#5 Meghan Murphy
Versatile team player who begins her fourth season with the Irish … came back in 2006 after missing final 12 games of 2005 season due to knee surgery … moved from midfield to attack and had career highs in goals, assists and points … still adjusting to her role on attack as she is a midfielder at heart … one of the team[apos]s leaders who leads by example … had an outstanding fall season and will be a key contributor in 2007 … smart, intelligent player who knows how to get open and work for a good shot … catches well in tight spaces … gifted scorer and playmaker … has strong, accurate shot … winner of Notre Dame[apos]s Christopher Zorich Award for her community service efforts … serves as vice-president of Notre Dame[apos]s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) … outstanding student-athlete … third team ESPN The Magazine/CoSida Academic All-American on the spring at-large team … was selected to the IWLCA academic honor roll with a 3.70 grade-point average … team[apos]s winner of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley[apos]s Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award … lone native of Colorado on the Irish roster … selected to the Dean[apos]s List in the fall of `03 … has played in 37 games in her career, scoring 31 goals with 13 assists for 44 points … also has 41 ground balls, 22 draw controls and 22 caused turnovers.
AS A JUNIOR: Saw action in 17 games, making eight starts … had career highs in goals (14), assists (9) and points (23) … finished fifth on the team with 23 points … scored 14 goals on 28 shots for a .500 shooting percentage … had four ground balls, four draw controls and added two caused turnovers … recorded four games with two or more goals and five games with two or more points … opened the season with one goal in each of the games at California and Stanford, both Irish wins … had all four of her draw controls for the season against Stanford … scored twice and assisted on a third in the 18-6 home-opening win versus Ohio at the Loftus Center … had back-to-back two-goal games versus Lehigh and James Madison … scored two and assisted on a third in 20-4 win over Lehigh … picked up season-high four-point game (2g, 2a), including the game-winning goal against James Madison in a 12-11 victory … scored once in a 21-12 loss at Northwestern … followed that with a season-high three goals in the 18-2 win against Canisius … scored a goal and added an assist in the 13-6 win at Ohio State … saved her biggest goal for the last one, scoring with 2.3 seconds left on the clock to give the Irish an 11-10 win over Syracuse … had one assist versus Cornell in the NCAA opening-round win … winner of Notre Dame[apos]s prestigious Christopher Zorich Award for community service work … was a third-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSida Academic All-American on the spring at-large team … selected to the IWLCA academic honor roll and was the team[apos]s winner of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley[apos]s Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award following the season.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played and started the first three games of the season before going down with a major knee injury … got off to a fast start with six goals and one assist for seven points … scored the six goals on just 10 shots for a .600 shooting percentage … grabbed six ground balls, had five draw controls and caused five turnovers in those games … opened the season with a career-best four-goal and four-draw-control game in a 16-10 win at Ohio University … followed with a goal and an assist in an 18-11 home loss versus Northwestern … caused a career-high four turnovers in that game at the Loftus Center … scored one goal at Cornell on March 6 before suffering an injury to her right knee … had surgery on the knee and missed the remainder of the season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Was eighth on the team in scoring with 11 goals and three assists for 14 points … converted 11 of 26 shots for a .423 shooting percentage … had 13 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers on the year … scored goals in her first two games versus California and Stanford … had career-high four-point game (3g, 1a) in 20-7 win over Cornell … second multiple-goal game came with two goals in 13-8 win over Ohio University … had 11 games with two or more ground balls, including career-high four versus Virginia Tech … had career-best three caused turnovers versus Stanford and Virginia Tech … recorded three draw controls versus Stanford and Ohio State.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Two-sport standout at Cherry Creek High School … two-year letter winner in field hockey and four-year letter winner in lacrosse … team captain of field hockey team that won Colorado State championship in 2003 … helped Cherry Creek to four conference titles in lacrosse during her career … member of two state-championship teams … team captain as a senior of undefeated state-championship team … had 74 goals and 26 assists as a senior … selected Rocky Mountain News girls lacrosse player of the year in 2003 … selected to Rocky Mountain News all-Colorado team … honorable mention All-American in 2001 and 2002 … first-team All-American in 2003 … four-time all-conference selection … three-time all-state selection … finalist for the Rocky Mountain News[apos] prestigious Fred Steinmark Award for excellence in athletics, academics and citizenship … ranked first in her class … female honor athlete at Cherry Creek … winner of the Pam Bent Memorial Award for Colorado Students for Leadership … selected to the all-tournament team at the Under-19 Vail Shootout … full name is Meghan Elizabeth Murphy … daughter of Tom and Mary Ann Murphy … has one brother and one sister … sister Katie graduated from Notre Dame in 2004 … born July 6, 1984, in Scottsdale, Ariz. … double major in anthropology and pre-professional studies in the College of Arts and Letters.