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Sullivan Named National Player of the Week

Barbara Sullivan is only the ninth Notre Dame student-athlete in any sport to serve as a team captain for three years.

Feb. 16, 2016

By Leigh Torbin

If defense truly does win championships as the saying goes, Notre Dame women's lacrosse knows it claims the country's best in Barbara Sullivan. The two-time first-team All-American and Tewaaraton Award finalist added to her accomplishment list on Tuesday by being named the Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week.

Sullivan's defensive work, including a school-record-tying seven caused turnovers, allowed the No. 8 Irish to withstand an early flurry and eventually turn back No. 15 Stanford, 13-9, on Saturday afternoon.

Sullivan also added a game-high six draw controls and three ground balls to the Notre Dame cause as the Irish improved to 2-0 on the young season while avenging a loss to the Cardinal last spring.

"That's just Barbara doing what Barbara does," head coach Christine Halfpenny told Lacrosse Magazine after the game about her team captain for the past three years. "It's synonymous with our brand. We fight, we're aggressive, we're fast, we're passionate. Barbara was so passionate today, and we were so thrilled that she got her fifth year here."

The seven caused turnovers matched Shaylyn Blaney's sum on April 17, 2010, against Cincinnati for the school record. The seven also gave Sullivan 113 career caused turnovers, moving her into a tie for third place in school history with Blaney, nine behind of Margaret Smith's school-record total of 122 compiled from 2011-14. Sullivan already holds Notre Dame's career record with 215 draw controls and stands fifth in Irish lore with her 144 career ground balls.

The ACC opener is up next for Sullivan and the Irish as Notre Dame welcomes No. 9 Boston College to the Loftus Sports Center at noon on Sunday.

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Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women's lacrosse team while serving as the football publicity team's top lieutenant. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.

 

 

Event Calendar

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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
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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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