NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan and sophomore attacker Maddie Howe were each named to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team, the conference announced today (Feb. 6).
The Irish, ranked #20 in the IWLCA preseason poll, were also slotted No. 6 in the ACC preseason poll.
The Irish open the 2019 season this Friday (Feb. 8) at 2 p.m. local/3 p.m. ET on the road against Marquette before hosting their home opener on Sunday (Feb. 10) vs. Canisius at 1 p.m. All Notre Dame women’s lacrosse home contests can be attended free of admission.
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
A 2018 IWLCA All West/Midwest Region First Team & Second Team All-ACC All-Star, Buchanan led the Irish with 27 assists while also racking up 67 draw controls and 27 goals last season. In 38 career contests, Buchanan has collected 46 goals and 72 points for the Irish. Buchanan’s efforts in 2018 also earned her 2018 ACC All-Tournament Team and 2018 ILWomen Midseason Honorable Mention All-American accolades.
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.
Howe is coming off of a freshman campaign in which she led the Irish with 40 goals and 55 points in 19 contests. She combined with Aldie Aldave to be the first freshman duo in program history to score 30+ goals in a single season. Howe’s 55 points in 2018 also rank third all-time in school history for most points as a freshman. Howe’s efforts in the classroom last year also earned her ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades.
Preseason ACC Coaches Poll
1. Boston College (63)
2. North Carolina (55)
3. Virginia Tech (39)
4. Virginia (37)
5. Syracuse (35)
6. Notre Dame (30)
7. Duke (21)
8. Louisville (8)
Preseason All-ACC Team
A – Sam Apuzzo, Sr., Boston College
A – Kenzie Kent, Gr., Boston College
A – Jamie Ortega, So., North Carolina
M – Dempsey Arsenault, Sr., Boston College
M – Paige Petty, So., Virginia Tech
M – Maggie Jackson, Sr., Virginia
D – Elizabeth Miller, Sr., Boston College
D – Kaitlin Luzik, Sr., Virginia
D – Kerry Defliese, Jr., Syracuse
GK – Taylor Moreno, So., North Carolina (tie)
GK – Lauren Daly, Sr., Boston College (tie)
At-large: Olivia Jenner, Sr., Duke
At-large: Katie Hoeg, Jr., North Carolina
At-large: Savannah Buchanan, Jr., Notre Dame
At-large: Maddie Howe, So., Notre Dame
At-large: Emily Hawryschuk, Syracuse
At-large: Avery Shoemaker, Sr., Virginia
At-large: Sammy Mueller, Jr., Virginia