#14 Mary Carpenter
Two-time monogram winner for the Irish … steady, hard-working midfielder who came into her own as a sophomore in 2006 … continues to improve all aspects of her game … will look to get more involved in the offensive attack in 2007 … outstanding all-around athlete who has the ability to run all day … has shown good instincts in the midfield … understands the tactics of the game … the sky is the limit with her talent and ability … has impressed the coaching staff with her tremendous work ethic … will take a regular role in the Irish midfield this season … a ground ball machine … outstanding student who excels in the classroom … a Dean[apos]s List selection in each of her first five semesters at Notre Dame … selected second team all-BIG EAST and IWLCA all-West/Midwest region as a sophomore … has played in 34 games, making 18 starts with 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points … has 61 ground balls, 37 draw controls and 29 caused turnovers in two seasons for the Irish.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 19 games, making 18 starts … scored 12 goals with 10 assists for 22 points, all career highs … led the Irish with 51 ground balls (sixth-best single season total) … tied for third with 30 draw controls and was second with 23 caused turnovers (tied for ninth-best single-season total) … selected second team all-BIG EAST and second team IWLCA all-West/Midwest region … had six games with two or more points on the season and two games with two or more goals … opened the season with two assists and four draw controls in win at California … scored one goal with four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers at Stanford … added a goal (GWG) in 18-6 win over Ohio with four ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers … scored a career-best three goals and four points in 17-15 win over Cornell with four more ground balls … went two games without a point before getting a goal and an assist in 13-9 win at Loyola … scored a goal and had two assists for three points in win over Canisius … scored one goal in 13-9 win at Connecticut … had two goals and a career-high seven ground balls in win at Ohio State … recorded assists in back-to-back one-goal losses at Duke and at Georgetown … had one goal and a career-high five draw controls in win at Rutgers … did not score in last two regular seasons games but had one goal and two assists in three NCAA tournament games … had five ground balls and four draw controls in the NCAA tourney.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 15 games in 2005 … scored six goals on 11 shots (.545 shooting percentage) … added three assists for nine points … grabbed 10 ground balls, had seven draw controls and caused six turnovers … scored first two goals of her career in 10-9 loss at Vanderbilt … recorded two assists in 18-8 win over California … had one goal in 13-10 loss to Connecticut … ended the year with a three-game point streak (3g, 1a) … had a two-goal game at Johns Hopkins.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-sport standout at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester, N.Y. … lettered four years in soccer, four years in basketball and six years in lacrosse (played in seventh and eighth grades) … served as team captain for all three teams as a senior … three-year captain of lacrosse team … five-time team MVP and leading scorer (2000-04) … set school record for goals scored (375) to finish second all-time in New York state history and first all-time in New York Section V … recorded 683 ground balls in her career (school record) … member of New York state regional lacrosse team (2003) … participated in U.S. Lacrosse national tournament … four-time all-conference and all-city in soccer … selected team MVP and Independent League player of the year in fall of 2003 … was fourth team all-New York State in 2002 and first team in 2003 … member of gold-medal-winning New York Empire State Games Team … helped Our Lady of Mercy to Section V championship in 2001 and runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2002 … all-city selection in basketball as a senior … led team in scoring in 2003 (10.3 ppg) and 2004 (13.3 ppg) … selected Rochester High School Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 and WHAM high school Sportswoman of the Year … class valedictorian … winner of NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award in 2002 and 2003 … full name is Mary Bethany Carpenter … daughter of Bill and Chrissy Carpenter … father played football and golf at Dartmouth College … grandfather also played football at Dartmouth … has two brothers and two sisters … sister, Lisa, is a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame … born Nov. 8, 1985, in Pennington, N.J. … psychology and arts and letters pre-professional major at Notre Dame.