2009 Pitt Women's Soccer Media Guide
The 2009 Pitt women's soccer media guide. Contains biographical, historical information on the Pitt women's soccer team.
Alison Finch Katie Caslin Molly Griganavicius Ashley Habbel Maura Caslin Baseball Stadium Baseball will include a press box, team dugouts and hitting and pitching practice areas. Synthetic grass will extend the ability to practice and play throughout the year and lighting will allow for evening games. New Olympic Sports Facility Coming in 2010! Similar to the blueprint Pitt began cultivating in 2000 to entrench itself among the country’s finest universities, Pitt Athletics is intent on doing the same from a student-athlete perspective. Envisioned is a new complex that will provide state-of-the-art homes for Pitt baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track and field. The complex will transform 12 acres of land at the peak of campus, not only giving Pitt studentathletes nationally competitive facilities, but also rejuvenating an untapped area that neighbors the University of Pittsburgh campus. The Olympic Sports Complex The Olympic Sports Complex will transform 12 acres of unused land into a major attraction for the kind of top-performing student-athletes who can elevate the quality of our Olympic sports programs while competing academically to achieve all that an education at the University of Pittsburgh has to offer. Combined with the premier venues of Heinz Field, the Petersen Events Center, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, and the newly renovated Fitzgerald Field House and Trees Pool, this complex will offer students, parents and fans an enthralling sports experience that stretches from Oakland to the North Shore to the booming South Side. Track & Field Stadium The track and field stadium will be utilized for practice and competition, and be located on the site presently occupied by Pitt’s current baseball and softball fields. Soccer Stadium The men’s and women’s soccer stadium will be a practice and competition venue, complete with synthetic grass field, lighting and a press box. Softball Stadium Softball will have a skinned infield with an artificial grass outfield, along with lighting. The stadium will include team dugouts, hitting and pitching practice areas and a press box. The new soccer stadium means so much to our players, alumni, fans and future student-athletes. To be able to play on campus and have a strong identity within the Pitt community is a big dream come true. The new facility will immediately impact our program in so many positive ways, especially from a competition and recruiting standpoint. The new Olympic Sports Complex will be one of the best sporting venues in the Big East Conference, giving us state-of-the-art facilities to match our outstanding athletic department and rich tradition at PITT. - Sue-Moy Chin Pitt Women’s Soccer Head Coach PITT QUICK FACTS TABLE OF CONTENTS Media Information...................................................2 2009 Quick Facts......................................................2 2009 Season Outlook............................................3-5 Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin...................................6-7 Coaches Barry Bimbi/Kirsten Lawrence.....................8 Support Staﬀ...........................................................9 2009 Roster............................................................10 2009 Player Profiles...........................................11-21 2008 Final Statistics................................................22 2008 Final Results...................................................23 Pitt Record Book...................................................24 Award Winners/Opponents Records.......................25 All-Time Results.....................................................26 All-Time Roster ............................................. 27-28 MEDIA OUTLETS Associated Press 6 Gateway Center, Suite 222, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. (412) 281-3747. Fax: (412) 281-1869. (Alan Robinson, sports editor). Beaver County Times 400 Fair Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009. (724) 775-3200. Fax: (724) 728-0190. (Ed Rose, sports editor; Eric Hall, beat writer). Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh Two Allegheny Center, Suite 1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. (412) 322-9500. Fax: (412) 323-9740. (Paul Kotsuth, executive producer). Pitt TV (Univ. of Pittsburgh Campus Station) 502 William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. (412) 401-5994 or (412) 648-7994. Pitt News 434 William Pitt Union, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. (412) 648-7980. Fax: (412) 648-8491. (TBA). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 34 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. (412) QUICK FACTS 263-1621. Fax: (412) 263-1926 (Jerry Micco, assistant managing editor/sports, Paul Zeise, Ray Fittipaldo, beat writers). Pittsburgh Tribune-Review D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale Street, Third Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. (412) 321-6460. Fax: (412) 320-7964. (Kevin Smith, sports editor; Kevin Gorman, John Grupp, beat writers). MEDIA INFORMATION PRESS SERVICES Members of the media are supplied with weekly updates containing statistics, game summaries and information regarding upcoming events. On game day, the media relations staﬀ will distribute game programs, team and individual statistics and all postgame information. INTERVIEW POLICY If a member of the media wishes to interview or photograph a Pittsburgh women’s soccer player or coach, please contact the Athletic Media Relations Department in advance. Every attempt will be made to fulfill the request as eﬃciently and as quickly as possible. Interviews with student-athletes will be set up only by the Media Relations Oﬃce. Please allow at least one day’s notice. Student-athletes’ telephone numbers will not be released to the media. Interviews with any of the coaches can be arranged by contacting them directly. Coaches’ oﬃce numbers are listed in the athletics directory in the back portion of this book. MAP TO FOUNDERS FIELD (INDIANOLA, PA.) GENERAL INFORMATION School: University of Pittsburgh Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Founded: 1787 Enrollment: 33,898 Nickname: Panthers Colors: Blue & Gold Field: Founders Field, Indianola, Pa. Capacity: 1,000 Aﬃliation: NCAA Division I Conference: Big East/American Division Chancellor: Mark A. Nordenberg Alma Mater: Thiel College, ‘70 Athletic Director: Steve Pederson Alma Mater: Nebraska, ‘80 Dept. Phone: (412) 648-8230 WOMEN’S SOCCER HISTORY First year: 1996 Program Years: 13 Overall record: 72-149-18 Last postseason: at Louisville (10/30/08) Result: L, 1-0 (BEC Tourn. First Round) COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Sue-Moy Chin Alma Mater: Florida International, ‘98 Record at Pitt (Yrs): 36-61-12 (6) Overall Record (Yrs): 36-61-12 (6) Assistant Coaches: Barry Bimbi (3rd year/ St. Francis, Pa., ‘94); Kirsten Lawrence (2nd year/Aberdeen, ‘04). Oﬃce Phone: (412) 648-8701 Chin’s Cell: (412) 398-6285 Chin’s E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 2008 REVIEW 2008 Overall Record: 7-12-1 2008 BEC Record: 4-6-1/5th American Division 2009 TEAM INFORMATION Letterwinners Ret./Lost: 19/3 Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2 MEDIA RELATIONS Women’s Soccer SID: Greg Hotchkiss Oﬃce Phone: (412) 648-8240 Fax Number: (412) 648-8248 Cell Phone: (412) 491-5296 E-Mail: email@example.com Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7436, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Overnight Address: 3719 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 Web Address: www.pittsburghpanthers. com CREDITS Editors: Jenn Mereby Contributing Editors: Greg Hotchkiss, Paul Pancoe, Sophia Duck, Mendy Nestor, E.J. Borghetti Photography: Mike Drazdzinski, Joe Kapelewski,Pete Madia, Michelle Ray, Patricia Nagle, C.W. Pack, JUST SPORTS, Eric Whiteman, Sean Brady Cover Design: Direct Axis Printing: Hermann Printing, Pittsburgh, Pa. 2 2 2009 SEASON 2009 SEASON OUTLOOK PREVIEW Pitt enters the 2009 season stronger than ever; returns nine starters and welcomes a diverse group of newcomers to a well-rounded and promising team. A sense of optimism surrounds Pitt head women’s soccer coach Sue-Moy Chin as she enters her seventh year with the program. The 2009 roster oﬀers a perfect balance of both a well-rounded and experienced returning team alongside a promising crew of newcomers. Pitt enters this season with one of the most talented rosters in the program’s 13-year history as it welcomes back 19 letterwinners and nine starters from last year’s team. By instilling a tough, defensive-minded mentality, Chin has guided Pitt to appearances in three of the last four Big East Tournaments, most recently in 2008. With its Big East Championship appearance in 2006, Pitt made history with its first-ever back-to-back post-season appearances in school history (2005 and 2006). Following last year’s Big East Championship appearance, Chin has guided the Panthers to the most post-season appearances in program history. As the Panthers prepare for the upcoming 2009 season, Chin has full confidence in her five-member senior class and talented roster of underclassmen. She stated that the team’s strongest asset “isn’t just one particular position on the field, but the depth that the roster aﬀords us to have.” Leading the way for the Panthers will be senior Ashley Habbel, one of the most well-rounded and successful players in school history. Not only is she Pitt’s leading oﬀensive returnee, but Habbel ranks among all-time school leaders in goals, points and shots. She will also continue her leadership role for the 2009 squad as team captain. Although the Panthers lost Jennifer Kritch, one of the team’s leading oﬀensive players, they return last season’s three leading goal scorers in Habbel (six), sophomore Katelyn Ruhe (five) and junior Liz Carroll (four). Not only will Pitt enter the season with a strong offensive base, but it also returns the majority of its defense after losing only one graduated senior in Kylie Veverka. Last year marked the first time in program history that Pitt received national recognition for its recruiting eﬀorts. The 2008 newcomers were ranked 95th nationally and 13th in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. The group surpassed the expectations set forth throughout their first season at Pitt. Finishing last season with a 7-12-1 record, Chin enters the 2009 season with one of the most wellrounded teams that Pitt has returned to the field. With a skilled returning team and highly-anticipated incoming class, Chin hopes to improve upon her team’s record in 2009 09 and make yet another postseason appearance by “continuing to drive the message of competition, having the women believe in their own abilities and d reinforcing the messagee of working hard oﬀ thee field.” he As a member of the e, Big East Conference, t h e n a t i o n ’s l a r g e s t ve and most competitive cer women’s Division I soccer hers conference, the Panthers mes will face a total of 18 games hich on the year, 11 of which ence are Big East Conference matches. ckoff The Panthers kickoff their season with six tches non-conference matches beginning with an opening home game against Buﬀalo on Aug. 21 at Founders Field. Although the beginning of the season is dominated by nonconference opponents including: Ohio State, Drexel and Penn, which Chin said “creates a good balance of competitors.” However, Big East competition will prove to be an exciting challenge for Pitt as they face three teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2008. Pitt will host school rival and nationally ranked West Virginia on Sept. 18 for its first conference match of the season. This match will mark the beginning of an arduous six-game schedule which includes Notre Dame, the College Cup Runner-Up in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and Marquette, another conference team which competed in last year’s College Cup. Despite the challenge, Chin welcomes the arduous schedule both in and out of the conference. However, she noted that this year’s conference games are going to be rather exciting. “It’s almost as if each game is a championship match where anything is possible, which makes the season not only exciting but fulfilling” as the Panthers have the opportunity to continuously raise their level of play and come away from each match with a completely diﬀerent learning experience. FORWARDS Pitt returns four forwards from last year’s team, including oﬀensive standout Ashley Habbel. A senior and most experienced forward on the squad, Habbel led the Panthers oﬀensively in 2008 with six goals,one assist, 13 points and three game- 3 3 2009 SEASON PREVIEW winning goals. She not only holds these marks from the past season but ranks among the school’s all-time career leaders in goals (second, 17), points (second, 40) and shots (third, 90) needing only one goal and eight points to become the school’s all-time leader in each respective category. “Ashley is a great competitor who has the ability to aﬀect her teammates to play harder” said Chin. “Most importantly though, she understands the big picture, the goals that we have set for this team.” This season, look for Habbel to contribute a stellar senior season, bringing a distinct oﬀense presence to the Panthers. Also returning for the Panthers are sophomores Klarissa Ames and Brittany Pfaﬀ who appeared in 15 and nine games respectively as freshmen last year. This season they look to bring an oﬀensive flare and an impact oﬀ the bench when needed. The Panthers also welcome high school standout Ashley Cuba who chose to graduate early and enroll at Pitt for the sp spring semester. “It was w a great decision for nume numerous reasons,” Chin said. “It allow allowed her to see the speed of play, the strength of the players and everything abo about playing at the college level. Entering the fall season, she is at an advantage having a fam familiarity with this level of play.” Cuba has been recognized nationally th throughout her high school career as a twotim time All-America nominee and has received su such prestigious accolades as the Ohio State G Gatorade Player of the Year and ESPN P Player of the Week MIDFIELDERS Midfi M eld provides the most depth and stability stabilit ty for fo the Panthers this season as the team welcomes back eight seasoned letterwinners. Sophomore Katelyn Ruhe made quite an impression during her first year at Pitt. She went on to sstart all 20 contests and finished the sseason with five goals, two assists and 12 1 points. Looking to build oﬀ of her first f collegiate season, Ruhe is a key player p to watch in 2009. Entering their third year with the th Panthers, juniors Laura Berbert and Liz Li Carroll have proven to be valuable performers. pe Berbert Be has started all 38 career games and played nearly every minute of every 4 4 game last year. Although she may not put up high oﬀensive numbers, she is the backbone in this large group of midfielders and will once again serve as an extremely valuable player for the Panthers. Carroll has moved between forward and midfield for the past two years but has established a place on the middle line. She has played in all 38 games of her collegiate career and proved to be a consistent oﬀensive threat for the Panthers. Following a season which saw Carroll score four goals and an assist, she looks to not only match, but surpass those numbers this year. Senior Katie Caslin appeared in all 20 matches last season, contributing one goal and two assists for the Panthers. This year, alongside junior Alexander Jaﬀe, they look to provide experience and versatility in the midfield. BACKFIELD With the loss of Kylie Veverka there is a void to fill in the backfield this season. However, the Panthers are looking to add more depth defensively to their roster as they return key players and welcome others to compete for playing time and earn spots in the backfield. This year’s backfield will be anchored by junior Kat Weiler who has started all 38 games of her career. 2009 SEASON PREVIEW Last season Weiler proved once again not only to be a valuable player in the backfield, but made strides offensively, contributing the Panthers lone goal against Toledo and adding two assists. With just two years of collegiate play under her belt, Chin describes Weiler as a “seasoned player who am, brings not only a physical style of play to the team, but a distinct understanding of the game as well, possessing an uncanny ability to read plays in numerous situations.” Kat will be accompanied by senior Maura Caslin, who was moved to the backfield last season. Chin explained that after making the move “we found that the position suited her well”” and that “she will certainly serve as a leader in thee backfield this season.” ly Joining Weiler and Caslin will be senior Molly ser Griganavicius along with juniors Rebecca Fraser ed and Christina Nicassio, who will provide experienced ree backfield support for the Panthers. As a unit, all three ded players represent and solidify the defensive-minded mentality of the team with solid performancess as defenders. ome “In the past two years Rebecca has really come able into her own” Chin said. “She is a truly formidable reat defender: tough and tenacious, who will bring a great presence to our defensive unit this season.” ers, After completing her first year with the Panthers, Chin is looking to sophomore Kelsi Morris to be a “valuable asset in this year’s backfield.” Expect to see more of Morris this season, who added depth to the defense in 2008 while appearing in 13 matches Sophomores Shannon Cody and Dorie Heald, along with newcomers Abby Baldys and Megan Swiderski will also compete for playing time this year and look to make an impact oﬀ the bench. GOALKEEPER Pitt returns two talented and experienced goalkeepers in senior Alison Finch and junior Morie Kephart. After earning the starting position two games into the 2008 season, Kephart fulfilled her duties in the net after appearing in only six games as a freshman goaltender. Last year she started in the final 18 matches, made 69 saves and accumulated a stellar 1.14 goals against average: the lowest single-season gols against average in Pitt women’s soccer history. She also registered four shutouts for the Panthers and made a career-high seven saves against Pennsylvania. Senior Allison Finch has appeared in 35 career games as goalkeeper for the Panthers and owns a 1.78 career goals against average. Through her three year career she has made 153 saves, registered seven shutouts and made a career-high nine saves. This season she will add a competitive mix to the goalkeeper selection. Also vying for playing time as goalkeeper is sophomore Kristina Rioux, who joined the Panthers in 2008 from the renowned Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Minnesota. Although she did not see any game action last season, Rioux is coming oﬀ of a stellar spring performance and will challenge for playing time in 2009. In regards to this year’s goalkeeper selection, Chin said that “Morie is the frontrunner to beat this season, but both Finch and Rioux will provide an interestingmix up and competitiveness amongst the three to fight for the starting position. This season will prove to be interesting between the three, as we look to see who prevails and forces the others to challenge for the goalkeeper position.” 5 5 COACHING STAFF The SUE-MOY CHIN File SUE-MOY CHIN Head Coach Seventh Season at Pitt Florida International, ‘98 Birthdate February 2, 1972 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Hometown Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Education Bachelor of Science-Physical Education, Florida International University, 1998. Family Coaching Career Four brothers and two sisters; has 10 nieces and nephews Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh, 2003-present. Assistant Coach, University of Colorado, 2001-03 Sue-Moy Chin begins her seventh season as head women's soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Chin arrived at Pitt during the Spring of 2003 following a two-year stint as the top assistant at the University of Colorado. In her 14-year career, she has established a broad background in all aspects of coaching from recruiting, scheduling and budgeting and has coached 20 All-Americans and 13 players who competed in the WUSA. A 1998 graduate of Florida International University, Chin has worked with several nationally prominent soccer programs over the past several years, including her alma mater Florida International, as well as Notre Dame, Duke and Colorado. Chin has continuously propelled the women's soccer program in a positive direction during her six-year tenure as head coach. She has not only led the Panthers to three post season appearances in the last four years but is responsible for guiding the team to the most post season appearances than any other coach in the program's history; as accomplished in 2008 when Chin and her Panthers earned a berth in the Big East Tournament. Chin has not only developed a well-rounded program on the field, but her recruiting eﬀorts have helped to build a strong and d growing team for the upcoming seasons. After completing the regular season in 2007, Chin's recruiting eﬀorts were noted by Soccer Buzz Magazine when the 2008 freshman class was ranked 13th in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. This announcement marked the first time in school history that the women's soccer program received such an honor. In 2006, Chin led the Panthers to their second consecutive postseason appearance in the Big East Tournament, and tied d its school record for most wins in a singlee season with eight on the year, a mark thatt matched the program's successful 1998 8 squad. Earlier that season, the Panthers rs went undefeated for five straight matches, s, marking the longest period in which the he team had ever carried an undefeated record. d. In 2005 Chin guided Pitt to its first postseaason appearance in seven seasons. During her first year at Pitt (2003), Chin's n's Panthers achieved school records for least ast 6 6 goals allowed in a season (23) and least goals allowed per game (1.32). She also registered the most wins ever for a first-year coach in Pitt's women's soccer history. Additionally, Chin's Panthers have a history of performing exceedingly well in the classroom, as 46 of her student-athletes have earned Big East Academic All-Star honors throughout her tenure as head coach. Chin joined the coaching staﬀ at Colorado in 2001 as the program's top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She was responsible for the goalkeepers and field player development while also coordinating the Buﬀaloes' scheduling, traveling and budgeting. As the re recruiting coordinator, Chin was responsible for Assistant Coach, University of Notre Dame, 1997-99 Assistant Coach, Florida International University, 199596 Playing Career Florida International University, 1991-94 Canadian Under-19 National Pool, 1990 Scarborough United S.C.. 1982-92 COACHING STAFF Colorado's largest all-time recruiting class (15), which produced the 2002 Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Prior to Colorado, Chin served as an assistant coach at Duke University (2000-01) and was in charge of recruiting. She coached two All-Americans for the Blue Devils and, as the recruiting coordinator, helped sign a Top-20 recruiting class to the university, which produced the Atlantic Coast Conference's Freshman of the Year in 2001. In 2000, Duke advanced to the ACC Tournament final and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. As an assistant at Notre Dame from 199799, she helped lead the Fighting Irish to two Final Four appearances (1997 and 1999), three 20-win seasons, three Big East Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Notre Dame reached the 1999 NCAA title game before falling to 16-time national champion North Carolina. Chin also coached 18 All-Americans, including World Cup Champion Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf and Olympic Gold medalist Shannon Boxx. During her playing career at Florida International, Chin started all 67 games at goalkeeper from 1991-94. She earned Soccer News Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1993, one of only two Florida International players to earn such accolades. That same year, Chin led Florida International to its lone Trans American Athletic Conference Championship and its only NCAA Tournament appearance. During her collegiate career, she earned the Hall of Fame Award from the university (1994), All-Trans American Athletic Conference Second Team honors ((1993-94), All-South Honors (1993), and All-Florida Honors (1991-93). A three-year A ccaptain, Chin recorded an impressive 4121-6 record. Chin also owns two school 2 records at Florida International, including re career shutouts (20) and single-season shutca outs (7). Her career goals against average of ou 1.11 also stands as the best mark in school 1.1 history. Due to a broken finger during her his senior year, Chin scored two goals in seven sen games as a left midfielder. ga A Scarborough, Ontario native, Chin was a member of the Canadian National Pool Team me from 1990-92 and was a five-year standout Aurora High School, receiving honors as a at A two-time Athlete of the Year along with Hall two Fame honors (1991). An all-around athlete, of Fa Chin also lettered in volleyball, basketball, track and field, and field hockey. Coaching runs in the Chin family, as her C older sister, Carla Baker,served as the head olde women's soccer coach at the University of Iowa wom from 2002-05. The two coached together at Notre Dame during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Notr PRO PLAYERS COACHED BY SUE-MOY CHIN Player Lakeysia Beene Shannon Boxx National/Professional Team U.S. National Team, San Jose Cyber Rays U.S. National Team, New York Power, LA SOL Kara Brown U.S. Under-21 National Team, San Diego Spirit Meotis Erickson U.S. Under-21 National Team, Boston Breakers Monica Gerardo Mexican National Team, Washington Freedom Monica Gonzalez Jen Grubb Thora Helgadottir Kelly Lindsey Mexican National Team, Boston Breakers U.S. National team, Washington Freedom Iceland national Team U.S. National Team, San Jose Cyber Rays, Sky Blue Head Coach Lindsey Jones New York Power Anna Makinen Finland National Team, Philadelphia Charge Holly Manthei U.S. National Team, Boston Breakers Rebecca Smith New Zealand National Team, Sumara SK (Sweden) Jenny (StreiďŹ€er) Mascaro U.S. Under-21 National Team, Boston Breakers Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf U.S. National Team, Boston Breakers, Chicago Red 7 7 COACHING STAFF The BARRY BIMBI File Hometown Education BARRY BIMBI Family Assistant Coach Third Season at Pitt St. Francis (Pa.), ‘94 Coaching Career Pittsburgh, Pa. Bachelor of Science-Business Management, St. Francis (Pa.), 1994. Wife Melissa, three-year old son A.J Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Pittsburgh, 2007-present Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, Marquette University, 2002-05 Barry Bimbi begins his third year as an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Bimbi has compiled a diverse coaching background and owns a combined 12 years of experience as an NCAA Division I coach at three institutions including Pitt, Marquette and St. Francis (Pa.). “It is an honor to have Barry here at Pitt,” Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin said. “He has contributed immensely to our field development, reinforces my message out to the players and has worked with their technical abilities. Our team is better because of what he has done.” Prior to joining the Panthers, Bimbi served as a coaching staﬀ member for the FC Milwaukee soccer club, one of the premier programs in Wisconsin. Bimbi guided the Under-16 boys team to a thirdplace national tournament finish as well as the Regional II championship title. That same year, he helped guide the Under-15 girl’s team to a state title. Bimbi worked as an assistant coach with the Marquette University men’s soccer program for four seasons from 2002-05. While at Marquette, he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, oversaw player development and coordinated academic activities. In 2002, the Golden Eagles earned the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA Tournament. Bimbi also served as academic coordinator for the program and established a summer camp at the school. Prior to his tenure at Marquette, Bimbi spent six years as the assistant men’s soccer coach at his alma mater, St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. from 1996-2002. He helped lead the Red Flash to the program’s first-ever back-to-back winning records in Northeast Conference play in both 2000 and 2001. In addition, he played a key role in recruiting, coordinated fundraising for the program and oversaw the Red Flash summer camps. Bimbi has coached several Olympic Development teams and served as the Director of Coaching for the Keystone Soccer Club from 1996-2002. He earned his USSF “A” license in January, 2005. Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, St. Francis (Pa.) University, 1996-2002 Director of Coaching, Keystone Soccer Club, 1996-2002 Playing Career St. Francis (Pa.), 1990-93 As a player at St. Francis (1990-93), Bimbi earned four All-NEC honors including First Team honors as a junior in 1992. He led the conference in scoring as a freshman, led the team to its first-ever winning conference record as a junior and served as team captain for three seasons. As a senior, he was honored with the distinguished J. Irving Walley Award which is annually presented to the top male athlete at St. Francis. Bimbi graduated from St. Francis with a business management degree in 1994. The KIRSTEN LAWRENCE File Hometown KIRSTEN LAWRENCE 8 8 Scotland Bachelor of Sports Studies, Aberdeen, 2004. Master of Exercise Science, Campbell, 2006. Assistant Coach Second Season at Pitt Aberdeen, ‘04 Kirsten Lawrence begins her second season as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Pitt, and brings a great balance to the program. Lawrence joins the Panthers after serving two seasons (2006-07) as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. At Campbell she assisted in all phases of the program including recruiting, administrative duties, on-field instruction and oversight of summer camps. “I am thrilled to have Kirsten in our women’s soccer family,” Pitt Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin said. “She relates so well to the girls. They see her competitiveness and know that they can still have that in them, but have fun at the same time.” Prior to joining the Panthers, Lawrence was a member of Campbell’s 2004 women’s soccer team, a squad that captured the Atlantic Sun Conference championship. During her year on the team, she helped guide the Camels to a tournament title and Education Coaching Career the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The 2004 Camels posted a 12-2-7 overall record. Lawrence earned her master’s degree in exercise science from Campbell in May, 2006. While completing academic requirements for her master’s degree, she spent the 2005-06 school year as a graduate assistant coach with the Campbell women’s swimming and diving program, a season that saw the team set new school records in all but three events. She holds a Scottish Football Association Early Touches coaching license, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma. Originally from Scotland, Lawrence graduated with honors from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in sports studies in July 2004. Lawrence also played for the Aberdeen Ladies Football Club and competed for the Under-19 Scottish National Team in the 2001-02 European Championships. Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Pittsburgh, 2008- Present Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, Campbell University, 2006-07 Graduate Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach, Campbell, 2005-06 Playing Career Aberdeen, 2001-04 Campbell, 2004 U-19 Scottish National Team, 2001-02 SUPPORT STAFF JENNY KIRK Women’s Soccer Athletic Trainer Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration BRUCE PEASE Jenny Pease enters her seventh season at the University of Pittsburgh as its women’s soccer athletic trainer. In addition to her women’s soccer duties, Pease handles athletic training for the PItt women’s track and field squad. Pease graduated from Pittsburgh in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in Motor Science. She earned her Master’s in Kinesiology from San Jose State University in 2002. A native of Middletown, N.J., Pease also worked at Hewlett Packard as a fitness specialist and with the Stanford University women’s rugby team from 2001-03. DR. AIMEE KIMBALL Mental Training Consultant Kirk Bruce is in his 12th year as associate athletic director for Sports Administration, but his association with the University goes back much further. In his current capacity, Bruce oversees the day-to-day operations of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s tennis and softball. Bruce previously served as the Panthers’ head women’s basketball coach for 13 years from 1985-1998. His coaching career was highlighted by the 199293 season in which the Panthers produced their first 20-win season (21-10) and finished third in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Bruce coached numerous Big East All-Conference players and two Kodak All-America honorable mention players in Jonna Huemrich and Lorri Johnson. A standout starting point guard at Pittsburgh from 1971-75, Bruce was a member of the Panthers’ 1973-74 team that finished 25-4 and advanced to the East Regional finals. He was drafted by the Utah Stars of the former American Basketball Association (ABA). When the league disbanded, he returned to Pittsburgh to begin his coaching career as an assistant for the Panthers. Bruce was later promoted to the head coaching position prior to the 1985-86 season. Bruce and wife Marleen have three daughters, Chelsea (27), Carmen (24), and Courtney (21). Aimee C. Kimball, PhD is the Mental Training Consultant for the University of Pittsburgh soccer team and the Director of Mental Training for the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. She received a PhD specializing in sport studies/sport psychology from the University of Tennessee and earned formal certification as a mental training consultant from the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. A native of Ebensburg, Pa., Dr. Kimball previously worked in the athletic departments at the University of Tennessee and Miami University. She strives to give athletes the competitive edge they need to succeed in sport and life. SUPPORT STAFF COLLEEN HAGER Equipment Manager TED DWOREK Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach BARB OSMAN Olympic Sports Secretary JEN O’TOOLE Academic Counselor 9 9 2009 ROSTER NUMERICAL ROSTER No. Name Yr. 00 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Kristina Rioux Alison Finch Klarissa Ames Alexandra Jaﬀe Ashley Cuba Shannon Cody Maura Caslin Liz Carroll Kelsi Morris Katie Caslin Katelyn Ruhe Ashley Habbel Kat Weiler Megan Swiderski Rebecca Fraser Christina Nicassio Laura Berbert Brittany Pfaﬀ Morie Kephart Emily Peters Molly McGeehin Maura Lacey Katheryn Kunugi Abby Baldys Dorie Heald Maura Romano Molly Griganavicius Danielle Benner Lyndsay Pierson Hayley Neal SO SR SO JR FR SO SR JR SO SR SO SR JR FR JR JR JR SO JR FR SO SO JR FR SO SO SR FR FR FR Pos. GK GK F/MF MF F D MF/D F/MF D MF MF F D D D D/F MF F GK F MF MF MF D/MF D F D MF MF MF Ht. ALPHABETICAL Hometown/High School 5-6 5-7 5-2 5-6 5-7 5-4 5-7 5-10 5-7 5-7 5-2 5-7 5-7 5-9 5-3 5-8 5-5 5-8 5-6 5-5 5-6 5-10 5-7 5-4 5-7 5-6 5-8 5-8 5-4 5-6 Name No. Klarissa Ames.............................. 2 Abby Baldys ..............................23 Danielle Benner .........................27 Laura Berbert...................... ......16 Liz Carroll .................................... 7 Katie Caslin ................................. 9 Maura Caslin ............................... 6 Shannon Cody............................. 5 Ashley Cuba ................................4 Alison Finch ................................ 1 Rebecca Fraser .......................... 14 Molly Griganavicius ................... 26 Ashley Habbel ............................11 Dorie Heald ............................... 24 Alexandra Jaﬀe........................... 3 Morie Kephart ........................... 18 Katheryn Kunugi ....................... 22 Maura Lacey ............................. 21 Molly McGeehin ........................ 20 Kelsi Morris ................................. 8 Hayley Neal............................... 29 Christina Niccasio.......................15 Emily Peters ..............................19 Brittany Pfaﬀ .............................17 Lindsay Pierson ........................ 28 Kristina Rioux ............................ 00 Maura Romano ......................... 25 Katelyn Ruhe ............................ 10 Megan Swiderski .......................13 Kat Weiler...................................12 Montreal, Quebec/Shattuck-St. Mary’s Pittsburgh, Pa./ Bethel Park Rio Rancho, N.M./Rio Rancho Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair Poland, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney Novi, Mich./Novi Commack, NY./St. Anthony’s Alexandria, Va./Bishop O’Connell Bowie, Md./Bowie Commack, NY./St, Anthony’s Frederick, Md./Urbana Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock Troy, Mich./Troy Athens Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley South Park, Pa./South Park State College, Pa./State College State College, Pa./State College Area Macungie, Pa./Emmaus McMurray, Pa./Peters Township Madison, Wis./Memorial South Williamsport, Pa./S. Williamsport West Chester, Pa./West Chester Pittsburgh, Pa./UMass/North Allegheny Elmhurst, Ill./York Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy Owings, Md./Northern PRONUNCIATIONS * Denotes a redshirt year A. Baldys..........................Ball-diss Griganavicius....... Grig-an-nah-vishous COACHING STAFF: Head Coach: Sue-Moy Chin (beginning 7th Year) Assistant Coaches: Barry Bimbi (3rd year), Kirsten Lawrence (2nd year) Athletic Trainer: Jenny Pease (7th Year) PITT BY STATE PITT BY CLASS State Players Illinois Molly Griganavicius Maryland (4) Shannon Cody, Megan Swiderski New Mexico Klarissa Ames New York (2) Katie Caslin, Maura Caslin Pennsylvania (13) Virginia (2) Wisconsin Quebec, Canada 10 10 Class Seniors (5) Laura Berbert, Rebecca Fraser, Kelsi Morris, Hayley Neal, Katelyn Ruhe Michigan (2) Ohio K. Kunugi .................. Ka-new-gee A. Jaﬀe ................................Jaf-ee B. Pfaﬀ ...................................Paﬀ K. Rioux ..........................Ree-ooh K. Ruhe .............................Roo-eh K. Weiler ...........................Whyler Ashley Cuba Abby Baldys, Danielle Benner, Alison Finch, Ashley Habbel, Dorie Heald, Alexandra Jaﬀe, Morie Kephart, Maura Lacey, Molly McGeehin, Christina Nicassio, Emily Peters, Brittany Pfaﬀ, Lyndsay Pierson, Maura Romano Liz Carroll, Kat Weiler Katheryn Kunugi Kristina Rioux PITT BY POSITION Players Alison Finch, Katie Caslin, Maura Caslin, Molly Griganavicius, Ashley Habbel Juniors (8) Laura Berbert, Liz Carroll, Rebecca Fraser, Alexandra Jaﬀe, Morie Kephart, Katheryn Kunugi Christina Nicassio, Kat Weiler Sophomores (11) Klarissa Ames, Shannon Cody, Dorie Heald, Maura Lacey, Molly McGeehin, Kelsi Morris, Brittany Pfaﬀ, Kristina Rioux, Maura Romano, Katelyn Ruhe Freshmen (7) Abby Baldys, Danielle Benner, Ashley Cuba, Hayley Neal, Emily Peters, Lyndsay Pierson, Megan Swiderski Position Goalkeepers (3) Defenders (9) Midfielders (11) Forwards (6) Players Alison Finch, Morie Kephart, Kristina Rioux Abby Baldys, Maura Caslin, Shannon Cody, Rebecca Fraser, Molly Griganavicius, Dorie Heald, Kelsi Morris, Christina Nicassio, Megan Swiderski, Kat Weiler Danielle Benner, Laura Berbert, Liz Carroll, Katie Caslin, Alexandra Jaﬀe, Katheryn Kunugi, Maura Lacey, Molly McGeehin, Hayley Neal, Lyndsay Pierson, Katelyn Ruhe Klarissa Ames, Ashley Cuba, Ashley Habbel, Emily Peters, Brittany Pfaﬀ, Maura Romano PLAYER PROFILES KRISTINA RIOUX 00 FINCH Sophomore Goalkeeper Montreal, Quebec, Canada Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School 2008: Did not see any game action. HIGH SCHOOL: Joined the Panthers as a goalkeeper from Montreal, Quebec… attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep school in Minnesota…named the soccer MVP at Lower Canada College in 2003, 2005 and 2006…led her team to the Under-16 Quebec Bronze Cup…named the 2006 Athlete of the Year at Lower Canada College…member of the Athletic Honor Roll…named the MVP of her ice hockey team in 2006…was a top five player and GMAA Semifinalist in Rugby. PERSONAL: Born September 7, 1989…daughter of Claude Rioux and Lina St. Jacques-Rioux…has a sister, Kim…fluent in French…enrolled in the College of Business Administration...undeclared major. 1 ALISON Senior Goalkeeper Bethel Park, Pa. Bethel Park High School CAREER: Alison Finch has played in 35 career games with 34 starts as a goalkeeper… owns a 1.78 goals against average…has made 153 career saves with a .714 saves percentage...recorded seven career shutouts...two-time Big East Academic AllStar Selection. 2008: Started and appeared in two games as a goaltender before being sidelined for the majority of the year with an injury…in her two games, accumulated 125 minutes in goal...Big East Academic All-Star selection 2007: Started and appeared as goalkeeper in 14 games for the Panthers...finished the season with 64 saves, four shutouts and a 1.65 goals against average in 1200 minutes...concluded the season with a 5-6-1 record…made 34 saves…registered four shutouts on year (Youngstown State, Niagara, Ohio and Villanova)…registered a 2.00 goals against average in Big East play…registered a season high eight saves at Auburn (Sept. 9)…finished with seven saves vs. West Virginia (Sept. 21)…finished with six saves against both Syracuse (Sept. 28) and Cincinnati (Oct. 5)...Big East Academic All-Star selection. 2006: Started 18 of 19 games on the year including 18 consecutive contests... finished season with 81 saves, three shutouts and a 1.59 goals against average in 1751:24 minutes of action...tied school record for most wins in a season with eight... won first four games of the year...finished season with three shutouts (Western Michigan, Kent State and DePaul)...registered a career-high nine saves in two diﬀerent games...finished with a career-high nine saves at West Virginia (Sept. 15)...registered a career-high tying nine saves at DePaul (Sept. 29)...finished with eight saves in Big East Tournament action at Louisville (Oct. 26). Alison Finch HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate of Bethel Park High School in Bethel Park, Pa.... three-time All-WPIAL Section 4 selection as a goalkeeper and defender...fouryear varsity player and two-year team captain...held opponents to a 0.76 goals against average as a senior goalkeeper...earned Upper St. Clair Kickoﬀ Classic Alltournament honors as a junior...named WPIAL 3A Section 4 First Team and finished with a 1.04 goals against average in 21 varsity games as a sophomore...finished with an 87.5 percent save percentage as a freshman...competed in the Pennsylvania Olympic Development program where she played for Century United...helped lead Century United to the 2004 PPA state championship...played for the STM Club team from 1999-2002...honor student. PERSONAL: Born July 26, 1988...daughter of Jeﬀrey and Cathy Finch...has two sisters—Carissa and Mallory...majors in Civil Engineering. Finch’s Statistics Season GP/GS GA GAAvg Saves Saves Pct. 2006 19/18 31 1.59 81 .723 2007 14/14 22 1.65 64 .744 2008 2/2 8 5.73 8 .467 Totals 35/34 61 1.78 153 .714 11 11 PLAYER PROFILES 2 KLARISSA AMES 3 ALEXANDRA JAFFE Sophomore Forward/Midfielder Rio Rancho, N.M. Rio Rancho High School Junior Midfielder Pittsburgh, Pa. Upper St. Clair High School 2008: Saw action in 15 games as a freshman…started four matches…accumulated 438 minutes of playing time…completed the season with four shots. 2008: Appeared in all 20 games as a forward…started four contests…accrued 725 minutes of playing time for the 2008 season…registered five shots on year. HIGH SCHOOL: Joined the Panthers as a forward/midfielder from Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M…led her team to a state championship as a senior…four-time All-Metro First Team selection (2004-07)…District 5A First Team selection from 2004-07...three-time First Team All-State selection in 2005, 2006 and 2007…played for RVFC, a club team that captured state titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007…played for the New Mexico Olympic Development Program traveling team from 2004-06…finished her varsity career with 70 goals and 17 assists…led Rio Rancho in scoring for four consecutive years…was a state-level swimmer… All-Academic Team member from 2004-07. 2007: Did not see any game action. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Upper St. Clair High School…tallied 12 goals and 12 assists and led the Panthers to a 13-1-5 record as a senior…named to the 2006 All-Section and All-WPIAL teams…earned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Honorable Mention All-Area accolades in 2004 and 2005…helped the Upper St. Clair Panthers capture a 2004 Section championship during her sophomore season…participant of the PA Swoosh AAU basketball team and member of the Beadling Soccer team that captured state championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006…two-time MVP of the USC basketball squad (2005 and 2006)…four year Honor Roll student. PERSONAL: Born May 31, 1990…daughter of Hamden and Cynthia Al-Hassan… has a brother, Abdul-Raheem…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences... undeclared major. PERSONAL: Born August 29, 1989…daughter of Joseph Jaﬀe and Sheryl Fleck… enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...sociology major. Ames’ Statistics Jaffe’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2008 15/4 4 0 0 0 0 Season 2008 20/4 5 0 0 0 0 Totals 15/4 4 0 0 0 0 Totals 20/4 5 0 0 0 0 Klarissa Ames (2) and Alexandra Jaﬀe (25). 5 SHANNON CODY Sophomore Defender Novi, Mich. Novi High School 2008: Started and appeared in one game as a freshman defender. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Novi High School in Novi, Mich…three-time state champion…guided Novi to three District and Regional titles…three-year academic All-Conference selection…named an All-District selection…AllConference Honorable mention selection…Second Team All-Area selection… named team captain for the Spring, 2008 season…also competed in varsity basketball and volleyball…maintained Honor Roll status over three years… member of the Michigan Hawks club team (2000-2008)…four-time State Champions…2007 Regional Champions…named 2007 State Cup MVP…member of television news broadcast at high school. PERSONAL: Born August 15, 1990…daughter of Kevin and Peggy Cody…has a brother, Colin…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...undeclared major. Cody’s Statistics Season 12 12 GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2008 1/1 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 1/1 0 0 0 0 0 PLAYER PROFILES 6 MAURA CASLIN CARROLL Junior Midfielder/Forward Alexandria, Va. Bishop O’ Connell High School Senior Midfielder/Defender Commack, N.Y. St. Anthony’s High School CAREER: Maura Caslin has played in 39 career games as a midfielder/defender with 24 starts over her three-year career...has two career assists and two points... attempted 14 shots. 2008: Started 19 games as a defender and appeared in all 20…finished season with two assists and two points in contests against Dayton (Aug. 29) and Iowa State (Aug. 31)…took eight shots on year. 2007: Saw action in four games as a midfielder before being sidelined with an injury. 2006: Saw action in 15 games, starting five as a midfielder...took six shots on the year. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate of St. Anthony’s High School in Commack, N.Y. where her team posted undefeated seasons during both her freshman and junior years...along with her twin sister, Katie, guided St. Anthony’s to the Long Island Catholic High School Finals...the duo advanced to win the New York State Championship as seniors…also competed for the Commack ISA Emeralds. PERSONAL: Born April 10, 1988…daughter of Kevin and Nancy Caslin…has an older brother, Brian and an older sister, Melissa...twin sister Katie is a teammate at Pitt…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences as a History major. Maura Caslin’s Statistics Season 7 LIZ GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2006 15/5 6 0 0 0 0 2007 4/0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 20/19 8 0 2 2 0 Totals 39/24 14 0 2 2 0 CAREER: Liz Carroll enters her third season as a member of the women’s soccer team...she has played in all 38 career games throughout her two years at Pitt and started 28...accumulated seven goals, two assists and 16 career points...scored the game-winning goal against St. John’s...attempted 57 shots. 2008: Started all 20 games…one of only five players to start all 20 matches on year…ended the season with four goals, one assist and nine points…totaled 31 shots on year…scored the Panthers’ first goal of the season against Akron (Aug. 22)…registered goals against Iowa State (Aug. 31) and Connecticut (Oct. 10)… named to the University of Illinois’ all-tournament team after totaling one goal throughout the event…scored Pitt’s game-winning goal against St. John’s (Sept. 28)…contributed an assist against Providence (Oct. 12)...Big East Acadmic AllStar selection. 2007: Saw action in 18 games as a midfielder/forward...started eight games on year...ended season with three goals, one assist and seven points…scored first career goal in Pitt’s 3-0 win over Niagara (Sept. 2)…scored Pitt’s lone goal against West Virginia (Sept. 21)…registered a goal and an assist at Georgetown (Oct. 21). HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Bishop Dennis J. O’Connell High School in Alexandria, Va.…posted a total of 99 career goals and 50 assists…led her high school squad to three WCAC Championships (2003, 2004 and 2006)…three-time All-WCAC First Team selection (2004, 2005 and 2006)…two-time All-MET First Team honoree (2005 and 2006)...named the All-MET Player of theYear and earned All-America honors during her senior season…led team to a 23-1 record and a No. 7 national ranking in her senior campaign…set the school record for goals in a single season with 35 and finished with 17 assists as a senior…scored 28 goals as a junior and 23 during her sophomore season…contributed to the team’s 20-0 record and No. 1 national ranking in 2004 as a sophomore…a four-time state champion alongside fellow Pitt teammate Kat Weiler with their club team, the BRYC Fury…also competed in basketball. PERSONAL: Born September 7, 1989…daughter of John and Mary Carroll…has three older siblings: Victoria, Kathleen and Andrew…a double major in Psychology and Health and Physical Activity. Carroll’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists 2007 18/8 2008 20/20 Totals 38/28 Points GWG 26 3 31 4 1 7 0 1 9 1 57 7 2 16 1 Maura Caslin (6) and Liz Carroll (7). 13 13 PLAYER PROFILES 8 KELSI MORRIS 9 KATIE CASLIN Sophomore Defender Bowie, Md. Bowie High School Senior Midfielder Commack, N.Y. St. Anthony’s High School 2008: Saw action in 13 games as a freshman defender…started seven contests… ended her first season with one assist and one point…accrued 832 minutes of playing time…contributed an assist in Pitt’s 4-1 win over Iowa State (Aug. 31) CAREER: Katie Caslin enters her senior season for the Panthers... played in 57 career games over her three-year career with 22 starts....scored three goals, added three assists and accumulated nine career points. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Bowie High School in Bowie, Md.…guided team to the state semifinals in 2005…two-time County Champion…two-time First Team All-County selection as a junior and senior…three-time Defensive Player of the Year (2006-2008)…named Gatorade Rookie of the Year in 2006… scored 73 career goals…member of the Freestate Shooters club team…Disney Tournament Finalist in 2008…two-time Maryland State Cup finalist…guided her team to the USYSA Summer League National Championship in 2003…Jeﬀerson Cup finalist in 2005…Summit Scholar…state finalist in swimming…Athletic Honor Roll recipient. 