May 24, 2007
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team has placed two players on the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Women’s Academic all-District Five At-Large team. Junior midfielder Mary Carpenter (Rochester, N.Y.) was selected first team all-District Five while teammate Meghan Murphy (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) was a second team selection. By being selected to the first team all-District team, Carpenter moves to the national ballot for Academic All-American honors that will be announced in June.
Murphy was a first team all-District selection in 2006 and went on to be named third team Academic All-American, becoming the second Notre Dame women’s lacrosse player to be take all-District and national honors since Kerry Callahan `99 was selected in 1999. Carpenter now has the opportunity to join those two as she moves onto the national ballot this season.
Carpenter has been a regular in the Irish midfield for three seasons and a two-year starter for Tracy Coyne’s squad. This season, the Rochester, N.Y., native battled injuries but still started 13 of the team’s 17 games, scoring 10 goals and adding one assist for 11 points. 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 in 2006, Carpenter had 22 points that year with a team-high 51 ground balls.
Junior Mary Carpenter was selected first team ESPN The Magazine District Five Academic All-Region for the At-Large Team. She moves onto the national ballot with the Academic All-American teams to be announced in June.
Off the field, Carpenter 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 six semesters at Notre Dame, including four straight 4.0 semesters.
Murphy closed her Notre Dame career with her best season ever, recording career highs in goals (18), assists (17) and points (35) to finish fourth on the team in scoring while starting 15 of the team’s 17 games. For her four seasons at Notre Dame, Murphy played in 54 games with 49 goals and 30 assists for 79 points. She was the winner of a BIG EAST postgraduate scholarship for 2007 that she will put to use when she begins medical school next fall at Georgetown University.
A third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2006, Murphy owns a 3.771 grade-point average with a double major in anthropology and pre-professional studies. She was an IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selection in 2006, as well as, the winner of Notre Dame’s Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award. A three-time Dean’s List selection, Murphy turned in a 4.0 grade-point average for the spring of 2007.
The vice-president of Notre Dame’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Murphy received the Christopher Zorich Service Award for her community service work in 2006 and this year was a recipient of the Byron V. Kanaley Award, the most prestigious honor presented to an Irish student-athlete. The award goes to senior student-athletes who have been most exemplary as both students and leaders. She is one of just three Irish student-athletes to receive both of these awards during their careers.