Feb. 2, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. – The 2005 women’s lacrosse season begins at the end of February and the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team has been ranked 16th by Inside Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason poll that will be available at newsstands in early February. The magazine also announced its 2005 preseason All-American teams with Irish junior attack standout Crysti Foote (Suffern, N.Y.) named to the third team.
According to Inside Lacrosse’s preseason selections, the Irish will face six teams that are ranked in the preseason led by Northwestern (3rd), Duke (4th), Georgetown (5th), Johns Hopkins (7th), James Madison (11th) and Syracuse (13th). Two teams that Notre Dame will face in the preseason – Dartmouth (10th) and Boston University (20th) – are also ranked by Inside Lacrosse.
Notre Dame is coming off a 2004 season that saw the Irish finish 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the BIG EAST. They advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in the program’s history and finished the year ranked ninth in the nation.
Foote will be counted on to carry the Notre Dame offense this season. The junior is the team’s top returning scorer as she finished fourth in scoring a year ago with 26 goals and nine assists for 35 points. She was selected second team All-BIG EAST and was a second team IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region All-American for 2004.
In two seasons with the Irish, Foote already ranks 10th on the all-time scoring list with 53 goals and 20 assists for 73 points.
Notre Dame opens the preseason on Friday, Feb. 11th when the Irish play host to Team Canada at the Loftus Center in an 8:30 p.m. game. They then travel to Dartmouth (Feb. 19) and Boston University (Feb. 20) before opening the regular season on Feb. 27 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Inside Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll
Rank School 1. Virginia 2. Princeton 3. Northwestern 4. Duke 5. Georgetown 6. North Carolina 7. Johns Hopkins 8. Maryland 9. Loyola 10. Dartmouth 11. James Madison 12. Towson 13. Syracuse 14. William & Mary 15. Delaware 16. Notre Dame 17. New Hampshire 18. Hofstra 19. George Mason 20. Boston University