Nov. 13, 2005

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Kerri Hanks and Katie Thorlakson took another step to becoming one of the elite scoring tandems in Division I women’s soccer history, combining for two goals and an assist while leading the Notre Dame women’s soccer team to its 11th straight win, a 3-0 victory over Michigan State in NCAA Tournament second-round action at Alumni Field.

(Note: check back to this recap for game photos, quotes and additional updated team notes.)

Notre Dame (21-2-0) – which has outscored its opponents 55-1 during the current winning streak and 104-10 overall this season – now advances to the round-of-16 for the 10th time in the past 12 years and will play host to Yale on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Yale pulled off a thrilling upset of visiting Duke (2-1) by scoring in the final second of regulation during Sunday’s other second-round action. Duke had been the No. 3-seeded team in the quadrant of the bracket that includes survivors Yale, Portland (a 3-2 winner Sunday at Nebraska), Notre Dame and Arizona (a 1-0 winner over Utah on Saturday). Duke joins BYU (#4) as teams seeded in the quadrant that failed to advance to the round-of-16. Arizona will travel to Portland next weekend, with the winner of that game to face the Notre Dame-Yale winner in the quarterfinal round (during Thanksgiving weekend).

The 2005 Notre Dame team’s goal production (104) has been topped by just two previous Irish teams while the current squad’s 17 shutouts also rank third in the program’s storied history, one shy of the shutout record shared by the ’95 and ’97 teams.

Hanks opened the scoring with her 26th goal of the season (just two shy of the Irish record held by Jenny Heft) while Thorlakson – who notched her 31st assist of the season on the Hanks goal – scored five minutes later for her 18th goal of the ’05 season and a 2-0 lead at the intermission. The assist was the 68th of Thorlakson’s career (moving her into sixth place in NCAA history), followed moments later by the 55th goal of her stellar career.

Hanks (15 assists) and Thorlakson both have 67 points for the season, becoming just the second set of teammates in the 24-year history of Division I women’s soccer history to reach 67 points in the same season. They now will set their sites on both reaching 70 points, a distinction held only by 1995 SMU players Danielle Garrett (83; now Danielle Fotopoulos) and Courtney Linex (77).

Cindy Daws (72, in ’96) and Thorlakson (70, in ’04) are the only Notre Dame players ever to total more points in a season than the 2005 production of Thorlakson or Hanks – whose 134 combined points are just shy of the Irish record for points by teammates (Daws and Jenny Streiffer combined for 136 in ’96).

Each passing game sees Thorlakson’s name become more entrenched in the Irish record book but Hanks has snatched one of those records away, as her three shots on Sunday give her 128 for the season (23 more than all of ND’s ’05 opponents combined shots vs. the Irish) to best the single-season shot record set by Thorlakson in ’04 (127).

Thorlakson’s four-point game helped compensate for the loss of that record as she has posted points in 12 consecutive games (36 points; 9G-18A), tying a record she already shared with Anne Makinen. Thorlakson – who is averaging 3.0 points per game in her current point streak (36; 9G-18A) – recently became Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer in BIG EAST Tournament and overall postseason games but she now also holds the Irish record for career points in the NCAAs, with 25 (7G-11A) in 13 NCAA games played (Monica Gerardo previously held the mark, with 24).

The two-time BIG EAST player of the year also has scored in every one of Notre Dame’s postseason games during the past two seasons (14), totaling 43 points in those games (13G-17A).

Senior midfielder Annie Schefter had the primary assist on Thorlakson’s goal and capped the scoring with her third goal of the season, early in the second half. All 12 of Schefter’s career goals with the Irish have come within the friendly confines of Alumni Field.

The Irish extended their team record by scoring three-plus goals for the 10th straight game. Several other streaks also continued as Notre Dame has: scored in 34 straight games (still 3rd-best in ND history); gone unbeaten in its past 26 home games (25-0-1); gone 65-2-0 in its past 67 games when scoring first; won 224 consecutive games when claiming a 2-0 lead; and won 50 straight when scoring 3-plus goals (133-1-0 in past 134).

Notre Dame doubled up Michigan State (12-6-5) for an 18-9 shot edge, with many of the MSU chances coming in the lategoing. The Irish also finished with an 8-1 edge in shots on goal and 7-1 in corner kicks (the 12th time this season that the opponents have been held to 0-1 corners).

MSU’s late shots resulted in Notre Dame’s season totals now including 104 goals scored, 105 opponent shots, 45 opponents shots on goal and 37 opponent corner kicks.

In addition to outscoring the opposition 55-1 during the current 12-game winning streak, the Irish also have allowed just 18 shots on goal (1.5/gm) and 22 corner kicks during that six-week stretch. Notre Dame has yet to allow a goal in the 2005 postseason, pushing the current shutout streak to 478 minutes.

Yale could face a tough task next weekend when it faces a Notre Dame team that has won all of its home games this season (12-0-0) while allowing a total of just 14 shots on goal in those 12 games (1.2/gm). The Irish also own an all-time record of 27-3-0 in home NCAA Tournament games, as part of the program’s 34-10-0 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play.

Thorlakson now has scored (4) or assisted (11) on 15 of Notre Dame’s 21 gamewinning goals this season. Her career assists total (69) still ranks sixth in the NCAA record book but now is just one behind former Jacksonville player Marit Foss and two shy of the 71 career assists posted by Strieffer and recent UNC player Alyssa Ramsey. Thorlakson’s 31 assists in ’05 now rank alone in fourth on that NCAA single-season list, two behind Mia Hamm’s total with the 1992 UNC squad.

The player who owns the top single-season assist total in Notre Dame history ¬- Holly Manthei, dropped down a spot on the Irish career points list, as Thorlakson (178) moved past her into sixth on that chart (next up is Makinen, with 186). Thorlakson’s 55th career goal ties her with Rosella Guerrero for eight in the Notre Dame record book, four back of Meotis Erikson and Michelle McCarthy.

Thorlakson now needs just two goals to become the first Division I player ever to post 20G-20A in multiple seasons (she had 23G-24A in ’04) while five more goals would make her the sixth D-I player ever to reach 60G-60A in her career.

Michigan State (12-6-5) 0 0 – 0
Notre Dame (21-2-0) 2 1 – 3

ND 1. Kerri Hanks 26 (Katie Thorlakson) 32:34; ND 2. Thorlakson 18 (Annie Schefter, Maggie Manning) 37:50; ND 3. Schefter 4 (Cinalli) 48:04.

Shots: MSU 1-8 – 9, ND 12-6 – 18
Corner Kicks: MSU 0-1 – 1, ND 5-2 – 7
Saves: MSU 5 (Nicole Galas), ND 1 (Erika Bohn 0 in 66:34; Lauren Karas 1 in 23:26)
Fouls: MSU 17, ND 13
Offsides: MSU 0, ND 9
Yellow Cards: Kristi Timar (MSU) 59:39; Maureen Pawlak (MSU) 60:54; Kim Lorenzen (ND, 1st of season) 83:58; Carrie Dew (ND, 3rd of season) 88:59