NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 12/8 and undefeated Notre Dame takes on #4 Syracuse on Sunday, March 24th at Christian Brothers Academy. The ACC contest is slated for noon ET and will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
THE SERIES vs. SYRACUSE
- Wednesday’s contest is the 26th all-time between the Irish and Orange.
- Syracuse holds a 17-8 advantage in the series, including an 8-2 mark at home.
- The Irish earned an 11-10 overtime victory over Syracuse the last time they met on March 24, 2018, with Andie Aldave scoring the game-winner.
- This is the first 9-0 start for Notre Dame since the Irish opened the 2013 season at 10-0. The Irish also started 10-0 in 2004.
- The Irish have scored the first goal in each of their first nine contests and have outscored their opponents 159-51.
- The Irish have caused 117 turnovers this season, compared to 71 for their opponents.
- The Irish lead the country in a number of categories entering the weekend, including draw control percentage (70.5%), scoring defense (5.67) and margin of victory (12).
- Notre Dame sits third in the nation in points per game (26.89), assists per game (9.22) and shots on goal per game (28.11).
- Goaltender Samantha Giacolone leads the nation with a goals-against average of 5.78 and tops the ACC with a save percentage of .551, which also ranks second in the NCAA.
- Andie Aldave ranks fifth in the nation and second in the ACC with an average of 8.11 draw controls per game.
- Maddie Howe ranks fourth in the country and leads the ACC with a free position percentage of .818.
FOUR IRISH ON TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
- Senior goaltender Samantha Giacolone and sophomore attacker Maddie Howe were added to the watch list for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award, the foundation announced on Thursday, March 21.
- Sophomore midfielder Andie Aldave and junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan were named to the initial watch list for the award back on Thursday, February 28.
- Sophomore midfielder Aldave Aldave was tabbed this week’s IWLCA DI Offensive Player of the Week on March 20th after her five-point performance at Virginia, which included the game-winning goal with 1:30 remaining.
- Aldave and senior goaltender Samantha Giacolone were also named this week’s ACC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week after their performances at VCU and Virginia.
- On Wednesday, March 13 at VCU, Samantha Giacolone became the second goaltender in Irish history to reach the 500 career saves mark. She now sits at 521 career saves, just seven shy of tying Ellie Hilling for the all-time program mark.
- Giacolone also enters the contest ranked second in Irish history in goals-against average (9.32), wins (42) and minutes played (3,683).
- Sophomore midfielder Andie Aldave (171) and junior midfielder Savannah Buchanan (147) enter the contest ranked second and sixth in program history in career draw controls.