Dec. 7, 2000
Notre Dame women’s soccer senior midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) collected the fourth All-America honor of her storied career while being named the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year, as announced Thursday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Makinen was one of six Notre Dame players named to the NSCAA adidas all-Great Lakes Region team, with senior defender Kelly Lindsey (Omaha, Neb.) and junior goalkeeper Liz Wagner (Spring, Texas) joining Makinen on the first-time all-region squad.
Irish senior forward Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) and sophomore defender Vanessa Pruzinsky (Trumbull, Conn.) were named to the second team all-region squad while freshman forward Amy Warner (Albuquerque, N.M.) was a third-team selection.
Makinen joins midfielder Cindy Daws (’96) as Notre Dame’s second recipient of the MAC national player-of-the-year award. Notre Dame and North Carolina (6) are the only schools to produce multiple MAC winners in the award’s 10-year history, with Portland and Santa Clara producing the other two previous winners.
Makinen was a landslide winner for the 2000 MAC Award, amassing 183 voting points (Penn State forward Christie Welsh was next, with 86), and she likewise is considered the leading candidate for the prestigious Hermann Trophy national player-of-the-year award, to be presented on Saturday, Dec. 9 in Charlotte, N.C. (site of the Men’s College Cup).
Makinen earned third-team NSCAA All-America honors as a freshman in 1997 before garnering second-team honors in 1998 and ’99. She is the third Notre Dame player ever to collect four NSCAA All-America honors, joining midfielder Holly Manthei (’98) and defender Jen Grubb (’00) in that distinction.
Makinen and Duke forward Ali Curtis (winner of the men’s MAC award) will be honored on Jan. 5, 2001, during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, when they will be presented with the traditional crystal ball trophies. The featured speaker at this year’s MAC banquet will be Tony Meola, winner of the award in 1989 and the Most Valuable Player this year in Major League Soccer for the Kansas City Wizards. Tickets are available for $50 and reservations can be made by calling (314) 539-4470.
Notre Dame players have combined for nine NSCAA first-team All-America honors, with Makinen becoming the first Irish player to be so honored since 1997.
- Four-time All-America midfielder honored by NSCAA, five other Irish players named all-region
- Makinen also considered leading candidate to receive Hermann Trophy (Dec. 9)
Wagner, Erikson and Warner earlier were named to the all-tournament team for their performances during the 2000 NCAA Championship while Wagner finished as the NCAA Division I leader for lowest season goals-against average (0.39).
Notre Dame players accounted for six of the 34 players named the Great Lakes Region teams, with Miami of Ohio (4) and Marquette (3) representing the only other schools with more than two selections.
Makinen has been named 1st team all-region during all four years of her ND career, joining Manthei (’98) and Grubb as the only Irish players to own that distinction.
Warner is one of just three freshmen named to the 2000 all-Great Lakes Regional teams, joining Wisconsin-Milwaukee midfielder Jenny Kundert (1st team) and Marshall midfielder Amanda McMahon (2nd team) in that distinction.
Seven ND freshmen have earned all-district honors, with Warner becoming the first Irish freshman so honored since 1997.
At least one ND midfielder has been named 1st team all-region every season since ’92 while an Irish D has earned 1st-team all-region honors every season since ’94 (’99 is the only season in that seven-year stretch that an ND goalkeeper has not been a 1st-teamer).
ND women’s soccer players have combined for 36 all-region honors (since ’92), with Manthei and Makinen headlining 14 M honors, along with Daws (1st team three times, 2nd team once), Ragen Coyne (1st team in ’92) and Jenny Streiffer (1st team in ’98).
ND’s 14 all-region Fs honors have included three each by Erikson (once on all three teams), Streiffer (1st team twice, 2nd team once) and Michelle McCarthy (1st team once, 2nd team twice), plus 1st and 2nd-team selections for Jenny Heft and 2nd-team selections of Rosella Guerrero and Monica Gerardo.
Irish Ds have combined for 10 all-region awards, including Grubb’s four honors, three 1st-team selections of Kate Sobrero and Lindsey’s 3rd-team selection in ’98.
Jen Renola was named the region’s top goalkeeper from 1994-96 while LaKeysia Beene earned the honor in 1997 and ’98 (she was 2nd team in ’99).
2000 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-America Teams
G, Emily Oleksiuk*, Jr., Penn State, Willow Grove, Pa.
D, Jenny Benson, Sr., Nebraska, Huntington Beach, Calif.
D, Rhegan Hypio, Sr., Marquette, St. Petersburg, Fla.
D, Jaclyn Ravenia, Sr., Richmond, Fairfax, Va.
D, Danielle Slaton**, Jr., Santa Clara, San Jose, Calif.
M, Meghan Anderson, Jr., Nebraska, Omaha, Neb.
M, Aleisha Cramer, Fr., BYU, Lakewood, Colo.
