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Irish ready to take on Cardinal

Joe Meixell | Friday, February 27, 2009

Coming off a solid victory over Ohio State, Notre Dame looks to continue its winning ways against visiting Stanford.

The No. 11 Irish (2-1) sustained their only loss of the season to national No. 1 Northwestern last weekend at home.?

“We rely on a tough, tight schedule now to prepare us for the postseason” Irish coach Tracy Coyne said. “Competition is tough, so big games are important for us.”?

Junior attacker Gina Scioscia is pacing the team’s offense with six?goals and four assists. The sophomore scoring trio of Kailene Abt,?Jillian Byers and Shaylyn Blaney have all scored eight goals each in their three games.?

Senior Erin Goodman will likely get her 39th career start at goal for the Irish.

The Irish will try to avenge a tough 13-9 loss to Stanford on the road last season.

“Stanford is always a good team,” Coyne said. “It was a difficult loss to them last season, and now that they are here we really want to make up for that.”?

The matchup will take place at the Loftus Sports Center, 2 pm.