#10 Brittany Bock
Established herself as a dominant performer on the field and in the classroom in her four seasons with the Irish … a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2007 and 2008 … an NSCAA first team All-American and the BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 … named to the Dean[apos]s List for the fall of 2008 … has a rare and wide-reaching combination of skills that includes: a rocket shot off either foot, precision dribbling with deft passing touch, a bruising 5-foot-9 frame, dominant ability in the air (with wide variety of header goals), hard-nosed tackling, and five years experience on youth national teams … able to play attacking and defensive midfield positions at high level, in addition to being dangerous frontline target player … one of 51 Notre Dame student-athletes (three women[apos]s soccer players) in school[apos]s storied athletics history to couple All-America and Academic All-America honors in same year … tough to knock off the ball and excels at controlling possession … her fearless heading ability includes willingness to go low for scoring chances … played alongside classmate Carrie Dew at 2006 Under-20 World Championship, in Russia … rated by WomensWorldFootball.com in 2005 as world[apos]s top under-19 women[apos]s soccer player … first Notre Dame player to come off the board in the inaugural Women[apos]s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft, going in the first round with the fifth overall selection to the Los Angeles Sol.
IN ND RECORD BOOK: Finished career with 121 career points (46 goals, 29 assists) in 92 games played (72 starts) … her 121 points rank 15th in program history … also ranks 12th in goals (46) … ranks 10th in game-winning points (15-9-39) … her 92 games played rank 24th … one of 17 Notre Dame players to reach 100 career points … shares the Irish record for career goals in the NCAA Tournament (10) … her 23 career points in NCAA tournament play ranks fourth … one of ND[apos]s 25 all-time 20G- 20A players … combined with Kerri Hanks to score 130 career goals, the second highest tally amongst classmates at ND … Bock and Hanks also combined for 38 game-winning goals, the most by ND classmates … scored 16 first goals, ranking tied for third all-time at ND … her seven game-winning goals in 2007 tied for third on the ND single-season list … her 12 goals in 2005 are 12th most by an Irish freshman … her goal vs. Georgetown in 2005 sparked the quickest three-goal span by one team in NCAA history (0:51) … ranks sixth with 38 career postseason points (15-8-38) … ranks tied for second with 15 postseason goals … ten of her postseason goals came in NCAA play, good for the second most in program history … her goal at #4 North Carolina in 2007 NCAA round-of- 16 game sparked fastest back-to-back scores by one team in NCAA Championship history (0:14) … her 2006 totals (15; 6G-3A) included the seventh-most points (15; 6G-3A) and sixth-most goals ever by an ND player in one postseason (sixth-most GW pts with 5; 2GWG-1GWA) … totaled four assists in one BIG EAST Tournament ([apos]05), one shy of the ND record.
WITH U.S. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Current member of U.S. Under-23 National Team player pool … called up to the U.S. National Team in May of 2009, but did not appear in the Americans[apos] 4-0 win over Canada in Toronto … joined teammates Amanda Cinalli, Kerri Hanks and Michele Weissenhofer on U-21 squad that played in Manchester, England (March 13-15, 2007), versus Blackburn Rovers Ladies (2-0), Everton Ladies (6-2) and Leeds Ladies (5-0), also attending a Manchester United game at Old Trafford… joined Dew among top players on U-20 team that competed at inaugural Under-20 World Championship (Aug. 17-Sept. 3, 2006; in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia) … the U.S. won Group D (2-1 vs. Congo, 4-1 vs. Argentina, 4-0 vs. France), with Bock playing first half against Argentina and first 58 minutes vs. France (mostly as attacking midfielder; sat out Congo game due to ankle injury) … played 48 minutes in 4-1 quarterfinal win over Germany and full 120 in heartbreaking semifinal with China (0-0; lost 5-4 on six PKs; 23-5 shot edge) … first called into U.S. U-20/U-21 ‘mega camp’ in May of [apos]05 … participated in most of 13 camps and tournaments, prior to heading to Russia (the U.S. scored 160 goals in 50 warm-up games, with 12-1-1 mark and 50 goals in 14 international games) … scored pair of spectacular goals in qualifying versus Mexico, on bending free kick and patented diving header … U.S. also beat Jamaica (4-1), Surinam (4-0) and El Salvador (5-0) before topping host Mexico in 3-0 semifinal and Canada in 3-2 title game (all in Veracruz) … trained with U-20s in Teresopolis, Brazil (mountains above Rio) from April 13-24, winning dual round-robin with Canadian and Brazilian U-20s … next camp in Duisburg, Germany, featured game in Amsterdam and attending Bayern Munich game … east-coast camp (N.J.) included two wins over China[apos]s U-20s, plus being featured on Good Morning America and visits to Times Square, Broadway (‘Producers’), Coney Island and Jersey Shore … did not attend training in Finland (July 14-22) while resting ankle … youngest player called into June 2004 U-19 camp, starting as central midfielder versus her U-17 teammates … played with U-16s at 2003 Inter- Regional … served as captain at 2003 U-16 camp (Bradenton, Fla.), scoring vs. Germany[apos]s U-17s (1-1) and Canadian Provincial team (3-0) … team and tournament MVP after leading U-16s to title at 2003 Ballymena Tournament in Ireland … only Region-II player on 18-player U-16 squad … captained U-16s at 2003 Texas Shootout (3-0 record).
