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Irish Meet Wildcats in NCAA Second Round

Opening draw slated for 1 p.m. CT in Evanston, Illinois

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 7/8 Notre Dame takes on #4 Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 12th in Evanston, Illinois. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. local time/2 p.m. ET at Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium. The contest will be streamed live via BTNPlus on BTN2Go.

Date/Time: Sunday, May 12 – 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
Location: Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium — Evanston, Ill.
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Live Stream: BTN Plus via BTN2GO
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  • Sunday marks the 25th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Northwestern, with the Wildcats holding a 20-4 advantage in the series.
  • The Irish and Wildcats have met in the NCAA Tournament on six previous occasions.
  • Their last postseason meeting came in the second round on May 15, 2016, when the Irish earned a 15-3 victory at Arlotta Stadium to advance to the Elite Eight.
  • Samantha Giacolone made eight saves to earn that win in goal for the Irish while Nikki Ortega had a pair of assists.


  • The Irish have now made the NCAA Tournament on 13 occasions, including berths in seven of the last eight seasons under head coach Christine Halfpenny.


  • Sophomore midfielder Andie Aldave, senior goaltender Samantha Giacolone, sophomore attacker Maddie Howe and senior defender Hannah Proctor were each named to the All-ACC First Team, the conference announced on Tuesday, April 21st.
  • Junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan was added to the All-ACC Second Team on Friday, April 26th.
  • The Irish matched top-ranked Boston College for the most first-team selections.
  • Notre Dame is also the only team in the ACC to have players at all four positions to earn first team honors.
  • The four First-Team All-ACC selections are the most the Irish have earned since joining the conference in 2014, and the five total honorees tie the 2016 Irish squad for the most recognitions since becoming an ACC member.
  • Giacolone earns First Team All-ACC accolades for the second consecutive season, while Proctor and Buchanan earn All-ACC recognition for the second straight year after both being named to the Second Team in 2018.


  • Entering the NCAA Tournament, the Irish find themselves in the top 10 of a number of statistical categories.
  • Notre Dame currently sits second in the nation with a draw control percentage of 63.5%.
  • The Irish are fourth in the country in scoring defense (7.71) and sixth in both save percentage (.506) and margin of victory (7.59).
  • Notre Dame leads the ACC in scoring defense and margin of victory in addition to marks of 11.53 caused turnovers per game, 19.76 ground balls per game and 26.59 shots on goal per game.
  • Goaltender Samantha Giacolone ranks seventh in the country and leads the ACC with a 8.16 goals-against average.
  • Andie Aldave ranks sixth in the nation and leads the ACC with an average of 7.94 draw controls per game.
  • Maddie Howe also ranks 5th in the country and tops the ACC with a free position percentage of 68.2%.


  • On Sunday, March 24 at Syracuse, Samantha Giacolone passed Ellie Hilling to become the program’s all-time leader in saves. She currently has 601 stops in her career.
  • Giacolone is also ranked first in Irish history in minutes played (4,191) and second in goals-against average (9.45).
  • On Sunday, April 7 vs. Virginia Tech, sophomore Andie Aldave broke her own single-season program record for draw controls. She currently has 144 in 2019, and 242 for her career. She enters the contest second to Barbara Sullivan (269) for most career draw controls in program history.
  • Junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan enters the contest third in program history in career draw controls with 179.