#19 Rachel Guerrera
Two-time monogram winner who will be the leader of the Notre Dame defense in her senior year … will serve as one of the team[apos]s captains in 2010 … expected to team with juniors Lauren Fenlon and Jackie Doherty to form the backbone of the Irish defense … combines speed, quickness and toughness to be a standout defender … plays the game with an edge and has a driving will to win … relishes the challenge of being Notre Dame[apos]s shutdown defender versus the opposition[apos]s top player … vocal leader of the defense who knows how to communicate on the field … plays with confidence and is an excellent one-on-one defender … coming off an outstanding fall and is ready to make her mark on the 2010 campaign … came into her own as a junior with a dominant performance in the BIG EAST tournament … was selected as a second team IWLCA all-West/Midwest regional choice for her junior year … started the 2010 season as an all-BIG EAST preseason selection … came to Notre Dame after being one of the top defenders on Long Island while playing at Wantagh High School … one of five Long Islanders on the Irish roster along with juniors Kailene Abt (Huntington) and Shaylyn Blaney (Stony Brook), sophomore Kristen DeRespiris (Locust Valley) and freshman Jenny Granger (East Setauket) … has played in 41 games at Notre Dame, starting 35 of them … owns 58 ground balls, 14 draw controls and 37 caused turnovers over two seasons … selected to the IWLCA Academic honor roll following the 2009 campaign … two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star selection ([apos]08, [apos]09).
AS A JUNIOR: Played and started in 20 of the teams 21 games in 2009 … was fifth on the team with 33 ground balls and third with 22 caused turnovers … also had seven draw controls for the year … recorded at least one ground ball in 16 of her 20 games … had six games with multiple ground balls including a career high five at Louisville on April 5 … in that same game, recorded a career-best five caused turnovers and chipped in a pair of draw controls in the contest … selected as BIG EAST defensive player of the week for April 6 after getting nine ground balls, two draw controls and six caused turnovers in wins versus Cincinnati and Louisville … played stellar defense at BIG EAST tournament and was selected to the BIG EAST all-tournament team … following the season was named second team IWLCA West/Midwest regional team … was an IWLCA Academic honor roll selection during the summer.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in
all 19 games in 2008, making 15 starts on defense … finished the season with 25 ground balls, seven draw controls and 15 caused turnovers … had eight games with two or more ground balls, including a career best three versus California (3/8) and at Hofstra (3/25) … fifteen caused turnovers ranked sixth on the team … turned in a career-best four caused turnovers in win over Delaware (3/13) … recorded one draw control in seven different games.
AS A FRESHMAN: Served as a reserve on a veteran defensive unit in her rookie year … played in two games, seeing first collegiate action against Duquesne on April 1 … also played against California on April 7.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-sport standout at Wantagh High School where she played soccer, lacrosse and ran track winning four letters in soccer and lacrosse and three in track … served as team captain of all three teams as a senior … two-time all-county selection in soccer and lacrosse as a junior and senior … selected to Newsday[apos]s all-Long Island team in lacrosse as a senior … was a U.S. Lacrosse honorable mention All-American as a senior … selected to play in the Under Armor High School All-American game but could not participate … played for the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets from seventh grade through her senior year … played for the New York 1 team in the championship game at the U.S. Lacrosse National Championships in the spring of 2005 … captained Long Island region team at the 2005 Empire State games … named the most valuable defender at the 2004 National Draw Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team at the Star-Spangled Tournament in `04 … won the New York State Journalism Gold Award for News Story in 2005 and a Bronze Award for Sports Writing in 2002 … has received the Dartmouth College Award for Leadership Excellence and was a HOBY Leadership Ambassador for the Long Island Region … full name is Rachel R. Guerrera … daughter of John and Jeet Guerrera … has one sister and one brother … born March 30, 1988 in Bethpage, N.Y. … has a double major in American Studies and Film, Television and Theatre in the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.
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