Monday, December 04, 2006

Lady Irish Fall One Goal Short of National Championship

As it turns out, one of Notre Dame's "football" teams did make it into the National Championship game, losing 2-1 to perennial winner North Carolina despite a flurry at the finish that nearly sent the game into overtime.

Trailing 2-0 most of the day, the Lady Irish finally got on the board in the 81st minute on a header from Brittany Beck, with an assist from Kerri Hanks. Hanks, the nation's leading scorer with 65 points had just been named the Hermann Trophy Winner (awarded to the best woman's soccer player in the nation), the first sophomore ever to win it. But despite several late chances, Hanks and the Irish could not tie it, losing for the first time all season and finishing with a record of 25-1-1.

While they fell one goal short of their ultimate goal, the National Championship, the Lady Irish are certainly to be commended. Although I have yet to find out if any of the girls are devout Catholics (I wish such information wasn't so hard to obtain, especially from Notre Dame), they definitely display both good sportsman?ship and the Notre Dame never-say-die Fighting Irish spirit. Those not familiar with the University's history may find it hard to believe that it was just a little over 30 years ago that Notre Dame was attended only by men. But, Father Hesburgh, speaking to the then all male Board of Directors said, "It's rather inconceivable to have a great university named after the Mother of God, who happens to be a woman, and to have all men students. I suspect She's interested in women getting this kind of education too." While I didn't always agree with Fr. Ted's decisions (especially his hiring a heretic named Fr. Richard McBrien), on this occasion I definitely think he made the right call. Great Season, Lady Irish!

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