2008: Appeared in all 20 matches…started four games….finished the season with one goal and two points…took 16 shots on year…scored her third career goal in a contest against Dayton (Aug. 29). PERSONAL: Born January 16, 1990…daughter of Bill and Gina Morris has two siblings, Chad and Meghan…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences... undeclared major. Morris’ Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2008 13/7 0 0 1 1 0 Totals 20/4 0 0 1 1 0 2007: Started six and competed in 18 games on year...finished season with one goal and two points...took 18 shots...scored second career goal against Xavier (Sept. 14). 2006: Started 12 and appeared in 19 games...finished season with one goal and three assists for five points...took 20 shots...registered assists in three consecutive games: at Temple (Aug. 27), Binghamton (Sept. 1) and Western Michigan (Sept. 3)...scored first career goal against Connecticut (Oct. 22). HIGH SCHOOL: Joined the Panthers’ midfield after graduating from St. Anthony’s High School in Commack, N.Y...her squad posted undefeated seasons as both a freshman and junior…along with her twin sister, Maura, led St. Anthony’s to the Long Island Catholic High School Finals and advanced to win the New York State Championship as seniors…also competed for Commack ISA Emeralds...member of the National Honor Society as a sophomore and junior. PERSONAL: Born April 10, 1988…daughter of Kevin and Nancy Caslin…has an older brother, Brian and an older sister, Melissa...twin sister Maura is a teammate at Pitt…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences as a History major. Katie Caslin’s Statistics Kelsi Morris (8) and Katie Caslin (9). 14 14 Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2006 19/12 20 1 3 5 0 2007 18/6 18 1 0 2 1 2008 20/4 16 1 0 2 0 Totals 57/22 54 3 3 9 1 PLAYER PROFILES 10 KATELYN RUHE 11 ASHLEY HABBEL Sophomore Midfielder Frederick, Md. Urbana High School Senior Forward Phoenixville, Pa. Phoenixville High School 2008: Started all 20 games as a freshman midfielder…one of only five players to start all 20 games for Pitt…finished the season with five goals, two assists and 12 points…led the squad with 40 shots on year…tallied her first career goal during the season opener at Akron (Aug. 22)…recorded goals in contests against Dayton (Aug. 29), Pennsylvania (Sept. 5) and St. Bonaventure (Sept. 14)…scored the game-winning goal against Providence (Oct. 12)…registered assists vs. Penn (Sept. 5) and Georgetown (Oct. 19)...named a Big East Academic All-Star. CAREER: Ashley Habbel enters her final season for the Panthers...in her three year career, she ranks among all-time Pitt career leaders in goals (second with 17), points (second with 40) and shots (third with 90)...she enters the 2009 season needing just two goals and eight points to become Pitts all time career leader in each respective category...has eight game-winning goals in her career and is tied for second place with the most game-winning goals in a season (3 in 2008)... three-time Big East Academic All-Star. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Urbana High School in Frederick, Md….led her team to the 2007 Maryland state championship and 2007 MVAL Conference title...named to the 2007 All-State team...two-time regional finalist in 2004 and 2005…two-time All-Area and All-Conference selection in 2004 and 2005… finished career with 11 goals, 10 assists and 32 points…selected as the Frederick News Post Defensive Player of theYear…member of the 2006 Freestate Shooters national championship club team…member of the National Honor Society… participant in Minds in Motion. 2008: One of only five Pitt players to start all 20 contests…led the squad with six goals scored…ended the year with six goals, one assist and 13 points…finished second on the squad with 38 shots…tied a career-high and registered her first two goals of the season against Iowa State (Aug. 31)…named to the University of Illinois All-Tournament team after scoring two goals throughout the event… contributed a game-winning goal and assist against Penn (Sept. 5)…scored a goal in a contest against Providence (Oct. 12)…scored the game-winning goals against both Georgetown (Oct. 19) and South Florida (October 24)...Big East Academic All-Star selection. PERSONAL: Born March 24, 1990…daughter of John and Nancy Ruhe…has four siblings, Jason, Jenny, Amie and Julie…nickname is “Weeds”…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...undeclared major. Ruhe’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2008 20/20 40 5 2 12 1 Totals 20/20 40 5 2 12 1 2007: One of only three Pitt players to start all 18 games on the season...led Pitt with five goals, four assists and 14 points...tied for first on the squad with 26 shots... had three game-winning goals (Youngstown State, Niagara and Ohio)…scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win vs. Youngstown State (Aug. 31)…registered goal and assist in Pitt’s 3-0 win vs. Niagara (Sept. 2)…recorded a goal and assist in 2-1 win vs. Xavier (Sept. 14)…scored game-winning goal vs. Ohio (Sept. 23)…finished with an assist vs. Syracuse (Sept. 28)…scored goal at Providence (Oct. 14)… registered assist vs. Marquette (Oct. 26)...named a Big East Academic All-Star. 2006: Saw action in all 19 games with six starts as a freshman...started each of Pitt’s last four games...led Panthers with six goals, registered one assist and totaled 13 points...also finished fourth on the squad with 26 shots...scored a career-high two goals including the game-winner at Syracuse (Sept. 24)...finished with the game-winning goal and assist at Temple (Aug. 27)...scored first career goal in first career game vs. Central Arkansas (Aug. 25)...also notched goals vs. Georgetown (Oct. 13) and Providence (Oct. 20)...named a Big East Academic All-Star. HIGH SCHOOL: Joined Panthers from Phoenixville, Pa. where she concluded her career with a total of 71 goals and 25 assists…received numerous awards throughout her career including All-League First Team, All-Southeastern Pennsylvania, All-State and PAC-10 Player of the Year…competed for the club team FC Delco and won the Super-Y league title in 2004… guided her team to a state runner-up finish and Region 1 Premier league Finalist position in 2005... competed in lacrosse as a sophomore, junior and senior...earned First Team Allleague honors…named to the distinguished honor roll throughout high school. PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1988…daughter of Harry and Marsha Habbel…has one brother and one sister…Applied Developmental Pyschology major. Habbel’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 19/6 26 6 1 13 2 2007 18/18 26 5 4 14 3 2008 20/20 38 6 1 13 3 Totals 57/44 90 17 6 40 8 2006 Katelyn Ruhe (10) and Ashley Habbel (11). 15 15 PLAYER PROFILES 12 KAT WEILER FRASER Junior Defender Fairfax Station, Va. Lake Braddock High School Junior Defender Baltimore, Md. Institute of Notre Dame CAREER: In her two-year collegiate career, Kat Weiler has started and appeared in all 38 games...registered one career goal, four assists, and six points. CAREER: Rebecca Fraser has appeared in 23 games with 11 starts over her twoyear Pitt career. 2008: One of only five Pitt players to start in all 20 games…completed the season with one goal, two assists and four points as a defender…took six shots on year… scored the Panthers’ lone goal against Toledo (Sept. 21)…contributed assists against Iowa State (Aug. 31) and Georgetown (Oct. 19)...Big East Academic AllStar selection. 2007: Started all 18 games of her freshman season as a central defender…one of three Pitt players to start all 18 games on year...ended first year with two assists, two points and six shots...registered first career assist vs. Xavier (Sept. 14)… finished with an assist vs. Ohio (Sept. 23). HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Va…. named the 2007 Washington Examiner Area Player of the Year...four-year starter at Lake Braddock…guided her team to its second straight Virginia Class 3A Soccer state title with a 2-1 overtime win over Cox H.S. as a senior...led team in gamewinning goals (nine) and assists (six)...named the 2007 Patriot District Player of the Year...First Team All-Region and First Team Washington Post All-Metropolitan team selection...two-time All-District Second Team selection (2005 and 2006)… as a junior, led her team to the state championships and a No. 12 national ranking by adidas…contributed to Burke’s Northern Region Championship title as a sophomore…captain of the four-time State Champion BRYC Fury team that captured titles in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007…six-year participant on the BRYC Sting squad...helped her club team earn four consecutive appearances in the state tournament…member of the National Honor Society and the Athletic Honor Roll. PERSONAL: Born May 26, 1989…daughter of Christopher and Victoria Weiler… has two brothers, Matthew and Nicholas…brother Matthew plays soccer at the University of Virginia…father Christopher played football at Navy from 1981-84 and holds the school record for most touchdown receptions in a season…enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences...a Communications major. Weiler’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists 2007 18/18 6 0 2008 20/20 6 1 Totals 38/38 12 1 16 16 14 REBECCA Points GWG 2 2 0 2 4 0 4 6 0 2008: Appeared in 13 games as a defender and started 11…accumulated 1002 minutes of playing time…took a total of seven shots on the year. 2007: Saw action in 10 games as a defender...took a total of five shots on the year. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md....posted a total of 29 career goals and 38 assists...led her team to a winning season in each of her four years as a defensive starter while earning numerous individual accolades...three-time First Team All-Baltimore City selection...twotime First Team All-LAAM Conference selection...named the Baltimore City Player of the Year and earned First Team All-State and First Team All-Metro honors as a senior...scored five goals and had 10 assists during her senior season...earned two First Team All-LAAM Conference selections for her eﬀorts in indoor soccer... led her club team, the Baltimore Bays, to the 2005 State Cup finals and a 2004 State Cup Title...member of the National Honor Society. PERSONAL: Born July 20, 1989...daughter of Scoot Fraser and Colleen Carrigan Shrader...has a younger brother, Ryan...enrolled in the College of General Studies as an Administrative Justice major. Fraser’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points 2007 10/0 5 0 0 0 0 2008 13/11 7 0 0 0 0 Totals 23/11 12 0 0 0 0 Kat Weiler (12) and Rebecca Fraser (14). GWG PLAYER PROFILES 15 CHRISTINA NICASSIO BERBERT Junior Midfielder Germantown, Md. Seneca Valley High School Junior Defender Pittsburgh, Pa. Plum High Scho0l CAREER: Christina Nicassio has appeared in 32 career games with 19 starts in her two-year career at Pitt...has registered three assists as a defender. 2008: Saw action in 15 games as a defender…started eight contests…ended the year with two assists and two points, as well as six shots…registered an assist vs. Penn (Sept. 5)...contributed the assist for the game-winning goal against Providence (Oct. 12). 2007: Saw action in 17 games as a defender while starting 11 contests...ended freshman year with one assist, one point and four shots…tallied first career assist vs. Ohio (Sept. 23). HIGH SCHOOL: Joined the Panthers as a defender from nearby Plum High School…five-year participant in the Pennsylvania Olympic Development Program…four-year letterwinner on the Plum women’s soccer team...helped the Mustangs to four consecutive fourth place conference finishes…two-time All-Section First Team selection (2005 and 2006)…member of the 2005 PA West State Champion Penns Forest Nighthawks…led the Nighthawks to a PA State Olympic Development Program Region I second place finish in the Ryder Cup… participated in the 2006 USL Super Y League Division National Camp…four-time Student-Athlete Scholar Award winner...Honor Roll student. PERSONAL: Born August 12, 1989…daughter of Anthony and Sandra Nicassio… has two older brothers, Anthony and Mark…coached by former Pitt assistant coach Joenal Castma on the Nighthawks team…enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences...an undeclared major. Niccasio’s Statistics Season 16 LAURA GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 17/11 4 0 1 1 0 CAREER: Laura Berbert enters her third season with the Panthers...started every game (38) of her two-year collegiate career...registered two goals including a game-winner against Kent State...also has five assists, and nine points...attempted 34 shots...two-time Big East Academic All-Star. 2008: Started all 20 games…one of five Pitt players to start all 20 matches on the year…played nearly every minute of every game for the 2008 season…finished the season with one goal, two assists and four points…registered 16 shots on year…scored the game-winning goal for Pitt in a 1-0 win against Kent State (Sept. 12)…responsible for assisting on the Panthers’ two goals in the season opener vs. Akron (Aug. 22)...Big East Academic All-Star selection. 2007: Started all 18 games as a freshman midfielder...one of three players to start all 18 games for Pitt on year…ended season with one goal, three assists and five points...took 18 shots on year…scored first career goal at St. John’s (Sept. 30)… registered assists vs. West Virginia (Sept. 21), Syracuse (Sept. 28) and Cincinnati (Oct. 5)...named a Big East Academic All-Star. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md….tallied 27 goals and 19 assists over her four-year, high school career…played for Seneca Valley High School where she was named team MVP and garnered All-Gazette Second Team honors…registered seven goals and seven assists in her final season…as a junior, led Germantown to its first-ever Class 3A Montgomery County Championship with a team leading 13 goals and seven assists…helped her club team, the Bethesda Rapids, to the Maryland State Cup Championships and the Region I National Championship Semifinals in 2005 and 2006…National Honor Society member…named an AP scholar and Maryland Distinguished Scholar in 2006…competed in swimming. 2008 15/8 6 0 2 2 0 PERSONAL: Born October 3, 1989…daughter of Michael and Rebecca Berbert… has two brothers, Matt and James…father competed in gymnastics and soccer at William & Mary…an undeclared major...enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences as a double major in Math and Economics. Totals 32/19 10 0 3 3 0 Berbert’s Statistics 2007 Season Sea GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 200 2007 18/18 18 1 3 5 0 200 2008 20/20 16 1 2 4 1 Tot Totals 38/38 34 2 5 9 1 Christina Nicassio (15) and Laura Berbert (16). 17 17 PLAYER PROFILES 17 BRITTANY PFAFF MORIE KEPHART Sophomore Forward South Park, Pa. South Park High School Junior Goalkeeper/Defender State College, Pa. State College High School 2008: Appeared in nine contests as a freshman forward…accrued 131 minutes of playing time on year...named a Big East Academic All-Star. HIGH SCHOOL: Joins the Panthers as a forward from South Park High School in South Park, Pa.…guided her team to the PIAA State Championship as a senior… two-time WPIAL champion…selected All-State, All-Section and All-WPIAL in 2007…member of the Century United club team…three-time state champions… national participants in 2006…named the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Player of the Year…named the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Player of the Year…scored 53 career goals and added 54 assists…All-Section basketball honoree in 2007…National Honor Society inductee. PERSONAL: Born August 1, 1990…daughter of Daniel and Rosemary Pfaﬀ… has a brother, Brandon, and sister, Rachel…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...undeclared major Paff’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2008 9/0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 9/0 0 0 0 0 0 MOLLY 18 McGEEHIN 20 Sophomore Midfielder Macungie, Pa. Emmaus High School CAREER: Morie Kephart played in 34 career games...appeared in 26 matches as a goalkeeper for the Panthers...with 22 starts...in her two years as goalkeeper, has made 92 saves and produced five shutouts for the Panthers... owns a 1.30 career goals against average and a .741 save percentage...two-time Big East Academic All-Star. 2008: Appeared in all 20 games and started 18 at goalkeeper for the Panthers… accumulated 1,738 minutes in goal…completed the season with 69 saves and a 1.14 goals against average…registered four shutouts on the year (Kent State, St. John’s, Villanova and South Florida)…made a career-high seven saves and also contributed an assist on a full field punt against Penn (Sept. 5)...finished with six saves vs. St. Bonaventure (Sept. 14)...tallied five saves in four games (Iowa State, Charlotte, Connecticut and Villanova)...Big East Academic All-Star selection. 2007: Saw action in 14 games on the season including six games as a goalkeeper... started four contests at goalkeeper...accumulated 470 minutes in goal...ended season with 23 saves, one shutout and a 1.91 goals against average…also registered two shots as a field player...named a Big East Academic All-Star. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of State College High School…served as captain for the women’s soccer team for three seasons and led the Lady Lions to four consecutive MAC league championships…First Team All-District selection in three straight seasons after being named to the MAC All-Freshman Team in her inaugural campaign…posted a 0.623 goals against average in 69 career games… helped State College reach the second round of the PIAA Playoﬀs by posting a school record .474 goals against average and a shutout percentage of 73.68 as a sophomore…honored academically for being in the top-10 percent of her class every year while at State College High School…recipient of the Principal’s Award as a freshman, sophomore and junior…2006 U.S. Club National participant as well as a 2006 State Cup finalist. PERSONAL: Born November 16, 1988…daughter of David and Patricia Kephart…both parents attended Pitt…has an older brother, Talon, and an older sister, Allurie, who plays rugby at Penn State…enrolled in the College or Arts & Sciences...plans to puruse a Health and Physical Activity major. Kephart’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2008: Did not see any game action. 2007 14/4 2 0 0 0 0 HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Emmaus High School...guided her team to four straight league and district titles...led team to an 18-4 record and league title as a senior...named to the All-Area team as a senior...led team to 19-4 record with district and league titles as a junior...earned All-Area honorable mention honors as a junior...played varsity soccer as both a sophomore and freshman...played on the Lehigh Valley Premier squad for five years...also competed for FC Delco and Vincent United teams...also competed in basketball and cross country...member of National Honor Society.fie 2008 20/18 0 0 1 1 0 Totals 34/22 2 0 1 1 0 Season GP/GS Min. GA GAAvg Saves SavesPct. 6/4 470 10 1.91 23 .697 PERSONAL: Born June 25, 1990…daughter of Jeﬀrey and Debra McGeehin...has a sister, Alyson...enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...undeclared major. 18 18 Goaltending Statistics 2007 2008 20/18 1738 22 1.14 69 .758 Totals 26/22 2208 32 1.30 92 .741 PLAYER PROFILES 21 MAURA LACEY 24 DORIE HEALD Sophomore Midfielder McMurray, Pa. Peters Township High School Sophomore Defender West Chester, Pa. West Chester High School 2008: Appeared in one game as a freshman before being sidelined with an injury. 2008: Did not see any game action. HIGH SCHOOL: Joined the Panthers as a midfielder from Peters Township High School….guided her team to three consecutive section championships, 43 consecutive undefeated sectional games and 50 consecutive undefeated regular season games…team ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania and No. 7 nationally…finished career with eight goals and 16 assists…four-year letterwinner in basketball and track and field…WPIAL track finalist in 100 meter hurdles…selected team captain for the 2008 season in both soccer and basketball…two-year member of the National Honor Society…earned Academic Honor Roll status in 2007 and 2008… seven-year member of Century United club team. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of West Chester Henderson High School in West Chester, Pa...two-time First Team All-Chestmont selection (2006 and 2007)...First Team All-Area selection in 2007...two-time team captain... member of the 2006 and 2007 USL Super League ODP National Select Team...member of the Westchester United Spartans club team from 19982008...2007 State Cup finalist...National Honor Society member...a 2007 Rotary Club Student of the Month...a French National Honor Society oﬃcer. PERSONAL: Born July 3, 1990…daughter of Shaun and Lynn Lacey…has two siblings, Kelly and Brett…plans on majoring in physical therapy...enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. PERSONAL: Born December 17, 1989...daughter of Garth and Valerie Heald...has two sisters, Alix and Arielle...is a certified lifeguard...enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...plans on pursuing a Pre-Med program. Lacey’s Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2008 1/0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 1/0 0 0 0 0 0 22 KATHERYN KUNUGI Junior Midfielder Madison, Wis. Memorial High School MOLLY GRIGANAVICIUS 26 Senior Defender Elmhurt, Ill. York High School CAREER: Molly Griganavicius has made 31 career appearences with 12 starts as a defender...has one career goal. 2008: Saw action in 10 games…completed the season with one goal and two points…took two shots on year…scored her first career goal, the game-winner in Pitt’s 4-1 win over Iowa State (Aug. 31). 2007: Played in three games as a defender. 2008: Saw action in 10 games as a defender…accumulated 180 minutes of playing time…took one shot on year. 2006: Started 12 games and played in 18 as a freshman defender...took six shots on year. 2007: Did not see any game action. HIGH SCHOOL: Finished her career at York High School with 24 goals and 12 assists…named an All-Conference and All-Section honoree as both a sophomore and junior…guided her team to the York Soccer Tournament title as a sophomore and junior...won her team’s sportsmanship award as a sophomore…competed at the club level for the NSA Flames for eight years…guided the NSA Flames to three State Cup titles and the President’s Day Cup…competed in hockey…also maintained High Honor Roll status. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Memorial High School in Madison, Wis…. started three seasons at Memorial…scored 12 goals, four of which were gamewinning tallies and posted seven assists during her sophomore and junior seasons…led Memorial to a 23-4-0 record as a junior and a 16-5-3 mark as a sophomore…helped the school capture regional and city titles in 2005 and 2006 and a conference championship in 2005...named team’s MVP...garnered AllConference Honorable Mention accolades as a junior…member of the Wisconsin State Olympic Development Program team from 2001-05. PERSONAL: Born June 4, 1989…daughter of Keith Kunugi and Linda Abeggler… has one younger brother, Kenji…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...plans to pursue a major in Health and Physical Activity. Kunugi’s Statistics Season PERSONAL: Born May 8, 1988…daughter of Sarunas and Colleen Griganavicius… has one sister and two brothers…nickname “Mo G”…enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a Theater Arts major. Griganavicius’ Statistics Season GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2006 18/12 6 0 0 0 0 3/0 0 0 0 0 0 GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG 2007 2008 10/0 1 0 0 0 0 2008 10/0 2 1 0 2 1 Totals 10/0 1 0 0 0 0 Totals 31/12 8 1 0 2 1 19 19 2009 NEWCOMERS ASHLEY CUBA 4 Freshman Midfielder Poland, Ohio. Cardinal Mooney High School PERSONAL: Daughter of Nancy Balog-Cuba…has two younger sisters Brittany and Danielle, and a younger brother, Sonny…major is undecided. SWIDERSKI 13 Freshman Defender Troy, Mich. Troy Athens High School HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Troy Athens High School in Troy, Mich… selected as a two-time member for the All-State, All-Region and All-League teams…as a junior, she led the team to the League’s Championship Title…four-year varsity team member and two-year team captain… has been named a four-year All-District and All-Area team member…as a freshman was named Rookie of the Year with three goals while contributing two assists and helped guide her team to the District Championship (2006)…played for the Michigan Hawks club team for four years…during that time, led the Hawks to a third place finish at Nationals, three state championship titles and a regional championship finish…played six years for the Michigan ODP State Team where she guided the team to a national finish in 2006…was a member of the Troy Athens basketball varsity team for four years and served as captain during her junior and senior seasons…named Rookie of the Year as a freshman…received the team’s Most Valuable Player award three years in a row…named to the All-League, All-District, All-Conference and All-Area teams as a basketball player. PERSONAL: Born December 4, 1990…daughter of Ed and Rhonda Swiderski… has an older brother, Justin who played baseball at Grand Valley State University… major is undecided. 