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July 2, 2003


Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Nickname: Fighting Irish

Colors: Gold and Blue

Founded / Enrollment: 1842 / 10,301

President: Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.

Athletic Director: Kevin White

Head Coach: Randy Waldrum (Midwestern State ’81)

Career Record: 257-121-22/.670 (21 seasons)

As Women’s Soccer Coach: 181-66-15/.720 (13)

At Notre Dame: 74-16-3/.812 (4 seasons)

Assistant Coaches: Amy Edwards, TBA

Stadium: Alumni Field (2,500)

2002 Records: 13-8-0, 3-3-0 BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic Division (4th); NCAA 3rd round/final 16 (L, 0-1 at #1 Stanford)

Starters Returning: 10 (listed below)

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 17/2

Newcomers: 10

2003 Team Captains: Vanessa Pruzinsky and Amy Warner

Assistant SID (women’s soccer contact): Pete LaFleur

Office Phone/Fax: (574) 631-7516/7941

Home Phone: (574) 231-0578

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Top Returning Players (12 of top 13 players are back from 2002)

Candace Chapman (Jr., D; Ajax, Ontario) – 2002 NSCAA All-American, BIG EAST Conference defensive player of the year and member of Canadian National Team … career stats: 6G-7A in 40 GP/39 GS … ’02 stats: 3G-5A in 19 GS.

Vanessa Pruzinsky (Sr., D; Trumbull, CT) – 5th-year player who missed most of ’02 (2 GP/1 GS) due to ankle injury … twice 1st-team Academic All-America, graduating in May ’02 with 4.0 cumulative GPA as chemical engineering major (3rd ND student ever to do so and 1st since early 1970s) … 1st team all-BIG EAST (’01) … career: 73 GP/72 GS, 2G-6A.

Amanda Guertin (Sr., F; Grapevine, TX) – sixth in ND history with 15 career game-winning goals (also 37G-21A in 67 GP/63 GS) … ’02 stats: 11G-11A (8 on corners), 5 GWG in 21 GS … ’01 BIG EAST Tournament MVP … career postseason: 12G-2A, 5 GWG.

Amy Warner (Sr., F, Albuquerque, NM) – three-time NSCAA All-Region pick … career stats: 27G-13A, 9 GWG in 60 GP and 53 GS … ’02 stats: 9G-8A in 21 GS … ’03 co-captain (with Pruzinsky) … 1st team all-BIG EAST (’00, ’02).

Randi Scheller (Sr., M; Kutztown, PA) – 2nd team all-BIG EAST Conference (’02) … career stats: 17G-15A, 3 GWG in 66 GP/46 GS … 2002 stats: 7G-1A, 2 GWG in 21 GS … GWGs in ’01 BIG EAST title game (2-1 vs. WVU) and ’02 vs. UConn (3-1).

Melissa Tancredi (Sr., D/F; Ancaster, Ontario) – Shifted from F to D in mid-2002 … career stats: 8G-4A in 34 GP/26 GS … dnp in 2000 (ACL injury) … 2002: 4G in 18 GP/16 GS (offensive MVP of Maryland Classic).

Erika Bohn (So., G; Brookfield, CT) – first freshman G to start for ND since ’93 … 1.28 GAA in ’02 (57 SV, 23 GA, 19 GS, 12-7).

Annie Schefter (So., M/D; Yakima, WA) – NSCAA/Parade prep All-American and member of U.S. Under-19 National Team who missed all of 2002 season after summer ACL injury (returned as one of ND’s top players in 2003 spring).

Kim Carpenter (Sr., M/D; Webster, NY) – Started at M and D in ’02 (1A; 21 GP/20 GS) … career: 2G-1A in 45 GP/20 GS.

Mary Boland (Jr., M/D; Hudson, OH) – career stats: 7G-2A in 29 GP/20 GS … ’02: 5G in 19 GP/15 GS … started at M/D/F in ’02.

Gudrun Gunnarsdottir (Jr., D; Seltjarnames, Iceland) – Missed most of ’02 season due to injury (7 GP/6 GS) … career: 24 GP/10 GS … member of Icelandic National Team.

Katie Thorlakson (So., F/M; Langley, British Columbia) – starter at M and then F in 2002 (19 GP/18 GS, 4G-3A) … tied game in 3-1 win over UConn, GWG in NCAAs vs. Ohio State … starter with Canadian Under-19 National Team.

Top Player Lost (2003 graduate)

Ashley Dryer (Sr., M; Salt Lake City, UT) – 4-year starter (82 GP/67 GS, 3G-12A) … top defensive midfielder who returned from midseason injury to spark ’02 team (16 GP/15 GS, 1A) … NSCAA All-Academic Team selection … key factor in ’01 BIG EAST title.

Top Newcomers (all freshmen)

Jen Buczkowski (M; Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove HS/U.S. Under-19 National Team/Chicago Sockers) – NSCAA/Parade All-American … totaled 69G-52A in three prep seasons before focusing on play with U.S. program as senior (spring ’03) … known for great technical ability, tempo of play and versatility to play several positions.

Christie Shaner (D; Ambler, PA/Germantown Academy/U.S. U-19s/Parkwood F.C./Spirit United) – NSCAA/Parade All-American … central D known for tenacious play, 1-on-1 skills and ability in the air (also has clever play as attacking M).

Lizzie Reed (M; Franklin Lakes, NJ/Ramapo Regional HS/ ODP Region 1/World Class/Torpedoes) – NSCAA All-American … totaled 126 career goals (2nd in RRHS history) … crafty playmaking central M with strong tactical sense and scoring punch.

Kim Lorenzen (F/M/D; Naperville, IL/Naperville North HS/ODP Region II/Chicago Sockers) – all-around athleticism to play multiple positions, with fitness to play outside back … combined with Buczkowski, Krivacek on Illinois ODP team that won national title (’03).

Jill Krivacek (M; Geneva, IL/Rosary HS/Illinois ODP/Chicago Sockers) – unique combination of size, strength (5-10), composure, vision, distribution and lead scoring role (78G-65A in HS career).

Kari Kennedy (D; Plano, TX /Plano West HS/Texas ODP/Dallas Texans) – steady outside back and key member of nationally-ranked HS (four state titles) and club teams (No. 1 in nation).

Becky Tweneboah (F; North Lauderdale, FL/Aquinas HS/Florida ODP/Boca Blaze) – quick-strike scoring threat who adds dynamic dimension to attack … all-state as junior (13G-10A), all-county as senior on state runner-up team (15G-9A).