December 3, 2012
WHAT A START
Frosh Roccaro named 3rd team All-American
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame freshman Cari Roccaro (East Islip, N.Y.) capped off a stellar rookie season by earning third-team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in voting by coaches.
Roccaro (pronounced row-CAH-row), who played defense, midfield and forward became the eighth Notre Dame freshman to receive NSCAA All-America recognition and the second in the past 15 seasons. Two-time Hermann Trophy recipient and high-scoring forward Kerri Hanks (2008) was the last Fighting Irish rookie chosen as an NSCAA All-American during her first season, doing so in 2005 to kick off a run of four consecutive All-America seasons.
She also became the 24th Notre Dame player to earn NSCAA All-America status, with those 24 players accounting for a combined total of 51 NSCAA All-America citations during their respective careers. The Fighting Irish have had at least one player chosen as an NSCAA All-American in each of the past 21 seasons (1992-2012), including 14 years when Notre Dame fielded multiple All-Americans.
A member of the Long Island Fury, Roccaro got a late start to her freshman season at Notre Dame, missing the first seven matches while helping the United States win the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup title in Japan. Yet despite the truncated season, she proved to be a valuable addition to the Fighting Irish roster in 2012, starting all 16 matches she played in and ranking third on the team in goals (six), points (13), total shots (41) and shots on goal (21) while earning three Big East honors — rookie of the year, first Team and rookie team.
After returning from Japan, Roccaro stepped in the starting lineup, beginning with Notre Dame’s 2-1 win over Louisville on Sept. 14, and helped the Fighting Irish go unbeaten in 14 of their final 17 matches while playing all three field positions at various times. Roccaro’s arrival also helped Notre Dame surge to a 16-6-2 record, a share of the Big East National Division title (8-1-1 record), and a berth in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals for the 15th time.
Roccaro also played a pivotal role in the team’s post-season success, scoring the match-winning goal for the Fighting Irish in the Big East quarterfinals against Syracuse (a 1-0 victory on Oct. 28 at Alumni Stadium) and netting the tying goal early in the second half of Notre Dame’s 2-1 comeback win over No. 10 Wake Forest in an NCAA second-round match on Nov. 16 in Gainesville, Fla.