Jan. 15, 2004
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s lacrosse coach Tracy Coyne has announced the 2004 women’s lacrosse captains for the upcoming spring season that starts in late February.
Seniors Andrea Kinnik (West Chester, Pa.) and Meredith Simon (Flemington, N.J.) were selected by their teammates to serve as team captains for the 2004 campaign. Both players will be in their first seasons as team captains for the Notre Dame lacrosse program.
In making the announcement, Coyne said, “I’m very excited to have Andrea (Kinnik) and Meredith (Simon) selected as team captains for the coming season. They have demonstrated throughout their careers their total dedication to the program. Both players showed a sense of urgency throughout the fall as they set a strong example for their teammates through hard work in both practice and the fall games. They want to get the program back to where we were in 2002, challenge for the BIG EAST and return to the NCAA tournament. They are true leaders and will be a positive influence for the rest of the team.”
Kinnik became the leader of the Notre Dame defense in 2003 as she started became a full-time starter in her junior year. She led the team with 42 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers in 15 starts. She also added a goal from her midfield/defense position. The speedy Kinnik was a first team Brine/IWLCA all-Mid-Atlantic selection on defense and was named a third team all-American by Womenslacrosse.com following the season. In 39 career games, she has two goals and two assists to go with 67 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers.
Meredith Simon joins Andrea Kinnik as one of two captains for the Irish women’s lacrosse team. She is also the team’s top returning scorer.
Simon is Notre Dame’s top returning scorer as she finished second among Irish scorers in 2003 with 27 goals and 14 assists for 41 points. She also collected 31 ground balls and 30 draw controls to be among Notre Dame’s leaders in each department. She was a first team all-BIG EAST selection as a junior and was chosen to the Brine/IWLCA all Mid-Atlantic region team. In 47 career games, Simon has recorded 63 goals and 21 assists for 84 points. She comes into her final season ranked seventh in goals, sixth in assists and seventh in points scored.
Notre Dame opens the 2004 schedule on Saturday, Feb. 14 when the Irish play host to Team Canada in an exhibition game at the Loftus Center beginning at 12:00 noon. They then open the regular season Friday, Feb. 27 when they travel to Berkeley, Calif. to face the University of California Bears. That game begins at 3:30 p.m. (PST).