M, Katherine Lindner, So., Hartford, Kleinostheim, Germany
M, Anne Makinen***, Sr., Notre Dame, Helsinki, Finland
F, Andrea Cunningham, So., Miami of Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio
F, Laura Schott, So., California-Berkley, Wilsonville, Ore.
F, Christie Welch*, So., Penn State, Massapequa Park, N.Y.
G, Hope Solo, So., Washington, Richland, Wash.
D, Nancy Augustyniak, Sr., Clemson, Peachtree City, Ga.
D, Lauren Orlandos, So., Portland, Lake Forest, Calif.
D, Sarah Powell, Sr., Boston College, Natick, Mass.
M, Erin Misaki, So., Portland, Valencia, Calif.
M, Mary Francis Monroe**, Jr., Connecticut, East Northport, N.Y.
M, Stacey Tullock, Jr., Arizona State, Phoenix, Ariz.
F, Deidre Enos, Sr., Boston University, Milton, Mass.
F, Katie Gordon, So., Marquette, Sioux City, Iowa
F, Christine Latham, So., Nebraska, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
F, Tracey Milburn, Sr., UCLA, Moorpark, Calif.
G, Kristin Luckenbill**, Sr., Dartmouth College, Paoli, Pa.
D, Danielle Borgman*, Jr., North Carolina, Cincinnati, Ohio
D, Kristina McKendree, Jr., University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind.
D, Michaella Rooney, Sr., Brown, East Greenwich, R.I.
M, Isabella Harvey*, Sr., Southern California, Cap-Rouge, Canada
M, Jena Kluegel, Jr., North Carolina, Mahtomedi, Minn.
M, Lori Lindsey, Jr., Virginia, Indianapolis, Ind.
F, Emily Brown, Jr., Illinois, Wilmette, Ill.
F, Meredith Florance, Sr., North Carolina, Frisco, Texas
F, Brooke Sands, Sr., Richmond, Dallas, Texas
F, Allison Wagner*, Sr., Wisconsin-Madison, Hudson, Ohio
NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region Teams
First Team: F – Emily Brown (Illinois, Jr.), Andrea Cunningham (Miami, OH, So.), Kate Gordon (Marquette, So.), Allison Wagner (Wisconsin, Sr.) S M – Kacy Beitel (Michigan, Sr.), Jenny Kundert (Wis., Fr.), Anne Makinen (Notre Dame, Sr.) S D – Rhegan Hypio (Marq., Sr.), Kelly Lindsey (ND, Sr.), Krista McKendree (Evansville, Jr.) S G – Liz Wagner (ND, Jr.).
Second Team: F – Danielle Berkmeier (Miami, So.), Abby Crumpton (Mich., So.), Meotis Erikson (ND, Sr.), Annette Gruber (Xavier, Sr.) S M – Kara Bryan (Butler, So.), Amanda McMahon (Marshall, Fr.), Alison Rackley (Minnesota, Jr.) S D – Fanta Cooper (Wis.-Milwaukee, Sr.), Tracy Deeter (Eastern Michigan, Sr.), Vanessa Pruzinsky (ND, So.) S G – Sarah Willis (EMU, Sr.).
Third Team: F – Keri Boyce (Kentucky, So.), Missy Gregg (Dayton, So.), Sarah Lynch (Iowa, So.), Amy Warner (ND, Fr.) S M – Shaedyn Cousino (Miami, So.), Chrystal Johnson (Illinois State, So.), Tiffany Ogden (Cincinnati, Sr.) S D – Heather O’Neil (Marq., Sr.), Angie Roth (Ill. St., Jr.), Tonja Weimer (Miami, Sr.) S G – Randi Freeman (Wright State, Jr.), Sarah Kloosterman (Michigan State, Sr.).
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER 2000 NSCAA All-REGION SELECTIONS
ANNE MAKINEN – Became 13th player in Division I women’s soccer history to reach 50 goals and 50 assists in her career (65G-56A) S finished 4A shy of becoming sixth 60-60 player S ranks 5th in ND history for points, 4th in goals and 5th in assists S led Irish during 2000 season in pts (43), goals (14), assists (15) and game-winning goals (6) while appearing in 24 of 25 games, with 22 starts S also had primary assist on four GWGs, plus the corner kick at Villanova that produced the GWG S bailed out ND in four of the five games where the Irish failed to score in the 1st half (all but the 0-0 tie at UConn), by netting ND’s first goal (in the 2nd half) vs. Tulsa, Rutgers and at Yale (plus the CK that led to the own goal at Villanova) S totaled 43 points (15G-13A) in 27 career postseason games, including 20 points (6G-8A) in 16 career NCAA Tournament games S tied for 3rd in ND history for career game-winning points in postseason play (8, 3 GWG-2 GWA) S helped ND compile an 88-9-4 record (.891) from 1997-2000 S averaged 2.09 pts/gm during her career (186 in 89 GP) S tied for 10th at ND in career games started (87) S one of two players named 1st team all-BIG EAST four times S set ND record for consecutive games with a point (12) during 1997 season S joined Grubb as second BIG EAST player ever named 1st team all-BIG EAST four times.
