She has also earned three Olympic gold medals with the United States, placing first at the 2004 Athens Games, the 2008 Beijing Games and the 2012 London Games.
Originally from Torrance, California, Boxx made three NCAA College Cup appearances with Notre Dame from 1995-97, including winning the 1995 national championship and securing a runner-up finish in 1996. She helped lead the Fighting Irish to an 89-8-4 record during her four-year career, and remains ranked among the top-15 players in program history in four career statistical categories; consecutive games played (101 — tied/fourth), total games played (101 — tied/sixth), assists (57 — sixth) and points (135 — 13th).
Boxx is one of 12 players in Notre Dame program history with at least 30 career goals (39) and 30 career assists (59), and is one of 14 different Fighting Irish players to not miss a single game during their Notre Dame careers. She was also selected to the Soccer America All-Freshman Team in 1995, earning all-BIG EAST Conference honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will begin on June 6 and continue through July 5 across various sites in Canada, with group stage matches being held in Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Moncton and Montreal throughout the month of June. The United States will begin its World Cup journey on June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg.
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