Notre Dame's Sullivan Named Epoch/LM Player of the Week
Following a dominant defensive performance in Notre Dame's 13-9 victory Saturday over Stanford, fifth-year standout Barbara Sullivan is the Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week. The ball-hawking defender tied a school record with seven caused turnovers and added a game-high six draw controls to fuel an eight-goal Notre Dame run in the second half.
Sullivan, a two-time first-team IWLCA All-American and 2015 Tewaaraton Award finalist, led the ACC in caused turnovers last season and ranked 19th nationally with 1.95 per game. The Fighting Irish defense picked up where it left off in 2015, when it ranked third nationally with 11.05 caused turnovers per game. Stanford coughed up the ball 19 times Saturday. Notre Dame has ranked in the top 10 nationally in caused turnovers in every season since Sullivan arrived on campus in 2012.
Sullivan, 5-foot-10, was granted a fifth year of eligiblity after missing all but six games of her junior season due to a back injury.
"That's just Barbara doing what Barbara does," coach Christine Halfpenny said after Saturday's win, which moved Notre Dame to 2-0. "It's synonymous with our brand. We fight, we're aggressive, we're fast, we're passionate. Barbara was so passionate today, and we were so thrilled that she got her fifth year here."
The Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week recognizes the most outstanding performances in college men's and women's lacrosse. Make it Epoch.
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