20 20 PETERS 17 Freshman Forward State College, Pa. State College Area High School HIGH SCHOOL: Enrolled at Pitt for the Spring 2009 semester enabling her to participate in spring training…chose to become an early graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in 2008…named an ESPNAll-America Selection in 2009…two-time NSCAAAll-American (2007 and 2008)…nominated for the Gatorade Player of theYear for girls soccer in 2008… selected as ESPN’s National Player of the Week…three-time Adidas U.S. All-Regional Team member (2006-08)…selected as Ohio’s Co-Player of the year in 2008 and was the runner-up for the same title in 2007…named the Ohio Division 2 Player of the Year in 2008…featured as Ohio High School Magazine’s Player of the Year for both 2008 and 2009…three-time District Player of theYear (2006-08)…three-time member of the AllOhio First Team, All-District First Team, All-County First Team and All-SVC First Team (2006-08)...led Cardinal Mooney to three District titles and Regional Final appearances (2006-08)…four-year varsity letterwinner who scored 87 goals and 65 assists (excluding tournaments)…member of the Super-Y/CASA StateTeam for five years (2005-09) where she led her team to the State Championship in 2007 and 2008…member of the 2007 Area All Star Team who played against the nationally ranked Notre Dame Women’s Soccer Team…featured three-times in ESPN’s Rise Magazine as an All-Area Selection in both the 2006 and 2008 Jan./Feb. issue, and the “Got Game” section of the 2007 Sept. Issue. MEGAN EMILY HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of State College Area High School in State College, Pa....led her team to the Class 3A District VI Championship, where it advanced to the first round of the state playoﬀs...claimed three second place finishes in the Class 3A District VI Conference...rewarded with the Coaches’ Award in 2008, as well as the “Power of the Paws” and Booster Club awards in 2007...completed her high school career with 24 goals and 29 assists...six-year member of the Soccer Training Network (STN) club team...in 2008, helped the team take first place in the Baltimore March Madness Tournament and second place in the U.S. Club Soccer Regional Championship Series...appeared in the Player Development Academy’s showcase...guided STN to three championships in the Rochester Greece Cobra’s tournament (2004-06), two Lebanon Valley Classic titles (2005 and 2006), the Erie Flagship Cup (2004 and 2005) and the 2005 title at the Kirkwood Memorial Day Challenge...member of the Central Penn United Range Team for one year where she led the squad to a second place finish in the Pennsylvania West State Cup...was a member of the varsity indoor track team at State College as well as the rugby team. PERSONAL: Born March 27, 1991...daughter of Rick and Tina Peters...has three older siblings: Josh, Jessie and Kristy...her cousin, Nicole Bender, was a softball player at St. Francis University (Pa.)...major is undecided. ABBY BALDYS 23 Freshman Defender/Midfielder South Williamsport, Pa. South Williamsport High School HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of South Williamsport High School in South Williamsport, Pa…led her team to the Pennsylvania state championship, Eastern Regional and District championship in 2006…guided South Williamsport to three Midpenn Conference Championship titles (2005-2007) and two District runner-up positions in both 2005 and 2007…First Team All-Conference selection in 2006 and 2007…named the Midpenn MVP and an All-State honoree in 2007…unable to compete her senior season due to injury…over her three-year varsity career, scored 23 goals and 51 assists…selected to be a member of the PA East ODP Team in 2008…member of The Soccer Training Network (STN Marauders)…guided her club team to the Ukrainian National Invitational title in 2007 and March Madness Tournament crown in 2008…led the Marauders to a Regional finish in 2008… selected to compete at the Players Development Academy (PDA)… served as President of her school’s National Honor Society chapter…named Valedictorian of her graduating class. PERSONAL: Born February 13, 1991…daughter of James and Elizabeth Baldys… likes to be called “Abby”…has three siblings: James, Beth and Kate, who attends Duquesne and is a member of the women’s soccer team…enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences…plans on majoring in English Writing. 2009 NEWCOMERS MAURA ROMANO 25 Sophomore Forward PIttsburgh, Pa. Massachusetts/North Allegheny HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of North Allegheny High School…missed her entire senior season after she suﬀered a broken leg in the first game of the year… appointed as team captain her senior year…led North Allegheny in scoring as both a junior (15 goals) and sophomore (8 goals)…tallied 23 goals and 21 assists over her two-year varsity career…four-time All-Scholar Athlete…selected as an All-Conference honoree in 2007 and WPIAL Class 3A First Team member in both 2005 and 2006…helped lead her team to the WPIAL playoﬀs (2004-07) and second place finishes in the Pennsylvania West State Cup both in 2006 and 2008…member of the Ohio Valley Women’s College Soccer League. PERSONAL: Born July 13, 1990…daughter of Patrick Romano and Lisa Roehre… has three younger siblings: Mary Cate, Patrick and Shannon…nicknamed “Ro”… enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences…a Communications major. BENNER PIERSON 28 Freshman Midfielder Langhorne, Pa. Neshaminy High School AT UMASS (2008): Made her collegiate debut in a match against Bryant on Sept. 10…saw action in three games as a freshman with the Minutewomen against Bryant (Sep. 10), Saint Louis (Oct. 26) and Fordham (Oct. 31). DANIELLE LYNDSAY 27 Freshman Midfielder/Striker Willow Grove, Pa. Upper Moreland High School HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove, Pa…became the first girl to start on the Boy’s Varsity team at Upper Moreland… played varsity all four years and started two seasons while playing alongside her male teammates…member of the FC Bucks Women’s Club team for seven years and the Yardley Makefield Soccer Club team for one…guided the Bucks to the East PA State Cup Finals in both 2005 and 2006 as well as the tournament titles at the Under-16 CASL Shootout, Orange Classic International Tournament and the Chesapeake Flight Championship at the 2005 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament…selected as a FC Delco Top Division finalist and PDA Classic Semifinalist in 2006…responsible for leading her YMS team to the USY Region I National Championship in 2008 and was selected as a YMS Epic finalist the same year...under her leadership in 2008, the YMS team secured the EPYSA NCS State Cup Championship, the PAGS Fall League Championship title and the U.S. Club National Cup VII Regional title…also competed as a member of the basketball and track and field teams at UMHS…member of the Yearbook Committee, Asian Club and SADD…four-year honor roll student and National Honor Society member. PERSONAL: Born October 3, 1991…daughter of Stephen and Deanna Benner… has two younger brothers, Andrew and Matthew…nickname is “Dani”…major is undecided. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa… two-time member of the Courier Time’s Golden Team and All-Suburban One League’s National Conference First Team, both in 2007 and 2008…as a junior captain, guided the team to a third place finish in her District, advanced to the Quarterfinals of the state playoﬀs and earned Most Valuable Player honors… in her sophomore year, led the team to a fourth place finish in the District playoﬀs and a first round state playoﬀ appearance…as a freshman, helped guide her team to the Suburban One League title where she was named an Honorable Mention on the Courier Time’s Golden Team and a member of the All-Suburban One League’s National Conference Second Team…recipient of her high school team awards “Ms. Midfielder” and “Unsung Hero” in 2007…scored 12 goals and contributed 20 assists….member of the FC Bucks Vipers Club Team…led them to two State Cup titles in 2007 and 2008, the Region I Championship in 2008 and Region I Finalist finish in 2007…also played for the YMS Comets…as a freshman, was named “Field Day Captain”…named “Gym Night Captain” in her sophomore year. PERSONAL: Born August 13, 1991…daughter of Gary and Dorothy Pierson…has two older brothers, Adam and Brett…nicknamed “Lynds”…major is undecided. HAYLEY NEAL 29 Freshman Midfielder Owings, Md. Northern High School HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Northern High School in Owings, Md…twoyear team captain who guided her squad to two Regional titles, a second finish in the SMAC Conference, County Cup title and two MPSSA Semifinal appearances in both 2007 and 2008…as a senior in 2008, was the recipient of the Coaches’ Choice Award, member of the All-Conference Second Team, All-County First Team and Northern’s leading goal scorer with 13 goals…named a Second Team All-Conference Scholar Athlete as a junior after she led the team to the MPSSAA Class 3A South Regional Title…unable to play her freshman and sophomore years due to injury…member of the Freestate Phoenix club team since spring of 2004… led the team to the State Cup finals in 2004…in 2008, guided Freestate Phoenix to a Region I Semifinal appearance and eventual State Cup Championship…in 2007, helped the team claim the WAGS Division 1 and Tournament Flight B title, U.S. Club Soccer Regional championship (Premier Flight) and Orange Classic (Orange Flight) Title…member of the indoor and outdoor track teams…holds the school record at Northern for both the 4x4 and 4x8 meter relays…four-year honor roll student… assisted in coaching an Under-8 boy’s soccer team…accumulated over 100 hours of community service by working at her local soup kitchen and Humane Society. PERSONAL: Born November 5, 1991…daughter of Mark and Donna Neal… has one sibling, Eli…plans on pursuing a career in engineering. 21 21 2008 STATISTICS 2008 STATISTICS TEAM STATS Overall: 7-12-1; Big East: 4-6-1; Home: 5-3-1; Away: 1-8-0; Neutral: 1-1-0 Goals by Period: 1st 2nd OT OT2 Tot. Pitt 9 10 1 1 21 Opp 12 17 0 1 30 FIELD PLAYERS ALL GAMES BIG EAST ## Name GP-GS G A Pts Sh Sh% GW PK GP-GS G A Pts Sh Sh% GW PK 10 11 7 4 16 RUHE, Katelyn HABBEL, Ashley CARROLL, Liz KRITCH, Jennifer BERBERT, Laura 20-20 20-20 20-20 19-18 20-20 5 6 4 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 12 13 9 6 4 40 38 31 22 16 .125 .158 .129 .091 .062 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11-11 11-11 11-11 10-9 11-11 1 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 3 6 5 4 0 19 17 13 15 11 .053 .176 .154 .067 .000 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3 6 14 15 CASLIN, Katie CLINTON, A’idah CASLIN, Maura FRASER, Rebecca NICASSIO, Christina 20-4 12-5 20-19 13-11 15-8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 16 8 8 7 6 .062 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11-4 11-4 11-11 5-4 0 7-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 7 5 3 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 25 2 26 22 WEILER, Kat JAFFE, Alexandra AMES, Klarissa GRIGANAVICIUS, M. KUNUGI, Kathryn 20-20 20-4 15-4 10-0 10-0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 6 5 4 2 1 .167 .000 .000 .500 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11-11 11-3 7-0 6-0 7-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 21 18 8 28 17 CODY, Shannon LACEY, Maura KEPHART, Morie MORRIS, Kelsi VEVERKA, Kylie PFAFF, Brittany 1-1 1-0 20-18 13-7 19-19 9-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1-1 8-6 11-11 3-0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total.................... Opponents........... 20 20 21 17 59 210 .100 30 27 87 213 .141 7 12 0 0 11 11 7 7 21 13 14 40 103 .068 109 .119 4 6 0 0 GOALKEEPERS OVERALL BIG EAST Name KEPHART FINCH GP-GS 20-17 2-2 Min. 1738 125 GA GAAvg 22 1.14 8 5.73 Svs 69 7 Pct .758 .467 W L T 6 11 1 0 1 0 Sho 4 0 GP-GS 11-10 - Min. 1039 - GA 13 - GAvg 1.13 - Svs Pct. 36 .735 - Total Opponents 18-20 20 1863 1863 30 21 79 71 .725 .772 6 12 1 12 6 1 4 8 11 11 1039 1039 13 7 1.13 0.61 36 46 22 22 1.45 1.01 .735 .868 Shots by Period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Pitt 104 98 5 3 210 Opp 115 92 3 3 213 Saves by Period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Pitt 50 29 0 0 79 Opp 35 35 0 1 71 Corner Kicks by Period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Pitt 54 47 0 0 101 Opp 41 34 1 1 77 Fouls by Period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Pitt 89 98 10 1 198 Opp 77 105 3 2 187 GAME HIGHS TEAM Points: 11, Iowa State (8/31) Goals: 4, Iowa State (8/31) Assists: 4, Pennsylvania (9/5) Shots: 16, Toledo (9/21) Saves: 7, Pennsylvania (9/5), Iowa State (8/31) and Dayton (8/29) Corner Kicks: 10, Dayton (8/29) and Akron (8/22) Fouls: 21, Georgetown (10/19) INDIVIDUAL Points: 4, Habbel (8/31) Goals: 2, Habbel (8/31) Assists: 2, Berbert (8/22) Shots: 5, Ruhe (9/12) Saves: 7, Kephart (9/5) ALL 2008 TIME STATISTICS ROSTER 2008 GAME-BY-GAME RESULTS TEAM RECORD Overall: 7-12-1; Big East: 4-6-1; Home: 5-3-1; Away: 1-8-0; Neutral: 1-1-0; OT: 2-1-1 Category W-L-T Overall: ............................ 7-12-1 Big East: ............................ 4-6-1 Home: ................................5-3-1 Away: .................................1-8-0 Neutral: ..............................1-1-0 Overtime: ...........................2-1-1 Date A22 Opponent at Akron WL L Score 2-6 Overall 0-1-0 Conf. 0-0-0 A29 vs Dayton L02 2-3 0-2-0 0-0-0 A31 vs Iowa State W 4-1 1-2-0 0-0-0 S5 PENNSYLVANIA W 3-1 2-2-0 0-0-0 S7 S12 S14 S18 S21 S25 S28 O3 O5 O10 O12 CHARLOTTE KENT STATE ST. BONAVENTURE at *West Virginia at Toledo at *Syracuse *ST. JOHNâ€™S at *Rutgers at *Seton Hall *CONNETICUT *PROVIDENCE L W L L L L W L L L WOT 0-1 1-0 1-2 0-4 1-2 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-2 2-1 2-3-0 3-3-0 3-4-0 3-5-0 3-6-0 3-7-0 4-7-0 4-8-0 4-9-0 4-10-0 5-10-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 1-3-0 1-4-0 1-5-0 2-5-0 O17 O19 *VILLANOVA *GEORGETOWN T O2 WO2 0-0 2-1 5-10-1 6-10-1 2-5-1 3-5-1 O24 at *South Florida W 1-0 7-10-1 4-5-1 O26 O30 at *Marquette at Louisville L L 0-2 0-1 7-11-1 7-12-1 4-6-1 4-6-1 Attend Goals scored 176 CARROL. Liz (BERBERT, Laura) RUHE, Katelyn (BERBERT, Laura) CASLIN, Katie (CASLIN, Maura) RUHE, Katelyn (unnassisted) HABBEL, Ashley (unnasisted) GRIGANAVICIUS, Molly (MORRIS, Kelsi;CASLIN, Maura) HABBEL, Ashley (WEILER, Kat) CARROL, Liz (unnassisted) 223 RUHE, Katelyn (KEPHART, Morie; HABBEL, Ashley) HABBEL, Ashley (RUHE, Katelyn) KRITCH, Jennifer (NICASSIO, Christina) 312 91 BERBERT, Laura (unnassisted) 127 RUHE, Katelyn (unassisted) 565 129 WEILER, Kat (unassisted) 92 148 CARROL, Liz (KRITCH, Jennifer) 1011 220 232 CARROL, Liz (KRITCH,Jennifer) 266 HABBEL, Ashley (CARROL, Liz) RUHE, Katelyn (NICASSIO, Christina) 192 218 KRITCH, Jennifer (WEILER, Kat) HABBEL, Ashley (RUHE, Katelyn) 780 HABBEL, Ashley (KRITCH, Jennifer;FRASER, Rebecca) - PITT vs. OPPONENTS ATTENDANCE Total: Home: Away: Neutral: Dates 20 9 9 2 Total Avg. 4782 239 1809 201 2973 330 0 0 STANDINGS AMERICAN School WVU Marquette Conn. SJU Pittsburgh USF Syracuse Prov. BEC 7-1-3 6-3-2 4-3-4 4-4-3 4-6-1 3-7-1 2-8-1 1-7-3 Pts. 24 20 16 15 13 10 7 6 Overall 14-3-6 11-8-3 7-9-6 8-6-5 7-12-1 7-8-3 5-11-2 6-8-3 BEC 11-0 8-3 7-3-1 6-3-2 5-3-3 4-6-1 2-9 1-9-1 Pts. Overall 33 26-1 24 13-4-2 22 13-7-2 20 9-7-3 18 10-7-3 13 11-7-1 6 4-15 4 5-11-2 NATIONAL Conference W-L-T Atlantic Coast ............................. 1-8-0 America East............................... 2-2-0 Atlantic-10 ...................................8-7-0 Atlantic Sun .................................1-0-1 Big East ...................................25-81-6 Big Ten ........................................ 0-9-0 Big 12 .......................................... 1-4-0 Big West...................................... 0-1-0 Colonial Athletic...........................3-7-0 Conference USA.......................... 1-0-0 Horizon ........................................1-1-0 Ivy League .................................. 2-1-0 Metro Atlantic .............................. 1-3-1 Mid-American ..............................7-8-1 Mountain West.............................1-3-0 Northeast ..................................12-3-0 Pacific-10 ..................................... 1-1-1 Patriot .........................................1-5-0 Southeastern .............................. 0-2-1 Southern ..................................... 1-2-0 Southland ................................... 1-0-0 Sunbelt ....................................... 0-1-0 Non-NCAA Division I ....................1-1-0 Totals ................................... 66-137-16 School UND Gtown Rutgers Louisville Cincinatti Villanova DePaul Seton Hall $Big East Championship title *Big East Tournament participant #NCAA Tournament participant @National Championship participant The 2008 Panthers advanced to the Big East Tournament for the third time in four seasons. 23 23 RECORD BOOK GAME RECORDS 1. 1. 2. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. Goals N N . O Cara Senger.............. 3........Robert Morris, ‘03 Netta Agredano........3.............St. Francis, ‘01 Cande Ruiz................3................Wagner, ‘98 Charity McClure........3.................Wagner, ‘98 Megan Beasley..........3.............St. Francis, ‘96 Jennifer Kritch...........3.........Binghamton, ‘06 Assists N N . O Cande Ruiz...................4.............Wagner, Kimberly Sturk.............2......Rbrt. Morris, Charity McClure...........2............Rutgers, Charity McClure...........2.............Wagner, Renee Spampinato.......2............Wagner, Kristina Francois...........2....Binghamton, ‘98 ‘01 ‘98 ‘98 ‘98 ‘06 Points N N . O Cande Ruiz................10...............Wagner, ‘98 Charity McClure..........8...............Wagner, ‘98 Netta Agredano..........7...........St. Francis, ‘01 Megan Beasley............7.............St. Francis, ‘96 Shots N N . O Netta Agredano........10...................RMU, ‘00 Cande Ruiz................10...............Wagner, ‘98 Charity Kriley.............10.........Providence, ‘97 Charity McClure.........10.......Georgetown, ‘97 Cande Ruiz..................8.........Providence,’ 98 Charity McClure...........7..................RMU, ‘98 SEASON RECORDS 1. 2. 3. Goals N N . Y Cande Ruiz.........................10................1998 Netta Agredano...................9.................2001 Kirstin Gellatly.....................7.................1999 Charity McClure...................7.................1998 Lauren Sciocchetti...............7.................2002 Assists 1. 2. 3. N N . Y Charity McClure................9....................1998 Kimberly Sturk..................6....................2001 Cande Ruiz........................6...................1998 Jennifer Kritch...................6...................2006 Sara Gutting .....................5....................2003 Megan Beasley .................5...................1996 Rachel Bertges..................5...................1996 Points 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. N P . Y Cande Ruiz.............26 (10G,6A)..............1998 Charity McClure........23 (7G,9A)..............1998 Netta Agredano.......19 (9G, 1A)..............2001 Megan Beasley..........17 (6G,5A).............1996 Kirstin Gellatly............15 (7G, A).............1999 Corina Sebesta........15 (6G, 3 A)..............2006 Shots 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 24 N N . Y Cande Ruiz. ........................56................1998 Cande Ruiz. ........................55................2000 Netta Agredano..................52................2001 Kirstin Gellatly....................46................1999 Charity McClure................43..................1998 24 1. 2. 3. Game-Winning Goals N N . Y Cande Ruiz.........................5..................1998 Netta Agredano..................3..................2001 Kristina Francois.................3..................2004 Ashley Habbel................... 3................. 2008 Six players tied with............2 CAREER RECORDS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Goals N N . Y Cande Ruiz.....................18............1998-2001 Ashley Habbel...............17................2006-08 Netta Agredano..............15................2000-03 Jennifer Kritch................13................2005-08 Corina Sebesta...............12................2003-06 Megan Beasley...............11...............1996-99 Charity McClure...............9................1997-98 Lauren Sciocchetti...........8............1999-2002 Kristina Francois..............8................2003-06 Assists 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. N N . Y Kristina Francois ..............12..............2003-05 Charity McClure ...............11..............1997-98 Cande Ruiz .......................11..........1998-2001 Jennifer Kritch...................9..............2005-08 Megan Beasley ..................7..............1996-99 Kimberly Sturk..................7...............2000-02 Jacqueline Fix ...................7...........1999-2002 Corina Sebesta................. 7..............2003-06 Points N P . Y Cande Ruiz.....................47............1998-2001 Ashley Habbel...............40...............2006-08 Jennifer Kritch................29................2005-07 Netta Agredano..............34...............2000-03 Corina Sebesta................31...............2003-06 Charity McClure..............29...............1997-98 Megan Beasley................29..............1996-99 Shots N N . Y Cande Ruiz......................153.........1998-2001 Netta Agredano..............117..............2000-03 Ashley Habbel................90 .............2006-08 Megan Beasley................78..............1996-99 Lauren Sciocchetti..........77............1999-2002 Jacquiline Fix..................67............1999-2002 GOALKEEPING Game Saves .................................................................16 Rachel Brown (Notre Dame, 2000) Rachel Brown (Penn State, 2001) 15 Jamie Pelusi (Providence, 2002) 14 Jamie Pelusi (Rutgers, 2003) Season Shutouts ..............................................................5 Nicole Bashor (1997) Jamie Pelusi (2004) Wins .................................................................... 8 Alison Finch (2006) Nicole Bashor (1998) Lowest GA Avg. (Min. seven starts)................... 1.32 Jamie Pelusi (17 games, 2003) Least GA (Min. seven starts) ............................... 23 .............................. Jamie Pelusi (17 games in 2003) Saves ............................................................... 163 Sarah Stout (1996) Career Shutouts ............................................................10 Nicole Bashor (1997-99) Jamie Pelusi (2001-04) Wins ...................................................................14 Lowest GA Avg. (Min. 30 games) ..................... 1.87 Rachel Brown (32 games, 2000-01) ........................... Jamie Pelusi (53 games, 2001-04) Least GA (Min. 30 games) ...................................56 Rachel Brown (32 games, 2000-01) Saves.................................................................339 Jamie Pelusi (2001-04) TEAM LEADERS Goals Year............Name......................................... Goals 1996 ...........Megan Beasley..................................6 1997 ...........Charity McClure.................................2 ...................Renee Spampinato............................2 ...................Megan Beasley..................................2 1998 ...........Cande Ruiz......................................10 1999 ...........Kirstin Gallatly....................................7 2000 ...........Netta Argedano.................................5 2001 ...........Netta Argedano.................................9 2002 ...........Lauren Sciocchetti.............................7 2003 ...........Cara Senger.......................................5 2004 ...........Kristina Francois................................4 2005............Jennifer Kritch...................................3 ...................Corina Sebesta...................................3 2006 ...........Corina Sebesta..................................6 ...................Ashley Habbel...................................6 2007 ...........Ashley Habbel....................................5 ..................Jennifer Kritch....................................5 2008.......... Ashley Habbel ....................................6 Assists Year............Name.......................................Assists 1996 ...........Megan Beasley...................................5 ...................Rachel Bertges...................................5 1997 ...........Charity McClure................................ 2 1998 ...........Charity McClure.................................9 1999 ...........Andrea Graybill..................................2 2000 ...........Netta Agredano.................................3 2001 ...........Kimberly Sturk...................................6 2002 ...........Jacqueline Fix....................................4 2003 ...........Sara Gutting.......................................3 2004 ...........Kristina Francois................................4 2005 ...........Carli Brill............................................3 2006 ...........Jennifer Kritch.................................. 6 2007 ........ Ashley Habbel ................................... 4 2008 ........ seven players..................................... 2 Points Year............Name ......................................Points 1996 ...........Megan Beasley.................................17 1997 ...........Charity McClure.................................6 1998 ...........Cande Ruiz......................................26 1999 ...........Kirstin Gellatly..................................15 2000 ...........Netta Agredano................................13 2001 ...........Netta Agredano...............................19 2002 ...........Lauren Sciocchetti...........................14 2003 ...........Erin Hills..........................................10 2004 ...........Kristina Francois..............................12 2005 ...........Jennifer Kritch ..................................6 ...................Corina Sebesta..................................6 2006 ...........Corina Sebesta.................................15 2007 ........... Ashley Habbel ............................... 14 2008 ........... Ashley Habbel ............................... 13 ALL RECORD TIME ROSTER BOOK PITT AWARD WINNERS PITT VS. ALL OPPONENTS Opponent Air Force Akron Arizona Arizona State Auburn Baylor Binghamton Boston College Bowling Green State Bucknell California-Irvine Canisius Central Arkansas Central Florida Central Michigan Charlotte Cincinatti Colorado Connecticut Cornell Dayton Denver DePaul Duquesne Eastern Michigan Fairfield Georgia State Georgetown Georgia Hartford Hofstra Indiana Iowa State Jacksonville Kennesaw State Kent State Lehigh Louisville Marquette Marshall Md.