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posted 05.03.2012 at 4.20 p.m. by Clare Lochary

Notre Dame's Powell Suffers Season-Ending ACL Tear

Notre Dame's leading scorer, sophomore Lindsay Powell, suffered a season-ending injury in practice on April 30 when she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament. The Fighting Irish are scheduled to play Loyola at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Big East Tournament semifinal at Syracuse University.

"As a staff and a team we are all sad for Lindsay," said head coach Christine Halfpenny in a press release. "My heart goes out to her for having to suffer this injury twice. It's tough to have it once, but to suffer it twice is unthinkable. We are already helping her get on the road to recovery and we know she will come back stronger just as she did the first time around."

Powell redshirted the 2011 season after she tore her right ACL. As a sophomore, she took over as the Fighting Irish's go-to shooter upon the graduation of All-American Shaylyn Blaney. She ends her season with 44 goals and 1 assist. She averaged 2.75 goals per game, and scored the game-winner in a 7-6 double overtime victory at Georgetown.

Junior attacker Jaimie Morrison (34g) is the next highest goal scorer on the team; senior attacker Maggie Tamasitis (20g, 56a) is the overall points leader.

Notre Dame is seeded No. 3 in the Big East Tournament; Loyola is No. 2. They last met on April 1, when Greyhounds beat the Irish, 17-11. The winner of today's game advances to play the winner of the second semifinal between No. 1 seed Syracuse v. No. 4 seed Georgetown.