Feb. 9, 2016
By Leigh Torbin
Notre Dame women’s lacrosse attacker Cortney Fortunato started off the 2016 season where her 2015 first-team All-America campaign left off on Saturday, scoring four goals and adding four assists in an 18-5 win at Jacksonville.
On Tuesday, she was rewarded for her career-high-tying eight-point effort by picking up the first ACC Offensive Player of the Week award for the 2016 season.
Against the Dolphins, Fortunato set career highs with those four assists and also with her four caused turnovers which led the Irish. Fortunato gathered a pair of ground balls in the win. She scored three goals in the first 14:06 of the game to help the Irish take command of the contest. Her goal at the 15:54 mark kicked off an 11-0 run for the Irish during which she scored twice and collected all four of her assists.
The four goals and eight points at Jacksonville give Fortunato 106 and 147, respectively, in her Irish career. Both sums stand 10th in school history just one game into her junior season.
Fortunato and the Irish will play host to No. 16 Stanford in their home opener at noon on Saturday at the Loftus Sports Center.
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.