(from left) Katie Thorlakson, Candace Chapman and Jen Buczkowski - pictured during the 2004 NCAA title season - each collected NSCAA All-America honors for the second time in their careers while joining freshman Kerri Hanks to form a group of four Irish players on the 2005 NSCAA All-America teams.

Thorlakson One Of Three Finalists For M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, Joins Three Other Irish Players As NSCAA All-Americans

Dec. 9, 2005

Notre Dame women’s soccer senior forward Katie Thorlakson (Langley, B.C.) has been named one of three finalists for the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in collegiate soccer. The finalists were determined in voting by Division I women’s soccer coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Thorlakson also joined three of her teammates – freshman forward Kerri Hanks, fifth-year defender Candace Chapman and junior midfielder Jen Buczkowski – in receiving NSCAA All-America honors, marking the fourth time in the program’s history (and first since 1997) that four-plus Notre Dame players have been named to the NSCAA All-America teams.

Thorlakson combines with the other two finalists, Portland’s Christine Sinclair and Penn State’s Tiffany Weimer, to form an impressive trio of senior forwards who now are in contention for the prestigious trophy. All three players have been invited to the Missouri Athletic Club for the Jan. 6 news conference that will announce the winner of the award. The announcement will be carried live on ESPNews (7:00 p.m. EST) and a banquet at the Club that evening will feature the formal presentation of the distinctive crystal soccer ball trophy.

Notre Dame players now have combined for 38 all-time NSCAA All-America honors, including 35 in the 12-year period from 1994-2005 (second-most among more than 300 Division I teams, just three behind North Carolina’s 38 NSCAA All-Americans in that 12-year span).

(Note: additional notes and bio. capsules on each of ND’s four NSCAA All-Americans follow below; the NSCAA again has released its All-America team before revealing the respective All-Region teams … check back to und.com later for information on the ND players who were named to the 2005 NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region teams).

Thorlakson was one of 12 players to receive NSCAA first team All-America honors while fellow forward Hanks (Allen, Texas) was a second-team selection, marking the first time in the program’s history that two Notre Dame forwards have earned NSCAA All-America honors in the same season. Hanks was one of just three freshmen among the 37 total players named to the three 2005 NSCAA All-America teams and she is the seventh Notre Dame freshman (first since midfielder Anne Makinen in ’97) to be named an NSCAA All-American.

Notre Dame earlier had produced four of the final-15 candidates for the 200 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy but two of those players – fifth-year right back Chapman (Ajax, Ontario) and junior midfield playmaker Buczkowski (Elk Grove, Ill.) – were relegated to the NSCAA third team All-America list for 2005. Chapman was one of just two defenders among the final-15 Hermann Trophy candidates but she was overlooked for first and even second-team NSCAA Academic All-America honors (each of those teams included three defenders).

Buczkowski and Chapman joined Thorlakson in receiving NSCAA All-America honors for the second times in their career, following the lead of seven previous Notre Dame players who were NSCAA All-Americans in multiple seasons. Chapman earlier was an NSCAA second team All-American in 2002 while the 2004 season saw Thorlakson named to the second team and Buczkowski to the third team.


Kerri Hanks totaled the fourth-most goals in a season (28) ever by a Division I women’s soccer player and was the only freshman among the final-15 candidates for the 2005 Hermann Trophy.



Notre Dame’s four 2005 NSCAA All-Americans earlier had combined to became the first teammates to sweep four major BIG EAST Conference yearly awards (Thorlakson as top offensive player, Chapman as top defensive player, Buczkowski as top midfielder and Hanks as top rookie).

Thorlakson was recognized by several organizations – including Soccer America, Sports Illustrated On Campus and ESPN – as the nation’s top player in 2004 but she surprisingly was not among the three finalists for the ’04 Hermann Trophy and likewise failed to earn NSCAA first team All-America honors in ’04.

