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Irish Battle Owls In Midweek Contest

April 5, 2017

By Megan Golden

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 12 University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team ventures south for a midweek, non-conference matchup at Kennesaw State on Thursday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

The Irish (9-5, 3-2 ACC) will play their 10th non-conference game of the season against the Owls (5-4, 1-2 ASUN). Notre Dame is 6-3 in nine contests outside of the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

WHAT: No. 12 Notre Dame vs. Kennesaw State
WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Atlanta)

History vs. Atlantic Sun Conference

Notre Dame and Kennesaw State will face off for the first time in program history on Thursday.

The Irish are 3-0 all-time against the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN). Notre Dame is 2-0 against Detroit Mercy and 1-0 versus Jacksonville. Notre Dame has played one game versus the ASUN this season, coming in the form of a 24-9 victory over Detroit Mercy on Feb. 11 at Loftus Sports Center.

Rare Unranked Foe

Notre Dame has opposed seven nationally-ranked teams this season, including three non-conference teams — Northwestern, Princeton and Towson. The Irish are 3-4 against ranked opponents in 2017.

With just three regular-season games remaining, Notre Dame will face the unranked Owls, followed by two ranked, ACC opponents in No. 20 Virginia Tech and No. 17 Boston College.

Giacolone Keeping Busy

Sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone collected a career-high 18 saves against No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday. Giacolone had 11 second-half saves.

The Manorville, New York, native previously had tallied a career-high-tying 13 saves in Notre Dame’s 16-7 win over No. 2 Syracuse on March 26. She was named IWLCA National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week following her performance versus the Orange.

Game Coverage

The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and can be viewed here.

For a closer, behind-the-scenes look at the Irish women’s lacrosse program, follow @NDWomensLax on Twitter and ndwlax on Snapchat.


Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.