Senior midfielder Rebecca Mendoza scored twice in Notre Dame's 4-0 win over Providence last season at Alumni Field.

Life On The Road Continues For Top-Ranked Irish

Oct. 16, 2008

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2008 ND Women’s Soccer — Game 15
#1/1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-0-0 / 7-0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Providence Friars (5-5-3 / 0-4-3 BIG EAST)

DATE: Oct. 17, 2008
TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET
AT: Providence, R.I. – Glay Field (1,500)
SERIES: ND leads 12-0-0
1ST MTG: ND 2-0 (10/22/91)
LAST MTG: ND 4-0 (10/19/07)
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  • Notre Dame has scored at least three goals in its last seven games, four shy of the school record set in 2005.
  • The next Irish win will be the 400th in program history, and the 200th in head coach Randy Waldrum’s tenure at Notre Dame.

Life On The Road Continues For Top-Ranked Irish
Resilience and focus continue to be the buzzwords for No. 1 Notre Dame as the Irish kick off the second half of their four-game BIG EAST Conference road trip Friday with a 3 p.m. (ET) matinee at Providence. With four games remaining in the regular season, Notre Dame holds a five-point lead on Rutgers in the BIG EAST’s National Division.

The Irish (14-0, 7-0) have used a variety of different ways to win games this season and found a new method last Sunday, fighting off a stern test from Villanova to pick up a 3-2 overtime road win over the Wildcats. Notre Dame scored twice in the first eight minutes, but VU clawed back with a pair of second-half goals before sophomore midfielder Rose Augustin hammered home the “golden goal” at 96:58.

Senior All-America forward/Hermann Trophy candidates Brittany Bock and Kerri Hanks potted the early goals for Notre Dame, with Hanks extending her goalscoring streak to a career-high eight games, and stretching her current point-scoring run to 10 games (her third double-digit point streak in as many seasons).


  • Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 in the latest NSCAA and Soccer America polls.
  • Providence is not ranked.

A Quick Look At The Fighting Irish
Notre Dame rolls out one of its deepest teams in years, with 19 monogram winners (including nine starters) back from last season’s squad that went 19-5-2 (11-0-0 in the BIG EAST) and advanced to the NCAA College Cup semifinals for the ninth time in the past 14 years. The Irish also bring back a powerful offensive punch, with 83.3 percent of their goalscoring (55 of 66) returning.

As if that weren’t enough, Notre Dame welcomes a highly-regarded nine-player freshman class to campus, with three of those incoming players having earned multiple national All-America honors during their prep or club careers.

Leading the way for Notre Dame this season are two of the country’s premier front-line players (and ’07 NSCAA first-team All-Americans) in senior forward Kerri Hanks and senior forward/midfielder Brittany Bock.

A three-time All-American and the ’06 Hermann Trophy recipient, Hanks (14G-4A) continues to blaze new trails through the NCAA and Irish record books, having led the nation in assists the past two seasons, and aiming to become the third Division I player ever to log 70 goals and 70 assists in her career (78G-62A entering Friday’s game). She has earned national honors from Top Drawer Soccer (Player/Team of the Week) three times and twice from Soccer America (Team of the Week), as well as twice taking home BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors and her second consecutive Offensive MVP award at the Inn at Saint Mary’s Classic with a school record-tying sixth career hat trick vs. Loyola Marymount.

Bock (4G-3A), one of the Irish co-captains in 2008, emerged as a genuine offensive threat last season, leading the team in goals and finishing second with 36 points (16G-4A). The reigining BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Bock earned the league’s Offensive Player of the Week honor on Sept. 8, as well as a spot on the Soccer America National Team of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at No. 3/2 North Carolina on Sept. 5.

Another key player for the Irish this season is senior center back and co-captain Carrie Dew (0G-1A), the 2006 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year who made a successful recovery from an ACL injury late in the ’06 regular season with a solid ’07 campaign. She is the two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week honoree, and a BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection after leading Notre Dame to eight shutouts and a 0.50 GAA, including four consecutive clean sheets to open this season (the first time the Irish have done that since ’95).

A Quick Look At Providence
Providence (5-5-3, 0-4-3) opened this season with four wins in its first five games, but comes into Friday’s contest with Notre Dame having gone winless in its last six outings (three ties, three losses).

The Friars most recently took the pitch last Sunday, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision at Pittsburgh. Senior forward Victoria Neff knotted the game at 1-1, but the Panthers bounced back to score the gamewinner at 5:40 of the first overtime period.