Notre Dame players have been finalists for the M.A.C. and/or Hermann awards (which merged in ’02) during six previous seasons, including two Irish players who were among the 1995 national finalists. Midfielder Cindy Daws was one of three finalists for the 1994 Hermann Trophy and was among the top-four in the ’94 M.A.C voting. She later joined fellow Irish midfielder Holly Manthei among the three finalists for the Hermann Trophy during the 1995 national championship season – and Daws then swept the Hermann and M.A.C awards in ’96. Manthei then was among the four finalists for the ’97 M.A.C. award and another ND midfielder (Makinen) then was one of five finalists for the ’98 Hermann. Makinen went on to win both awards in her senior season (2000).


Katie Thorlakson is one of three finalists for the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, after scoring or assisting on more goals (53) than any player in the nation during the 2005 season.



Thorlakson led the nation in 2005 with 35 assists (second-most in NCAA history, behind the 44 posted by former Irish great Holly Manthei in ’96) and finished second nationally with 71 points, one shy of the Notre Dame record set by Cindy Daws in ’96. She was the only player in the nation with at least 16 goals (18) and 16 assists and scored or assisted on 53 of her team’s goals, most among any player in Division I. The Canadian National team standout ended her career with a Notre Dame-record 14-game point streak and scored or assisted on 16 of the team’s 22 game-winning goals during the 2005 season.

National champion Portland (5) was the only team to place more players on the 2005 NSCAA All-America teams than Notre Dame while UCLA (3) and Penn State (3) were the only others with more than two players among the 37 honorees. North Carolina and Virginia had two players each on the NSCAA All-America teams while 18 teams had one player named to the elite group of 37.

FANTASTIC FOUR – This marks the fourth time in Notre Dame women’s soccer history – but the first time since 1997 – that four-plus Irish players have been named to the NSCAA All-America team … the potent 1996 ND team featured six NSCAA All-Americans, led by a pair of seniors on the first team (midfielder Cindy Daws and goalkeeper Jen Renola), two defenders (junior Kate Sobrero and freshman Jen Grubb) on the second team, and a couple of third-team midfielders in junior Holly Manthei and freshman Jenny Streiffer … one year later, five Irish players were on the 1997 NSCAA All-America lists: first teamers Sobrero, Grubb and sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene, third-teamer Manthei and fellow third-team midfielder Anne Makinen (then a freshman) … the only other season to feature four-plus ND players on the NSCAA All-America teams was in 1994, with Daws on the first team and three others – Renola, Manthei and junior forward Rosella Guerrero – on the second team … the 1994 and ’96 teams finished as NCAA runner-ups while the ’97 team’s dominating season ended in the NCAA semifinals.

FRONTRUNNERS – Katie Thorlakson and Kerri Hanks are the first pair of Notre Dame forwards to earn NSCAA All-America honors in the same season … Thorlakson joins former teammate Amy Warner as the second ND forward ever named an NSCAA first team All-American (Warner was so honored as a senior, in ’03) … three other ND forwards have earned NSCAA All-American honors: freshman Ragen Coyne (2nd team, ’92), junior Rosella Guerrero (2nd team, ’94) and senior Jenny Streiffer (3rd team, ’99).


Candace Chapman is one of four defenders in Notre Dame history to earn NSCAA All-America honors in multiple seasons.



TRIPLE-LAYER TALENT – The combination of forwards Katie Thorlakson and Kerri Hanks, midfielder Jen Buczkowski and defender Candace Chapman gives Notre Dame an All-American at each of the three major positions for just the third time in the program’s storied history … the 1999 ND team featured three All-Americans, one from each of the positions: senior F Jenny Streiffer (3rd team), junior M Anne Makinen (2nd team) and senior D Jen Grubb (3rd team) – with the combination of Thorlakson, Buczkowski and Chapman duplicating those class years matched to each position … the 2004 season saw Thorlakson (2nd team) and Buczkowski (3rd team) join fifth-year center back Melissa Tancredi (2nd team) for another All-America sweep of the three major positions … four other ND teams featured an ND goalkeeper and players from two other positions on the NSCAA All-America lists, in successive years spanning 1994 (F Rosella Guerrero, M Cindy Daws and Holly Manthei, G Jen Renola), 1995 (Manthei, D Kate Sobrero and Renola), 1996 (Daws, Manthei, M Jenny Streiffer, Grubb, D Kate Sobrero and Renola) and 1997 (Manthei, Makinen, Sobrero, Grubb and Beene).

