March 27, 2018
By Matt Paras
NOTRE DAME, Indiana – Following the Irish 11-10 upset win over No. 7/9 Syracuse, sophomore defender Kathleen Roe was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday morning. It is Roe’s first career ACC honor and the first weekly conference honor for the Irish this season.
Roe has started in every game for the Irish this season and had one of her best performances of the season against Syracuse. She tied a career high with three caused turnovers, scooped up two ground balls and scored as part of an impressive sequence in the second half. She caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball, took the clear herself and beat Asa Goldstock for the goal to extend the Irish lead.
Syracuse entered Saturday’s contest second in the nation in scoring offense, averaging over 17 goals per game. Roe and the Irish defense stymied the high-powered Syracuse offense, limiting the Orange to two goals in the first half and 10 for the game. It was the lowest scoring output for the Orange this season since an 18-11 loss to Maryland. The Irish defense also held the Orange top goal scorer Emily Hawryshuk to no goals on only two shots. It is the only game this season that Hawryshuk has not scored a goal.
The Irish head back on the road this weekend to take an another top-10 opponent. Notre Dame will face No. 5 North Carolina Saturday with opening draw set for 1 pm ET.
Matt Paras, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since January 2018. In his role, he coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track & field programs. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Paras is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sport Administration. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, he worked at Vanderbilt University as the sports information contact for the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs.