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Irish Look to Remain Unbeaten in Conference Play

March 17, 2017

By Megan Golden

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 10 University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team trekked down to Charlottesville, Virginia, for its third straight road matchup against Virginia at Noon ET on Saturday at Klockner Stadium.

The Irish will look to remain undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play as they currently possess a 2-0 record with wins over Duke and Louisville.

WHAT: No. 10 Notre Dame vs. Virginia
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Noon ET
WHERE: Klockner Stadium (Charlottesville, Va.)
LIVE STREAM: ACC Network Extra

History vs. Virginia

Notre Dame owns a 3-1 all-time record against the Cavaliers, including a 1-0 record on the road.

The Irish have won three straight contests against Virginia. Most recently, Notre Dame defeated then-ranked No. 9 Virginia, 16-4, on March 19, 2016.

Second-Half Story

After outscoring opponents 65-24 in the second half of the first eight games, Notre Dame has been outscored 22-16 in the second half in its last three games.

Over the past five games, the Irish have won 58 draw controls in the second half, compared to 54 in the first half. The team has collected 40 second-half saves, compared to 33 in the first half.

The Irish have allowed exactly 14 goals in each of their three losses. In those games, Notre Dame tied its opponent in the second half versus Northwestern and Towson and dropped the second half 7-4 against Princeton.

Milestone Tracker

  • Senior Cortney Fortunato (76 assists) needs four assists to tie Caitlin McKinney for third place on the all-time list.
  • Fortunato (201 goals) needs 61 goals to tie Jillian Byers (262) for first place on the all-time list.
  • Senior Casey Pearsall (149 draw controls) needs two draws to tie Margaret Smith for fourth place, five to tie Jillian Byers for third and 16 to tie Shaylyn Blaney for second.

Live Coverage

The game will be streamed live by the ACC Network Extra and also can be viewed on WatchESPN by clicking here.

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


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.