Junior forward Jill Camburn leads PC in scoring this season with nine points (3G-3A), while senior forward Kelly Pettersen and freshman midfielder Courtney Collins also have a team-high three goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Jill Schott has started all 12 games for the Friars, posting a 1.02 GAA with an .835 save percentage and two solo shutouts.

Head coach Jim McGirr is in his fourth season at Providence, owning a 18-38-11 (.351) record with the Friars. He is 0-2 all-time against Notre Dame.

The Notre Dame-Providence Series
The Irish have won each of the 12 prior matchups with Providence, with a 61-1 scoring margin in those games. Notre Dame also is 4-0 all-time on the Friars’ home turf, Glay Field, with a 27-0 scoring margin.

An individual game listing for this series can be found on page 100 of the 2008 Irish women’s soccer media guide.

The Last Time ND And Providence Met
Rebecca Mendoza scored twice and Kerri Hanks converted a first-half penalty kick as Notre Dame rolled past Providence, 4-0 on Oct. 19, 2007, at Alumni Field. The Irish outshot the Friars, 27-3 in the contest, including a 14-1 spread in shots on goal.

Hanks got Notre Dame on the board at 33:51, beating PC ‘keeper Laura Elfers after the two collided in the area to set up the PK. Mendoza then scored twice in a 7:18 span early in the second half, including an unassisted goal just 92 seconds after halftime. Susan Pinnick then iced the win with a goal in the 86th minute.

Other ND-Providence Series Tidbits

  • Notre Dame is making its first visit to Providence since the 2002 season opener, when the Irish beat the Friars, 3-0 on Aug. 30.
  • Notre Dame’s 14-0 win at Providence on Aug. 31, 1996, marks the most goals the Irish have ever scored in a season opener. Notre Dame also amassed a school-record 52 points (14G-24A) in the victory.

Poll Position
Notre Dame took over the No. 1 ranking in all of the major national polls on Sept. 16 (unanimous in this week’s NSCAA and Soccer Times balloting), with the Irish now having earned the top spot in the nation in four of the past five seasons (and five of the 10-year Randy Waldrum era, with Waldrum joining North Carolina’s Anson Dorrance as the only coaches with five top-ranked seasons in this decade).

Notre Dame last was ranked No. 1 in 2006, assuming that post in all the polls by the end of the season’s first month and carrying it through to the NCAA College Cup final, where the Irish fell to North Carolina, 2-1 (one of only two blemishes in a 25-1-1 season).

Notre Dame remains the only team in the country to own the No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA poll in four of five years from 2004-08. All-time, the Irish are 82-6-3 (.918) as the nation’s top-ranked squad.

As has become the custom on the Notre Dame campus, the traditional lighted #1 sign has reappeared atop Grace Hall, and a #1 flag now flies outside the Irish athletic department offices at the Joyce Center (see note on pp. 26 of this year’s media guide).

This year’s women’s soccer ranking marks the ninth consecutive academic year (starting in 2000-01) that Notre Dame has fielded at least one top-ranked team, with women’s basketball, fencing, baseball and ice hockey also reaching the top of their respective polls during that span.

One Tough Slate
Lest anyone think Notre Dame hasn’t earned its place atop the polls, just take a look at the Irish schedule this season.

Notre Dame has five wins over ranked opponents (No. 21/12 Santa Clara, at No. 3/2 North Carolina, vs. No. 12/11 Duke, at No. 17/16 Penn State and at No. 17/16 Georgetown), with the first three in that series coming in succession and the last four all coming away from home.

And it’s not like the Irish have experience playing SCU, UNC and Duke in a row, having last seen those three powerhouses in succession in 1995 (and not at any point in the same regular season, let alone in a row, since 1999).

The 1-0 win at North Carolina on Sept. 5 was even more noteworthy, as it marked just the seventh time the Tar Heels had ever been shut out at home, and only the fifth time by a Division I team. One of those five was a 0-0 tie (Duke), while the other four were 1-0 losses, two at the hands of Notre Dame (the other came in the ’95 NCAA semifinals at Fetzer Field, leading to the first of two Irish national championships).