ALL-AMERICA BREAKDOWN – Notre Dame’s 18-year history now includes 19 players who have combined for 38 NSCAA All-America honors … the breakdown by position includes 6 forwards (7 honors), 6 midfielders (15), 5 defenders (12) and 2 goalkeepers (4) … nine ND players have combined for 12 first team NSCAA honors, 14 have combined to make the second team 16 times and six have combined for 10 third-team honors … the program’s NSCAA All-Americans by class have included seven freshmen, nine sophomores (among them Chapman in ’02 and Buczkowski in ’04), eight juniors (including Thorlakson in ’04), 11 seniors and three 5th-year seniors.

FIRST-YEAR FINESTKerri Hanks is the seventh Notre Dame freshman (first since ’97) to earn NSCAA All-American honors, with midfielder Cindy Daws collecting first-team honors from the NSCAA during their stellar 1993 freshman season … Hanks joins three previous ND freshmen as second team NSCAA All-Americans: F Ragen Coyne (’92), M Holly Manthei (’94), D Jen Grubb (’92) … midfielders Jenny Streiffer (’96) and Anne Makinen (’97) were NSCAA third team All-Americans during their freshman seasons.

A DOZEN YEARS OF EXCELLENCE – Notre Dame players have combined for 35 NSCAA All-America honors during the past 12 seasons (1994-2005), narrowly trailing North Carolina (38) for the most NSCAA All-Americans during that 12-year stretch … Portland is a distant third on that list with 25 total NSCAA All-Americans during the past 12 seasons, followed by Penn State (18), Santa Clara (18), Connecticut (17), Florida (16) and Nebraska (16).


Jen Buczkowski is part of an impressive group of Notre Dame midfielders who have been named NSCAA All-Americans.



MULTIPLE-YEAR HONOREES – An elite group of 10 ND players – five defenders, four midfielders and one player who was honored at multiple positions) – have earned NSCAA All-America honors in multiple seasons, with the 2005 team including three of those players (F Katie Thorlakson was a 2nd-teamer in ’04, M Jen Buczkowski a 3rd-teamer in ’04 and D Candace Chapman a 2nd-teamer in ’02) … Buczkowski in 2006 will have the chance to become the program’s sixth player with three-plus NSCAA All-America seasons … 24 seasons of Division I women’s soccer have produced just 22 players that have been four-year NSCAA All-Americans, with that special group including three players from ND: midfielders Holly Manthei (’94-’97) and Anne Makinen (’97-’00) and defender Jen Grubb (’96-’99) … midfielder Cindy Daws (’93, ’95, ’96) and defender Kate Sobrero (’95-’97) were three-time NSCAA All-Americans while Jenny Streiffer earned NSCAA honors twice (as a midfielder in ’96 and a forward in ’99), as did central defender Melissa Tancredi (in ’03 and ’04).

THE OLD WARRIORS – Veteran right back Candace Chapman becomes the third ND player to be named an NSCAA All-American during her fifth season of eligibility (her 2003 season was wiped out by a knee injury) … the program’s two previous players to be NSCAA All-Americans as 5th-years also patrolled the back line, in the form of central defenders Monica Gonzalez (’01) and Melissa Tancredi (’05).

BRICK WALL – The five ND defenders who have earned NSCAA All-America honors include four – Kate Sobrero (’96-’97), Jen Grubb (’96-’99), Melissa Tancredi (’03-’04) and Candace Chapman (’02, ’05) – who have been recognized in multiple seasons, plus 2001 honoree Monica Gonzalez

MIDFIELD LEGENDS – Notre Dame midfielders now have combined for 15 NSCAA All-America honors during the past 11 seasons, with those six players including: Cindy Daws (’93, ’95, ’96), Alison Lester (’93), Holly Manthei (’94-’97), Jenny Streiffer (’96), Anne Makinen (’97-’00) and Jen Buczkowski (’04-’05).

