#22 Rachel VanderGenugten
Two-year monogram winner … spirited player whose athleticism, determination and strong decision-making made her a valuable asset at all three field positions … early career plagued by nagging foot injuries and multiple surgeries … recovered nicely and enjoyed her finest season at Notre Dame as a senior … one of 22 Indiana natives to play for the Irish through the 2009 season.
AS A SENIOR: Saw action in career-high nine games, all in a reserve role … recorded personal bests with two goals, one assist (tied), five points and 11 shots (five on goal) … made season debut on opening night with 14 minutes and one shot against Wisconsin (3-0) … also earned time in non-conference games against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-0), #3 Stanford (0-2) and Northwestern (2-0) … collected first point of the season with an assist in the BIG EAST opener against DePaul (4-0), as her long-distance shot in the 88th minute rang off the crossbar and directly to Melissa Henderson, who scored on the rebound … played in two other BIG EAST wins against Connecticut (6-1) and #rv/22 Georgetown (2-0) … made NCAA Tournament debut with season-high 32 minutes in first-round victory over IUPUI (5-0) … made the most of that extended time, scoring her first career goal on a scramble in the six-yard box with less than two minutes left in the first half … also recorded career-best five shots (two on goal) in the win … was even more efficient in the NCAA second-round victory over Central Michigan (6-1), needing just 12 minutes of action to notch her second goal in three days on a tremendous 35-yard rocket into the upper right corner with 1:16 left … also rang up three more shots in the CMU win, her final home contest.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in two games for the Irish, registering an assist and a shot on goal … saw time in Notre Dame[apos]s season-opening 7-0 win versus Michigan … notched an assist in that game, helping set up Ellen Jantsch[apos]s goal in the win … played 13 minutes in that game … also saw action in Notre Dame[apos]s 5-0 defeat of SMU.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in one game for the Irish, picking up first career point on an assist … saw action in final 10 minutes versus BIG EAST foe Providence (4-0), getting secondary assist on Susan Pinnick[apos]s goal in 86th minute.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in six games during 2006 NCAA runner-up season … logged career-high 33 minutes in opening day win over Iowa State (9-0) … played 20 minutes in 5-0 win at DePaul and helped close out Rutgers in BIG EAST title match (4-2).
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Defender for Carmel Cyclones that have won eight straight state cups (2000-07) and were ranked in national top five from 2003-06 … helped Cyclones reach Region II semifinals three times ([apos]06 runnerup) before winning 2007 Under-19 regional title, in Des Moines, Iowa … the Cyclones opened 2007 regional play with a 3-3 tie versus the K.C. Metro Dynamos (featuring current ND senior Lauren Fowlkes) before posting a 4-1 win over Cincinnati United and a 7-0 shutout of Louisville SA, followed by a 2-1 semifinal victory over the Chicago-based Eclipse Select (featuring her ND classmates Amanda Clark and Michele Weissenhofer) … she then scored in the 2007 regional title game versus FC Milwaukee (2-0) … Cyclones went 1-1-1 at nationals in Frisco, Texas, with a 1-0 win over CASL Spartan Elite (N.C.), a 1-0 loss to the Sereno Eagles (Ariz.) and a 3-3 tie with the PWSI Cardinals (Va.) … the Cyclones earlier won their division at the 2006 regionals, after a 6-1 victory over the Dakota Gold Impact (S.D.), 4-0 shutout of Javanon (Ky.) and 2-0 win over CRSA team from Iowa, followed by a 4- 0 semifinal victory over FC Milwaukee before losing the regional title game to the Eclipse Select (0-5) … also helped Cyclones win the 2004 Disney Showcase.
PREP & PERSONAL: All-state and top scorer (22G-13A) as senior at Lake Central High School, leading team to 2006 state semifinals (lost to Zionsville) … four-year letterwinner as a forward/midfielder … district and conference MVP as a senior, also Northwest Indiana Times player of the year … named all-city and team MVP final three seasons (twice all-conference) … two-year captain … helped win 2003 and 2006 regional titles (also [apos]06 conference champions) … her three goals scored in the 2006 sectionals included overtime score versus Crown Point in title game … added goal against Penn to win semistate (1-0) … president of National Honor Society at LCHS … former Notre Dame two-time All-America basketball forward Luke Harangody also is a native of Schererville (he attended Andrean HS) … daughter of Roger and Janet VanderGenugten … full name is Rachel Marie VanderGenugten … born Jan. 8, 1988, in Olympia Fields, Ill. … graduated in May 2010 from the College of Science with her bachelor[apos]s degree in science-business.
VanderGenugten[apos]s Career Statistics
VanderGenugten In the Post Season