[2008 WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP] Notre Dame, which enters its semifinal match against Stanford at the Women's College Cup with a 25-0-0 record, looks to accomplish what it's never done before -- finish the season unbeaten. The Irish captured national titles in 1995 and 2004 but failed to win the four previous years it entered the final four unbeaten.
KEY STAT:The Irish, who are playing in their third straight final four, have trailed only once all season -- for two minutes against Marquette in October.
KEY PLAYER:Notre Dame is led by 2006 Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks, who has outstanding in the NCAA Tournament. She set up both goals in the 2-0 victory over Florida State in the quarterfinals. She showed tremendous pace to break through the Seminole defense and set up Taylor Knaack for the late insurance goal.
AREA OF IMPROVEMENT:The Irish have been solid on defense from beginning to end. They opened the season with four straight shutouts and enter the Women's College Cup with eight shutouts in a row. Senior Carrie Dew, one of three defenders to start every game, has been outstanding in earning her second Big East Defensive Player of the Year award.
PLAYER, YEAR (G-A-P) CLUB TEAM
13 Kelsey Lysander, JR. (0.39 GAA) San Diego Surf
12 Jessica Schuveiller, FR. (1-1-3) Dallas Sting
19 Carrie Dew, SR. (1-1-3) San Diego Surf
23 Elise Weber, SR. (1-3-5) Eclipse Select
25 Julie Scheidler, SOPH. (0-5-5) Carmel Crossfire
14 Courtney Rosen, JR. (3-4-10) Ohio Internationals SC
15 Rose Augustin, SOPH. (6-2-14) Ohio Internationals SC
17 Courtney Barg, FR. (2-3-7) Dallas Sting
2 Kerri Hanks, SR. (19-15-53) Dallas Texans
6 Melissa Henderson, FR. (17-1-35) Dallas Sting
11 Michele Weissenhofer, JR. (4-7-15) Eclipse Select
4 Taylor Knaack, SOPH. (5-2-12) Dallas Texans
7 Amanda Clark, JR. (1-1-3) Eclipse Select
8 Haley Ford, JR. (1-1-3) Dallas Texans
10 Brittany Bock, SR. (6-9-21) Eclipse Select
20 Rebecca Mendoza, SR. (1-1-3) Dallas Sting
21 Erica Iantorno, SOPH. (5-7-17) Eclipse Select