Irish women's lacrosse coach Tracy Coyne and her team are ranked eighth to start the season in the IWLCA coaches' poll.

Irish Women's Lacrosse Ranked 8th In Preseason IWLCA Poll

Feb. 9, 2010

Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team that opens the 2010 season on Feb. 23 at Hofstra has been ranked eighth in the preseason Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) coaches’ poll.

The poll puts the Irish in good company, as eight of the teams on the 2010 schedule are included in the preseason rankings. That list includes five-time defending national champion, Northwestern, as the Wildcats open the season ranked No. 1 in the nation after going 23-0 in 2009.

Joining Northwestern on the list are BIG EAST foes, Syracuse at No. 6, Georgetown at No. 7 and Loyola (Md.) at No. 14. Joining those three are Vanderbilt (No. 11), Boston University (No. 12), Dartmouth (No. 15) and Ohio State (No. 16).

Notre Dame is coming off a 2009 season that saw the Irish go 16-5 overall with a 5-2 mark in the BIG EAST. Notre Dame captured its first-ever BIG EAST title last April with wins over Syracuse and Georgetown in the conference tournament. Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year – a first in the program’s history – and the fifth time overall. There, the Irish advanced to the quarterfinals, losing at North Carolina. They finished the season with their highest ever ranking in the IWLCA final poll sixth.

Last week, Notre Dame also was ranked eighth in the Inside Lacrosse preseason media poll.

Head coach Tracy Coyne enters her 14th season guiding the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team. The Irish open the 2010 season on Tuesday, Feb. 23 when they travel to Hempstead, N.Y., for the season opener against Hofstra at 3:30 p.m.

Notre Dame opens the home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 27 when the Irish play host to Duquesne University at the Loftus Center in a 6:00 p.m. contest.

Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA)Division I Preseason Poll                         2009 record    Points (1st)1.   Northwestern           23-0         400   (20)2.   Maryland               21-1         3763.   Pennsylvania           15-3         3544.   North Carolina         16-5         3455.   Duke                   15-6         3136.   Syracuse               14-5         2867.   Georgetown             13-6         2808.   Notre Dame             16-5         2479.   Princeton              14-4         24010.  Virginia               11-8         23911.  Vanderbilt             10-7         18412.  Boston University      15-4         17813.  Stanford               14-4         15314.  Loyola (Md.)           11-6         13415.  Dartmouth               8-8         11216.  Ohio State             11-6          7917.  Towson                 13-6          6818.  Penn State              9-8          6219.  Cornell                 9-7          3820.  William & Mary         10-7          31
Also receiving votes: Boston College, Denver, Fairfield, Harvard, New Hampshire.