June 14, 2007
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame junior women’s lacrosse player Mary Carpenter (Rochester, N.Y.) has been selected to ESPN The Magazine’s Third Team Academic All-American women’s at-large team for the 2007 season. The Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The women’s at-large team includes student-athletes from the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball and water polo. Three teams of 15 student-athletes are selected for the women’s Academic All-American at-large team.
Carpenter, a three-year regular in the Irish midfield and a two-year starter for coach Tracy Coyne’s team, battled injuries during the 2007 campaign but still started 13 of the team’s 17 games and helped Notre Dame to an 11-6 overall record and a berth in the first-ever BIG EAST women’s lacrosse tournament.
The Rochester, N.Y., native scored 10 goals and added one assist for 11 points on the year. She grabbed 11 ground balls, was fourth on the team with 17 draw controls and had three caused turnovers. A second team all-BIG EAST and IWLCA all-region choice as a sophomore in 2006, Carpenter had 22 points a year ago while leading the team with 51 ground balls.
Off the field, Carpenter has excelled in the classroom where she owns a 3.969 grade-point average with a double major in psychology and pre-professional studies. She has been a Dean’s List selection in each of her first six semesters at Notre Dame and has four consecutive 4.0 semesters.
Carpenter becomes the third Notre Dame women’s lacrosse player to take Academic All-America honors in the 11 years that the program has been in existence. She joins third team at-large selection Meghan Murphy `07, who was selected in 2006 and Kerry Callahan `99, who was a second team at-large selection in 1999. Carpenter and Murphy were both selected to the all-District V team this year with Carpenter being a first team choice and Murphy a second team selection.
She becomes the sixth Notre Dame player to date to receive Academic All-America honors for the 2006-07 season, joining Stephanie Brown (2nd team Softball), Ted Brown (3rd team, Men’s At-Large), John Carlson (1st team, Football), Ashley Jones (1st team, Women’s Soccer) and Brett Lilley (1st team, Baseball). The men’s and women’s track and field Academic All-America teams will be announced in late June and the Irish have four student-athletes (two men and two women) on the national ballot.