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Irish Picked Third In Women's Lacrosse BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll

Jan. 28, 2004

Providence, R.I. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team has been selected to finish third in the BIG EAST this coming spring in voting done by the league’s head coaches. Georgetown was a unanimous selection for first place with six first-place votes while Syracuse was second, getting one first-place vote.

Georgetown received a total of 36 points, with Syracuse 29. Notre Dame was third with 26 points. Rutgers finished fourth with 20 points, followed by Connecticut in fifth with 16 points, Boston College in sixth with 15 points and Virginia Tech was seventh with six points.

Notre Dame finished the 2003 season in third place in the BIG EAST with a 4-2 league record. Overall, the Irish were 8-7 on the season.

Two Irish players were selected to the league’s preseason all-BIG EAST team. Seniors Andrea Kinnik (West Chester, Pa.) and Meredith Simon (Flemington, N.J.) were both named by the league’s coaches. Both players were named co-captains of the Notre Dame squad earlier in January.

Kinnik became the leader of the Notre Dame defense in 2003 as she started became a full-time starter in her junior year. She led the team with 42 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers in 15 starts. She also added a goal from her midfield/defense position. The speedy Kinnik was a first team Brine/IWLCA all-Mid-Atlantic selection on defense and was named a third team all-American by Womenslacrosse.com following the season. In 39 career games, she has two goals and two assists to go with 67 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers.

Simon is Notre Dame’s top returning scorer as she finished second among Irish scorers in 2003 with 27 goals and 14 assists for 41 points. She also collected 31 ground balls and 30 draw controls to be among Notre Dame’s leaders in each department. She was a first team all-BIG EAST selection as a junior and was chosen to the Brine/IWLCA all Mid-Atlantic region team. In 47 career games, Simon has recorded 63 goals and 21 assists for 84 points. She comes into her final season ranked seventh in goals, sixth in assists and seventh in points scored.

2004 Coaches Preseason Poll                              2003 Records          2003 FinishSchool         Points      BIG EAST     Overall    Regular SeasonGeorgetown (6)      36          6-0         13-4           1stSyracuse (1)        29          5-1         10-6           2ndNotre Dame          26          4-2          8-7           3rdRutgers             20          3-3         12-4           4thConnecticut         16          1-5          8-8           6thBoston College      15          2-4          9-6           5thVirginia Tech        6          0-6          3-14          7th
Preseason All-BIG EAST TeamChristina Curiale, Rutgers, Sr., AMichi Ellers, Georgetown, Sr., M *Lyndsey Feldman, Rutgers, Jr., G *Monica Joines, Syracuse, Jr., M *Andrea Kinnik, Notre Dame, Sr., M/DGloria Lozano, Georgetown, Sr., M *Tracy Mullaney, Connecticut, Jr., A *Anouk Peters, Georgetown, Sr., AMeredith Simon, Notre Dame, Sr., M/AKate Threadgold, Virginia Tech, Sr., AStephanie Walker, Syracuse, So., MJackie Yovankin, Boston College, Jr., MLeigh-Ann Zimmer, Syracuse, Sr., M *

* Unanimous selection

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Leigh-Ann Zimmer, Syracuse, M

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Michi Ellers, Georgetown, Sr., M