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Women's Lacrosse Announces 2005 Spring Schedule

Dec. 13, 2004

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s lacrosse coach Tracy Coyne has announced the 2005 women’s lacrosse schedule for the upcoming spring season.

For the third consecutive season, Coyne and her squad will play an ambitious and aggressive schedule that features six teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament and seven teams that finished the 2004 season ranked among the top 20 in the nation.

The Irish will play three preseason games to prepare for the 2005 campaign. Notre Dame opens the schedule with an exhibition contest versus Team Canada on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Loftus Center. The following week, the Irish head to the East coast for a pair of preseason tilts versus Dartmouth (Sat., Feb. 19) in Hanover, N.H. and then versus Boston University (Sun., Feb. 20) in Boston, Mass.

The regular season opens on Sunday, Feb. 27 when the Irish travel to Athens, Ohio to face the Ohio University Bobcats in a 1:00 p.m. game.

Notre Dame then opens the home schedule on Thursday, March 3 when the Irish play host to the Northwestern Wildcats in a 4:30 p.m. game that will be played at the Loftus Sports Center.

“We are very happy with the schedule that we have this season,” says Coyne.

“There are no easy games and we’ll be facing several quality opponents both at home and on the road. Seven of the 15 games we play will be against teams that finished in the final rankings in 2004 and six of those teams made the NCAA tournament with two of them, Vanderbilt and Georgetown, advancing to the NCAA semifinals. It’s definitely a challenging schedule for our team.”

With the defection of Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Irish will play a five-game BIG EAST schedule, playing host to Connecticut, Rutgers and Georgetown while traveling to Boston College and Syracuse.

The Irish will face seven teams that finished 2004 ranked in the top 20. The list includes: James Madison (#5), Georgetown (#6), Duke (#7), Northwestern (#8), Johns Hopkins (#10), Vanderbilt (#11) and Syracuse (#15). Notre Dame finished the 2004 season ranked ninth in the final IWLCA poll.

FebruarySat. 12 TEAM CANADA (exh.) Loftus Center TBASat. 19 at Dartmouth (exh.) Hanover, N.H. 1:00 p.m.Sun. 20 at Boston Univ. (exh.) Boston, Mass. 12:00 noonSun. 27 at Ohio University Athens, Ohio 1:00 p.m.

MarchThur. 3 NORTHWESTERN Loftus Center 4:30 p.m.Sun. 6 at Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. 12:00 noonWed. 9 at Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn. 1:00 p.m.Sun. 13 at James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. 12:00 noonTues. 22 CAL-BERKELEY Moose Krause Stadium 4:30 p.m.Sat. 26 at Boston College * Chestnut Hill, Mass. 1:00 p.m.

AprilFri. 1 CONNECTICUT * Moose Krause Stadium 7:00 p.m.Sun. 3 RUTGERS * Moose Krause Stadium 12:00 noonFri. 8 DUKE Moose Krause Stadium 4:00 p.m.Sun. 10 STANFORD Moose Krause Stadium 12:00 noonSat. 16 GEORGETOWN * Moose Krause Stadium 1:00 p.m.Sun. 24 at Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. 1:00 p.m.Sat. 30 at Syracuse * Syracuse, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.

MaySat. 7 OHIO STATE Moose Krause Stadium 1:00 p.m.

*BIG EAST Conference gameCAPS denotes home game.All times are local.