COACH RUDY ON TOULOUSE: "Toulouse initially made her breakthrough with us two years ago as a midfield player. By necessity, we've had to play her in the back. Depending on our central midfield situation, she could be in the back again with T-Rod. They played there all spring and they didn't allow any outdoor goals. She has a technical flair where she can be equally good in the back or in midfield."
AS A SENIOR IN 2008: Game-By-Game Stats
AS A JUNIOR IN 2007: Anchored the UMass defense that started the season allowing only three goals in the first seven games (0.429 per game) ... Finished allowing only 20 goals in 17 games (1.18 avg.), including five shutouts ... Started 16 of 17 games ... Up until the second half against Duquesne (9/30), played in every minute of the season ... Could not play the second half against the Dukes and missed the 10/5 game at Dayton due to injury ... Ended up playing in 1454 of the team's 1589 minutes.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006: Came on as a sophomore, starting all 17 games with four points (four assists) ... The four assists were tops on the team ... Finished tied for sixth on the Minutewomen in total points ... Was part of a UMass defense that allowed less than one goal per game (0.94) to rank first in the A-10 and posted seven shutouts which ranked second in the league ... Recorded four shots on the season, three of which were on goal ... Assisted Jenny Roehrig's game-winning goal against UConn (9/19).... Had an assist against Hartford (9/7) and one against Iona College (9/3) ... Assisted on a goal against Saint Joseph's (10/13).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2005: Played in 14 games, starting in two ... Recorded one assist for one point on the season, coming in her first collegiate game vs. Hartford (8/26) ... Started her first collegiate game at Rhode Island (10/8) and also started at Charlotte (10/28) ... Attempted a season-high four shots vs. Duquesne (10/14) ... Took eight shots with seven in conference play.
BEFORE UMASS: A 2005 graduate of Bishop Dennis J. O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., Toulouse lettered four years for coach Alberto Starcico ... Tallied 11 points (1 g, 9 a) during her senior campaign ... Led defense with only four goals against ... Three-time All-WCAC team honoree ... WCAC All-Star in 2004 ... First-team All-MET ... Third-team All-American ... WCAC Champions in 2002, 2003 and 2004 ... Knights ranked No. 1 in the nation during her senior season.
PERSONAL: Melissa Yvette Toulouse ... Born October 22, 1987, in Washington D.C. ... Daughter of Paul and Dalva Toulouse ... Sister of Kyle and Kika, who is currently a sophomore on the soccer team at the University of Virginia ... A double-major in Journalism and English.
Career Statistics Year GP GS G A Pts Shots GWG 2005 14 2 0 1 1 8 0 2006 17 17 0 4 4 4 0 2007 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 2008 18 18 0 1 1 1 0 Career 65 53 0 6 6 13 0