Nov. 3, 2005
Providence, R.I. - Notre Dame's Katie Thorlakson has earned Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year. Irish teammates Candace Chapman, Jen Buczkowski and Kerri Hanks have also earned postseason conference honors. Chapman has been named Defensive Player of the Year, Buczkowski has been selected as the Midfielder of the Year and Hanks has earned Rookie of the Year honors. Villanova's Jillian Loyden has been chosen as the Goalkeeper of the Year and Marquette's head coach, Markus Roeders has been selected as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Award winners are decided by a vote of the league's 16 coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
The awards were presented at the Conference's annual women's soccer championship banquet held in Milwaukee. The 2005 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship continues with semifinal action on Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. CT and 5:00 p.m. CT at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. Semifinal winners will advance to the championship game, held Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11:00 a.m. CT. College Sports Television (CSTV) will broadcast both semifinal games live from Valley Fields. The championship game will be broadcast live on select BIG EAST regional outlets.
Thorlakson, a senior forward for the Irish, has been selected as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. As a member of the defending National Champions, the senior became the fifth Irish and 17th NCAA Division I player to reach 50 career goals and 50 career assists. During the regular season, Thorlakson led the league for BIG EAST games in assists (16) and assists per game (1.33). She leads the nation in assists and assists per game, and ranks in the top five in points per game (2.83). For her efforts this season, Thorlakson was named the Soccer America Player of the Week (Oct. 10-17) when she posted two goals and five assists during ND wins over then-No. 17/10 Connecticut (4-0) and Providence (6-0). The 2004 Soccer America Player of the Year was named to the 2005 M.A.C Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Chapman has helped to propel No. 5 Notre Dame to a 17-2-0 record heading into the postseason. Chapman and the ND backline have held opponents to 0.63 goals per game, allowing 10 goals in 18 matches. The preseason All-BIG EAST selection has helped the Irish to 12 shutouts and allowed just 74 shots by opponents. She also ranks fourth in the conference for BIG EAST matches in assists with eight and fourth in assists per game with 0.44. The senior has recorded eight goals and 12 assists this season. Chapman was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 17 when she recorded one goal and three assists during victories over Connecticut and Providence. She was one of three Irish players named to the M.A.C Hermann Trophy Watch List in August.
Buczkowski, the 2005 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honoree, started 16 games for the Irish, scoring five goals and adding five assists for the season. The 2004 All-BIG EAST First Team honoree and `03 All-BIG EAST Rookie Team selection was in the top 10 for the Irish in eight offensive categories this season, including two spots in the top five. Buczkowski was tied for third on the squad in game winning goals (three) and fifth in shot percentage (.250). She was named to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week for the week of Sept. 6 when she helped Notre Dame to a 46-8 shot advantage versus Florida (4-1) and Maryland (6-0) en route to earning defensive MVP honors at the ND Classic. Buczkowski was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List at the start of the season.
Hanks earns the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year award after leading the conference in six offensive categories. Hanks led the league during BIG EAST play in points (34), goals (11), shots (74), shots per game (6.17), points per game (2.83) and goals per game (0.92). She also is listed in the national rankings for points per game (third), goals per game (fifth) and assists per game (11th). In her first two collegiate games, Hanks posted 15 total points, including three goals and one assist against New Hampshire (Aug. 26) and four goals against Vermont (Aug. 28). With the pair of hat tricks, she tied the school record for goals in a game and set the ND record for goals in back-to-back games.
Loyden earns Goalkeeper of the Year honors after leading the Wildcats to a regular season record of 10-5-4 overall and 6-1-3 in league play, including a nine-game unbeaten streak to start conference action. The junior ranks in the BIG EAST top 10 in all five goalkeeping categories. She ranks second in save percentage (.832), tied for fourth in shutouts (six), fifth for shutouts per game (0.35) and sixth in saves (79). An all-conference and all-region selection in 2004, she started 17 of Villanova's 19 games, logging 1557:07 minutes in goal. During conference games, Loyden started and played all 10 games, taking just one loss.
Roeders earns BIG EAST Coach of the Year honor as the Golden Eagles wrap up their first season in the BIG EAST. Roeders and his staff have led MU to a 17-2-1 overall record during the regular season. Marquette has been ranked in all of the regular season polls, with the highest ranking coming during the week of Oct. 4, when it was ranked ninth by the NSCAA and sixth by Soccer America. The team ended conference play with a 9-2-0 mark, including a 4-1 victory over Notre Dame, the Irish's only BIG EAST loss of the season. Marquette finished the regular season ranked ninth in the nation for win-loss-tied percentage with 0.868 mark.
Offensive Player of the Year: Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Defensive Player of the Year: Candace Chapman, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Midfielder of the Year: Jen Buczkowski, Notre Dame, Jr., M
Goalkeeper of the Year: Jillian Loyden, Villanova, Jr. GK
Rookie of the Year: Kerri Hanks, Notre Dame, Fr., F
Coach of the Year: Markus Roeders, Marquette
All-BIG EAST First Team
Elizabeth Eng, Connecticut, Fr., F
Meghan Schnur, Connecticut, So., M
Brittany Taylor, Connecticut, Fr., F
Julianne Sitch, DePaul, Sr., M/F
Jamie Craft, Lousiville, Jr., F
Jen Buczkowski, Notre Dame, Sr., M
Candace Chapman, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Kerri Hanks, Notre Dame, Fr., F
Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Jillian Loyden, Villanova, Jr., GK
Marisa Kanela, West Virginia, Sr., M
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Niki Cross, Connecticut, So., F/M
Chrissy Skogan, Georgetown, Jr., M
Michelle Pitzl, Marquette, Jr., M
Julie Thompson, Marquette, Sr., F/M
Brittany Bock, Notre Dame, Fr., M
Christie Shaner, Notre Dame, Jr., D
Jamie Pelusi, Pittsburgh, Sr., GK
Holly Ryder, St. John's, Sr., M/F
Laura Koch, Villanova, Sr., D
Ashley Banks, West Virginia, So., F/M
Amanda Cicchini, West Virginia, Fr., M
All-BIG EAST Third Team
Jen Lee, DePaul, Jr., D
Shara McNeill, Georgetown, Sr., M
Monique Gjini, Louisville, So., M
Gina Lower, Lousiville, Sr., M
Meghan Connelly, Marquette, Jr., M
Erica Bohn, Notre Dame, Sr., Gk
Amanda Cinalli, Notre Dame, So., F
Lizzie Reed, Notre Dame, Jr., M/F
Zoe Avner, Rutgers, Sr., M
Lana Bannerman, West Virginia, Jr., GK
Kambria Riggins, West Virginia, Sr., D
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Brittany Tegeler, Connecticut, Fr., F
Laura Boyer, Marquette, So., GK
Sarah Uyenishi, Marquette, Sr., D
Christy Zwolski, Marquette, So., F
Carrie Dew, Notre Dame, Fr., D