REPEAT AFTER ME – The 37 players named to the 2005 NSCAA All-America teams include 13 who were named to previous NSCA squads … those players include three from ND (Katie Thorlakson, Candace Chapman and Jen Buczkowski), two each from Portland (F Christine Sinclair and M Lindsey Huie), Penn State (G Erin McLeod, F Tiffany Weimer) and North Carolina (M Lori Chalupny, F Heather O’Reilly) – plus UCLA defender Jill Oakes and midfielders from Colorado (Fran Munnelly), Virginia (Sarah Huffman) and Nebraska (Brittany Timko).



Katie Thorlakson ranks second in the NCAA record book for assists in a season (35, in ’05) and a career (73) and became the 17th Division I player ever to reach 50 goals and 50 assists in her career.



Katie Thorlakson (Sr., Forward; Langley, British Columbia) – Led nation in assists (35) for second straight season (no other player had more than 25A) … finished 2nd nationally in points (71), one shy of ND record set by Cindy Daws in ’96 … ranked 11th nationally in goals (18) and was only player with at least 16-plus goals and 16-plus assists (18G-35A) … teammate Kerri Hanks (28G-15A) was the only other player with at least 13G-13A … turned in her impressive offensive season despite averaging just 64 minutes per game … scored/assisted on nearly half (53 of 110) of goals for the nation’s top-scoring team (4.4 goals/gm) … scored/assisted on more goals (53) than any other player in the nation (Portland’s Christine Sinclair was next with 47, then Hanks with 43) … had G/A on 100 of ND’s 180 goals (56%; 41G-59A) spanning ’04 and ’05 seasons … her 35 assists in ’05 rank 2nd in NCAA history, as do her 73 career assists (former ND standout Holly Manthei holds both records, with 44 assists in ’96 and 129 in her career) … ended ’05 by totaling 40 points (9G-22A) during ND-record 14-game point streak, breaking the previous record of 12 (from ’04-’05) that she shared with Anne Makinen … closed career with points in 19 of final 20 games and 33 of final 36 … registered points in all 16 of ND’s postseason games during past two seasons (15G-14A, 44 points) while factoring into 57% of team’s goals (29 of 51) in that 14-2-0 run through ’04 and ’05 postseasons … set ND record for career points in postseason (53; 15G-23A), in NCAAs (29; 7G-15A) and in BIG EAST Tournament (24; 8G-8A) … repeated as BIG EAST offensive player of the year, also named MVP of ’05 BIG EAST Tournament and tied record by being named BIG EAST offensive player of the week six times in career (three in ’05) … has advanced to the final round of selections for the NCAA’s prestigious Top Eight Award, which annually recognizes an elite group of eight total student-athletes (taken from all spots and all divisions) … combined with Hanks (71) as second set of Div. I teammates to reach 70 points in same season (their combined ’05 totals were 142 points, 46G-50A and 5.7 points/gm) … they went on to become the first pair of ND forwards ever named to the NSCAA All-America team in the same