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    Following Flynt - Irish Lax Wins Season Opener

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    After the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team knocked off #2 Duke, 7-3 on Saturday, the 20th-ranked women's team closed out the great weekend at Arlotta Stadium - opening its season with a 17-14 victory over preseason #6 Stanford.

    Sophomore Lindsay Powell led the Fighting Irish with five scores, including two in the second half. Junior Jaimie Morrison added four goals, while senior tri-captain Megan Sullivan netted three scores. Fellow senior tri-captain Maggie Tamasitis contributed six assists in the victory.

    It's a great start to a new era for the Fighting Irish, as head coach Christine Halfpenny wins the first game of her tenure in South Bend. Halfpenny was hired this past July after spending the past five seasons as head coach at the College of William & Mary.

    Meanwhile, Stanford, which lost previously to Northwestern and Ohio State, drops to a disappointing 0-3 to start the season. After a 12-7 halftime deficit, the Cardinal fought back and came within two goals of tying the score. Amy Bokker's team actually outscored the Fighting Irish, 7-5 in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome Notre Dame's scoring assault.

    Notre Dame will be back in action on Saturday at noon ET against Duquesne. Hopefully that game will also be played at Arlotta Stadium, but we'll have to wait and see what happens with the February weather in South Bend. Stay tuned to UND.com for a complete story and highlights of the great season-opening victory for new head coach Christine Halfpenny's Fighting Irish squad.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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