Notre Dame Profile

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Chris Halfpenny

Ask to name the most storied NCAA programs in college sports, and Notre Dame will be in the top group of most anyone's list. The Fighting Irish participate in 23 Division sports, and have won 19 Division 1 National Championships across eight sports. It's no surprise that Notre Dame's women's lacrosse also ranks in the upper echelon of the sport.

After five seasons as William & Mary's head coach, Christine Halfpenny took over the reins of Notre Dame women's lacrosse program in 2011. Originally hailing from Latham, NY, Coach Halfpenny was a four year lacrosse letter winner at Virginia Tech. Prior to William & Mary, she was the top assistant coach at Duke. As Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick stated when Coach Halfpenny was announced, "Chris brings to Notre Dame the experiences of having been involved with multiple programs and teams that have been to the NCAA final four, won conference titles and produced All-Americans."


About University of Notre Dame
The visually stunning Notre Dame campus is situated on 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 143 buildings in northern Indiana, just six miles from the Michigan state line. With over 8,700 undergrads and another 3,000 graduate students, Notre Dame offers an extensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, and academically ranks among the elite of national universities.

Founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university. As stated as part of the University's mission statement, "As a Catholic university, one of its distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity."

Admission to Notre Dame is highly competitive, with a 50 percentile SAT range of 1990 to 2260. Seventy percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating classes.

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