AS A SENIOR: An ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American selection … a Hermann Trophy and Lowe[apos]s Senior Class semifinalist … earned All-BIG EAST first team honors … played in 22 games while making 17 starts … finished with six goals and nine assists for 21 points as Notre Dame[apos]s third leading scorer … here nine assists were the second most on the team … two of her six goals proved to be game winners … scored the game winner at second-ranked North Carolina in Notre Dame[apos]s 1-0 win … followed with an assist on the opening goal versus Duke (3-1) … also added assists versus Louisville (4-1) and USF (3-0) … had two goals against Marquette to lead the Irish past the Golden Eagles (3-1) … the two goals were scored twice in a span of 86 seconds to help Notre Dame regain the lead after trailing for the first time all season … put together a five-game point streak in wins over Villanova (3-2), Providence (5-0), UConn (2-0), Rutgers (3-1) and Seton Hall (6-0) … amassed 12 points during the streak including goals versus Villanova, Providence and Rutgers while also notching two assists versus Providence, UConn and Seton Hall … battled through injuries in the postseason to return at the College Cup … came off the bench in Notre Dame[apos]s 1-0 win versus Stanford in the NCAA Championship semifinal match … played 49 minutes in the midfield to help keep the Cardinal off the board … started the NCAA Championship match versus UNC, playing 76 minutes … named to the Soccer America (Sept. 8) and the Top Drawer Soccer (Oct. 21) National Teams of the Week while also earning BIG EAST Player of the Week honors (Sept. 8).
AS A JUNIOR: Named a NSCAA first-team All-American … also named an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA third team Academic All- American … co-recipient of the BIG EAST[apos]s Offensive Player of the Year award … named a Final- 15 Hermann Trophy candidate and a first team all-BIG EAST selection … her 16 goals and 36 points were both career high totals … led the BIG EAST with 10 goals during conference play … her 16 total goals ranked 11th in the nation and most by any BIG EAST player … named the national player of the week and BIG EAST Player of the Week in back-toback weeks during a midseason stretch that saw Bock post matching nine-point weekends (4G-1A): first at Syracuse (3G) and St. John[apos]s (1G-1A) and then at home versus Georgetown (2G) and Villanova (2G-1A) … just the third player since 1995 to earn consecutive BIG EAST player-of-the-week honors … her midseason switch to forward helped spark ND[apos]s 17-game unbeaten streak … missed BIG EAST quarterfinal win vs. Rutgers (2-0) and NCAA second-round conquest of Illinois (2-0) due to minor injuries … scored on header off a Weissenhofer flipthrow for a 1-0 lead at UNC in NCAA round-of-16; Weissenhofer scored 14 seconds later for fastest twogoal flurry by one team in NCAA Championship history … fed ball into box to assist on Weissenhofer[apos]s opening goal vs. Duke in NCAA quarterfinals (3-2), later out-jumping defense for an impressive point-blank header goal to make it 2-0.
