Illini Return Seven Starters from 2013 Sweet Sixteen Team
DiBernardo, Peterson Share Team MVP Honors; Flaws Earns Offensive MVP Award
Illini look to build upon 2011 success
Midfielder Noelle Leary.
2013 - Junior: Played in 12 games and made one start, totaling 251 minutes ... Earned first career assist and took first two career shots at Indiana (10/6) ... First career start came at Penn State (10/20) ... Played a career-high 58 minutes against Wisconsin (10/12) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 - Sophomore: Saw time in three matches this season, totaling 16 minutes.
2011 - Freshman: Did not see time during the season.
Lived overseas during first three years of high school, playing soccer at St. John's International School in Waterloo, Belgium ... Was St. John's MVP during her freshman and sophomore seasons and earned International School All-Tournament honors both years as well ... Transferred to Neuqua Valley for her junior and senior years, lettering during both while helping Neuqua Valley to the IHSA Regional Championship in 2010 ... Earned the RSCA Anderlecht Coupe de Belgique (National) Championship with her Belgian club team ... Participated in the Midwest Regional League in 2010 and earned the ECNL National Championship in 2011 ... Was a member of the ODP in Europe in 2007-08 and participated in the Region I camp in 2008 ... St. John's Honor Roll during her freshman and sophomore years and an Indian Prairie Scholar as a senior.
Born Dec. 3, 1992 ... Parents are Stephen and Mary Leary ... Has two siblings, Drake and Quinn ... Majoring in molecular and cellular biology ... Grandfather, Paul Leary, was a track athlete at Boston College ... Cousin, Corbin Blakey, played baseball at Georgetown ... Favorite teams are Barcelona and Anderlect ... Favorite athlete is Zinedine Zidane ... Was most influenced by her grandfather because he is the type of person that would give the shirt off his back to help someone out and I want to be like that ... Dream job is working as a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders.
Updated September 2014