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Notre Dame Ranked Ninth In USILA Preseason Coaches Poll
Senior captain Kelly McKenna and the Fighting Irish will open the season at #2 Duke on Feb. 20.
 
Senior captain Kelly McKenna and the Fighting Irish will open the season at #2 Duke on Feb. 20.

Feb. 4, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team debuted at No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) preseason top-20 coaches poll. The Fighting Irish have four teams on their 2010 slate that appear in the rankings.

Syracuse, the defending national champion, tops the poll, followed by Duke and Virginia, respectively. North Carolina and Johns Hopkins round out the top five in that order.

Notre Dame will open the season at Duke on Feb. 20, while the Irish will close out the regular-season against Syracuse at Notre Dame's brand new Arlotta Stadium on May 1. The Fighting Irish and Orange are part of the new seven-team BIG EAST men's lacrosse league.

The other ranked opponents on Notre Dame's schedule are BIG EAST foe Georgetown (#13) and Loyola (#15). The Irish will travel to Georgetown on April 11, while the Irish and Greyhounds will meet in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic on March 6 in Baltimore, Md.

The Fighting Irish are coming off a 15-1 campaign that included earning the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Championship. Notre Dame won both the Great Western Lacrosse League regular-season and tournament titles in the final season for the conference.

Notre Dame returns six starters and 16 letterwinners from last season's squad. In 2009, the Irish ranked first nationally with a school-record 6.19 goals-against average. The Irish offense was 10th in the nation by averaging 11.00 goals per game.

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February 20
11:30 AM
Georgetown
Atlanta, Ga.
February 24
5:00 PM
Bellarmine
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
February 27
2:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 5
8:00 PM
Maryland
Orange County, Calif.
March 13
5:30 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 19
6:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 26
1:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio
April 2
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, New York
April 10
12:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 13
4:00 PM
Marquette
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 23
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.
April 29
TBA
ACC Tournament
Atlanta, Ga.
April 30
TBA
ACC Tournament
Atlanta, Ga.
May 1
TBA
ACC Tournament
Atlanta, Ga.
May 8
12:00 PM
Army
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)

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