Feb. 26, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Sophomore attack Cortney Fortunato and senior defender Barbara Sullivan of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team were named of two of 50 members of the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award on Thursday night. The award is annually presented to the nation’s top men’s and women’s collegiate lacrosse players.
Fortunato was one of just two freshmen to earn All-America recognition in 2014 and was named the WomensLax.com national Rookie of the Year. Fortunato started all 19 games and recorded a team-high 46 goals and 17 assists for 63 points with the 63 points ranking second in school history for a freshman. Fortunato has started 2015 strong, posting nine goals and adding a team-high seven assists to top the Irish with 16 points through four games. The seven assists rank third in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 11th nationally.
Sullivan earned first-team All-American honors in 2013 but missed nearly all of 2014 due to injury. She has shown her elite form once again in 2015, both on defense and in her draw control ability. Sullivan leads the ACC, ranking sixth nationally, with 3.00 caused turnovers per game while she stands third in the prestigious conference with 4.75 draw controls per game.
Notre Dame, 3-1 on the young season and ranked No. 16 in this week’s IWLCA Poll, will face No. 5 Duke (5-0) on Sunday at noon in its conference opener. The contest in Durham, North Carolina will be broadcast live on ESPN3.