season … finished 6th in ND history with 183 career points (55G-73A) and 8th in goals (55) while becoming the 17th D-I player ever to reach 50G-50A in career … ended 5G shy of becoming sixth D-I player ever with 60G-60A … holds ND record for career game-winning points (56) after scoring or assisting on 39 game-winning goals (17 GWG-22GWA) … scored (4) or assisted (12) on 16 of ND’s 22 GWGs in ’05, shattering ND record with 12 GWAs for the season … played in all 95 games of ND career (after returning from ’02 U-19 World Championship), the 5th-longest streak of consecutive games played in program’s history (also 15th on ND career GP list) … helped ND compile a 47-4-1 record spanning the ’04 and ’05 seasons, matching the best two-year win total in the program’s history … combined with 12 different teammates on goalscoring sequences in ’05 … scored at a clip of better than one goal per every four shots she took (18-of-71) in ’05 (also scored once every 2.4 shots on goal in ’05) …finished 2G shy of becoming first D-I player ever to reach 20G-20A in multiple seasons … as a junior, she totaled 23G-24A (UNC’s Mia Hamm, in ’92, is the only player ever to post more goals and more assists in same season) … her top games in ’05 included setting ND record for most points in season opener (8; 2G-4A vs. New Hampshire), 2G-2A vs. DePaul and four 5-point games: 1G-3A vs. Georgetown (BIG EAST quarterfinal) and Providence and 2G-1A vs. #11 Florida and South Florida … had 3A in NCAA 3rd-round win over Yale, 1G-2A vs. Maryland and scored GWG in BIG EAST semifinal at Marquette … posted 3-plus assists in four games during ’05 season (most among any player in nation) … holds ND records for points in a game (10; 4G-2A in ’04 BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. St. John’s) and for most points ever vs. a top-25 team (8; 3G-2A vs. #4 Santa Clara in ’04) … led Irish to ’04 national title, earning College Cup MVP honors … two weeks later, she posted a 3.39 semester GPA as part of ND’s impressive 3.38 team GPA for the ’04 fall term … her top ’04 honors included national player of the year from Soccer America, Sports Illustrated on Campus and Soccer Buzz … also was one of five nominees (and the only soccer player) for the ESPN-sponsored ESPY in the category of “best female college athlete” of ’04-’05 … first ND player ever to score/assist on team’s first five goals in a game (in ’04 opener vs. Baylor; 2G-3A), did it again vs. Santa Clara in ’04 (3G-2A) and then went one better with the G/A on first six goals in ’04 vs. St. John’s (4G-2A) … totaled 26 points (6G-14A) in 11 games vs. top-25 teams during ’05 season … had 24A in ’04 and 35 in ’05, joining Manthei as only players in D-I history to post 23-plus assists in multiple seasons … led BIG EAST in ’05 assists while ranking 2nd in points and goals, 3rd in shots (71) and 4th in gamewinning goals (4) … totaled 10 career multiple-goal games … totaled ND record 23 game-winning points in ’04 (then 20 in ’05).


