#23 Meaghan Fitzpatrick
Three-time monogram winner for the Irish … veteran leader of the Notre Dame defense … has played a key role on the Irish defense in her first three seasons at Notre Dame … is team[apos]s top one-on-one defender … combines with fellow senior Kristin Hopson and junior Becky Ranck to give the Irish one of the top back lines in the nation … was selected to the preseason all-BIG EAST team … tough, tenacious defender with good speed and outstanding athletic ability … always in position to win the ’50-50′ balls … strong defender around the arc … smart and intelligent on defense … moves the ball well in transition … was a second team all-BIG EAST selection following the 2006 season … has twice been selected to the IWLCA all-West/Midwest regional team (2005, 2006) … has played in 49 games in three seasons, making 32 starts … has recorded two assists in career with 74 ground balls, 23 draw controls and 38 caused turnovers.
AS A JUNIOR: Started all 19 games as a junior and played a key role on Irish back line as team advanced to NCAA semifinals … had two assists from her defensive position while grabbing 39 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers … ranked third on the team in ground balls and third in caused turnovers … selected second team all-BIG EAST and second team IWLCA all-Region following her junior year … had assists versus Cornell and Loyola … picked up ground balls in 17 of team[apos]s 19 games … had 11 games with two or more ground balls … had a career-high six ground balls in 17-15 home win against Cornell … had four ground balls versus Vanderbilt and Cornell in NCAA tournament … turned in a career best five draw controls at Northwestern … had six games with two or more caused turnovers … recorded a season-high three caused turnovers at Ohio State.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 14 games, making 12 starts … had 24 ground balls, eight draw controls and 15 caused turnovers … was selected to the IWLCA second-team all-Mid-Atlantic region team following the season … had seven games with two or more ground balls and three games with two or more caused turnovers … picked up a career-high four ground balls against No. 2 Duke … caused a career-best four turnovers in win over Rutgers.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 16 games, making lone start versus Connecticut … had career-high three ground balls versus the Huskies … had two draw controls in season opener at California.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Played soccer and lacrosse at St. Anthony[apos]s High School … lettered two seasons in soccer and four in lacrosse … helped soccer to back-to-back undefeated seasons and a pair of New York state championships … helped women[apos]s lacrosse team to three conference titles … served as team captain as a junior and senior … team MVP in 2003 … four-time all-CHSAA all-conference selection … honorable mention All-America in 2002 and All-America choice in 2003 … played on 2003 U.S. Under-19 National Team … selected St. Anthony[apos]s Scholar-Athlete award winner in 2003 … most valuable player of 2003 CHSAA Conference championship game … played on New York State 2 all-star team in 2001 and New York State 1 all-star team in 2002 … full name is Meaghan Patricia Fitzpatrick … daughter of Thomas and Joann Fitzpatrick … has one brother … born Feb. 9, 1985, in Bethpage, N.Y. … has a major in design at Notre Dame.