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Women’s Lacrosse: Hoyas to visit Irish in a Big East matchup

Joe Meixell | Friday, April 15, 2005

In what is becoming a pattern in Notre Dame’s schedule, the Irish have another opportunity to slay a giant.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Notre Dame will take on the No. 3-ranked Georgetown at Moose Krause Stadium.

Hoyas, who are entering the game with an impressive streak.

“Georgetown has never lost a Big East game since the Big East started sponsoring women’s lacrosse,” Irish coach Tracy Coyne said.

“It’s a huge Big East game for us.”

Notre Dame has struggled this season, and wants to begin redeeming its campaign on Saturday.

“I think our goal is to hand them their first Big East loss,” Coyne said.

To do so, Notre Dame will need stellar play from its offense, especially junior midfielder/attacker Chrysti Foote.

Foote, who has been named the Big East Offensive Player of the week twice already this year, leads the team in both goals and assists, with 23 and 13 respectively.

Notre Dame will also need freshman midfielder/attacker Caitlin McKinney to be on her game. McKinney missed the entire second half of last Sunday’s game against Stanford after being ejected late in the first period.

McKinney is second in all scoring categories, having tallied 20 goals and 11 assists.

Saturday’s game will mark the end of Notre Dame’s toughest home stand, a five-game stint that has included tough losses to Connecticut, Duke and Stanford.

Against Stanford, the team suffered a heartbreaking loss, as Stanford broke a 5-5 tie with just 14 seconds to play.

With such a daunting schedule, the team has struggled to a 3-8 record, but its plan for winning has remained the same.

“Our strategy has continually been to improve our game and prove our game,” Coyne said.

At the same time, the Irish know their opponent and understand their strengths and the challenge they will be facing.

“Georgetown comes out and tends to be very patient on offense,” Coyne said.

Ultimately, while the team has had its difficulties this season, the Irish are still excited about playing in such a big game.

“We want to prepare as if this is an NCAA tournament game, and we’re punching on every aspect,” Coyne said.

In what is becoming a pattern in Notre Dame’s schedule, the Irish have another opportunity to slay a giant.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Notre Dame will take on the No. 3-ranked Georgetown at Moose Krause Stadium.

Hoyas, who are entering the game with an impressive streak.

“Georgetown has never lost a Big East game since the Big East started sponsoring women’s lacrosse,” Irish coach Tracy Coyne said.

“It’s a huge Big East game for us.”

Notre Dame has struggled this season, and wants to begin redeeming its campaign on Saturday.

“I think our goal is to hand them their first Big East loss,” Coyne said.

To do so, Notre Dame will need stellar play from its offense, especially junior midfielder/attacker Chrysti Foote.

Foote, who has been named the Big East Offensive Player of the week twice already this year, leads the team in both goals and assists, with 23 and 13 respectively.

Notre Dame will also need freshman midfielder/attacker Caitlin McKinney to be on her game. McKinney missed the entire second half of last Sunday’s game against Stanford after being ejected late in the first period.

McKinney is second in all scoring categories, having tallied 20 goals and 11 assists.

Saturday’s game will mark the end of Notre Dame’s toughest home stand, a five-game stint that has included tough losses to Connecticut, Duke and Stanford.

Against Stanford, the team suffered a heartbreaking loss, as Stanford broke a 5-5 tie with just 14 seconds to play.

With such a daunting schedule, the team has struggled to a 3-8 record, but its plan for winning has remained the same.

“Our strategy has continually been to improve our game and prove our game,” Coyne said.

At the same time, the Irish know their opponent and understand their strengths and the challenge they will be facing.

“Georgetown comes out and tends to be very patient on offense,” Coyne said.

Ultimately, while the team has had its difficulties this season, the Irish are still excited about playing in such a big game.

“We want to prepare as if this is an NCAA tournament game, and we’re punching on every aspect,” Coyne said.