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Looking Forward...BIG EAST Women's Soccer



BIG EAST Women’s Soccer

CHICAGO - This is the second in a series that takes an inside look at the future of DePaul athletics in the BIG EAST Conference.  The BIG EAST, headquarterd in Providence, R.I., celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2003-04 season and moved forward in 2004-05 with the addition of five new members poised to join the league this summer.

On July 1, DePaul University joins the University of Cincinnati, University of Louisville, Marquette University and the University of South Florida as new members of the BIG EAST Conference.  The league membership in 2005-06 includes the five new members joining the University of Connecticut, Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers University, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, Syracuse University, Villanova University and the University of West Virginia.

A Preview of BIG EAST Women’s Soccer
The BIG EAST Conference features the 2004 National Champions in Notre Dame and sent five teams overall to the tournament.  The BIG EAST was one of four conferences in 2004 to send five teams to the NCAA Tournament with Notre Dame being joined by Boston College, Connecticut, Villanova and West Virginia.

Connecticut won the conference tournament with a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame.  The two programs have squared off in the league’s tournament finale on seven occasions.  The Irish led the league during the regular-season with a 9-0-1 conference mark.  Overall, Notre Dame was 25-1-1.

Connecticut has made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 23 straight seasons with three College Cup appearances.  Notre Dame has claimed two NCAA Championships with the 2004 title and 1995 championship while making six College Cup appearances.  West Virginia has played in the NCAA Tournament in five straight seasons while Villanova made their third consecutive appearance last season.

BIG EAST teams produced five NSCAA/adidas All-Americans in 2004 led by Notre Dame senior defender Melissa Tancredi and junior forward Katie Thorlakson on the second team.  Sophomore midfielder Jen Buczkowski, also of Notre Dame, Connecticut senior forward Kristen Graczyk and West Virginia’s senior forward Laura Kane were on the third team.  Thorlakson was also named the Soccer America Player of the Year.  Overall, there have been 55 All-Americans from BIG EAST programs since 1993.

Last Five BIG EAST Champions

2004

Connecticut

2003

Villanova

2002

Connecticut

2001

Notre Dame

2000

Notre Dame

2004 BIG EAST Standings

 Team

BIG EAST
W-L-T - Pts.

Overall
W-L-T

 Notre Dame

9-0-1 - 28 

25-1-1

 Connecticut

8-2-0 - 24

18-7-1

 West Virginia

7-3-0 - 21

15-6-0

 Boston College

7-3-0 - 21

15-7-1

 Georgetown

5-4-1 - 16

9-9-1

 Villanova

5-4-1 - 16

14-6-2

 Rutgers

4-5-1 - 13

9-10-1

 St. John's

4-6-0 - 12

10-8-1

 Syracuse

2-7-1 - 7

8-9-2

 Pittsburgh

2-7-1 - 7

6-10-1

 Providence

2-8-0 - 6

5-13-0

 Seton Hall

2-8-0 - 6

7-9-2


Returning Statistical Leaders From 2004

Category

Name, School

Total

Points

Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame

70

Goals

Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame

23

Assists

Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame

24

Shots

Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame

127

Saves

Megan Jessee, Connecticut

124

Shutouts

Megan Jessee, Connecticut

11

Goals Against Average

Erika Bohn, Notre Dame

0.41