NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 20 and undefeated Notre Dame takes on 3-2 Virginia Commonwealth University on Wednesday, March 13 at Cary Street Field in Richmond, Virginia. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m., and the contest will be streamed live on ESPN+.
THE SERIES vs. VCU
- Wednesday’s game is the first meeting all-time between Notre Dame and VCU.
- This is the first 6-0 start for Notre Dame since 2013. The Irish also started 6-0 or better in 2012, 2006 and 2004.
- The Irish have scored the first goal in each of their first six contests and have only trailed for 3:14 out of the 360 minutes of play this season.
- The Irish have scored 116 goals and racked up 181 points in their first six victories.
- Maddie Howe leads the Irish with 27 points (18G, 9A) while Samantha Lynch paces the team with 23 goals scored.
- Four players have 20+ points for the Irish so far this season, including Howe, Lynch, Andie Aldave (16G, 9A) and Jessi Masinko (9G, 13A)
- Notre Dame has caused 86 turnovers in six games.
- Aldave leads the Irish with 48 draw controls this season and Savannah Buchanan ranks second on the team with 29.
- The hot start for the Irish sees them leading the country in a number of categories, including points per game (30.17), assists per game (10.83), draw control percentage (72.1%), scoring defense (5.33) and margin of victory (14).
- Goaltender Samantha Giacolone leads the country with a goals-against average of 5.55.
- Andie Aldave ranks fifth in the nation and second in the ACC with an average of eight draw controls per game.
- Sophomore midfielder Andie Aldave and junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan were both named to the initial watch list for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award, the foundation announced in New York on Thursday, Feb. 28
- Senior goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone enters the contest ranked second in Irish history in saves (494), goals-against average (9.47) and minutes played (3,518). Giacolone is also tied with Erin Goodwin for second in program history with 39 career wins in goal.
- Sophomore midfielder Andie Aldave (146) and junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan (141) enter the contest ranked sixth and seventh in program history in career draw controls.
- Notre Dame is ranked #20 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse/Cascade Media poll.
- The Nike Lacrosse/US Lacrosse poll also slots the Irish at #17.