Hardy, engaged to be married in September, after the conclusion of the WPS season, took time out from her holiday activities recently to engage in the following exchange.
Question: As you look back on your collegiate career, what stands out?
Answer: For me, it's the relationships I made. It's not so much having been to four final fours, and the soccer has been awesome. But I'll remember the relationships I've had and I wouldn't trade those for a national championship.
Q: Some people would say UCLA had the best defense in the program's history this season, would you agree?
A: In terms of the record [for fewest goals allowed] it was the best, but that's all I really would say. This year's defense was different in that we all had more than one season to grow together as players. The comfort level with this group made a huge difference.
Q: Your coach called you the best defender in the country. How did that make you feel?
A: It's a huge honor coming from Jill. I'm really thankful to have a coach who believes in me and thinks highly of me, which is different from the experience some of my friends had in college.
[Ellis' praise] is a huge blessing and a huge honor. But I know so many great defenders, I'd argue with her.
Q: The College Cup ended early for the Bruins and you were involved in a controversial foul call that led to the winning penalty kick. Do you have any lingering disappointment or regret about this year's semifinal loss?
A: In past years, I've been frustrated because I didn't feel like we performed to the level we could have. But this year, I am proud of my team and proud of how we played.