Height: 5′ 5″
Born: April 4, 1985
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: Notre Dame
2013 season with FC Kansas city: Squad’s only Iron Woman, 1,980 minutes over 22 games. Had 2 assists and her 11 shots were all on target.
Buczkowski was a member of several youth national teams. She was a member of the U-19 World Cup team in 2003 and played every minute of the U-21 Nordic Cup tournament in 2005, in which the team won the championship.
Clubs: Sky Blue FC (WPS)-Buczkowski was a sixth-round selection (39th overall) in the 2009 WPS College Draft for the New Jersey Sky Blue. The team went on to win the national championship…Philadelphia Independence (WPS)-The following season, Buczkowski was selected in the first round of the expansion draft by the Philadelphia Independence. During the 2011 season, Jen won the “Iron Women Award” for playing every minute of the season…Chicago Red Stars (WPSL Elite)-After the folding of the WPS in early 2012, Buczkowski joined the Chicago Red Stars, in the semi-professional WPSL Elite. The team would go on to come in second to the Western New York Flash after penalty kicks during the WPSL final
College: Buczkowski attended the University of Notre Dame from 2003-2007 and set the Notre Dame record for 103 career games played. During her career at Notre Dame, she scored 77 points (22nd in Notre Dame history), 20 goals, 37 assists and 97 starts. Buczkowski was a three-time NSCAA All-American. She was among the final 15 candidates for the MAC Hermann Award in 2005 and 2006. Buczkowski was involved with the US youth national team programs from U-16 through U-21.
Buczkowski never missed a game in her college career while setting the Notre Dame record for career games played (103; sixth-most in the NCAA record book). Her other career stats with the Irish included 77 points (22nd in ND history), 20 goals, 37 assists (13th) and 97 starts (6th).
As part of one of the winningest classes in Division I women’s soccer history, Buczkowski played a lead role in Notre Dame’s 92-8-3 record (.908) from 2003-06. The only time that the Irish were outshot in her career came in the 2006 NCAA title game, a 2-1 loss to North Carolina that saw Buczkowski battle courageously despite suffering a major leg injury two days earlier. Buczkowski and her fellow 2006 seniors averaged a 23-5 shot margin in their career and were nearly unbeatable at home, going 53-2-1 at Alumni Field.
A starter with the Under-21 National Team that won the prestigious Nordic Cup in the summer of 2005, Buczkowski was one of three U.S. players to log every minute of that tournament. The Americans rolled up a 15-1 scoring edge during the four games played in Sweden, capped by a 4-1 win over Norway in the Nordic Cup final.
Buczkowski joined her Notre Dame teammate Kerri Hanks and two others as the only players among the final-15 candidates for both the 2005 and 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Award (national player of the year).