Beasts Of The BIG EAST
Following last Sunday’s win at Villanova, Notre Dame now owns a school-record 45-game unbeaten streak (43-0-2) against BIG EAST opposition since a 4-1 loss at No. 15 Marquette on Sept. 30, 2005. In that time, the only ties were a 0-0 draw at Connecticut (Oct. 13, 2006) and a 1-1 deadlock at No. 12 West Virginia in last year’s BIG EAST final on Nov. 11 (WVU won 5-3 on PKs, but the game is recorded as a tie).

Since joining the BIG EAST, the Irish are 119-8-4 (.924) all-time in regular-season conference games, 29-2-1 (.922) in the BIG EAST Tournament, and hold a 658-80 scoring edge dating back to that first league season in ’95.

What’s more Notre Dame maintains a 13-year, 82-game home unbeaten streak (81-0-1) versus BIG EAST teams, with Connecticut the lone conference team ever to defeat the Irish at Alumni Field (5-4 in OT on Oct. 6, 1995).

Numbers Don’t Lie
To get a clearer picture of just how dominating Notre Dame has been through 14 games this season, one need look no further than some of numbers the Irish have put up.

Notre Dame is outscoring its opponents by a staggering 48-7 margin with eight shutouts this year. The Irish also rank fourth in the nation in scoring offense (3.43 goals/game), as well as ninth in goals-against average (0.50) and 18th in shutout percentage (0.571).

The Irish also allowed just 37 opponent shots on goal all year (11 fewer shots on goal than Notre Dame’s goals). By comparison, senior All-America forward and Hermann Trophy candidate Kerri Hanks has 37 shots on goal all by herself.

Together, the Irish have registered 156 shots on goal, while their opponents have managed 95 total shots this year. And, Notre Dame has a sizeable 101-32 edge in corner kicks to boot.

Lead, Follow Or Just Get Out Of The Way
With the potency of the Notre Dame offensive attack, most opponents opt for the third option. In fact, the Irish have trailed for a grand total of 1:59 this season (59:06-61:05 vs. Marquette on Oct. 5) and have led for 861:23 of 1,266:58 minutes this season (68% of the elapsed game time). In addition, Notre Dame has been tied in the second half or OT six times (0-0 at No. 3/2 North Carolina, 0-0 and 1-1 against No. 12/11 Duke, 0-0 at DePaul, 1-1 vs. Marquette, 2-2 at Villanova) for a combined total of 51:41, taking no more than 22:17 (at DePaul) to break any of the ties and move in front.

The One And Only
At 14-0-0, Notre Dame remains the lone unbeaten and untied team left in Division I women’s soccer and one of only four across all three NCAA divisions.

At Division II, there are two schools that are still perfect through Oct. 15: Grand Valley State (14-0-0) and West Virginia Wesleyan (12-0-0).

At Division III, Williams (9-0-0) is the only team still with an unblemished record.

Dude, We’re Going Streaking
With its 3-0 win at home over South Florida on Oct. 3, Notre Dame set a new school record for consecutive regular-season victories, with the active winning streak now at 24 games. The last time the Irish dropped a regular-season contest was more than a year ago (Sept. 23, 2007) when they gave up two second-half goals in a 2-1 loss to 14th-ranked Penn State at Alumni Field.

Notre Dame’s current 24-game regular-season unbeaten streak also is the fifth-longest in school history. In fact, it should be noted that, except for a 16-day stretch last September when the Irish lost four times in six games (twice in OT), Notre Dame has not dropped a regular-season game dating back the middle of the 2005 season.

What’s more, since beginning last season with that tough 3-4-1 start, the Irish are 30-1-1 in their last 32 games overall, with the only loss coming to No. 14 Florida State (3-2) in last year’s NCAA College Cup semifinals, and the lone tie occurring at No. 12 West Virginia (1-1) in the ’07 BIG EAST tournament final (WVU won the title on penalty kicks, 5-3).

We’re Kind Of Used To This, Too
Notre Dame’s current 14-game winning streak marks the sixth consecutive season in which the Irish have reeled off at least 12 victories in a row. The longest run in that span (dating back to 2003) was a 15-game winning streak to kick off the 2004 national championship season.

Golden Domers Golden In OT
Overtime has usually been the right time for Notre Dame, as the Irish are 16-3-8 (.741) all-time in the Randy Waldrum era (since ’99) when going to an extra period or two. Notre Dame went to OT for the first time this season on Oct. 12, taking a 3-2 win at Villanova on a “golden goal” by sophomore midfielder Rose Augustin at 96:58.

Getting The Jump On The Competition
Notre Dame’s quick start this season has been fueled by its lightning-fast beginning to either the first or second half.

