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Women's Lacrosse Faces Duke in NCAA Second Round

Rachel Sexton had four goals in Friday night's win over High Point.

May 11, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -

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No. 8-seed Notre Dame women's lacrosse puts its perfect 5-0 record all-time in home NCAA Tournament competition on the line at noon today as the Fighting Irish face off against ACC rival Duke at noon at Arlotta Stadium in the tournament's second round. The game comes one month to the day following a thrilling contest between these same two teams at Arlotta Stadium, one where the Irish prevailed, 12-10.

Notre Dame (10-8) advanced to this contest by running past Big South champion High Point, 18-4, in its first round matchup. Rachel Sexton, Cortney Fortunato and Kaitlyn Brosco all netted hat tricks for Notre Dame while the team's high-pressure defense caused 17 of the Panthers' 26 turnovers and, along with netminders Liz O'Sullivan and Allie Murray, helped limit High Point to just the four goals. It was the largest margin of victory ever for Notre Dame in an NCAA Tournament game.

Duke (10-7) downed Stanford 13-8 in a game that was closer than its score, a final line aided by a trio of empty net goals scored by the Blue Devils. One of the country's elite attackers, Kerrin Maurer continued her torrid pace this year on Friday with four goals and two assists against the Cardinal. Maurer boasts 52 goals and 28 assists now on the year for 80 points.

"If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best and right now we're in the 16 still standing," Notre Dame head coach Christine Halfpenny said. "For us, that's another step in our journey. We're building our program to be one of the elite. This is exactly what we wanted to happen. We worked hard to make sure this happened - advancing to Sunday. We don't want to end our season at home. We have no plans to do that. We'll be ready to have a rematch with Duke."

The winner of this game advances to face the winner of No. 1-seed Maryland and Penn in the NCAA quarterfinals next weekend on the campus site of the highest seeded team. The Terrapins and Quakers will play at noon today in College Park, Md.

 

 

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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