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Women's Lacrosse No. 11 in Inside Lacrosse Preseason Poll

No. 4 Northwestern is one of many top teams awaiting Stephanie Toy and the Irish in 2014.

Jan. 8, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - NCAA Tournament participants in six of the last seven years, the Notre Dame women's lacrosse team will begin the 2014 campaign ranked No. 11 in the country in the Lacrosse Magazine preseason poll.

The road ahead of the Irish isn't easy as Notre Dame will face six of the country's top seven teams amongst its nine preseason ranked opponents, but head coach Christine Halfpenny wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's always nice to be recognized in the preseason polls," the Irish coach said. "It's always nice to be recognized and I give my team a lot of credit for earning that respect from what people have seen this fall to be included in the poll. However, right now we are focused on our training and preparation to start the season strong.

"Our schedule will test us week-in and week-out, and our goal is to prove that we can continue playing at a high level deep into May this year. The only way to do that will be to take it one game at a time and stay focused on Notre Dame lacrosse."

Notre Dame's 2014 season will see the Irish face off with preseason No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Syracuse, No. 4 Northwestern, No. 6 Duke and No. 7 Virginia. The Irish will also showcase their abilities against No. 12 Stony Brook, No. 14 Stanford and No. 20 Boston College this spring.

Ranked teams represent 56-percent of Notre Dame's 16-game schedule. The Irish will play 38-percent of their 2014 slate against teams ranked in the preseason top seven.

The 2014 season will commence for Notre Dame with a home scrimmage against Michigan on Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

LACROSSE MAGAZINE PRESEASON TOP 20
1. North Carolina*
2. Maryland*
3. Syracuse*
4. Northwestern*
5. Florida
6. Duke*
7. Virginia*
8. Penn State
9. Georgetown
10. Loyola
11. NOTRE DAME
12. Stony Brook*
13. Penn
14. Stanford*
15. Towson
16. UMass
17. Denver
18. Navy
19. Princeton
20. Boston College*
* Denotes 2014 Notre Dame opponent

 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

January 15
10:00 AM
Team USA
Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
February 5
1:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 10
7:00 PM
Liberty
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 11
3:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 14
7:00 PM
Marquette
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 18
1:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (TBD)
February 23
6:00 PM
Elon
Burlington, N.C. (Rudd Field)
February 26
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
March 4
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 7
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 11
1:00 PM
Princeton
Princeton, N.J. (Alumni Stadium)
March 15
4:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md. (Johnny Unitas Stadium)
March 18
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)
April 2
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 6
1:00 PM
Kennesaw State
Atlanta, Ga. (Fifth Third Bank Stadium)
April 15
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 22
12:00 PM
Boston College
Newton, Mass. (Newton Campus Lax & Soccer Field)
April 27
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 28
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 29
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 30
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
May 12
TBA
NCAA First Round
TBD
May 14
TBA
NCAA Second Round
TBD
May 20
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 21
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 26
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)
May 28
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)

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