In nine games (including six home games), the Irish have scored a goal in the first 20 minutes of play, with senior forward Kerri Hanks owning the fastest strike of the season (penalty kick at 2:39 vs. Loyola Marymount on Aug. 29). That marked the 11th-fastest goal of the Randy Waldrum era, and the quickest since Nov. 5, 2006, when Hanks struck 57 seconds into the BIG EAST final against Rutgers (a game the Irish ultimately won, 4-2).

In two of its road games, Notre Dame has been scoreless at halftime, but taken the lead less than five minutes into the second half. Against No. 3/2 UNC, senior forward Brittany Bock scored at 50:21, then against No. 12/11 Duke, Bock fed Hanks for a score only 69 seconds after emerging from the locker room.

Strong Out Of The Blocks
Notre Dame is off to a 14-0-0 start for the third time in program history, all in the past nine seasons and all under current head coach Randy Waldrum.

Spreading The Wealth
In an early example of the incredible depth of this year’s Notre Dame squad, the Irish had seven different players score goals in the season-opening 7-0 whitewash of Michigan (including three who tallied their first career goals). That matched the largest number of goalscorers in one game during the 10-year Randy Waldrum era (since ’99), and the most since the 2005 season opener (an 11-1 rout of New Hampshire on Aug. 26 in the TD Banknorth Classic at Burlington, Vt.).

For the season, 15 different Notre Dame players, representing all four classes, have scored at least one goal, with only four individual multi-goal games thus far (Kerri Hanks’ hat trick against Loyola Marymount on Aug. 29; Melissa Henderson’s two-goal game against SMU on Sept. 12; Henderson’s hat trick on Sept. 28 at Cincinnati, and Brittany Bock’s two-goal day on Oct. 5 against Marquette).

In addition, Notre Dame already has tied the school record with 20 different point scorers this season. Junior defender Haley Ford was the latest to join both clubs with her first collegiate goal and an assist at Cincinnati.

The Notre Dame single-season records for goalscorers (17) and point scorers (20) both were set in 1996 (in a 26-game season).

No Soup For You
For the second time in program history, the first time since 1995 and the first time in the Randy Waldrum era, Notre Dame opened its season with four consecutive shutouts, blanking Michigan (7-0), Loyola Marymount (4-0), No. 21/12 Santa Clara (2-0) and No. 3/2 North Carolina (1-0). The Irish actually put together a string of 419:44 scoreless minutes to begin this season (437:44 dating back to the end of last year), before the run was snapped on Sept. 7 when No. 12/11 Duke scored at 59:19 off a corner kick that deflected in off an Irish defender.

The 1995 squad reeled off eight consecutive shutouts to begin what would be a 21-2-2 season, culminating with the program’s first national championship.

No Shots For You, Either
Notre Dame held South Florida without a single shot in a 3-0 win on Oct. 3. It marked the first time since Oct. 1, 2000 (vs. Rutgers) that the Irish defense didn’t yield a shot.

Hanks = History
With each passing game, senior All-America forward and Hermann Trophy candidate Kerri Hanks reaches more career milestones in the NCAA and Notre Dame record books, continuing to stamp herself as one of the greats in women’s college soccer history.

On Sept. 19 at DePaul, Hanks’ second-half goal was the 70th of her career, making her the fourth D-I player to amass 70 goals and 60 assists (others are North Carolina’s Mia Hamm, Notre Dame’s Jenny Streiffer and UC Santa Barbara’s Carin Jennings).

Last Sunday at Villanova, Hanks converted a penalty kick for the fourth consecutive game to break a tie with former Penn State standout Christie Welsh (1999-2002) for 10th place on the Division I career points list (now with 218 points (78G-62A)). Hanks also has tied U.S. National Team legend and former North Carolina standout Kristine Lilly (1989-92) and UNC Greensboro’s Ali Lord (1995-98) for 20th place on the NCAA career goals list (78).

The national leader in assists the past two seasons (22 in ’06; 21 in ’07), Hanks also looks ahead to the historic 70G-70A club, a landmark achievement that only two players (Hamm and Streiffer) in the history of Division I women’s soccer have managed to attain (and neither got beyond 72G-72A).

