Fighting Irish Welcome 7 Lacrosse Recruits for 2015 Season

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - With classes starting next week, University of Notre Dame will be bolstering its lineup with seven dynamic freshmen who will help the program build off of a 2014 season that saw the Irish selected to host the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Notre Dame will welcome Rory Byrne (South Bend, Ind.), Sydney Cardozo (Richmond, Va.), Molly Cobb (Towson, Md.), Abi Cullinan (Pittsford, N.Y.), Annie Dooley (Chicago, Ill.), Caroline Doyle (Towson, Md.) and Olivia Mikkelsen (Alexandria, Va.) to an already stout lineup for the 2015 season.

"We are thrilled to welcome the women's lacrosse class of 2018," head coach Christine Halfpenny said. "This group of student-athletes brings depth to every field position. Their size, speed and lacrosse IQ will be outstanding additions to our returning group. It is our expectation every year that the freshman will come in and compete right away for playing time.

"One of the most exciting things about this group is the gritty, tough and determined attitude they bring to the field. They each have a background that will immediately help them transition to our physical brand of fast and aggressive lacrosse. We can't wait to get started with them in a few weeks when they arrive to ND!"

Rory Byrne * Defense * 5-8 * South Bend, Ind./Culver Academies
Graduated from Culver Academies in the spring of 2014 ... lettered for four years in both lacrosse and swimming, serving as team captain in both sports ... received honorable mention All-American accolades as a senior ... a two-time first-team all-state selection ... thrice named both All-Great Lakes and All-Midwest ... an Academic All-American in both 2013 and 2014 ... helped Culver lacrosse to the 2013 state championship, 2014 state semifinals and 2011-12 state runner-up placings ... also played club lacrosse for Indy United ... in the pool, advanced to the state championships in relays each of her last three years at Culver ... helped the Eagles to their first-ever sectional crown as a junior ... set a total of six school/pool records either individually or with relay teams ... member of the national Cum Laude society and French Honor Society ... a Presidential Scholar for her high GPA, she earned Culver's Metcalfe Bowl, annually given to one outstanding student-athlete out of the entire graduating class ... was Culver's Community Service Council president ... full name is Rory Aislinn Byrne ... born in Rochester, N.Y. to Gerry and Dr. Tracy Byrne ... father, Gerry, played lacrosse at UMass and is an assistant coach for the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team which advanced to the NCAA championship game in 2014 ... Tracy earned her bachelor's degree from Notre Dame while Gerry earned his master's degree at Notre Dame ... has two brothers, Brandon and Pierre who is an incoming freshman for the Irish men's lacrosse team ... attended Culver with Irish men's lacrosse player Kyle Trolley and Irish rower Carson Canonie.

Sydney Cardozo * Attack * 5-5 * Richmond, Va./Collegiate School
Graduated from Collegiate School in the spring of 2014 ... claimed 10 varsity letters, four each in lacrosse and field hockey along with a pair in basketball ... helped the Cougars to two state field hockey championships, two state lacrosse runner-up posts and two state basketball semifinals ... claimed Collegiate's Reed Athletic Award as its most outstanding female athlete in 2014 ... was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American and a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic team member ... also claimed two all-state honors in lacrosse ... an all-conference selection in lacrosse three times ... named all-metro in field hockey as both a junior and a senior and all-conference three times ... captained both the lacrosse and field hockey teams ... scored a total of 175 goals in her high school career ... also played for Geronimo Lacrosse and spent two years with the Mid-Atlantic national team ... member of the student government for all four of her years at Collegiate, co-chairing the group as a senior ... as part a senior project, travelled to Costa Rica in May, 2014 with Lacrosse the Nations to teach the game to that nation's youth ... full name is Sydney MacMillan Cardozo ... born in Richmond, Va., to Scott and Whitney Cardozo ... father played lacrosse at Washington and Lee while mother played soccer at Wheaton College ... has a younger sister, Lily ... was a high school teammate of current Irish teammate Austin Pruitt, current Irish football linebacker Doug Randolph and former Notre Dame women's lacrosse star Betsy Mastropieri.

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