#1 Nikki Weiss
Four-year monogram winner … solid netminder who enjoyed breakout campaigns in her final two seasons, setting a new BIG EAST record with a 0.15 GAA in conference play in 2009 and posting .876 save percentage (second-best in school history) in 2010 … combined great size (5-foot-11), physique and athleticism with very sound technical abilities … an imposing presence who dominated the 18-yard box and learned to read the game well … a driven competitor … the sixth Connecticut native to suit up for Notre Dame.
AS A SENIOR: Saved her best for last, playing a pivotal role as the final line of defense on Notre Dame[apos]s third national championship team … started all 25 matches and earned every decision (21-2-2) while posting a 0.49 goals-against average (GAA) and .876 save percentage (best by Irish goalkeeper since Michelle Lodyga[apos]s school-record .884 mark in 1991) with 10 solo shutouts and five shared whitewashes … ranked second on team with 2,210 minutes played … helped Notre Dame open season with four consecutive shutouts (Minnesota, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, #8 Santa Clara, Texas Tech), the third time in school history the Irish have had such a spotless season debut (also 1995 and 2008) … made (then) career-high seven saves in win over #8 Santa Clara (1-0) … turned back six shots in overtime loss at #13 UCLA (1-2) … set new career high with eight saves in double-overtime draw at Georgetown (1-1) in regular-season finale … peaked during Notre Dame[apos]s run to NCAA title, allowing just one goal in six matches (526:49), stopping 18 of 19 shots (.947 save percentage) and posting a microscopic 0.17 GAA, with three solo and two shared shutouts … made five saves in historic NCAA third-round win at #3 North Carolina (4-1) … logged consecutive 1-0 clean sheets in College Cup semifinal vs. #17 Ohio State and title match vs. #1 Stanford … made five saves in the national championship contest, including sliding save at left post on point-blank header by Alina Garciamendez in 62nd minute — it proved to be a monumental stop, as Adriana Leon put Notre Dame ahead with the match[apos]s lone goal exactly one minute later (and Weiss added two more saves in the closing 10 minutes to clinch the NCAA title for the Irish).
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in 19 matches, starting 17 times and playing a total of 1,420:38 … registered a 14-2-1 record with a 0.51 GAA and .862 save percentage … posted seven solo shutouts and shared five other clean sheets … led the BIG EAST with a conference-record 0.15 GAA in league play (1 GA, 5 ShO in 597:00), breaking the old record of 0.18 set by LaKeysia Beene in 1997 … split opening-night shutout against Wisconsin (3-0) … got first start of the season against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, sharing that shutout (3-0) … took over starting goalkeeper spot for good at Pittsburgh (0-0), making four saves to log her first career solo shutout … that began a streak of 597 minutes covering the remainder of the regular season in which she allowed just one goal … turned aside (then) career-high six shots against #10/12 Rutgers (1-0) for her first career clean sheet against a ranked opponent … also blanked Seton Hall, Providence and Villanova by identical 2-0 scores … split shutout against #rv/22 Georgetown (2-0) on Senior Night … backstopped Irish to the BIG EAST title with wins over South Florida (5-0), St. John[apos]s (2-1, ot) and #rv/10 Marquette (2-1), tying her (then) career high with six saves in the title match … named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team … shared shutout in NCAA Championship first-round win over IUPUI (5-0) … came up with four saves in third-round solo blanking of Oregon State (1-0) … turned in perhaps the finest game of her career in the NCAA quarterfinals at #6 Florida State, making five saves in a 2-0 win … tied her (then) career high with six saves in NCAA College Cup semifinal loss to #4 North Carolina (0-1) … posted 0.38 GAA and .913 save percentage during the NCAA Championship (2 GA, 23 shots faced in 407:20).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in nine matches for the Irish … made four saves in 209:59 of work and allowed just one goal for a 0.43 GAA … combined with Kelsey Lysander for eight shared shutouts … those eight combined shutouts came against Michigan (7-0), Loyola Marymount (4-0), SMU (5-0), Cincinnati (6-0), South Florida (3-0), Providence (5-0), Seton Hall (6-0) and Cincinnati (5-0).
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in seven matches (starting three) for the Irish … made seven saves and posted a 1-2-1 record with a 1.53 GAA and a .538 save percentage … played final 65 minutes in opener versus Michigan (1 SV; 0-0) … played all 97 minutes against Stanford as the Irish were edged in overtime (1 SV; 2-1) … started both matches of Inn at St. Mary[apos]s Classic, with 4-2 win over Princeton (1 SV) and 2-1 overtime loss to #16 Oklahoma State (3 SVS) … closed 4-1 win at Syracuse (1 SV), 3-0 win at St. John[apos]s and 5-0 win over Villanova (1 SV) … earned victory in spring 2008 exhibition versus Mexican National Team (2-1), coming on to start second half and turning in a clean sheet over the final 45 minutes (including two big plays in the closing moments to keep the Irish in front).
NATIONAL TEAM/ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Former member of the United States Under-15 National Team … also a member of the U.S. U-16 player pool in 2004 and [apos]05 … played with adidas U-17 All-Star team that toured Europe … played for Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region I team from 2001-06 and was a member of her state ODP team from 2000-06 … toured Brazil in 2007 with ODP Region I team, a member of the first women[apos]s team ever to play in the legendary Maracana Stadium … member of Region I team that competed in the U-19 adidas Cup ([apos]87s) … helped lead CUFC Wolves club team to three consecutive state titles (2005-07) while reaching the USYS Region I semifinal round in 2006 and [apos]07.
PREP & PERSONAL: Named a 2006 NSCAA high school All-American (also an NSCAA all-region pick in 2005 and [apos]06) … helped lead Immaculate High School to four state soccer titles, earning MVP honors for the 2006 state tournament … did not allow a goal during 2005 and [apos]06 state tournament play … named all-state and first team all-conference in each of her four seasons (with conference titles in [apos]04 and [apos]05) … captained IHS team her final two seasons … named MVP of the conference tournament as a sophomore and junior … played in 2006 Senior Bowl all-star match … received 2007 SouthWest Conference leadership award … had her number-23 jersey retired by Immaculate … also played varsity basketball during her first three years, helping team reach state semifinals in her sophomore season and earning second team all-state honors as a junior (when she also served as team captain) … member of the National Honor Society and a HOBY Leadership Representative … brother Ben played soccer at Lynchburg College while two of her uncles – Dan Weiss (Southern Illinois basketball) and Mike Weiss (Ohio University basketball) – also were college athletes … born Feb. 6, 1989, in Plano, Texas … daughter of Stephen and Kathryn Weiss … full name is Jacqueline Nicole Weiss … graduated in May
Weiss[apos]s Career Statistics
Weiss In the Postseason