Hanks Sets The Table, Too
Set plays and dead-ball situations now have accounted for 69 (24G-21A) of Kerri Hanks’ 218 career points (78G-62A), representing 31.7% of her points with the Irish. Her 24 goals have come on penalty kicks (13-for-14, including 6-for-7 this year and 4-for-4 in the past four games), free kicks (10), or directly on a corner kick (1), while her 21 assists have been via corner-kick (13) or free-kick (8) services.

Bock Stays A-Head Of The Game
Exactly half (22) of the 44 career goals scored by senior forward/midfielder Brittany Bock have come on headers. That includes nine of her last 12 scores, most recently the opening goal in last Sunday’s win at Villanova. Bock also has four rare header assists in her career.

Melissa Can’t Miss
Freshman forward Melissa Henderson is making the most of her time on the field, ranking second in the BIG EAST and 29th in the nation in goals (10) despite averaging less than 41 minutes per game. In fact, were she to be averaging a full 90 minutes and scoring at her current pace, Henderson would have 22 goals this season, six more than the national co-leaders entering this week’s action.

Iantorno Is One Super Sub
Despite starting just once this season, sophomore forward Erica Iantorno leads the Irish with six assists and is third on the team with 12 points (3G-6A). All this for a player who came to Notre Dame last year as a walk-on (after reversing her original decision to attend Missouri) and had four points during her entire freshman season (on four assists).

This year, Iantorno has emerged as Notre Dame “microwave” off the bench, heating up the minute she gets into the game. In fact, less than a minute after subbing into the Penn State game on Sept. 21, the Hinsdale, Ill., native already had chalked up an assist, taking a throw-in, driving to the left endline and whipping a cross into the box that junior forward Michele Weissenhofer buried in the back of the net.

Five days later against Louisville, Iantorno posted a three-point night (1G-1A) less than 10 minutes after coming into the game at the 31-minute mark. First, she delivered a sharp cross at the top of the box that Weissenhofer dummied for freshman midfielder Courtney Barg, who scored her first career goal (33:35). Then, senior defender Elise Weber sent a cross into the box that was misplayed by the Louisville goalkeeper and Iantorno was on the doorstep for the easy finish (40:32).

Our Fearless Leader
Tenth-year Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum reached a career milestone on Sept. 21 at No. 17/16 Penn State. With the 3-1 Irish victory, Waldrum became the eighth active Division I head coach to record 300 career wins — he now has a record of 306-79-20 (.780) in 19 seasons (including six at Tulsa and three at Baylor).

Game #14 Recap: Villanova
Sophomore midfielder Rose Augustin rifled home the “golden goal” less than seven minutes into overtime as No. 1 Notre Dame stretched its season-opening winning streak to 14 games with a hard-fought 3-2 overtime win at BIG EAST Conference foe Villanova on Sunday afternoon at VU’s West Campus Soccer Complex. It was the first time this season that the Irish were taken to an extra period, but the end result was Notre Dame’s seventh consecutive three-goal game and an extension of its BIG EAST unbeaten streak to 45 games, the third-longest in NCAA Division I history.

Augustin’s OT gamewinner was the first of her career and her third goal of the 2008 season. However, it was set up by the hard work of senior defender Elise Weber, who battled to pry loose the ball near the left side and angled her dribble back toward goal before lofting a precision cross-field pass that floated over a crowded offensive third and found Augustin unmarked at the right flank. The second-year midliner pushed forward on the dribble into the penalty area and uncorked a low rocket into the far left-side netting from 15 yards out (96:58).

The Irish wound up with a 24-7 edge in total shots (15-4 in shots on goal) and held a 7-5 margin on corner kicks. The game was physical at both ends, with the teams combining for 33 fouls (18 by Villanova) and a pair of yellow cards (both to VU). Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Lysander was credited with the victory, stopping two shots.

The victory capped a wild swing of emotions for Notre Dame (14-0-0, 7-0-0 BIG EAST), which appeared to have the game under control in the first half after scoring twice in the first eight minutes of play with a brilliant 1-2 punch from their senior All-America forwards and Hermann Trophy candidates. Brittany Bock was the first to dent the scoreboard, running on to a cross from sophomore defender Julie Scheidler and nodding it past the charging Villanova goalkeeper, Molly Williams (3:06).

On Notre Dame’s next offensive flurry, junior midfielder Courtney Rosen won the ball at midfield and lofted a chip over the Wildcats’ backline, where Kerri Hanks outraced a pair of VU defenders into the box before being hauled down and drawing a penalty kick. Hanks then finished the job she started, slotting her 14th goal of the season (7:56), while extending her goalscoring streak to a career-high eight games and her point-scoring string to 10 contests.