-Baltimore County Miami, Fla. Navy Niagara UNC-Greensboro Notre Dame Ohio State Ohio Old Dominion Oregon State Pennsylvania Penn State Providence Richmond Robert Morris Rutgers Sacred Heart St. Bonaventure St. Francis (Pa.) St. John’s Seton Hall SUNY-Buffalo South Florida Syracuse Temple Texas Toledo Villanova Va. Commonwealth Virginia Tech Wagner West Virginia Western Carolina Western Michigan Wyoming Xavier Youngstown State Totals Won 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 5 0 5 2 1 0 4 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 65 Lost 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 5 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 10 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 1 1 2 2 1 2 9 1 1 1 0 0 7 2 2 2 8 0 1 1 5 8 1 0 7 0 1 2 8 2 1 0 11 0 0 2 0 1 137 Tied 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 First Game 1998 2008 2000 2000 2001 1996 2006 1997 2002 2000 1997 1996 2006 1999 2001 2008 2007 2005 1997 1996 2008 2005 2006 1996 2004 2001 2007 1997 2005 1999 2003 1996 2008 2003 2005 2006 2002 2006 2005 2005 2003 1999 1996 1996 2001 1997 2002 2002 1998 1997 1999 1996 1997 1996 1996 1997 2000 2008 1996 1997 1996 1996 2005 1996 2006 1996 2005 1997 1996 2002 1996 1996 2001 2006 1998 2007 1996 1996 Goalkeeper Jamie Pelusi receives the 2004 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year award. Pelusi is accompanied by Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and former Pitt Athletic Director Jeﬀ Long. 2006 ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM • Corina Sebesta 2005 WOODEN CITIZENSHIP TROPHY • Jamie Pelusi 2005 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM • Jamie Pelusi 2004 BIG EAST GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR •Jamie Pelusi 2004 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM •Jamie Pelusi 2001 BIG EAST GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR •Rachel Brown 2001 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM •Rachel Brown 2001 GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK •Rachel Brown (September 17) 2000 BIG EAST GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR •Rachel Brown 2000 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM •Rachel Brown 2000 BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK •Netta Agredano (September 25) 1999 BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM •Kirstin Gellatly 1998 BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM •Cande Ruiz 1998 BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK •Cande Ruiz (October 5) Cande Ruiz Kirstin Gellatly Rachel Brown Jamie Pelusi ON CAMPUS AWARD WINNERS BLUE-GOLD AWARD: Rachel Brown, 2001 Jamie Pelusi, 2006 25 25 ALL TIME RESULTS 1996 3-16-0 Overall Roland Sturk, Head Coach Date 8/30 9/1 9/7 9/8 9/13 9/15 9/21 9/23 9/27 10/3 10/6 10/8 10/12 10/16 10/25 10/26 11/1 11/3 11/6 Opponent at Baylor at Texas at Navy vs. Indiana at Penn State at Youngstown State CANISIUS WAGNER (OT) at Buﬀalo State DUQUESNE SETON HALL ST. FRANCIS (PA.) NIAGARA WEST VIRGINIA at Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth at Syracuse at Cornell ROBERT MORRIS W/L L L L L L L L W L L L W L L L L L L W Score 2-12 0-12 1-9 0-5 0-8 0-1 1-5 4-2 3-6 0-2 1-2 6-4 2-4 0-2 0-3 0-6 0-6 0-1 2-0 1997 3-12-3 Overall/2-8-1 Big East Roland Sturk, Head Coach Date 8/30 9/1 9/7 9/12 9/14 9/19 9/20 9/26 9/28 10/4 10/8 10/11 10/12 10/17 10/19 10/24 10/26 10/31 11/2 Opponent at Duquesne YOUNGSTOWN STATE at Niagara (OT) NOTRE DAME* ST. JOHN’S* at UC-Irvine vs. Oregon State (OT) at Villanova* at Rutgers* at Syracuse* WEST VIRGINIA* at Boston College* at Providence* (OT) SUNY-BUFFALO (OT) PENN STATE CONNECTICUT* SETON HALL* GEORGETOWN* (OT) VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH W/L L W T L L L T L L L W L T W L L l W L Score 0-1 Forfeit 0-0 0-5 1-4 0-3 1-1 0-6 0-4 0-5 1-0 0-2 1-1 1-0 1-2 0-5 0-6 1-0 0-1 1998 8-11-0 Overall/5-7-0 Big East Roland Sturk, Head Coach Date 9/1 9/4 9/6 9/11 9/13 9/18 9/20 9/25 9/27 10/2 10/4 10/7 10/11 10/16 10/18 10/22 10/25 10/31 11/4 Opponent at Penn State at Georgetown* at Notre Dame* at Wagner at St. John’s VILLANOVA* RUTGERS* at Air Force at Wyoming BOSTON COLLEGE PROVIDENCE DUQUESNE SYRACUSE at Seton Hall* at Connecticut at Robert Morris at Old Dominion at West Virginia* at Syracuse# W/L L W L W W W W L L L W W L L L W L L L Score 1-5 2-1 1-9 11-1 4-3 1-0 3-2 0-2 0-2 0-1 3-2 1-0 1-4 1-4 0-6 6-3 0-3 0-2 0-2 #Big East Tournament quarterfinal game 1999 5-12-1 Overall/1-4-1 Big East Roland Sturk, Head Coach Date 8/29 9/1 9/10 9/12 9/18 9/19 9/24 9/26 9/29 10/1 10/3 10/8 10/10 10/13 10/17 10/22 10/24 10/31 Opponent at Duquesne NAVY vs. Pennsylvania# vs. Baylor# at Hartford at St. John’s at Villanova* at Rutgers* (OT) WEST VIRGINIA* CENTRAL FLORIDA (OT) GEORGETOWN* (OT) SETON HALL* NOTRE DAME* ROBERT MORRIS (OT) OLD DOMINION MIAMI CONNECTICUT PENN STATE W/L W L W L L L L L L W T W L L W L L L Score 1-0 1-2 1-0 1-3 0-4 1-2 0-2 4-5 1-5 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-5 1-2 3-0 0-2 0-4 1-7 *Big East Mid-Atlantic Game; #Maryland Fila Invitational 2000 6-12-1 Overall/1-5-0 Big East Roland Sturk, Head Coach Date 8/25 8/27 9/1 9/3 26 26 Opponent AIR FORCE RICHMOND at Penn State at Bucknell W/L W L L L Score 3-2 0-1 0-6 0-3 9/8 9/10 9/15 9/17 9/22 9/24 9/29 10/1 10/4 10/6 10/8 10/13 10/15 10/20 10/22 at Arizona (OT) at Arizona State WYOMING (OT) at Robert Morris at Seton Hall* at Notre Dame* RUTGERS* VILLANOVA* (OT) WEST VIRGINIA* BOSTON COLLEGE at Georgetown* SACRED HEART PROVIDENCE (OT) at Syracuse DUQUESNE W L L W L L L W L L L W T L W 2-1 0-7 0-1 3-2 2-3 0-1 2-3 3-2 0-2 0-2 1-2 2-0 1-1 1-2 1-0 2001 7-9-1 Overall/2-4-0 Big East Roland Sturk, Head Coach Date 8/31 9/2 9/7 9/9 9/21 9/23 9/28 9/30 10/5 10/7 10/10 10/12 10/16 10/19 10/21 10/26 10/28 Opponent CENTRAL MICHIGAN BUCKNELL vs. Western Carolina# at UNC-Greensboro# GEORGETOWN* at Auburn (OT) at Notre Dame* SETON HALL* (OT) at Villanova* at Rutgers* at West Virginia* at Miami ST. FRANCIS (PA.) at Connecticut at Fairfield ROBERT MORRIS PENN STATE W/L W L W L W T L W L L L W W L L W L Score 2-1 0-2 3-2 1-3 2-1 0-0 0-4 1-0 0-4 0-3 0-1 2-1 4-0 0-3 0-3 5-1 2-6 #UNC-Greensboro Tournament 2002 4-15-0 Overall/0-6-0 Big East Roland Sturk, Head Coach Date 8/30 9/1 9/6 9/8 9/13 9/15 9/18 9/20 9/22 9/27 9/29 10/4 10/6 10/11 10/13 10/16 10/20 10/25 10/27 Opponent at St. Francis (Pa.) at Penn State DUQUESNE LEHIGH vs. Bowling Green# at Ohio State# WEST VIRGINIA* VILLANOVA* (OT) RUTGERS* at Georgetown* VIRGINIA TECH at Notre Dame* at Seton Hall* at Providence at Boston College at Robert Morris VA. COMMONWEALTH OHIO SYRACUSE W/L W L W W L L L L L L L L L L L L W L L Score 2-1 2-7 2-0 3-0 0-1 0-1 2-4 1-2 0-1 0-6 0-2 0-5 1-3 0-2 1-2 1-2 3-2 1-4 1-3 *Big East Mid-Atlantic Game; #Ohio State University Tournament 2003 5-10-2 Overall/1-4-1 Big East Sue-Moy Chin, Head Coach Date 8/30 9/1 9/6 9/12 9/14 9/19 9/21 9/26 9/28 10/3 10/5 10/10 10/12 10/15 10/19 10/23 10/25 Opponent at Central Florida# vs. Jacksonville# MD.-BALTIMORE COUNTY at Lehigh at St. Francis (Pa.) at St. John’s (OT) at Hofstra at Georgetown* at Duquesne MIAMI CONNECTICUT SETON HALL* RUTGERS* (OT) ROBERT MORRIS NOTRE DAME* at West Virginia at Villanova* W/L L W W L L T L W W L L L T W L L L Score 1-3 5-1 3-1 0-2 0-1 1-1 0-2 2-1 3-0 0-1 0-3 1-2 0-0 4-0 0-1 1-2 0-2 #Central Florida Tournament 2004 6-10-1 Overall/2-7-1 Big East Sue-Moy Chin, Head Coach Date 8/27 8/29 9/3 9/10 9/12 9/24 9/26 9/29 10/1 10/6 10/10 10/15 10/17 10/19 10/22 10/24 10/27 Opponent vs. Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green State DUQUESNE at UNC-Greensboro vs. Old Dominion at Notre Dame* BOSTON COLLEGE PROVIDENCE at Syracuse (2OT) WEST VIRGINIA* at MD.-Baltimore County at St. John’s at Rutgers* ST. FRANCIS (Pa.) at Connecticut VILLANOVA* GEORGETOWN* W/L L W W L W L L W T L L L W W L L L Score 1-2 2-0 4-1 0-2 1-0 1-3 1-4 1-0 1-1 1-6 0-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-3 0-4 2005 4-11-3 Overall/3-6-2 Big East Sue-Moy Chin, Head Coach Date 8/28 9/01 9/4 9/09 9/11 9/16 9/18 9/23 9/25 9/30 10/02 10/07 10/09 10/14 10/16 10/21 10/23 10/27 Opponent at Marshall# WEST VIRGINIA* TOLEDO at Georgia^ vs. Kennesaw State (2OT)^ vs. Denver% at Colorado% at St. John’s* SYRACUSE* (2OT) SETON HALL* RUTGERS* SOUTH FLORIDA* (OT) MARQUETTE* at Georgetown* at Villanova* at Providence* at Connecticut* at Rutgers& W/L W W L L T L L L T L L T L W L W L L Score 1-0 2-1 1-2 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-4 0-1 0-0 0-2 2-6 2-2 0-2 2-0 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-3 *Big East game, #Marshall Tournament; ^Georgia Nike Tournament %Colorado Tournament; &Big East Tournament quarterfinal match 2006 8-8-3 Overall/3-6-2 Big East Sue-Moy Chin, Head Coach Date 8/25 8/27 9/1 9/3 9/8 9/10 9/15 9/17 9/22 9/24 9/29 10/1 10/6 10/8 10/13 10/15 10/20 10/22 10/26 Opponent vs. Central Arkansas (OT) % at Temple % BINGHAMTON WESTERN MICHIGAN MARSHALL (2OT) at Ohio (2OT) at West Virginia* KENT STATE ST. JOHN’S* (2OT) at Syracuse* at DePaul* at Notre Dame* at Marquette* at South Florida* (OT) GEORGETOWN* (2OT) VILLANOVA* PROVIDENCE* CONNECTICUT* at Louisville (2OT) & W/L W W W W T L L W T W W L L L T L W L L Score 2-1 4-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-2 1-4 1-0 1-1 4-2 1-0 0-5 1-2 1-2 1-1 0-2 3-2 2-4 0-1 *Big East game; %Temple Tournament; &Big East Tournament quarterfinal match 2007 6-10-2 Overall/1-8-2 Big East Sue-Moy Chin, Head Coach Date 8/31 9/2 9/7 9/9 9/14 9/16 9/21 9/23 9/28 9/30 10/5 10/7 10/12 10/14 10/19 10/21 10/26 10/26 Opponent Youngstown State NIAGARA at Georgia State at Auburn XAVIER at Kent State WEST VIRGINIA * OHIO SYRACUSE * at St. John’s CINCINNATTI* (2OT) LOUISVILLE*(OT) at Connecticut* at Providence* at Villanova* (2OT) at Georgetown* MARQUETTE* South Florida*(2OT) W/L W W L L W W L W W L L L L L T L L T Score 2-0 3-0 1-4 0-3 2-1 2-1 1-3 1-0 2-1 1-4 1-2 0-1 0-4 1-2 0-0 2-4 1-2 0-0 *Big East game 2008 7-12-1 Overall/4-6-1 Big East Sue-Moy Chin, Head Coach Date 8/22 8/29 8/31 9/5 9/7 9/12 9/14 9/18 9/21 9/25 9/28 10/3 10/5 10/10 10/12 10/17 10/19 10/24 10/26 10/30 Opponent at Akron vs Dayton vs Iowa State PENNSYLVANIA CHARLOTTE KENT STATE ST. BONAVENTURE at West Virginia* at Toledo at Syracuse* ST. JOHN’S* at Rutgers* at Seton Hall* CONNETICUT* PROVIDENCE* VILLANOVA* GEORGETOWN* at South Florida* at Marquette* at Louisville & W/L L L02 W W L W L L L L W L L L WOT T02 WO2 W L L *Big East game; &Big East Tournament quarterfinal match Score 2-6 2-3 4-1 3-1 0-1 1-0 1-2 0-4 1-2 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-2 2-1 0-0 2-1 1-0 0-2 0-1 ALL TIME ROSTER FIELD PLAYERS Player Years GP/GS G A Pts. Pos. Hometown Agredano, Annette Ames, Klarissa Armstrong, Callie Beasley, Megan Beddo, Melinda 2000-03 20082002 1996-99 1999-2002 60/53 15/4 3/0 72/72 42/16 17 0 0 11 0 6 0 1 7 1 40 0 1 29 1 F F/MF D MF D Tucson, Ariz./Tucson Magnet Rio Rancho, N.M./Rio Rancho Itheca, N.Y./Itheca Longmont, Colo./Longmont Herndon, Va./Oakton Beiter, Jennifer Berbert, Laura Bertges, Rachel Boehm, Laura Bohun-Chudyniv, Anya 1997-98 20071996-98 2001 1998 16/13 38/38 32/22 5/0 16/9 0 2 2 0 2 0 5 6 0 4 0 9 10 0 8 D MF MF MF F Exton, Pa./Bishop Shanahan Germantown, Md/Seneca Valley Erie, Pa./McDowell South Park, Pa./South Park Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy Boivin, Iris Born, Alexa Bradley , Patricia Brill, Carli Brown, Megan 20072002 1998 2003-06 1997 6/0 1/0 16/7 71/70 1/1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 8 0 2 0 6 10 0 F D F D F Pittsburgh, Pa/Upper St. Clair York, Pa./York Suburban Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor South Williamsport, Pa./S. Williamsport Brown, Rebecca Caplin, Meghan Carberry, Michelle Carroll, Liz Caslin, Katie 1996 1999 1998 20072006- 12/10 1/0 4/1 38/28 47/22 0 0 0 7 3 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 16 9 D MF MF F/MF MF Canton, Mich./Plymouth Canton West Pittston, Pa./Wyoming Area Rye Beach, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy Alexandria, VA/Bishop O’Connell Commack, N.Y./St. Anthony’s Caslin, Maura Chaney, Aldorian Clinton, A’idah Cody, Shannon Coler, Martha 20061998-2001 2006-2008 20081996 39/24 25/5 28/14 1/1 12/10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 D F D D D Commack, N.Y./St. Anthony’s Marietta, Ga./Lassiter Littleton, Colo./Heritage Novi, Mich./Novi Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth Conta, Kristen Davis, Stephanie DeLaHoz, Jennifer Dovichow, Kristy Enmark, Kendall 1996 2004-2007 2002-2005 1996 2002-2005 2/2 36/16 70/47 12/4 20/8 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 11 0 1 D D F MF MF Hershey, Pa./Hershey Olney, Md./Sandy Spring Amawalk, N.Y./Somers Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II Ferguson, Heather Fix, Jacqueline Fox, Danielle Francois, Kristina Fraser, Rebecca 1996-99 1999-2002 1999 2004-06 2007- 60/49 71/68 18/11 69/42 23/11 0 10 0 8 0 0 7 0 12 1 0 27 0 28 1 D D D F D Littleton, Colo./Columbine Center, Pa./Center Athens, Ga./Cedar Schoals Springfield, Va./Paul VI Baltimore, Md/Institute of Notre Dame Freeburn, Sarah Gablehouse, Kim Gardner, Janean Gellatly, Kirstin Graor, Lane 1999-2000 1996 2004-2007 1999 2001-2002 12/1 3/1 58/18 18/16 12/0 0 0 2 7 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 6 15 0 F D F F MF Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay Broadview Hts., OH/Brecksville-Broadview Graybill, Andrea Greenfield, Jenna Greenspoon, Leah Griganavicius, Molly Gutting, Sara 1998-2001 2006-2007 1999-2003 20062002-2005 54/15 24/8 38/16 31/12 63/39 0 1 0 1 3 1 2 3 0 6 1 4 3 2 12 MF F MF D F Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove New Hope, Pa./New Hope Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Lower Merion Elmhurst, Ill./York Erie, Pa./McDowell Habbel, Ashley Haley, Meta Handforth, Bridgit Hills, Erin Hirahara, Tammy 20062004-2007 1998 2002-2005 1997 57/44 32/24 10/9 70/50 10/9 17 6 5 7 0 6 1 3 7 0 40 13 13 21 0 F F F MF D Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley Dowingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan Burke, Va./James W. Robinson Boise, Idaho/Centennial Hughes, Kathryn Jaﬀe, Alexandra James, Krystian Jockman, Julianne Johnson, Michele 1999-2002 20072001 2002 1996-99 51/36 20/4 5/0 4/0 24/8 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 D MF D D D Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair Las Vegas, Nev./Cimmaron Memorial Moon Township, Pa./Moon High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees Kappler, Cara Kerzner, Andrea Kirkland, Lucy Koram, Antoinette Kriley, Charity 2000-2002 1996 2004-2005 2003-2004 1997-99 53/27 19/1 15/1 22/6 55/36 2 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 9 D F MF D/MF MF Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park Cleveland, Ohio/Strongsville Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Boise, Idaho/Meridian Kritch, Jennifer Krzeszewski, Lori Kunkle, Kara Kunugi, Kathryn Lacey, Maura 2005-2008 1997-99 1996-99 20072008- 54/43 27/15 68/51 10/0 1/0 8 0 3 0 0 8 1 2 0 0 35 1 8 0 0 MF MF D MF MF Northville, Mich./Northville Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep New Holland, Pa./Ephrata Madison, Wis./Memorial McMurray, Pa./Peters Township Lobb, Ashley Loveless, Geraldine Madison, Venessa Marsh, Laura Mascari, Tracy 1999-2000 2002 1996-99 1999-2002 1996 7/0 17/1 50/45 62/28 16/11 0 0 2 5 4 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 11 9 MF MF MF MF MF Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Townnship Manassas, Va./Thomas Jeﬀerson Bonita, Calif./Bonita Vista Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg Allison Park, Pa./North Allegheny 27 27 ALL TIME ROSTER FIELD PLAYERS Player Years GP/GS G A Pts. Pos. Hometown Mays, Holly McClure, Charity McCullagh, Deirdre McFarling, Erin Moore, Caitlin 1998 1997-1998 1997-1999 2002-2005 2006 4/1 37/30 3/0 52/15 1/0 0 9 0 1 0 1 11 0 1 0 1 29 0 3 0 MF MF F D F/MF Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson Asheville, N.C./Asheville Allentown, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic Atlanta, Ga./Paideia School Landisville, Pa./Hempfield Mora, Mia Morris, Kelsi Myers, Erin Nicassio, Christina Pheley, Shannon 1996-1999 20082005-2006 20071996 54/35 13/7 1/0 32/19 19/15 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 19 1 0 3 2 F D F D F Chyla Vista, Calif./Hilltop Bowie, Md./Bowie Kensington, Md./Walter Johnson Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum Hayward, Ca./Hayward Pfaﬀ, Brittany Pilbeam, Kristy Pilsner, Alison Regney, Sam Reuter, Jacqueline 2008200120022007 2001-2005 9/0 12/2 3/0 11/9 71/69 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 5 F MF F F D/MF South Park, Pa./South Park Grand Rapids, Mich./Kentwood Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt Monaca, Pa./Quigley Catholic Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West Risch, Brianna Rivera, Amanda Romasco, Aimee Ruhe, Katelyn Ruiz-Bradbury, Cande 2000-2003 2001 2002-2005 20081998-2001 18/3 2/0 71/64 20/20 70/67 0 0 0 5 18 0 0 1 2 11 0 0 1 12 47 D/MF D MF MF F Redmond, Wa./Redmond Oklahoma City, Oka./Westmore Moon Township, Pa./Moon Frederick, Md/Ijamsville Oxnard, Calif./Santa Clara Ryan, Jane Schroeck, Libby Schulte, Lisa Sciocchetti, Lauren Sebesta, Corina 2005-2006 1996-1997 2002-2005 1999-2002 2003-2006 1/0 17/1 39/6 65/54 71/69 0 0 3 8 12 0 0 2 2 7 0 0 8 18 31 MF MF F MF MF Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy Erie, Pa./Harbor Creek Jeﬀerson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jeﬀerson Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua Senger, Cara Shibata, Katrina Simpson, Courtney Smith, Melissa Spampinato, Renee 2001-2004 1998-2001 1996 1998-2001 1997-1998 60/26 67/55 18/17 48/27 29/15 8 5 0 2 5 2 5 0 3 2 18 15 0 7 12 F MF F F F Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair Allentown, Pa./Parkland Lakewood, Colo./Bear Creek Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit Strayer, Shannon Sturk, Kimberly Surdick, Rachel Surma, Katie Swenda, Julia 2002-2003 2000-2002 1996 2003-2006 1997 6/1 45/39 13/2 60/54 2/0 0 4 0 3 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 13 0 7 0 D MF MF D/MF MF Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton LaSalle Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown Tipton, Emily Tobler, Keeley Toy, Jennfier Valeski, Megan Vander Mallie, Keley 2000-2003 1997-2001 1996 2007 2004 35/9 72/64 6/1 2/0 7/0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 F D F D F Fort Collins, Colo./Rocky Mountain Lessburg, Va./Loudoun County Grosse Ille, Mich./Grosse Ille Wyoming, Del./Caesar Rodney Penfield, N.Y./Penfield Vecchio, Rachel Veverka, Kylie Vivian, Brittany Walters, Niki Watson, Megan 2004-2007 2005-2008 1997 2006 2006-2007 44/22 63/52 14/12 1/0 34/31 3 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 6 MF/F D D GK MF Hudson, Ohio/Hudson North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin Moon Township, Pa./Moon Baltimore, Md./Mercy Hockessin, Del./St. Mark’s Watt, Kimberly Weiler, Kat Weimer, Lyn Weinkauf, Stacy Williams, Katie 1999 20071996 1996 2001 3/0 38/38 7/0 16/11 16/13 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 D D D MF D Ft. Wayne, Ind./Homestead Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock Pittsburgh, Pa./Bethel Park Carson City, Nev./Galena Venetia, Pa./Peters Township Wizzard, Kristen Wright, Erica Wrightson, Courtney 2002 2005-2006 2003-2006 16/11 29/11 61/49 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 D MF D Export, Pa/Penn-Traﬀord Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman Landsville, Pa./Hempfield GOALKEEPERS 28 Goalkeepers Years GP/GS Min. GA GAA SV Hometown Bakanowsky, Kate Bashor, Nicole Brown, Rachel Finch, Alison Huzvar, Jennifer Issac, Lailah 2006 1997-99 2000-01 20061997-99 2002-2005 2/1 43/43 32/30 35/34 9/5 6/0 63 3634 2700 3076 665 111 1 90 46 61 14 5 1.44 2.09 1.73 1.78 1.89 235 2 302 187 153 37 4 Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East Burnley, England/St. Christopher’s Pittsburgh, Pa./Bethel Park Carmel, Ind./Carmel Monroeville, Pa./Gateway Kephart, Morie Pelusi, Jamie Pilch, Renee Ravich, Ilene Ross, Gretchen Stout, Sarah 20072002-2005 20061997 2000-01 1996-98 26-22 71/71 1-0 7/3 13/5 27/21 2208 6391 14 442 668 2081 32 125 0 19 19 14 1.30 1.87 0.00 3.87 3.82 5.23 92 456 0 47 36 187 State College, Pa./State College Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton Peckville, Pa./Archbald Lawndale, Calif./North Glenshaw, Pa/Shaler Area Dayton, N.J./South Brunswick 28 Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh “Only Big Dreams” university of pittsburgh World Class Institution Pitt Quick Facts: Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. Total schools: 18 Founded: 1787 School type: state-related Total enrollment: 33,898 Student: Teacher Ratio: 17:1 Faculty members: 3,800 Library volumes: 4.4 million Total employees: 12,000 Periodical subscriptions: 35,000 Degree programs: 383 Total alumni: 250,000+ Main campus area size: 132 acres Website: www.pitt.edu Campus buildings: 92 Varsity sports: 19 The University of Pittsburgh campus is a place of delightful contrasts: unabashedly urban, yet dotted with gardens and trees. Situated on the edge of 456-acre wooded Schenley Park, the campus weaves in and out of an exciting section of the city known as Oakland. Pittsburgh’s cultural and medical center, Oakland is home to the University’s 132-acre main campus that includes more than 90 academic, research, administrative buildings and residence halls. •F ounded in a log cabin in 1787, Pitt is among the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. The University has more than 250,000 alumni living in all 50 states and territories and 119 foreign countries. •A mong the campus’ most impressive attractions is the 42-story structure known as the Cathedral of Learning. The tallest academic building in the western world, the Gothic Revival skyscraper is home to several of the institution’s classrooms and the famed 26 Nationality Classrooms authentically designed to depict ethnic art and culture. •A mong the new freshmen entering the University in 2008, 54 percent were in the top-10 percent of their high school graduating class and 75 percent were in the top-20 percent. • Pittsburgh’s academic record is outstanding, rating among the leading national and international universities in the United States. Pitt offers 383 distinct degree programs. Its faculty includes many world-renowned scholars, researchers and innovators. A number of academic departments are rated at the top of their respective fields. •A t Pitt, an education can come to life. Learning is not relegated to textbooks and chalkboards. An English writing major can put their studies to use by working at the student newspaper, The Pitt News. Students involved in the sciences can visit the Carnegie Science Center or the Allegheny Observatory. Business students can gain hands-on experience while interning with one of the many corporations headquartered downtown. •A long with its formal education, Pitt offers a wide range of over 400 clubs and organizations-- a spanning from auto racing to the pre-med society-- to supplement a student’s learning experience. •O ne of Pitt’s most exciting advantages is its close proximity to downtown Pittsburgh, one of the nation’s largest cities. Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities by various publications, Pittsburgh provides an abundance of opportunities for its students in career exploration from internships in Fortune 500 companies, clerkships and residencies in major law and medical facilities. Top American Research Universities Cal-Berkeley Illinois Michigan North Carolina C2 PITT UCLA Wisconsin According to the Center for Measuring University Performance in 2007 Nation’s Top Universities For National Institute of Health Funding 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Harvard Johns Hopkins Penn UC-San Francisco Washington 6. PITT 7. UCLA 8. Duke 9. Michigan 10. Washington Univ. (St. Louis) According to Educational Institutions and Affiliates university of pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning The Cathedral of Learning, which is still the tallest educational building in the United States, is a 42-story gothic cathedral. Inspired by the vision of Chancellor John Bowman, the Cathedral was partially funded by 97,000 area school children, each of whom contributed a dime to buy a brick for the cathedral. Key Numbers at the University of Pittsburgh • 90% of Pittsburgh faculty hold earned doctorates and/or first professional degrees. • Student:Faculty Ratio: 17:1. “They shall find wisdom here and faith—in steel and stone, in character and thought—they shall find beauty, adventure, and moments of high victory,” said former Chancellor Bowman. • 94% of classes have less than 100 students and offer small group sessions for questions and answers. Our City is our Campus • 90% of freshmen return the subsequent year. From the “old” Allegheny Observatory on the North Side, to the Applied Research Center in Harmarville, to the brand new Duratz Athletic Complex on the South Side, it is really true that the city is our campus. Factors like performing arts, museums, sports, healthcare, and safety make Pittsburgh the “second-most attractive college town” in the U.S. among cities of its size, according to a recent survey. Pitt Arts connects our students to the extensive cultural life of the region, providing free admission to many of our neighboring museums and city events. Pitt: A World-Class Institution Pitt ranked No. 37 on Newsweek’s “Top-100 Global Universities” list. Including a variety of factors, the list ranked the world’s top colleges and universities. •P itt is ranked among the “100 Best Colleges for African American Students” by Amazon.com • 15,622 is the full-time undergraduate enrollment for the Pittsburgh campus. •T he 2001 U.S. News & World Report rankings rated the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration among the nation’s top-10 percent of accredited U.S. business programs. •A ccording to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Pittsburgh ranks among the nation’s top-10 programs in information systems, engineering medicine, education, business, metallurgy, and computer engineering. • The University of Pittsburgh is one of 62 members of the Association of American Universities, a prestigious group whose members include the major research universities of North America. C3 university of pittsburgh World Class Institution About The University A “World-Class Institution” the University of Pittsburgh is an internationally respected center of learning and research, offering exceptional educational opportunities in the arts, sciences and professions. Mission “Besides being one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States, the University of Pittsburgh is also among the nation’s most distinguished comprehensive universities, with a wide variety of high-quality programs in both the arts and sciences and professional fields.” The University of Pittsburgh’s mission is to advance teaching, research and public service. This three-part commitment enables the University to serve others by educating diverse students from the region, the nation and the world; expanding boundaries of knowledge, discovery and technology; and enhancing quality of life in the Western Pennsylvania region and beyond. History The University began in the Pennsylvania wilderness as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, the year the U.S. Constitution was adopted. Thirty-two years later, the Pittsburgh Academy became the Western University of Pittsburgh, and in 1908, the school changed its name to the University of Pittsburgh. Graduate degrees have been conferred since 1836, and the first doctoral program was developed in 1884. A private institution for most of its past, the University of Pittsburgh became state-related in 1966, establishing a relationship with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that continues to benefit both partners. Today, as an elected member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Pittsburgh claims its place among the top public research universities in the nation. Accreditation All campuses of the University of Pittsburgh are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on High Education. Schools, programs and departments may furthermore be accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies. Academic Organization As an independent, state-related, coeducational institution, the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus offers a multitude of degree-granting and other programs housed in 16 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The University system includes the Pittsburgh campus and four regional campuses at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville. There are approximately 122, academic, research and administrative buildings and residence halls located on the Pittsburgh campus, which covers 132 acres in the culturally rich Oakland neighborhood. At the heart of the campus stands a central landmark- the Cathedral of Learning, a 42-story Gothic tower, which is the tallest school building in the western hemisphere. The cathedral contains the Nationality Rooms, 26 classrooms, each designed to reflect a distinct culture and providing an overall, multi-dimensional understanding of America’s heritage. At the Pittsburgh campus, over 12,000 employees and 4,600 faculty serve approximately 27,562 students, including over 10,000 graduate and over 17,000 undergraduate students. Alumni accomplishments range from managing Fortune 500 corporations, to writing bestselling novels, to unlocking the secrets of DNA…and more. C4 As we enter the 21st century, Pitt remains a place of enduring tradition and vitality, true to the work ethic of western Pennsylvania, rich in intellectual rigor, and committed to preparing students for their lives and careers. university of pittsburgh Academic Programs Arts and Sciences Africana Studies Anthropology Architectural Studies Bioethics Biological Sciences Chemistry Childrenâ€™s Literature Classics Classics, Philosophy & Ancient Science Communication Computer Science Cultural Studies East Asian Languages & Literatures Economics English Environmental Studies Film Studies French & Italian Languages & Literatures Hispanic Languages & Literatures History History and Philosophy of Science History of Art & Architecture Intelligent Systems Jewish Studies Linguistics Mathematics Medieval and Renaissance Studies Music Neuroscience Philosophy Physics and Astronomy Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Slavic Languages and Literatures Sociology Spanish Statistics Studio Arts Theatre Arts Urban Studies Womenâ€™s Studies Business Katz Graduate School of Business College & Business Administration Dental Medicine Education Administrative and Policy Studies Health, Physical, & Recreation Education Instruction and Learning Psychology in Education Engineering Bioengineering Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Engineering Physics Industrial Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering General Studies Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Communication Science & Disorders Emergency Medicine Health Information Management Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science & Technology Sports Medicine and Nutrition Honors College Information Sciences Information Science & Telecommunications Library & Information Science Law Medicine Anesthesiology Biomedical Informatics Cell Biology and Physiology Clinical Research Computational Research Critical Care Medicine Dermatology Emergency Medicine Family Medicine Immunology Institute of Aging Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program Integrative Molecular Biology Medicine Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Neurobiology Neurological Surgery Neurology OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences Ophthalmology Orthopaedic Surgery Otolaryngology Pathology Pediatrics Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Psychiatry Radiation Oncology Radiology Structural Biology Surgery Urology Nursing Pharmacy Public and International Affairs Public Health Behavioral & Community Health Sciences Biostatistics Environmental & Occupational Health Epidemiology Health and Policy & Management Human Genetics Infectious Diseases & Microbiology Multidisciplinary MPH Program Social Work University Center for International Studies Asian Studies Center Center for Latin American Studies Center for Russian & East European Studies European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center C5 university of pittsburgh Roscoe Robinson, Jr. Patricia Churchland Paul Lauterbur Dick Thornburgh Bert O’Malley Distinguished Alumni “The university that began in a humble log cabin has evolved into an internationally recognized center of learning and research. Medical breakthroughs, amazing discoveries and brilliant victories dapple its long history. For 215 years, Pitt has been making the world healthier, safer, and more tolerant, but there is always more work to be done…” Erik Buell Most commonly recognized as a leader in a variety of fields including science, medicine and technology, University of Pittsburgh graduates are pioneers and achievers in numerous occupations. Pitt graduates have been found winning Olympic Gold medals, serving our country in the armed forces, leading international corporations, writing for the Wall Street Journal, excelling in politics, performing on Broadway, movies and televisions shows, receiving induction into numerous athletic halls of fames and inventing life-altering technology and cures. From pioneering nuclear energy to inventing CPR and the Pentium Pro chip, from winning an Oscar, the Nobel Peace Prize and the Pulitzer to producing the first African-American four-star General, University of Pittsburgh alums have made their presence known to the world. Arts & Entertainment Adrian Cronauer Radio disk jockey and inspiration of the movie Good Morning Vietnam Orinn Hatch Tony Dorsett Michael Chabon 2001 Pulitzer Price winning author Bill Cullen Game show host, original host of the Price Is Right Gene Kelly Academy Award winner, dancer and actor Andrew Mellon Host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood August Wilson 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who wrote about African-American experience in the 20th century Michael Waldholz Mike Ditka Dan Marino Tony Dorsett Jock Sutherland Herb Douglas Glenn “Pop” Warner Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Heisman Trophy winner Bronze medalist in the long jump at the 1948 Summer Olympics Thomas Starzl Bill Fralic Pro Football Hall of Fame member Marshall Goldberg Pro Football Hall of Fame member C6 Fred Rogers Athletics Pro Football Hall of Fame member Vladimir Zworykin Well-known architect who designed the Cathedral of Learning, the world’s first educational skyscraper 1997 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on AIDs (Wall Street Journal) Gene Kelly Roger Kingdom Charles Klauder Roger Kingdom Two-time Olympic Gold medalist, sprint hurdler, world recordholder Pro Football Hall of Fame member Hall of Fame football coach, All-American football player, Pitt professor of dentistry Pitt football coach who guided the Panthers to 33 straight wins and three national championships (1915, ‘16, ‘18) John Woodruff 1936 Berlin Olympic gold medalist in the 800-meters university of pittsburgh Adrian Cronauer Jim Burke D.A. Henderson Mike Ditka Wangari Maathai Bill Cullen Fred Rogers Dan Marino Jonas Salk Michael Chabon August Wilson Herbert Boyer Business Science, Medicine & Technology Andrew W. Mellon Herbert Boyer Thomas Usher John Brashear Banker, philanthropist, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and founder of Carnegie Mellon Chairman of U.S. Steel and Marathon Oil Biochemist, 1990 National Medal of Science, co-founded Genentech Astronomer, Pitt Chancellor, maker of astronomical and scientific instruments Erik Buell Military Engineer, founder of the Buell Motorcycle Company, subsidiary of Harley-Davidson Roscoe Robinson, Jr. Reginald Fessenden First African-American Four-star general Philosophy Patricia Churchland Inventor, chemist and sonar pioneer who developed insulation for electrical wires, built the first wireless telephone and transmitted the first audio radio broadcast D.A. Henderson 1991 MacArthur Genius-winning philosopher noted for her work in neurophilosophy Faculty member, National Medal of Science winner, directed World Health Organization’s Global Smallpox Eradication Campaign Politics Norman Horowitz Orinn Hatch United States Senator since 1977 Wangari Maathai 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Dick Thornburgh U.S. Attorney General and Governor of Pennsylvania Geneticist who worked on the famous one-on-one gene enzyme hypothesis and space scientist for the Mariner and Viking missions to Mars Samuel Pierpont Langley Astronomer, physicist, inventor and aviation pioneer whose infrared observations were used to make the first calculations on the greenhouse effect Paul Lauterbur 2003 Nobel Prize winner for his invention of the MRI machine Bert W. O’Malley Molecular endocrinologist and 2008 National Medal of Science laureate Peter Safar Physician and CPR pioneer Dr. Jonas Salk Developer of the polio vaccine John W. Simpson Pioneer of nuclear energy, recipient of the Edison Medal Thomas Starzl Father of the organ transplant Vladimir Zworykin Inventor of television technology James E. Keeler Astronomer who discovered Saturn’s rings were made of particles Charles Glen King Biochemist known for isolating vitamin C C7 city of pittsburgh “I’ve been struck by how many beautiful places there are in this country that you don’t necessarily think of as beautiful. Pittsburgh, for example, is a really handsome town with the rivers and hills.” -President Barack Obama on Pittsburgh America’s Most Livable City America’s Top-10 Most Livable Cities : * 1. PITTSBURGH, PA 6. Rochester, NY 2. San Francisco, CA 7. Washington, DC 3. Seattle, WA 8. San Jose-Sunnyvale, CA 4. Portland, OR 9. Boston, MA 5. Philadelphia, PA 10. Madison, WI *Places Rated Almanac Established: 1758 Population: 334,563 (city) 1.33 million (Allegheny County) Area: 55 sq. mi. Bridges: 448 (most of any city in the world) Elevation: 1,223 ft. Average Temp: Spring – 49 F Fall – 53 F World Championships: Steelers (6), Pirates (5), Penguins (3) Summer – 71 F Winter – 30 F Educational Institutions: 29 colleges and universities in Southwestern Pennsylvania C8 There is an unmatched beauty as you cross one of the many Pittsburgh bridges and take a look down one of the three rivers- the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. The view is aweinspiring from the heights of Mount Washington or coming out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel. The rivers surround Pittsburgh, keeping the buildings nestled in the “Golden Triangle,” highlighted by the striking fountain at the city’s Point. The city and its numerous neighborhoods are an appealing mix of the old and the new, the classic and the modern. Those neighborhoods are full of pre-modern churches, giving them a nostalgic sense even as more modern architecture is built around them. The past several years, Pittsburgh has undergone yet another renaissance, as the majestic new stadiums, PNC Park and Heinz Field, have been erected as well as the new David Lawrence Convention Center. There is something for everyone in Pittsburgh. For children, there is the Children’s Festival, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Kennywood Park, rated the sixth-best amusement park in the world even in its second century of existence. For anyone looking to mix learning and excitement, there is the Carnegie Science Center and its World War II submarine that patrons can board and view up close. The Three Rivers Arts Festival and Three Rivers Regatta are perennial events that bring thousands of visitors to the city to enjoy cultural activities in Point State Park. A recent resurgence in the performing arts has welcomed a slew of world-renowned actors, actresses, stage technicians, musicians and opera singers to the numerous cultural centers. The renovated Byham Theater, Benedum Center, Heinz Hall and O’Reilly Theater host a variety of shows and performances throughout the year. New medical facilities have helped Pittsburgh continue to be on the cutting edge of the health profession. Many of those facilities are housed in Oakland, also the site of the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus. Oakland has emerged as a city of its own with museums and the beautiful Schenley Park. Pittsburgh Quick Facts Tourism: The city of Pittsburgh has grown and adapted as the world itself has changed. From its days as the “Gateway to the West” to its famous steel-town age and now as a cultural and medical center, Pittsburgh has been hailed as one of the top places to live in the United States. 3.9 million people visit annually The city of Pittsburgh has provided excitement and thrills for over two centuries, but it has also supplied millions of people with a fabulous place to call home. City of pittsburgh “Pittsburgh’s industrial past has given way to an enterprising and vibrant present. Pittsburgh has all the charms of a larger city, but lacks many of the usual disadvantages. Crime is low and it’s easy to find a neighborhood that perfectly fits your needs. There are a number of things that make it a great place to live, work and play. The abundance of leisure activities create a quality of life in Pittsburgh that is virtually unmatched.” Pittsburgh Attractions Mt. Washington and the inclines Andy Warhol Museum Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History -Visitpittsburgh.com Heinz Regional History Center The Strip Carnegie Science Center & UPMC Sportsworks Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Nationality Classrooms at the Cathedral of Learning Top 9 Things To Do In Pittsburgh The Mattress Factory 1. Ride the Duquesne or Monongahela Incline Pittsburgh Zoo 2. Have lunch at Primanti Brothers Kennywood Amusement Park 3. Visit Point State Park Station Square 4. Spend an afternoon at one of the Carnegie Museums Shadyside 5. Take in a professional game South Side Nightlife 6. Visit the Cathedral of Learning Fallingwater 7. Enjoy the rides at Kennywood Amusement Park 8. Experience the South Side 9. Ride the Gateway Clipper Cruiseline Source: Pittsburgh Vibe Magazine “While Pittsburgh used to be called Steel Town, they need to call it Knowledge Town.” - Former President George W. Bush while meeting with Pitt researchers to discuss efforts to combat bioterrorism C9 city of pittsburgh The Facts About Pittsburgh • Only city in the United States with the distinction of being named “America’s Most Livable City” twice by Places Rated Almanac. • Ranked as America’s “Greenest City” by Green Building Alliance in 2004. • Pittsburgh has 448 bridges, more than any other city in the world. “…the only city in America with an entrance.” -New York Times on entering the city of Pittsburgh through the Fort Pitt Tunnel America’s 10 Most Beautiful Places: 1. Red Rock Country, Sedona, AZ 2. Nighttime view from Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, PA 3. Upper Mississippi River 4. Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast 5. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA 6. Grafton, VT 7. Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, WM 8. Drive from Key Largo to Key West, Florida 9. Clingmans Dome along Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 10. The Squares of Savannah, GA Source: USA Today Weekend.com Date: May 18, 2003 America’s Most Underrated Cities 1. Baltimore, MD 6. Minneapolis, MN 2. Fort Lauderdale, FL 7. PITTSBURGH, PA 3. Houston, TX 8. Portland, OR 4. Kansas City, MO 9. Providence, RI 5. Louisville, KY. 10. Sacramento, CA Source: MSNBC.com, March 2, 2008 C10 • Home of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the first–and largest–certified green convention center in the world, which was selected by the White House to host the 2009 G-20 Summit. • Ranked among the World’s Top-10 Cleanest Cities by Forbes Magazine (2007). • Referred to as the “San Francisco of the East Coast” for its notable hills and beautiful views. • Named one of the World’s Top Travel Destinations for 2008 by Frommer’s, a leading publisher of international travel guides. • Boasts the second-most beautiful view in the United States according to USA Today (view from Mt. Washington). • Ranked as America’s sixth “most literate” among 64 metro areas (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2003). • Pittsburgh is home to many “firsts,” including the first U.S. public television station (WQED), the first U.S. radio station (KDKA), the first all-aluminum building (Alcoa), the first polio vaccine (Jonas Salk) and the first robotics institute (Carnegie Mellon University). • Ranked the 11th best city for women in cities with more than 300,000 people (Ladies’ Home Journal, April 2002). • Has been rated safer than 82 out 100 metro areas in the United States (Places Rated Almanac). • Host of the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star game at PNC Park. • Host of the 2008 PGA USA Open. • PNC Park was rated the best ballpark in Major League Baseball by ESPN’s Jim Caple in 2008. • Sports Illustrated ranked Heinz Field as the second-best stadium in the National Football League. • Pittsburgh was ranked the Ninth “Best City for Work and Family” in America by Fortune Magazine. • U PMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) was named the 13th best hospital in America. • Pittsburgh is ranked among the nation’s top-25 arts destinations (American Style Magazine, 2003). A great sports town City of Champions “Pittsburgh is “City of Champions” once again. Football, baseball, hockey, basketball. Pittsburgh’s sports résumé stacks up with the best. With the Penguins winning their third championship, Pittsburgh becomes the first city to ever hold the Lombardi and Stanley Cup trophies at the same time. The Super Bowl-champion Steelers have a young core and the Penguins have an even younger one. Pitt basketball is now a perennial national title contender. TitleTown USA, City of Champions, whatever you want to call it, it’s Pittsburgh, PA.” Each year, Pittsburgh ranks among the best sports towns in America. The Panthers are part of a great city sports family that includes professional franchises in football, baseball and hockey. The Steelers of the NFL , the Pirates of Major League Baseball and the Penguins of the NHL all call Pittsburgh home and, along with the Panthers, are an exciting part of the city’s flavor. •T he 2009 and 2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most accomplished franchises in professional sports history, winning an unprecedented four Super Bowls during the 1970s. •S ensational Sidney Crosby currently stars for the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise that won the 2009 Stanley Cup. The franchise has enjoyed NHL Playoff berths in each of the last three seasons. • PNC Park has been named one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in the country. It opened in 2001 and boasts a stunning view of the Pittsburgh skyline. •O ver the last eight seasons (2001-09), Pitt Basketball’s .797 winning percentage (22056) ranks among the nation’s top-5 best winning percentages during that span. Pitt Basketball games at the Petersen Events Center have also been sold out for the last seven consecutive seasons. - D.J. Gallo, ESPN.com C11 Student life The Pitt Experience “Friendly and diverse, the city is Pitt’s campus. Pitt students enjoy all the benefits of a major city—ballet, professional sports, opera, major concert tours, internship opportunities, shopping and restaurants—with few of the problems. Pittsburgh is also one of the safest cities of its size—large enough to offer plenty of activities but small enough to get around in.” Pitt is it. It’s a place to learn, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, education isn’t limited to the confines of a classroom or the extent of studies; learning encompasses every facet of a college experience. Whether it’s joining a student club, trying new foods, attending one of the numerous seminars, obtaining tickets to the latest Broadway production or simply becoming more familiar with the City of Pittsburgh, every day our students are engaged. Oakland, home to Pitt’s main campus, boasts numerous activities within walking distance. Schenley Park, the third-largest urban park in America, provides an escape from the city atmosphere. At the park, individuals can tour Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, play a game of tennis with friends, catch the latest outdoor movies at “Cinema in the Park,” or go ice-skating during the winter. Pitt students have free access to the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, located just a block away from the Cathedral of Learning, where individuals can view and study famous pieces of artwork created by such artists including Monet, Degas and Warhol or mingle alongside the numerous fossils and artifacts within the museum. As part of a diverse neighborhood, Oakland is home to many favorite foods and ethnic restaurants. Whether it’s craving a basket of fries from the famous Original Hot Dog Shop, world-famous sandwiches from Primanti Bros., a great gyro for dinner or desiring sushi, students are bound to satisfy their taste buds somewhere in Oakland. Oakland is also home to Dave & Andy’s Home Made Ice Cream, a local favorite to satisfy that sweet tooth, which was rated one of USA Today’s national top-10 places to enjoy ice cream. C12 President Barack Obama visited the Petersen Events Center on his campaign trail. student life Oakland is just the beginning for Pitt students. With its central location, it is in walking distance, or just a short and free bus ride (all students get on the city buses for free with their Pitt I.D.) away from various Pittsburgh neighborhoods including Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, the South Side and Downtown; each of which provides students with something different. Shadyside is home to Ellsworth Ave. and Walnut St. which guarantee great shopping with nationally recognized brands and local boutiques. Squirrel Hill offers that “small town feel” with its main street set-up along Forbes and Murray avenues. There, one can find various specialty shops ranging from kosher delis, shoe shops, book stores and numerous vintage stores. Just across the Monongahela River is the vibrant South Side, which is renowned for its endless amount of entertainment venues that line East Carson Street. The 15 block stretch provides numerous shops, eateries, cafes, art galleries, live music venues, novelty shops and the best nightlife Pittsburgh has to offer. Also located adjacent to downtown is Station Square, where individuals can ride one of Pittsburgh’s two inclines to Mount Washington, the best view of Downtown Pittsburgh. Just three miles from Oakland is Downtown Pittsburgh which essentially provides students with that “urban, big city” lifestyle. Home to eight Fortune 500 companies it’s the perfect place for students to begin their careers with fantastic internship opportunities just minutes away from the University of Pittsburgh. Not only is it a place to jumpstart your future, but it provides great entertainment for students; with the growing cultural district, three different sporting venues and a new arena being built, Pittsburgh has become a frequent stop for big-time entertainers. Within the last year, students have had the opportunity to see Dane Cook, Kenny Chesney, Britney Spears, Green Day, Taylor Swift and Legally Blonde (off-Broadway) just to name a few. “Pitt students enjoy a fun, beautiful and urban campus that is secluded enough to feel like college and at the same time, fully integrated into the vibrant, affordable and extremely friendly city of Pittsburgh.” -2009 Princeton Review C13 Athletic tradition Diana Andreyko: Pitt ’s Volleyball Career Kills Leader Tony Dorsett: 1976 Heisman Trophy Winner Alex Volovetski and Jeremy Stultz: back-to-back Big East Divers of the Year Only Big Dreams “Pitt fans are very passionate about their school and its teams. It’s a special bond that comes from dedicating four years of your life to a school, of spending so much time on the campus and of interacting with members of the athletic teams who also have classes to attend, term papers to write and final exams to study for. Besides athletics, the University of Pittsburgh has so much to offer. Many of its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are among the best anywhere.” —Beano Cook, ESPN 1991 Final Four Team Pat Santoro: Two-time NCAA Wrestling Champion Sue Heon: 1984 Olympic Swimmer Every athlete dreams, but at Pitt we only dream big. The University of Pittsburgh has a valued, championship athletic tradition. One that, since it’s beginning has thrived off of one thing: big dreams. Big dreams have led our teams to numerous national titles and fueled individual athletes into their own realm of success. While the dreams of our past have been marked in the record books, it hasn’t stopped our current pursuit for even bigger dreams. They are what push our athletes to excel during practice, perfect