AS A SOPHOMORE: NSCAA second team all-Great Lakes Region and repeat second team all-BIG EAST selection … missed first four games (due to U-20 World Championship) but still finished third on team in scoring and sixth in BIG EAST with 31 points (12G-7A; 22 GP/19 GS) … tied for team lead with six game-winning goals … opened as attacking midfielder but played mostly as a forward/target player in second half of season, after key switch with Cinalli starting at halftime of Sept. 9 game versus 6th-ranked West Virginia (the Irish went on to score 21 unanswered goals over a three-week span) … had 1G-2A in hometown game at DePaul (5-0), with goal coming after she chested down Hanks[apos] left-flank free kick and fired into far side of net … her rebounded shot later set up a Weissenhofer goal … flicked ball into right side of box for assist on Weissenhofer[apos]s tying goal versus WVU (scored inside near post; 3-1) … scored team[apos]s second-quickest goal of season (6:25) in 5-0 win at Providence, on 12-yard header into left side (via Hanks[apos] leftside corner) … opened scoring in makeup game at Cincinnati (3-0), on leftfooted shot from top right corner (scored to upper-right; assisted by Hanks[apos] backheel) … racked up 6G-3A (15 pts) in nine postseason games, with four of those goals coming on headers (also three in regular season) … named to Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz national teams of the week (Oct. 23-29), after scoring on pair of set-play headers in BIG EAST quarterfinal with St. John[apos]s (3-0) – via Weissenhofer[apos]s rightside flip throw (10-yard flick header, at 7:00) and a leftside corner by Hanks (strong header from center of box) … sealed 2-0 win over 25th-ranked Marquette in BIG EAST semifinal (at UConn), cashing in passes from Weissenhofer and Hanks with shot off charging [apos]keeper (87:40) … pushed point streak to four games in BIG EAST final versus 17th-ranked Rutgers (4-2) … part of crisp seven-player combination sequence in that game that produced quickest postseason goal in ND history (0:57; her flick from upper right corner set up Hanks[apos] goal) … named to the NCAA all-tournament team after totaling 3G-2A in next six games … opened scoring in NCAA third round versus 16th-ranked Colorado, after making quick turn inside to her left and drilling 25-yard knuckler from left side (16th minute; passes from Ashley Jones and Krivacek) … scored 18 minutes later (2-0) after heading Hanks[apos] leftside corner into far side of net … part of classic sequence for 2-0 lead in NCAA quarterfinal with 8th-ranked Penn State (4-0), as Hanks lofted rightflank cross and a tightly-marked Bock chested ball down to herself before smacking shot off charging [apos]keeper (Weissenhofer cleaned up the deflection from the left side) … assisted on double-header sequence to Krivacek for final margin in NCAA semifinal with 5th-ranked Florida State (2-0; in Cary, N.C.; goal to upper right, set up by Hanks[apos] corner kick) … capped productive postseason with 81st-minute goal in title game versus UNC (header from top of box after long Hanks[apos] free kick; 2-1 loss).
AS A FRESHMAN: Named second team all-BIG EAST and Soccer Buzz first team Freshman All-American … versatile midfielder who also saw quality minutes at forward … filled in as top holding/defensive midfielder for seven early games, due to Krivacek[apos]s knee injury … ranked fourth on team – and in BIG EAST – with 33 points (12G-9A) … appeared in 24 games, with 18 starts (dnp vs. Gonzaga) … totaled 1G-4A in BIG EAST Tournament (3G in NCAAs) … had points in 12 of final 13 games (8G-5A in final 11) … averaged one goal every 2.6 shots on goal (31) … scored twice versus New Hampshire (11-1; far-post header and 25-yard smack to upper left) … assisted on overtime goal by Hanks (1-0, at Rutgers), one-timing Katie Thorlakson[apos]s left-flank cross into top left corner (springing Hanks for far-post shot in 96th minute) … scored pair of world-class goals versus Seton Hall (7-0; in Trenton, N.J.), striking 20-yard free kick with outside of right foot (bent to lower left) and then blasting failed clear for half-volley into upper right corner … assisted on pair of goals in 3- 0 win over 20th-ranked Michigan (25-yard header led to Maggie Manning goal and similar header sprung Pinnick) … scored as part of fastest three-goal sequence in NCAA women[apos]s soccer history (0:51), for 4-1 lead on Georgetown (6-1) … her leftside pass assisted a Hanks tap-in for early lead on GU in BIG EAST quarterfinal (6-0), adding assist on third goal … had 1G- 2A in BIG EAST title game versus #15 UConn (5-0) – with drop pass to Candace Chapman preceding Cinalli[apos]s breakaway (1-0), a lunging leftfooted volley to send home Shaner[apos]s deflected header (2-0) and pass to Thorlakson that helped set up Manning[apos]s goal (4-0)… scored in three NCAA games (6-0 first round vs. Valparaiso, 5-2 third round vs. Yale, 3-1 quarterfinal loss at top-ranked Portland) … snapped Manning[apos]s right-flank cross into upper right corner for 5-0 lead on Valparaiso … battled past three defenders and sent shot past charging Yale [apos]keeper (2-0) … scored in 25th minute at Portland, on 15-yard volley to right side.