KELLY LINDSEY – Second-year team captain whose final season was interrupted by knee injury that forced her to miss six midseason games in 2000 S appeared in 19 of 25 games in 2000, with 14 starts Sa 1st-team all-BIG EAST selection in 2000 and three-time BIG EAST defensive player of the week in 2000 S helped 2000 Irish lead the nation with an 0.39 season GAA (10 GA) while allowing an average of six shots, three shots on goal and three corner kicks per game S a gritty leader who battled back from injuries throughout her Irish career, appearing in 89 games (82 starts, including 21 in the postseason) S helped Irish trail just twice all season, for a total of 35 minutes S part of ND defensive effort that produced 16 shutouts and held 14 opponents to 0-2 shots on goal … helped Irish hold 24 of 25 opponents to 0-1 goals S helped ND compile an 88-9-4 record (.891) from 1997-2000.
LIZ WAGNER – Led the nation during the 2000 season with an 0.39 season GAA, plus eight solo shutouts and eight shared S her stats in 12 games vs. ranked and/or postseason opponents included 42 saves and just six goals allowed (0.51) Smade eight saves in regular-season game at BIG EAST rival UConn (0-0) and eight saves in NCAA quarterfinal win over Santa Clara (2-1, OT) S fashioned a 700-minute shutout streak that was snapped during the 2nd-round NCAA tournament game vs. Michigan Sposted 30 saves and just 3 GA in 10 games away from home during 2000 season (0.29) Sher 0.39 season GAA ranks 2nd in ND history (and 19th in NCAA history), just shy of LaKeysia Beene’s 0.36 with the 1997 Irish squad S heads into senior season ranked 1st in ND history and 3rd in NCAA history for career GAA, at 0.37 (Beene holds the ND record, at 0.63) S started all 25 games in 2000 season while logging 90% of the minutes S one of three ND players to start all 25 games in 2000 season
MEOTIS ERIKSON – Appeared in all 101 games of her ND career, tying the ND record for career GP (Shannon Boxx, 1995-98) S ranked 2nd on 2000 team with 39 points (13G-13A), plus four game-winning goals S posted 12 points (3G-6A) in seven games during 2000 postseason (2G-4A in four NCAA games) S her career postseason numbers included 35 points (10g-15A) in 27 games (5G-8A-18 pts in 16 NCAA games) S closed her career with points in 10 of her last 12 games (5G-9A) S one of three ND players to start all 25 games in 2000 season S ranks 7th on ND career scoring list (59G-46A-164 points), plus 6th in goals and 7th in assists S performed well in the clutch during 2000 season, with 2GWG-3A in ND’s 10 games decided by one goal and/or in OT S totaled 7G-4A in 10 road games during 2000 season, including GWGs vs. Washington, Portland and Yale S named 2nd team all-BIG EAST for 2000 season S her postseason career included three GWGs and two GWAs (2 GWG-1 GWA in the NCAAs) Stied for 3rd in ND history for career game-winning points in postseason play (8) S opened the scoring in three postseason games during her career (4th in ND history), including the 3-1 NCAA win over Michigan in the 2000 NCAAs S led ND with 19 points during 2000 season vs. ranked and/or postseason teams (6G-7A) S scored first goal of the game five times during 2000 season, tied for 2nd on team behind Anne Makinen’s six S tied for 10th at ND in career games started (87) S helped ND compile an 88-9-4 record (.891) from 1997-2000 S sent ND on to 2000 NCAA semifinals with her OT goal vs. Santa Clara (2-1).
VANESSA PRUZINSKY – A 2nd-team all-BIG EAST Conference selection and three-time BIG EAST defensive player of the week in 2000 S helped 2000 Irish lead the nation with an 0.39 season goals-against average (10 GA) while allowing an average of six shots, three shots on goal and three corner kicks per game S has started all 51 games of her ND career S helped Irish trail just twice all season, for a total of 35 minutes S part of ND defensive effort that produced 16 shutouts and held 14 opponents to 0-2 shots on goal … helped Irish hold 24 of 25 opponents to 0-1 goals S helped ND compile an 88-9-4 record (.891) from 1997-2000 S one of three ND players to start all 25 games in 2000 season
AMY WARNER – ND’s 3rd-leading scorer in 2000 (10G-4A-24 pts) who would have made a run at national freshman-of-the-year honors if not for midseason knee injury S played 17 of 25 games, with 11 starts S made huge return to starting lineup by opening the scoring in NCAA semifinals vs. UNC (a 2-1 loss) S only freshman named first team all-BIG EAST Conference S became 15th ND freshman ever to post 10-plus goals in her rookie season S played in seven games that were decided by one goal, with a team-high 3G (plus 1A) in those games S registered hat trick in early 5-1 win over Providence S scored first goal of the game five times during 2000 season, tied for 2nd on team behind Anne Makinen’s six.