Villanova rallied with a pair of second-half goals, both resulting from corner kick formations and loose-ball scrambles in the goal mouth. Grace Hawkins and Laura Sylvester got the scores for the Wildcats.

The Magic Number
Scoring three goals has meant virtually an automatic win in Notre Dame women’s soccer history, with a 273-3-1 (.987) record in those games, including a 175-1-0 (.994) mark since Oct. 6, 1995. The Irish also are 369-9-15 (.958) when holding the opposition to 0-1 goals.

Most impressively, Notre Dame is 294-0-1 all-time when claiming a 2-0 lead and is unbeaten in its past 271 contests when going ahead 2-0 (dating back to a 3-3 tie with Vanderbilt on Sept. 15, 1991, in Cincinnati). In fact, just two of the past 184 Irish opponents to face a 2-0 deficit have failed to even force a tie, something achieved by four opponents in Notre Dame history: Duke on Oct. 17, 1993, in Houston (Irish won 3-2), Connecticut on Nov. 10, 1996, in the BIG EAST final at Alumni Field (ND led 2-0, later tied 2-2 and 3-3, ND won 4-3), Duke on Nov. 30, 2007, in the NCAA quarterfinals at Alumni Field (Irish won 3-2), and most recently, Villanova on Oct. 12, 2007 in Villanova, Pa. (Irish won 3-2 in OT).

You Can Put It On The Board
Notre Dame has scored a goal in 39 consecutive games, dating back to a scoreless draw with Michigan to open last season. The current 39-game goal streak is the third-longest in school history, and it’s the longest since a 49-game run from Oct. 24, 2004-Oct. 8, 2006.

The school record is 55 straight games with a goal from Aug. 29, 1997-Sept. 17, 1999.

A Little Added Face Time
Notre Dame is slated to play on television twice during the 2008 regular season. The Irish made their Big Ten Network debut on Sept. 21, posting a 3-1 win at No. 17/16 Penn State. This coming Sunday (Oct. 19), Notre Dame travels to Storrs, Conn., for a BIG EAST matchup with Connecticut which will be shown live on CBS College Sports.

In addition to its commercial TV coverage, Notre Dame enjoys an extensive broadcast footprint on the Internet. All of the Irish regular-season home games are slated to be broadcast live on the official Notre Dame athletics web site (, with supplemental live stats information provided by CBS College Sports Online’s GameTracker service.

Fans also can follow the Irish on their cell phones by signing up for the Irish ALERT text-messaging system. This free service is available by logging on the women’s soccer page at and scrolling down the right-hand sidebar.

Finally, the Notre Dame Sports Hotline (574-631-3000) remains a reliable resource for all the latest Irish athletics information. Regular updates on the Notre Dame women’s soccer program can be found by calling the Hotline, then selecting option 4 and pressing “2”.

The Golden Girls
Former Notre Dame standouts Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf (’98) and Shannon Boxx (’99) helped the United States successfully defend its Olympic gold medal with a 1-0 overtime win over Brazil in the 2008 title game on Aug. 21 in Beijing, China. Both players started and played all 120 minutes in the final on the way to earning their second consecutive gold medal.

The duo join fencer Mariel Zagunis (’10) as Notre Dame Olympians with multiple gold medals. Markgraf also matches Zagunis’ career total of three medals (Markgraf won silver with the USA at the ’00 Sydney Games), a standard also equalled by former track & field great Alex Wilson (’32).

Parking Changes
Due to ongoing construction within the Notre Dame Athletics Quad (including the new Irish soccer stadium tentatively set for completion in June 2009), parking for Irish soccer games this year is limited to the Eck Baseball Stadium and Joyce Center lots. Fans may ride the complimentary shuttle bus from the Eck Stadium lot, or walk around the north end of Eck Stadium (behind the left-field wall) before entering at the south end of Alumni Field.

Next Game: Connecticut
Notre Dame winds up a rugged four-game BIG EAST road trip Sunday with a 1 p.m. (ET) visit to Connecticut. The game will be televised live to a national cable audience by CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613; DISH Network channel 152).

UConn is 4-7-4 this season (2-2-3 in the BIG EAST), but has won only once in its last seven outings (four ties, two losses). The Huskies are coming off a scoreless draw at No. 18 West Virginia last Sunday and will play host to DePaul Friday night before welcome Notre Dame to town over the weekend.

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