Kerri Hanks will enter her sophomore season in 2006 as one of the frontrunners for the 2006 Hermann Trophy and was one of 12 non-seniors to earn NSCAA first- or second-team All-American honors.



Kerri Hanks (Fr., Forward; Allen, Texas) – Named 1st team all-BIG EAST and BIG EAST rookie of the year before collecting NSCAA 3rd team All-America honors (the seventh ND freshman, and first since ’97, to be an NSCAA All-American) … first freshman to be among the final 15 candidates for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy since the M.A.C. and Hermann awards merged in 2002 … in eight seasons prior to that (’94-’01), only three freshmen – and none since ’99 – had been among the final 10/15 candidates for either award, with former ND midfielder Anne Makinen earning that rare distinction in ’97 as one of the final-10 candidates for the Hermann that season (UNC forward Susan Bush and Santa Clara midfielder Aly Wagner were among the final-15 Hermann candidates in ’99) … will combine with teammate Jen Buczkowski on the short list of favorites for the 2006 Hermann Trophy, as 11 of the final-15 candidates for the ’05 award were seniors (others included UNC junior F Heather O’Reilly and Nebraska M Brittany Timko) … one of 12 non-seniors to receive NSCAA 1st or 2nd team All-America honors in ’05, with others including Buczkowski (junior M), Florida junior D Mel Booth, Portland sophomore D Steph Lopez, Tennessee junior M Ali Christoph, Penn State junior M Ali Krieger, Portland freshman M Megan Rapinoe, UCLA sophomore G Valerie Henderson and sophomore F Danesha Adams, Yale junior M Christina Huang, UNC junior M Heather O’Reilly and Florida State junior F India Trotter … leading candidate for national freshman-of-the-year honors, as only two other freshmen (Portland’s Rapinoe and USC forward Amy Rodriguez) were among the 37 total NSCAA All-Americans for 2005 … ranked 3rd in the nation with 28 goals (18th in NCAA history and tying the ND record set by Jenny Heft in ’98) … also tied for 2nd nationally in points (71, one shy of the ND record set by Cindy Daws in ’96) and finished 7th in assists (15) … joined teammate Katie Thorlakson (18G-35A) as only players in the nation with at least 15G-15A, with the pair going on to become the first ND forwards ever named NSCAA All-Americans in the same season … set ND record for goals in consecutive games (7; 3G-1A vs. UNH, 4G vs. UVm) … led the BIG EAST in points, goals and shots (135, ND record), also ranking 2nd in assists and gamewinning goals (6) … her 135 shots were 11 more than ND’s opponents’ combined shot total (124) in the ’05 season … combined with Thorlakson (also 71 points) as second pair of teammates in Division I women’s soccer history to post 70-plus points in the same season, joining 1995 SMU players Danielle Garrett (83; now Danielle Fotopoulos) and Courtney Linex (77) in that distinction … she and Thorlakson combined for 142 points, besting the ND record for points by teammates (136, by Daws and Jenny Streiffer in ’96) … totaled points in 21 of 25 games during the ’05 season … her other top games included 1G-1A vs. Cincinnati, Marquette (BIG EAST semifinal) and Valparaiso (NCAA 1st round), 2G vs. Maryland and Yale (NCAA round-of-16), and 2G-2A vs. DePaul … had 1G-2A in regular-season game vs. Georgetown and then 2G-1A vs. GU in the BIG EAST quarterfinals … tied ND record for goals in a game (4) … quickest ND player ever to 10 goals (4 GP) … scored for 1-0 overtime win at Rutgers … racked up her 28 goals despite averaging just 66 minutes per game, as the Irish utilized their tremendous forward depth … ND was 18-0-0 when she scored a goal in ’05 (4-3-0 when she failed to find the net) … the previous ND record for goals by a freshman was Anne Makinen’s 23 in ’97 … fourth Division I freshman (and first since ’96) ever with 28-plus goals in a season … the three D-I freshmen who have posted 30-goal seasons include SMU’s Lisa Cole (37, in 1987), Baylor’s Molly Cameron (32; in ’96) and Washington State’s Kim Lynass (30, in ’90) … combined with midfielder Brittany Bock (12) as the fifth pair of ND freshmen (first since ’97) with 12-plus goals in the same season … saw her seven-game goal streak (bested just three times in ND history) end in the final game of the season vs. Portland, also coming one game shy of tying Amanda Guertin’s ND record for consecutive postseason games with a goal (7) … combined with 10 teammates on ’05 goalscoring plays .. she and Thorlakson combined for 142 points, 46 goals and 50 assists, and 5.7 points/gm).


Candace Chapman helped the 2005 Notre Dame defense allow just 15 goals while limiting 21 of 25 opponents to 0-1 goals.



