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Irish Ranked 17th In Coaches' Preseason Poll

Feb. 12, 2004

Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team has been ranked 17th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) preseason poll that was released today.

The Irish were named on 13 of 15 ballots and received a total of 72 votes. Notre Dame finished the 2003 season ranked 16th in the final IWLCA poll of the year after going 8-7 overall and 4-2 in the BIG EAST.

The preseason poll ranks nine of the 16 teams on Notre Dame’s 2004 schedule among the top 20 teams in the nation while five other teams on the schedule received votes for the preseason poll.

This season, the Irish will face Duke (4th), Georgetown (6th), James Madison (8th), Ohio State (9th), Syracuse (13th), Stanford (14th), Cornell (15th), Vanderbilt (16th) and Johns Hopkins (20th). The five teams on the schedule that received votes includes Ohio University, Northwestern, Connecticut, Rutgers and Boston College.

Three of the seven teams in the BIG EAST – Georgetown, Syracuse and Notre Dame were ranked in the top 20 while three others received votes. The Irish were picked for third in the BIG EAST preseason poll behind Georgetown and Syracuse.

Notre Dame opens its regular-season schedule on Friday, February 27th when the Irish travel to the University of California.

The Irish open preseason action this weekend, Saturday, February 14th, when they play host to Team Canada in an exhibition game at the Loftus Center that will begin at 12:00 noon.

IWLCA Preseason Poll
Rank School Points 1. Princeton 296 2. Maryland 270 3. Virginia 268 4. Duke 260 5. Loyola 229 6. Georgetown 221 7. Dartmouth 207 8. James Madison 174 9. Ohio State 15710. Penn State 13811. North Carolina 13512. Boston University 12113. Syracuse 10914. Stanford 9915. Cornell 8916. Vanderbilt 8817. Notre Dame 7218. Yale 5619. Old Dominion 5120. Johns Hopkins 48
Receiving Votes: Richmond, 17; Ohio University, 12;Delaware, 9; Northwestern, 7; Connecticut, 5; GeorgeMason, 4; Rutgers, 3; Temple, 3; Boston College, 1;Massachusetts, 1.