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Captain of ODP Region II team (2002-04) … competed at 2001 ODP National Camp (Deerfield, Mass.), Inter-Regional events in Boca Raton, Fla. ([apos]01, [apos]02, [apos]04) and 2002 ESP/ODP National Camp (Wilmington, N.C.) … toured Germany, Holland and Austria with Region II ([apos]04) … nearly led Illinois [apos]87s ODP to 2005 USYS national title, scoring twice in semifinal versus Cal- South (2-1) but Maryland won 1-0 final … played up an age group (with Buczkowski, Krivacek and Lorenzen) with Illinois [apos]85s that won 2003 national title (beat Georgia in semifinals, N.J. in final; both 1-0) … scored 67th-minute header in title game while receiving ‘Golden Boot’ Award (ND[apos]s Lizzie Reed was member of N.J. team) … reached 2004 national semifinals with Illinois [apos]87s … gained valuable experience competing with older players in summer of 2005, with F.C. Indiana team (in nearby Goshen) that won Women[apos]s Professional Soccer League title (in Agawam, Mass.) and U.S. Open Cup (in Dallas) … earned WPSL all-tournament honors, after dominating performance versus top players from New England Mutiny (4-0 semifinal) and California Storm (3-3 final; won 4-3 in PKs) … FCI claimed Open Cup with semifinal win over Ajax America (2- 0) and 4-0 final versus Dallas Titans … played on FCI alongside future ND teammates Shaner, Nikki Westfall and Kerry Inglis (4G-2A in 9 GP, for 18-1-0 team) … played as a prep for Windy City Pride, rated in 2005 as nation[apos]s 19th-best overall girls club program (Soccer America) … led Pride to three state titles (2002-04), [apos]02 USYS Region II title and spot in national finals, losing to So-Cal United team led by ND teammate Jones … her hat trick in 2002 state final versus Eclipse included final-minute GWG (4-3) … scored six of Pride[apos]s 10 goals at 2002 Nationals: in round-robin versus Bethesda (Md.) Excel (2-3) and So-Cal United (3-2) before hat trick to spark 5-1 win over Dallas Texans … helped Pride win 2002 Raleigh Shootout ([apos]03 Disney Classic finalist) … did not play high school soccer as a junior, instead gaining unique experience of playing on Chicago Magic u-17/18 boys team that was rated nation[apos]s top youth boys club program (per SA) … played with Eclipse Select in [apos]04-[apos]05 (alongside ND teammate Elise Weber) … won four state titles with Team Chicago ([apos]98-[apos]01).
PREP & PERSONAL: 2005 Parade All- American, after returning to Neuqua Valley team as a senior and helping win state title (24G-7A, in 24 GP) … NVHS trailed defending champ New Trier, 3-0, in title game before rallying for 6-3 win … three-time NSCAA prep All-American (also [apos]04 Parade All- American) … 2002 team MVP and area freshman of the year (all-conference, all-sectional, first team all-city; conference/regional champs) … all-Midwest and all-state as sophomore (conference, regional and sectional champs; state quarterfinalist) … has played soccer since age five, also competing in wide variety of youth sports … her sister Jenny played on Eastern Illinois soccer team that faced Irish twice in 2004 … the Bock sisters won 2002 national 3-vs.-3 soccer tournament (Orlando) … father Brian was standout baseball player at Illinois … full name is Brittany Christine Bock … daughter of Brian and Kelly Bock … born April 11, 1987, in Naperville, Ill. … graduated as a marketing major in the Mendoza College of Business with a 3.365 cumulative GPA … garnered dean[apos]s list honors in spring 2008 after posting 3.70 semester GPA (also tallied 3.834 GPA during summer 2008 session).
Bock[apos]s Career Statistics
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