Monogram Minute – Melissa Henderson

Beginning this fall, the Monogram Club is unveiling a new video series entitled, “The Monogram Minute.” Throughout football season and beyond, the Club will sit down with Monogram winners from a variety of Notre Dame sports, who will answer a series of questions about their time at Notre Dame and how their lives have unfolded since their time with the Fighting Irish.

First up, the Club catches up with Melissa Henderson (’12), one of the most decorated women’s soccer student-athletes to ever don the Notre Dame uniform. Henderson recently concluded her brilliant (and remarkably consistent) Notre Dame career with a career-high-tying 18 goals and eight assists in 2011, finishing among the BIG EAST Conference and NCAA leaders in goals and total points (44). For her career, Henderson registered 70 goals (including 24 match-winners) and 26 assists (166 points), tying for fourth in school history for career goals (with two-time All-American Jenny Streiffer) and goals per match (0.72, tying 2000 Hermann Trophy recipient Anne Makinen), and ranking ninth in Fighting Irish history for career points and 10th in points per match (1.71).

The 2010 Honda Sports Award recipient as the nation’s top women’s soccer player and the first runner-up for the Hermann Trophy, Henderson was a four-time all-BIG EAST selection and the 2010 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Offensive Player, repeating the latter honor on the national stage at the NCAA Women’s College Cup, where she led Notre Dame to its third national championship and fifth consecutive College Cup appearance.

Henderson was selected with the second overall pick by Sky Blue FC in the 2012 Women’s Premier Soccer (WPS) Draft. It marked the highest WPS draft position ever for a Notre Dame Monogram winner.

Click here to catch up with Melissa!

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