#3 Kristin Hopson
Two-time monogram winner at Notre Dame … two-year starter on the Irish defensive back line … teams with fellow senior Meaghan Fitzpatrick and junior Becky Ranck to give Notre Dame one of the top defensive trios in the nation … played a key role in helping the Irish advance to the NCAA semifinals in her junior season … gritty, hard-nosed player who continues to improve her all-around game … smart and intelligent on the field … always in the right spot … has the knack of coming up with big-time plays at the right time … has outstanding quickness and excellent defensive instincts … joined the Irish after playing at one of the top high school programs in the country – Radnor High School – in Philadelphia … teammate at Radnor with Becky Ranck … outstanding student who excels in the classroom … Dean[apos]s list selection in fall of `03 and spring of `06 … selected to the IWLCA academic honor roll following the 2006 season with a 3.582 grade-point average … has played in 38 games in her career, making 28 starts … owns 41 ground balls, 11 draw controls and 23 caused turnovers over three seasons with the Irish.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 19 games, making 18 starts … recorded 24 ground balls, seven draw controls and 13 caused turnovers … helped the Irish to a 9.72 team goals-against average and a 15-4 overall record … was ninth on the team in ground balls … picked up ground balls in 15 of team[apos]s 19 games … had six games with two or more ground balls … recorded a season-high three ground balls versus Stanford, Cornell and Georgetown … had a career-best two draw controls at Stanford … tied for eighth on team in caused turnovers … had two games with two caused turnovers versus Connecticut and Cornell … had one shot on goal in the game against James Madison.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played all 15 games, starting 10 of them … recorded 17 ground balls, caused eight turnovers and had four draw controls … had six games with two or more ground balls … turned in a career-best three ground balls in loss at James Madison … closed the season with a strong game versus Ohio State, getting two ground balls and a career-high four caused turnovers.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in four games during her rookie year, playing versus Virginia Tech, Boston College, at Ohio State and at Northwestern in the NCAA tournament … caused turnovers versus Virginia Tech and Ohio State.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-sport standout at Radnor High School … four-time letter winner in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse … helped Radnor to Central Athletic League crown as a senior … team captain and two-time most valuable player in field hockey … was team captain of the basketball team as a senior … in lacrosse, was a member of three Pennsylvania State championship teams (2000, 2001 and 2003) … team was nationally ranked in all four seasons … served as team captain as a senior … was all-conference and All-America in her final season … selected high school Academic All-American in 2002 and 2003 … was a Central League all-star selection in all three sports … selected Main Line Times female athlete of the year in 2003 … full name is Kristin Frances Hopson … daughter of George and Frances Hopson … has two brothers and one sister … brother, Michael, played football at the University of Maryland … born Sept. 10, 1984, in Bryn Mawr, Pa. … double major in sociology and psychology in the College of Arts and Letters.