July 26, 2017

By Leigh Torbin

NOTRE DAME, Ind. The continued dual success streak of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse program officially extended into a sixth year under head coach Christine Halfpenny on Wednesday. The Irish have yet to miss the NCAA Championships under Halfpenny’s watch and, today, the program also earned its sixth IWLCA Academic Honor Squad designation for having earned a team cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

In addition to Notre Dame’s aggregate team recognition, Emma Claire Fontenot and Sydney Cardozo earned individual honors on the IWLCA’s Academic Honor Roll for being juniors or older with at least a 3.5 GPA.

The Irish are poised to extend both runs into the 2017-18 academic year as Notre Dame welcomes back six starters from last year’s squad including four of its top seven scorers and Academic All-ACC goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone. That crew will be joined by a star-studded nine-member class of incoming freshmen, which includes three Under Armour All-Americans.


Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.