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OTRE DAME'S BARBARA SULLIVAN NAMED PRESEASON ALL-ACC; TEAM TABBED SIXTH

February 5, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s lacrosse defender Barbara Sullivan was named
on Tuesday to the single preseason All-ACC team in a vote of the league’s coaches. A
first-team All-American in 2013, the Irish captain will help lead her team into one
of the nation’s toughest conferences for any sport this fall. Reflecting the
strength of the ACC, the Fighting Irish, ranked No. 11 in the nation, are ranked
sixth in the preseason ACC poll.
Sullivan is amongst good company on the preseason All-ACC team. The 13-member squad
features 11 returning All-Americans, including six first-team selections. Sullivan
ranked second in the nation last spring scooping up 3.35 ground balls per game. Her
2.00 caused turnovers per game ranked ninth in the nation and Sullivan’s 3.94 draw
controls per game ranked 20th nationally. Sullivan’s 67 draw controls last spring
set a single-season Notre Dame record. Led by Sullivan, the 2013 Fighting Irish
defense ranked third in the nation in caused turnovers and fifth in ground balls.
The coaches’ poll saw defending national champion North Carolina emerge as the
preseason favorite with four out of the eight first place votes and 60 points.
Maryland (two first place votes) and Syracuse (two first place votes) round out the
top three. All three of those teams participated in the 2013 NCAA final four. Duke,
ranked No. 6 in the nation, is tabbed for fourth in the ACC. Virginia, No. 8 in the
country, is slated fifth with Notre Dame sixth, Boston College seventh and Virginia
Tech eighth. Each of the top seven teams in the league is ranked in the preseason
Top 20 nationally as BC checked into the IWLCA’s preseason poll at No. 20.
The Irish return 17 monogram winners from the 2013 team that went 12-5, qualified
for the NCAAs and was ranked as high as No. 5 during the season. The 2014 season
gets underway for Notre Dame with a home scrimmage against Michigan on Feb. 8 at
7:45 p.m. For season ticket information, logon to UND.com or call (574) 631-7356.
PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL
1. North Carolina (four first place votes, 60 points)
2. Maryland (two first place votes, 54 points)
3. Syracuse (two first place votes, 53 points)
4. Duke (34)
5. Virginia (29)
6. NOTRE DAME (27)
7. Boston College (23)
8. Virginia Tech (8)

PRESEASON ALL-ACC TEAM
Attack
Abbey Friend, Sr., North Carolina
Brooke Griffin, R-Jr., Maryland
Kayla Treanor, So., Syracuse

Midfield
Taylor Cummings, So., Maryland
Kelly McPartland, Jr., Maryland
Mikaela Rix, Jr., Boston College

Defense
Sloane Serpe, Sr., North Carolina
BARBARA SULLIVAN, JR., NOTRE DAME
Taylor Virden, Sr., Duke

At-Large
Casey Bocklet, Jr., A, Virginia
Alyssa Murray, Sr., A, Syracuse
Covie Stanwick, Jr., A, Boston College

Goalkeeper
Kelsey Duryea, So., Duke


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