Feb. 9, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. -
The 2006 women's lacrosse season begins at the end of February and Notre Dame has been ranked 18th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) preseason poll.
The Irish, coming off a 3-12 season in 2005, received 37 points in the coaches' voting and are tied with Cornell for 18th in the nation. In December, the women's lacrosse team was picked 17th in Lacrosse Magazine's preseason poll.
As usual, the Irish will face an impressive schedule in 2006 as they will face eight teams that are ranked by the coaches association in the preseason poll. Topping the list is defending national champion, Northwestern. The Wildcats will start the season ranked first overall. They are followed by Duke (2nd) Georgetown (10th), Syracuse (13th), Loyola (14th), Vanderbilt (15th), James Madison (17th) and Cornell (t18th). Northwestern received 12 of 15 first-place votes with Duke getting the other three.
Notre Dame, a member of the highly competitive BIG EAST, joins Georgetown, Syracuse, and newest member, Loyola (Md.) as conference teams ranked in the preseason poll.
The Irish open the 2006 season on the road, Fri., Feb. 24 when they face the University of California in Berkeley, Calif., in a 3:30 p.m. (PST) contest. On Sun., Feb. 26, Notre Dame visits Stanford in a 12:00 noon (PST) contest. The Irish open the home schedule on Thur., March 2 at 4:30 p.m. when they play host to the Ohio University Bobcats at the Loftus Center in a 4:30 p.m. game.
IWLCA Preseason Poll Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll
Rank School (1st place) Points Rank School
1. Northwestern (12) 296 1. Northwestern
2. Duke (3) 288 2. Duke
3. Dartmouth 233 3. Boston University
4. Princeton 227 4. Virginia
5. Virginia 218 5. Princeton
6. North Carolina 215 6. Dartmouth
7. Johns Hopkins 205 7. North Carolina
8. Boston University 202 8. Johns Hopkins
9. Maryland 186 9. Maryland
10. Georgetown 181 10. Georgetown
11. Penn State 178 11. Towson
12. Towson 127 12. Penn State
13. Syracuse 115 13. Cornell
14. Loyola (Md.) 82 14. Syracuse
15. Vanderbilt 66 15. Loyola (Md.)
16. Hofstra 52 16. Vanderbilt
17. James Madison 46 17. Notre Dame
18. Notre Dame 37 18. Hofstra
Cornell 37 19. James Madison
20. Yale 29 20. Stanford
Receiving Votes: Stanford,
Temple, Delaware, William & Mary