their routine down to the most minute detail, hit the weight room and exceed their own expectations when there is no audience to impress. So when the right moment comes they are able to quicken their feet as they near the finish line, extend their arms as they reach for that extra inch on a fourth and goal and push themselves to the limit as the clock works its way down to zero. By accepting only big dreams in each endeavor that we take and aspiration we pursue, we get the greatest return: immense successes. Pitt athletics by the numbers: Football Nine-time national champions (1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1976) 25 major college bowl game appearances 18 Associated Press poll top-25 finishes Seven undefeated seasons One Heisman Trophy winner (Tony Dorsett, 1976) 10 major individual college award winners Four Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees 26 College Football Hall of Fame inductees 23 NFL First Round draft picks John Woodruff: U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist 289 NFL players 85 First Team All-Americans Keith Gavin 2008 NCAA Wrestling Champion Eight retired jerseys (Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Bill Fralic, Marshall Goldberg Hugh Green, Dan Marino, Mark May, Joe Schmidt) Women’s Swimming and Diving Two Olympians Angie Lopez (1976) and Sue Heon (1984) Four four-year All-Americans 17 total All-Americans (five others earned honorable mention) C14 1976 National Football Champions Nine Big East Championships Jerome Lane shattered backboard in 1988 Athletic tradition Women’s Basketball: Two-time NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances Tony Dorsett: NCAA Division I Rushing Record 1984 Big East Champions Women’s Swimming and Diving Women’s Basketball Women’s Volleyball Two NCAA Sweet Sixteens (2008, 2009) 11 Big East Tournament Championships Three NCAA Tournament appearances 11 NCAA Tournament appearances One WNBA first-round draft pick Eight Big East Tournament MOPs One All-American Six Big East Players of the Year Men’s Basketball Three Big East Rookies of the Year Two-time national champions (1927-28, 1929-30) One NCAA Final Four - (1941) Two NCAA Elite Eight - (1974, 2009) Six NCAA Sweet Sixteens (1974, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009) Five Big East regular season titles (1986-87, 1987-88, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04) Four league tournament titles (1981, 1982, 2003, 2008) 21 NCAA Tournament appearances 14 All-Big East First Team selections Two All-Americans Softball First Professional Player -(2007) Jessica Dignon (Washington Glory) Track & Field Two Olympic U.S.A. Gold Medal winners John Woodruff (1936, 800 meters), Roger Kingdom (1984 & 1988, 110-Meter High Hurdles) 10 Olympians 12 All-Americans Six NCAA Men’s Champions Four retired jerseys: (Don Hennon, Billy Knight, Brandin Knight, Charles Smith) 10 NCAA Women’s Champions Gymnastics 19 NCAA Men’s All-Americans One National Champion Lisa Shirk (1982, Uneven Bars) Six National Qualifiers 15 All-EAGL first team Members Seven EAGL Champions Men’s Swimming and Diving 19 Big East Championships Nine All-Americans (13 others earned honorable mention) Baseball Eight All-Americans 29 MLB Draft selections 36 All-Big East selections Men’s Soccer 18 NCAA Women’s All-Americans Wrestling 29 wrestlers that have gone undefeated in dual season 16 NCAA Champions 26 NCAA Finalists 40 NCAA Semifinalists 44 NCAA All-Americans Four Eastern Wrestling League Tournament Outstanding Wrestlers Three EWL Wrestlers of the Year Rande Stottlemyer: three-time EWL Coach of the Year 40 EWL Champions 87 EWL Finalists 27 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Champions On the University of Pittsburgh campus, between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel, is a sidewalk known as the Varsity Walk. There, embedded in the stones, are the names of former Pitt athletes who have promoted the University through their athletic or academic achievements. The Varsity Walk was conceived in 1950 as a way to honor athletes, and new members are added each year. The distinctive hand-carved stones were first presented as the Athletic Committee Award and the Charles C. Hartwig Award. The Athletic Committee recognized the best athlete from any sport. The Charles Hartwig Award was given to the senior athlete who promoted and sponsored the best interests of Pitt athletics, in honor of the 1934 All-America tight end. In 1971 the awards were changed to the Panther and Blue-Gold awards, respectively. The Panther Award is presented to the graduating senior-athlete who has promoted Pittsburgh athletics through his/her outstanding athletic achievement. The Blue-Gold Award is given to the seniors who represent the student-athlete ideal based on academic scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership qualities and citizenship. The awards were expanded to include women in 1975. Four EIWA team titles Six All-Americans 16 professional players Varsity Walk Roger Kingdom: Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist C15 Pitt Facilities Trees Pool Petersen Events Center Fantastic Facilities “With the Petersen Events Center, Pitt now has the finest set of athletic facilities in the Northeast corridor. The University of Pittsburgh has made two major improvements to its campus, both designed to give the athletic program a competitive advantage. The UPMC football complex and the Petersen Events Center are both state-of-the-art and palatial and have taken Panther athletics to another level.” - Dick Weiss, New York Daily News Fitzgerald Field House Petersen Events Center A 12,508-seat basketball and multipurpose arena, the Petersen Events Center, serves as the home for the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as numerous campus events, graduation ceremonies, concerts and modern recreational and fitness facilities. Game day accommodations include four luxury courtside suites, 12 luxury club level suites, a luxury courtside special event suite and the finest club lounge in college basketball. The Petersen Events Center serves as the home of the Pitt Athletic Department and Hilda M. Willis Center for Academics for student-athletes. The academic center includes a computer lab with 27 computers, writing lab, math/science area, individual tutor rooms, counseling offices, career resource area and media room. It additionally houses the McCarl Panther Hall of Champions, a walking museum of Pitt Athletics both past and present. The building’s Restaurant Row has nine major concession areas with 66 total points of sale, featuring a five-store food court that is open daily as well as on game day. The Baierl Student Recreation Center boasts 40,000 square feet of recreation space including four racquetball courts, two squash courts, Cybex weight machines, a large freeweight area and state-of-the-art aerobic areas. Charles L. Cost Center The Charles L. Cost Center is spacious enough to house a regulation football field or nine tennis courts. Heinz Field It was recently resurfaced with new Astroturf and serves as an indoor practice facility for the Panther baseball, soccer, softball and track and field teams. The center is named after former running back Charles L. “Corky” Cost who donated an excess of $1 million for its construction. Heinz Field The Club, Tennis Facility One of the nation’s finest football venues, Heinz Field is home to Panther football. The horseshoe stadium seats 65,050 people and provides a stunning view of Pittsburgh’s breathtaking skyline. Pitt has a private locker area (the Duratz Locker Room) and competes on a heated grass playing surface. Fan amenities include more than 400 television monitors, two video walls, 32 concession areas, club seating and 122 luxury suites. Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, the stadium is also home to the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. C16 Fitzgerald Field House, Olympic Weight Room Pitt Facilities Gymnastics Training Center Pitt Wrestling Room UPMC Sports Performance Complex The UPMC Complex is a state-of-the-art training facility, which includes Pitt’s Duratz Complex, serving as the Panthers’ football practice facility. Trees Field Its features include expansive training rooms, team meeting and film-viewing rooms, weight rooms and dining facilities. Located behind the Cost Center with a striking view of the downtown skyline is Trees Field, home of the Panthers’ baseball and softball teams. In addition, it houses coaching and administrative staff offices for the football program as well as the Panthers’ Hall of Fame, housed in the Duratz Athletic Complex. The baseball park underwent more than $500,000 worth of renovations, including the installation of a new major-league caliber astroturf infield and lights. The Panthers played their first-ever home night game in 1999 under the field lights. UPMC Sports Medicine facilities are also on site, providing Pitt athletics with some of the best care in the world. Fitzgerald Field House This facility serves as the competitive venue for several of Pitt’s sports, including volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling. It is also used as an indoor partial practice facility for the track and field team. Built in 1951, it was named for Rufus H. Fitzgerald, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh from 1944-1945. The Field House contains offices for many of Pitt’s coaches and includes locker rooms, training rooms and weight rooms for the Panther student-athletes. Fitzgerald Field House Locker Rooms The locker rooms in the Fitzgerald Field House are custom designed for Pitt’s Olympic sports teams. Added in 1999, the locker rooms include pro-style individual wooden lockers and audio-visual systems for exclusive use by the Panthers. The Fitzgerald Field House is home to the following Pitt sports: Baseball, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. An additional field was added for the softball program in 2003, giving the Panthers’ their first on-campus softball facility. Two all-purpose astroturf infields adjoin Trees Field allowing for additional practice area for the Panthers. Trees Hall and Trees Pool Trees Pool serves as the Panthers’ swimming and diving teams’ home pool. Pitt has hosted 15 Big East Conference Championships in the facility and is set to host the 2010 conference meet. A new high-tech scoreboard was added in 2002 and dedicated to Ben Grady, a former Pitt head swimming coach, at the 2003 ECAC Championships. The newly renovated 75-by-165 foot Olympic sized pool has the dual capability of an eightlane, 50-meter course or a 20-lane, 25-yard course. This past summer, renovation to the pool brought it up to current NCAA regulations in addition to the installation of a new diving board platform and railings. The circulation, drainage and heating systems were also refurbished. The diving area is well equipped with two 1-meter and two 3-meter durafirm stands with maxiflex boards in addition to multiple diving towers with a 16-foot water depth. Trees Hall is also home to many of the University’s sports and recreation classes as well as providing a home to all intramural sports including basketball, soccer and lacrosse. Olympic Sports Weight Room One of Pitt’s newest facilities, it opened in 2005 as part of the athletic department’s “Quest for Excellence.” It covers the entire east balcony of the Fitzgerald Field House and is large enough to train approximately 70 student-athletes at one time. With nearly 10,000 pounds of free weights, the weight room also includes new treadmills and stationary bikes. There is also an open area for stretching and focusing on specialized muscle groups. C17 Pitt Facilities Baseball Stadium Baseball will include a press box, team dugouts and hitting and pitching practice areas. Synthetic grass will extend the ability to practice and play throughout the year and lighting will allow for evening games. “Pitt ranks among the best in the world academically and wants to achieve at that same high level athletically. I am incredibly excited about the plans for a new Olympic sports facility. Not only will the facility enhance the Pitt student-athlete experience but it also will make our outstanding University even greater with the opportunities it provides.” - Jessica Dignon, (CAS ’08) Three-time All-Big East honoree and the first Pitt softball student-athlete to play professionally. Soccer Stadium The men’s and women’s soccer stadium will be a practice and competition venue, complete with synthetic grass field, lighting and a press box. “A commitment to this project is an investment in the future of a great university and athletic program. My wife Fran and I are committed to making this facility a reality because of the tremendous impact it will have on the Pitt student-athlete experience.” - Charles L. “Corky” Cost, (ENGR ’58), Pitt football, basketball and baseball letterman. New Olympic Sports Facility Coming in 2010! Similar to the blueprint Pitt began cultivating in 2000 to entrench itself among the country’s finest universities, Pitt Athletics is intent on doing the same from a student-athlete perspective. Envisioned is a new complex that will provide state-of-the-art homes for Pitt baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track and field. The complex will transform 12 acres of land at the peak of campus, not only giving Pitt student-athletes nationally competitive facilities, but also rejuvenating an untapped area that neighbors the University of Pittsburgh campus. The Olympic Sports Complex “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” C18 –John Lennon The Olympic Sports Complex will transform 12 acres of unused land into a major attraction for the kind of top-performing student-athletes who can elevate the quality of our Olympic sports programs while competing academically to achieve all that an education at the University of Pittsburgh has to offer. Combined with the premier venues of Heinz Field, the Petersen Events Center, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, and the newly renovated Fitzgerald Field House and Trees Pool, this complex will offer students, parents and fans an enthralling sports experience that stretches from Oakland to the North Shore to the booming South Side. Pitt Facilities Softball Stadium Softball will have a skinned infield with an artificial grass outfield, along with lighting. The stadium will include team dugouts, hitting and pitching practice areas and a press box. Track & Field Stadium The track and field stadium will be utilized for practice and competition, and be located on the site presently occupied by Pitt’s current baseball and softball fields. “I have had the honor and privilege to experience firsthand the rich tradition of Olympic sports at the University of Pittsburgh. My Pitt experience continues to impact my life to this very day, so I want to ensure that current and future generations of studentathletes have that same lifelong benefit.” - Herbert Douglas Jr., (EDUC ’48, M.Ed. ’50), 1948 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the long jump, Pitt track and football letterman. C19 Academic support Academic Emphasis Learning is Strength for Life â€œThe student-athletes at the University of Pittsburgh have been given an excellent opportunity to succeed in their academic pursuits. Our alumni, faculty and administration would be proud to know that our student-athletes are hard-working, dedicated and as committed to success in the classroom as they are on the athletic arena.â€? C20 - Michael Farabaugh, Director of Academic Support Academic Support Services has one mission: to help the men and women athletes of the University of Pittsburgh have a meaningful and successful academic experience during their campus years. While competing in their respective sports, University of Pittsburgh student-athletes focus on graduation and preparation for the future. To this end, Academic Support Services is an invaluable resource for the student-athlete community. Academic counselors meet with their student-athletes on a regular basis to provide advising, counseling, tutorial and study skills support as well as career services. Pittsburgh boasts first-class academic facilities in the Hearst Academic Center for StudentAthletes and the Hilda M. Willis Center for Academic Support. Located in the Petersen Events Center and within seconds of the basketball coachesâ€™ offices and other basketball facilities, the Willis Center serves as another resource for student-athletes to reach their highest academic potential. Staffed by full-time academic counselors and graduate assistants, the Willis Center features a computer lab with 25 computers, tutorial rooms and a student reference library, giving the Panthers access to all of the features of Academic Support Service. Academic support Athletics Academic Program The University of Pittsburgh Academic Support program is designed specifically to guide and assist student-athletes in their pursuit of meeting graduation requirements. The following is an outline of the academic services each studentathlete will receive on a yearly basis: A.C.T.S. Program T-Tutorial Program Free tutoring provided to assist with course and content review. • Helpful both in and out of season; in particular during times of team travel. • Offer individual tutoring, group tutoring and review sessions. • Appointments are structured around class and practice schedules. A-Academic Support Help student-athletes balance workload while adjusting to the demands of a highly competitive NCAA Division I program. • Review team schedules and assist with layout of class schedule. S-Study Skills Program Mandatory program designed to assist first-year student-athletes with a successful transition from high school to college. • Monitor progress in classes by communicating directly with instructors two times per semester. • Identify learning styles to help with study techniques. • Review NCAA continuing eligibility requirements. • Review various other issues relating to the student-athlete experience. • Review time management to assist with balancing demands. C-Career Counseling Work closely with University Career Services to assist students with choosing majors, internship preparation, and resume preparation. • Freshman Year: Self-exploration to identify personal interests. • Sophomore Year: Career inventories to assist in deciding majors. • Junior Year: Resume preparation/internship exploration. • Senior Year: Job/Graduate school preparation. C21 Academic support 2008-09 PITT Academic Highlights “The University of Pittsburgh is a special place, and its student-athletes are truly remarkable people. Our student-athletes are the backbone of what makes our program special and it is their “Big Dreams” that make us all so excited to be a part of the Panther family. Our student-athletes once again reached an impressive level of academic success. In addition to their work in the classroom, our student-athletes were highly active in the community, dedicating over 2,500 hours of community service to over 40 local charitable events and organizations. Our student-athletes have set themselves apart as leaders on campus and in the community.” - Steve Pederson, Athletic Director • 283 Student-Athletes achieved a 3.0 term GPA or above • 23 Student-Athletes achieved a 4.0 term GPA • 108 Student-Athletes named Big East Academic All Stars • Three members of the gymnastics team were named All-American Scholar Athletes by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women • Seven members of the gymnastics team were named to the EAGL All-Academic Team by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches for Women • Two members of the 2008 softball team were named National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athletes • Two members of the women’s tennis team were named ITA All-Academic honorees for the 2008 Women’s Tennis ITA All-Academic Team • 19 members of the wrestling team were named to the EWL Academic Honor Roll • Jonathan Buchanan (men’s swimming) and Kristy Borza (women’s tennis) earned the 2008-09 Big East Institutional Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award • Conor Lee was named the Big East Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year • Conor Lee of football was named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic AllAmerican Team • Kelly Campbell and Meagan Dooley of women’s volleyball were named to the 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Team • 25 members of the Pitt Band achieved a 3.0 term GPA or above • 43 Cheerleaders & Dance team members achieved a 3.0 term GPA or above C22 Big East Conference Big East Conference One of America’s Great Conferences The Big East Conference will mark its 31st season of existence with the 2009-10 academic year. The 16-team league has gone through membership changes over the past three decades but has never been stronger. This season will mark the conference’s fifth year as the nation’s largest NCAA Division I conference. The goals of the Big East have never changed. The league aims and expects to compete at the highest level and does so with integrity and sportsmanship. The student-athletes of the member schools continue to maintain the league’s proud tradition of success. “The BIG EAST conference reflects a tradition of broad based programs, led by administrators and coaches who place a constant emphasis on academic integrity. Its student athletes own significantly high graduation rates and their record of scholastic achievement notably shows a balance between intercollegiate athletics and academics.” - bigeast.org The BIG EAST by the numbers: umber of new members joining the conference in 2005-06. (University of 5 – NCincinnati, DePaul University, University of Louisville, Marquette University and the University of South Florida). he Big East is one of six conferences that comprise the NCAA Division 6 – TI football Bowl Championship Series, the highest level of competition in collegiate athletics. ig East institutions reside in nine of the nation’s largest media markets, 9 – Bincluding, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Tampa, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Milwaukee and Cincinnati. 16 – Number of institutions that belong to the Big East Conference. umber of sports the Big East Conference sponsors with the addition of 24 – Nmen’s lacrosse in 2009-10. overage area of both the nation’s population and television 25% - Caudience the Big East Conference reaches. umber of national championships the league has won since opening its 26 – Ndoors in 1979. 31 – Years in existence for the Big East Conference. ver 370 Big East Conference student-athletes have earned academic 370 – OAll-America honors. 