Candace Chapman (5th-Year Sr., Right Back; Ajax, Ontario) – Earned NSCAA second team All-America honors as a sophomore right back in 2002, missed ’03 due to an ACL knee injury, made shift to forward in ’04 (as 2nd-leading scorer for NCAA championship team) and then ended her career as an NSCAA third team All-American after returning to right back … joined UCLA’s Jill Oakes as only defenders among the final-15 candidates for the 2005 Hermann Trophy … named 2005 BIG EAST defensive player of the year, repeating an honor she earned as a sophomore in ’02 … also a 2000 second team Academic All-District pick (per CoSIDA), with a 3.32 cumulative GPA as a double major in sociology and computer applications … leader of ND defense that finished 16th in the nation with a 0.60 season goals-against avg. (11 GA in 25 GP) that included 17 shutouts (2nd in the nation and one shy of the ND team record) … the ’05 Irish defense allowed just 54 shots on goal, factoring out to a rate of 2.16 opponent SOG/gm that nearly the ND record (2.12, in ’97) … ND held its ’05 opponents to 0-1 goals in 21 of 25 games (only two teams scored 3-plus goals vs. ND in `05) … joined former ND player Jen Grubb and UConn alum Sara Whalen as only players to repeat as BIG EAST defensive player of the year … fourth ND player to be named all-BIG EAST four times (1st team as a defender in ’01, ’02 and ’04; missed ’03 due to injury and was 3rd team all-BE as a forward in ’04) … joins Grubb (’96-’99), M Anne Makinen (’97-’00) and F Amy Warner (’00-’03) as ND players who have been all-BIG EAST four times … five ND players have been 1st team all-BIG EAST three-plus times: M Holly Manthei (’95-’97), Grubb, Makinen, Warner and Chapman … combined with senior F Katie Thorlakson as fourth set of teammates in BIG EAST history ever named the offensive and defensive player of the year … ranked 3rd on ’05 team with 1,760 minutes played (70/gm) … finished 9th on ’05 team with 13 points (2G-9A), including 1G-1A in 4-0 win over UConn, a goal vs. Villanova (4-0) and assist on first goal in BIG EAST title game vs. UConn (5-0) … ranked 4th among ’05 BIG EAST player in assists … starter with the Canadian National Team … 20th ND player ever to reach 20G-20A in her career (20G-24A), in 92 GP (16th in ND history) and 80 GS … ended career by playing in 52 consecutive games (with 32 straight starts) … joined freshman central back Carrie Dew as only ND players to start every game in ’05 (25) … 2nd-leading scorer for ’04 NCAA champs (12G-8A; ND record 27 GP) … scored gamewinning goals in ’04 NCAAs vs. UConn (2-0) and Santa Clara (1-0, semifinal) … named to ’04 College Cup all-tournament team … served as 2005 team co-captain … member of ND’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.


Jen Buczkowski ran a 2005 Notre Dame midfield that dominated possession throughout the 22-3-0 season.



Jen Buczkowski (Jr., Midfielder; Elk Grove, Illinois) – Repeated as a first team all-BIG EAST Conference selection in 2005 while being named the BIG EAST midfielder of the year … will combine with teammate Kerri Hanks on the short list of favorites for the 2006 Hermann Trophy, as 11 of the final-15 candidates for the ’05 award were seniors (others included UNC junior F Heather O’Reilly and Nebraska M Brittany Timko) … repeated as a CoSIDA Academic All-District V pick in 2005 (2nd team; after 1st team in ’04), with 3.28 cumulative GPA as a marketing major … collected NSCAA third team All-America honors in 2004 and again in ’05 … driving force in the 2005 ND midfield that helped Irish rack up a 110-15 scoring edge (avg. 4.4-0.6), plus similar commanding margins in shots (572-124; avg. 22.9-5.0), shots on goal (307-54; 12.3-2.2) and corner kicks (176-43; 7.0-1.7) … directed 2005 ND offense that led nation in goals scored and goal margin (+95; +3.8 per game) … helped control possession for ’05 team that trailed in just three of 25 games, spanning a total of just 153 minutes (out of 2,256; or 6.7% of the minutes) … one of three players who logged every minute for U.S. Under-21 National Team that won 2005 Nordic Cup … ranked 6th on 2005 team with 21 points (7G-7A), finishing 9th among BIG EAST players in assists … totaled 1G-1A in both of ND’s first two games of the ’05 BIG EAST Tournament (6-0 quarterfinal vs. Georgetown, 3-0 semifinal at Marquette) … also earlier had 1G-1A in wins over Gonzaga and DePaul … has played every game of career (76; 71 GS), helping ND go 67-7-2 from ’03-’05 with the Irish not being outshot in any game during that three-year stretch … on verge of becoming ND program’s 21st all-time player with 20G-20A (19G-24A) … finished 18th in nation with 11A in ’04 … 3rd-leading scorer for ’04 NCAA champs (8G-11A), setting ND record with 27 GP … scored in final minute for 2-1 win at Georgetown in ’04 before scoring in 80th minute to beat Boston College (1-0) … also picked up GWG at Michigan (4-0) and vs. BC in ’04 BIG EAST semifinal (2-0) … earned Freshman All-American honors in 2003 … former member of U.S. Under-19 National Team … totaled 4G-6A in ’03.