550 – Over 550 students-athletes have earned All-America recognition. ith its headquarters in Providence, R.I., the conference 5,500 – Wadministers to more than 5,500 student-athletes. C23 life skills Panther Game Plan Pitt’s Student-Athlete Life Skills Program “The Panther Game Plan life skills program provides student-athletes with numerous opportunities to grow and develop beyond the classroom and field of play. Through our services, programs and workshops, Pitt student-athletes will be better prepared for life’s challenges.” C24 - Penny Semaia, Director of Life Skills Life at an active, first-rate university is, among other things, a rehearsal for life to follow. The city of Pittsburgh and its Oakland campus setting – complete with all of its joys and hardships, its competition, exhilaration, hopes and disappointments—can offer a student-athlete many characteristics of the real world following graduation. Created to assist student-athletes with these challenges, the University of Pittsburgh has initiated the Panther Game Plan program, a life skills program for studentathletes which is focused on development. The mission of the Panther Game Plan is to develop and prepare student-athletes for success while in college and for life after college, utilizing academic, athletic and community resources. LIFE SKILLS Initiated in 1995 as one of the pilot programs in the NCAA Champs Life Skills Program, The Panther Game Plan continues to expand its commitment to the offerings and opportunities in the following areas: Academic Achievement While the coaches and the staff of Academic Support Services work timelessly to support our student-athletes in their academic pursuits, the Panther Game Plan contributes to these efforts by providing recognition and supplementary programs. Athletic Achievement Health and Wellness Through the Panther Game Plan, student-athletes are empowered and encouraged to lead a healthy life style. The Panther Game Plan collaborates with services here at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the nationâ€™s top professionals in their field. The Panther Game Plan provides programming to supplement the efforts of our coaches and to assist coaches and staff in the athletic development of Pitt student-athletes. Leadership and Character Development Career Development and Graduate School Preparation Panther Game Plan programs assist in shaping good character and building leadership skills. In addition to programming, Pitt student-athletes have an opportunity to participate in national training and development. In collaboration with the University of Pittsburghâ€™s Career Development Office, the Panther Game Plan provides career and graduate school preparation services to student-athletes. Financial Education Community Service For many college students, personal finance is a new responsibility. Panther Game Plan programs are available to assist student-athletes with developing sound financial practices and habits. The Panther Game Plan is dedicated to engaging student-athletes in experiences that involve the university, local, and national communities through service and exposes them to diverse groups and cultures while increasing awareness about vulnerable populations. In addition to serving the community, the Panther Game Plan utilizes community service as a resource for student-athlete development. Personal Development Panther Game Plan programs are designed to develop the whole student-athlete: for success in the classroom, on the field of play and in the community. C25 Strength and Conditioning Strength & Conditioning Pitt’s strength and conditioning program is designed to improve athletic performance in all facets: strength and flexibility, speed and power, conditioning, agility, nutrition and mental toughness. Each individual student-athlete receives personal instruction, individual attention and a strength and conditioning program based on need. A strength and conditioning coordinator is on hand to provide personal instruction. Philosophy The University of Pittsburgh strength and conditioning program is designed to provide Panthers student-athletes with a coordinated step-by-step, year-round program with the goal of enhancing each student-athlete’s athletic ability and achieving maximum results. Weight Room and Equipment Weight rooms are located in Fitzgerald Field House, Petersen Events Center and Duratz Athletic Complex. The weight rooms are conveniently located to provide easy access for student-athletes’ use. The weight room is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including several power lift Olympic platforms custom made to fit people seven feet tall, York Barbell DB Racks, Body Master, Hammer Strength, Elite Fitness Systems, Free Motion Fitness, PreCore Treadmills, Step Mill, Schwinn Bikes, Versa Climber and Concept II Rower. Program Design, Goals and Objectives • Increase strength and flexibility • Develop/increase speed and power • Increase overall condition • Improve agility • Improve position-specific skills • Increase mental toughness through discipline and competitiveness • Balance nutrition C26 Supreme Care Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Working with the University of Pittsburgh student-athletes in the area of sports medicine is a team of athletic trainers and doctors at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. They provide the University of Pittsburgh student-athletes the best in sports medicine and health care. Program and Objectives The primary focus of the Athletic Training Services is injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. The sports medicine team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach including athletic training, strength and conditioning, orthopedics and nutrition, to name a few. The program at the University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing all the aspects of prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of all injuries and illnesses. UPMC Sports Performance Complex University of Pittsburgh student-athletes also have access to the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine located on Pittsburghâ€™s South Side. This clinic provides student-athletes the opportunity to be seen by various medical specialists who are able to combine the resources of a major academic institution and expert clinical services for professional and collegiate sports teams. Specialty areas include sports nutrition, physical therapy, neuromuscular research, as well as X-Ray and magnetic resonance imaging capabilities. The clinic is under the under the direction of the David Silver Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Freddie Fu. Hospital care is provided at UPMC. Duratz Athletic Complex Training Center Facilities Student-athletes receive treatment in three athletic training facilities: The Petersen Events Center, Duratz Athletic Complex, and Fitzgerald Field House. The facilities feature a full-size whirlpool, X-Ray capabilities, physician examination room, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation equipment and is staffed by professionals who provide health care to student-athletes. Petersen Events Center Training Facility Fitzgerald Field House Training Center C27 chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and wife Dr. Nikki Nordenberg Mark A. Nordenberg Chancellor of the University and Distinguished Service Professor of Law Mark A. Nordenberg joined the faculty of Pitt’s School of Law in 1977, where he quickly built a reputation as an outstanding teacher. He was the initial recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award now presented annually by the Law School’s graduating class. He also was one of the first faculty members to receive the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes teaching excellence university-wide. His area of academic specialty is civil litigation, and he has served as a member of both the U.S. Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee. Earlier in his career, Chancellor Nordenberg served as Dean of the School of Law and Interim Provost of the University. He has long been an active leader in the broader community, leading efforts focused on such key issues as the proposed consolidation of the city and county governments, the challenges facing the state’s urban schools, the work force development needs of the region, and issues of governance in the city’s public schools. He served as the founding chair or co-chair of such technology-driven economic development initiatives as the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, the Robotics Foundry, and the Technology Collaborative. He also is a member of the board of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and a Director of Bank of New York Mellon. Among many other forms of recognition, Chancellor Nordenberg has been named Pittsburgh’s Person of the Year by both Vector’s Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh magazine. To celebrate the remarkable progress achieved during his first decade as Chancellor, University trustees, alumni leaders and other special friends contributed $2.5 million to endow a faculty chair in his name. This past year, he was named a History Maker in Education by the Senator John Heinz History Center. This past year also was Mark Nordenberg’s 14th year of service as Chancellor. It was a year of great challenge, as the talented and committed people of Pitt worked to maintain the University’s extraordinary momentum in the face of the unrelenting financial pressures brought by what now has been called the Great Recession. According to Chancellor Nordenberg, some of our greatest satisfactions ultimately will come from knowing that, even in the face of historic challenges, we continued to craft a record of excellence in an institution that is contributing so much to the common good as a leader in education, a pioneer in research and a partner in regional development. In the face of serious pressures to many of its revenue streams including those associated with the steep decline in the stock market and significant mid-year cuts to its state appropriation the University implemented a series of fiscally prudent steps. These included budget cuts to both academic and support units, the implementation of centralized controls over all new and replacement hiring, a deliberate slowing of the pace of construction projects on all five campuses, and the imposition of an institution-wide salary freeze. According to Chancellor Nordenberg, what distinguishes Pitt from many other organizations engaged in their own budgetary struggles is that demand for the principal products of the University the highest quality higher education and cutting-edge research has not diminished as a result of the recession but continues to grow. And during the past year, well informed observers, both at a distance and close to home, publicly advanced what has long been one of the Chancellor’s main messages that Pitt’s progress is essential to the economic health and social vitality of the entire region. C28 chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg A favorable front-page article in The New York Times positively described Pittsburgh’s passage to an economy grounded in university-based research. Miami Herald column enviously identified research as the foundation for our transformation into a Knowledge City. The Cleveland Plain Dealer analyzed lessons from Pittsburgh’s renaissance, with one respected commentator, who knows both cities well, concluding that there is a growing gulf between Cleveland and Pittsburgh in higher education and stating that Cleveland does not have the equivalent of a Pitt, which was described as a big engine, both regionally and nationally. One of the most intriguing assessments was offered in a New York Times column on brainy cities. Its author concluded, Brainy cities have low divorce rates, low crime, high job creation, ethnic diversity, and creative capitalism. They are places like Pittsburgh, with its top-notch universities. Locally, a highly respected analyst of regional economic trends writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, confirmed that this region had been more successful than most in weathering the recession because fully one-fifth of the jobs in the Pittsburgh region are in the two most recession resistant sectors: health care and higher education. In fact, the education and health services sector has become the region’s largest employment sector and is the only sector that has added jobs each and every year since 1995. During the past year, the University continued to rise in the ranks of the country’s finest universities. Some dimensions of its progress can be measured quantitatively. For example: •A pplications for admission to the undergraduate programs on the Pittsburgh campus soared past the 21,600 mark a dramatic rise when compared to either the 7,800 applications received in 1995 or the 20,600 received just last year. •P itt moved into fifth place nationally in terms of the research grants competitively won by members of its faculty from the National Institutes of Health. That NIH top-ten, in rank order, now consists of Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Penn, the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Pitt, Michigan, Washington, UCLA, Duke and Washington University in St. Louis, which is very good company. •A ccording to rankings released by the National Science Foundation, Pitt also ranks among the top-ten universities nationally in terms of total federal science and engineering research and development support. That top-ten consists of Johns Hopkins, Washington, Michigan, Penn, UCLA, Duke, Columbia, Stanford, UCSF and Pitt. Total annual research expenditures for the University passed the $650 million mark last year. A national study released last fall utilized methods developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to conclude that every $1 million in R&D spending generates 36 jobs. Through its research spending alone, then, Pitt supports some 23,500 local jobs. Of course, it is the growing quality of the University’s programs that keeps all of these numbers rising and that has become the defining characteristic of its institutional distinction. Not only is the number of applications for admission soaring, but the academic accomplishments of enrolled students is growing in strength, and the performance of those students is a source of great pride. During the past year, for example, Pitt undergraduates claimed such high national honors as a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarships and Humanity in Action Fellowships further cementing the University’s position as one of the country’s leading producers of high-achieving students. Faculty members not only attracted financial support for their work but received high honors for their achievements. Among the special forms of recognition received during the past year were election to the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Nursing and the American Educational Research Association. Other high honors included the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award, the American Cancer Society Research Professor Award and the James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History. It also was a year in which the great potential of less senior faculty members was recognized through highly selective early career awards made by both the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Pew Foundation. Of course, it also was a very special year for Pitt sports. Our football team claimed nine regular-season wins and earned the right to play in the Sun Bowl. Our women’s basketball team made it to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. And our men’s basketball team claimed the program’s first-ever number one national ranking, its first-ever number one NCAA tournament seed and advanced to the Elite Eight. In the process, Coach Jamie Dixon broke a 57-year-old record by claiming the most wins by an NCAA Division I head coach in his first six seasons and was named the Naismith Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year. Chancellor Nordenberg has long been a strong and enthusiastic supporter of Pitt athletics. He is a past Chair of the Big East Conference and a past member of the NCAA’s board and executive committee. He continues to serve on the Big East executive committee and recently served as co-chair of its search for a new commissioner. Chancellor Nordenberg also serves as the Big East Conference representative to the Presidential Oversight Committee of the Bowl Championship Series. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Chancellor Nordenberg first moved to this region as a high school senior, when his father was transferred to Pittsburgh by U.S. Steel. He is an honors graduate of North Allegheny High School, Thiel College and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been married for 38 years to Nikki Pirillo Nordenberg, who earned her Ph.D. at Pitt. The Nordenbergs have three adult children Erin, Carl and Michael. C29 athletic director Steve pederson The Pederson Family: Son Mark with wife Brooke, daughters Kristin and Kari with Tami and Steve. Steve Pederson Athletic Director There is an unmistakable briskness in Steve Pederson’s walk. It is a stride that conveys this clearly is a man on the move. Spend 10 minutes talking to him about the state of Pitt Athletics and you understand his enthusiasm to get from place to place. This past March was a perfect example. In the span of three days, Pederson flew between a pair of men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament sites, where Pitt’s nationally ranked teams were competing, and back to Pittsburgh for the beginning of spring football practice. The Pitt athletic director wouldn’t have it any other way. Pederson’s many travels by planes, trains and automobiles mean the Panthers are going to some exciting places. That was especially true during the 2008-09 academic year. The University of Pittsburgh was one of only four institutions nationally to have its football team advance to a bowl game, its men’s basketball team reach the NCAA’s Elite Eight and its women’s basketball team make the Sweet 16. (The others were Connecticut, Oklahoma and Michigan State.) Each of those three Pitt teams were fixtures in the Top 25 last year. Men’s basketball, in fact, reached No. 1 in the polls — twice — for the first time in school history. The women’s basketball team finished with a No. 15 ranking, matching its highest final rating ever. Individually, Pitt student-athletes earned All-America and Academic All-America honors, while continuing to graduate and achieve in the classroom at unprecedented levels. But, as Pederson likes to say, “As great as the past has been at Pitt, the future is even brighter. I get up every morning so excited to come to work at this great university.” Pederson enters his ninth year as Pitt athletic director. His initial tenure, from 1996-2002, was characterized by a dramatic revitalization of the Panthers’ fortunes – on and off the fields of play. His return to the university in November 2007 gave the Pitt Athletic Department an instant shot of adrenaline that continues to be felt two years later. His ability to galvanize people and programs prompted Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg to say, “In my judgment, and this assessment is shared by countless others, Steve Pederson is one of this country’s most talented and accomplished athletic directors.” The key to accomplishment, Pederson believes, is aspiration — the Panthers will work hard and aim high in every endeavor. That philosophy resonates with each Pitt student-athlete and staffer, and is the driving spirit behind his department mantra of “Only Big Dreams.” Pederson has Pitt dreaming big again for 2009-10. On the eve of the new academic year, he announced an exciting partnership with Nike that will make the Panthers one of the finest outfitted programs in the country. Each of the Panthers’ 19 intercollegiate sports teams will wear Nike footwear, uniforms, practice gear and equipment. The long-term partnership will outfit more than 450 student-athletes at the University of Pittsburgh. Also kick-starting the year has been the continued progress being made in the construction of an Olympic Sports Complex at the peak of upper campus. The complex will transform 12 acres of land and result in state-of-the-art facilities for Pitt’s baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track and field programs. This initiative will not only give Pitt student-athletes nationally competitive facilities, but also rejuvenate an untapped area that neighbors the University of Pittsburgh campus. To those familiar with Pederson’s first tour at Pitt, the tremendous momentum of the past 18 months comes as no surprise. During his initial Pitt tenure, Pederson hired six Big East Conference Coach-of-the-Year honorees (football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, track and field and volleyball), an unprecedented achievement by a Big East athletic director. In 1999 he charged an unknown coach from Northern Arizona University with the task of resurrecting the Panthers’ struggling men’s basketball program. That coach, Ben Howland, would build Pitt into a Big East power and was named the consensus National Coach of the Year in 2002. Pitt, which had not been to the NCAA Tournament in nine years, advanced to the “Sweet 16” in 2002 after posting a school-record 29 victories. The following season, Pitt would reach No. 2 in the polls, capture its first Big East Tournament championship and again advance to the NCAA regional semifinals. Since that time, Pitt basketball has become one of the nation’s most consistent winners, advancing to eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 20022009. Current Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon, the 2009 Naismith National Coach of the Year, recalled how instrumental Pederson was in helping to lure him to Pittsburgh to serve with Howland a decade ago. “Steve was the person who originally convinced me to come to the University of Pittsburgh back in 1999,” Dixon said. “He has continued to be a tremendous friend and a person I have regularly sought out for advice and direction over the years…Everyone in our department is going to benefit from his leadership.” Pitt football also was renewed under Pederson’s watch. Upon his arrival, the Panthers were coming off seven consecutive seasons without a bowl. By the end of his tenure, Pitt earned four bowl berths in six years, including back-to-back postseason wins in 2001 and 2002. The ’02 team finished 9-4, the program’s best mark in 20 years, and ranked No. 18 in the final polls. One of the stars of that 2002 team was receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who would become a unanimous All-American and now is an All-Pro performer for the Arizona Cardinals. C30 athletic director Steve Pederson “When I decided to go to Pitt, it was for many reasons – a great school, a great football tradition and great people,” Fitzgerald said. “Steve Pederson was one of those great people who made me feel like Pitt was the place for me. I couldn’t be happier that Steve is back.” While Pederson was instrumental in helping to revive Pitt football’s present, he was very attentive to honoring the program’s historic past. One of his first major steps as athletic director was to retire the jerseys of all-time Pitt greats Mike Ditka, Marshall Goldberg and Joe Schmidt. Pederson later initiated the Pitt jersey retirement of Mark May, the Panthers’ lone Outland Trophy winner. Pitt enjoyed tremendous achievements in attendance under Pederson. In NCAA Division I men’s basketball, Pitt ranked among the nation’s top five schools in attendance increase for two consecutive years (2001-02 and 2002-03). The 2002-03 basketball season – the inaugural campaign in the 12,508-seat Petersen Events Center – was sold out. Capitalizing on the exciting and unanticipated success of the 2001-02 basketball team, Pitt held a highly successful “select your seat” campaign for prospective season-ticket holders that simultaneously achieved customer satisfaction as well as enhanced fundraising. In football, Pederson formed a marketing and ticket pricing plan that resulted in record attendance for the 2003 season. Season tickets were soldout for the ’03 campaign as the Panthers averaged an all-time record 59,197 fans for their home season, surpassing the previous mark of 54,818 set in 1982. Pederson’s tenure witnessed a major strengthening of Pitt’s athletic infrastructure. With Chancellor Nordenberg, he helped shape the vision of the Petersen Events Center, the stateof-the-art convocation center that dramatically revolutionized Pitt’s campus upon its opening in 2002. the UPMC Sports Performance Complex where both Pitt and the Steelers run their football operations.” Fitzgerald Field House underwent a major renovation in 1998-99, providing Pitt’s Olympic sports programs with new locker and training facilities. Trees Field also underwent major upgrades to accommodate both baseball and Pitt’s new softball program. During his five years at Nebraska (2002-07), Pederson was also at the forefront of significant facilities construction, including a $51 million expansion to Memorial Stadium. The project resulted in new football facilities as well as new strength, sports medicine and indoor facilities for baseball, softball, soccer and sand volleyball. Additionally, the women’s volleyball, gymnastics and rifle teams received a new office complex. Athletics fundraising doubled over his final four years, going from $9 million annually in 2003 to $16 million his final year. Nebraska achieved at exceptional levels athletically and academically during his tenure. In 2006-07, the Cornhuskers won the national championship in women’s volleyball, while the football team won the 2006 Big 12 North title and advanced to its first New Year’s Day bowl game since 2001. Overall, 15 Nebraska teams earned NCAA invitations. Academically, Nebraska earned a school-record 94% graduation rate, the highest in the Big 12 as Cornhusker student-athletes achieved a combined 3.0 grade-point average during the 2007 spring semester. Pederson and his wife Tami have three children: Mark, Kari and Kristin. Mark was married to the former Brooke Gillette in July 2009. The Events Center is widely considered one of the finest college basketball venues in the country and has also been a major asset for student life, providing outstanding recreational facilities and a fitting place for graduation ceremonies. Pederson was at the forefront of the football program’s move into the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, which included the forging of a unique relationship between UPMC, a professional sports franchise and college athletic program. He personally oversaw the design and layout of the Panthers’ Duratz Athletic Complex, which houses Pitt’s football offices and training areas, and has been described as the finest facility for a college football program in the country. Pitt football gained a sparkling new home in Heinz Field under Pederson’s watch in 2001.The Panthers gained a prominent presence at the new stadium with their logos on the seating, gates and signage. Pederson additionally initiated the renaming of Martindale Street to “Tony Dorsett Drive” to further enhance Pitt’s identity on the North Shore. “Steve Pederson made many important contributions during his first tenure as Pitt’s athletic director from which the university is still seeing the benefits today,” said Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. “He played an integral role in the development of Heinz Field and “As great as the past has been at Pitt, the future is even brighter. I get up every morning so excited to come to work at this great university.” - Steve Pederson Athletic Director C31 Top Competition in the Big East Underrated Academic Powerhouse City of Champions Outstanding Academic Reputation World Class Institution Premier Research University State-of-the-Art Facilities Situated in Americaâ€™s Most Livable City 2009 PITT WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE Date Opponent Site Time Wednesday, Aug. 12 CENTRAL MICHIGAN (Scrimmage) Founders Field 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at Penn State (Scrimmage) State College, Pa. 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 BUFFALO Founders Field 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at Kent State Kent, Ohio 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 at Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at Drexel Philadelphia, Pa. 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at Penn Philadelphia, Pa. 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 *WEST VIRGINIA Founders Field 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 ST. BONAVENTURE Founders Field 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 *SOUTH FLORIDA Founders Field 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at *Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 *DePAUL Founders Field 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 *NOTRE DAME Founders Field 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 *ST. JOHN’S Founders Field 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 *SYRACUSE Founders Field 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at *Georgetown Washington, D.C. 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at *Villanova Villanova, Pa. 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at *Providence Providence, R.I. 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 at *Connecticut Storrs, Conn. 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 Big East First Round TBA TBA Sunday, Nov. 1 Big East Quarterfinals TBA TBA Friday, Nov. 6 Big East Semifinals TBA TBA Sunday, Nov. 8 Big East Championship Storrs. Conn. TBA *denotes Big East Conference games Caps and bold denotes home games All times are Eastern All home games played at Founders Field, Indianola, Pa. Directions to the field can be obtained on www.pittsburghpanthers.com (click on travel).