ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Last May Bishop Ireton won their second Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title in three years; advanced to their third-straight Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship game; and finished the 2016 season with a 20-4 record — their third-straight, 20-win season.
Since last May dozens of players have been working hard to prepare themselves to go back to both the WCAC and VISAA championship games this spring and do their best to bring home two more championships to Bishop Ireton. At this time sixteen 2017 varsity team members have verbally committed to play NCAA women’s lacrosse or have already signed their National Letters of Intent to do so.
The Nike/US Lacrosse HS Girls’ Preseason National Top 20 has Bishop Ireton ranked #5. The Nike/USL HS Girls’ Preseason Mid-Atlantic Top 10 has Bishop Ireton ranked #4. During their upcoming regular season Ireton plays the preseason nationally ranked #1, #4, #7, #15, #17, #21, and #23 teams.
TopLaxRecruits.com North America Girls’ Rankings has Bishop Ireton ranked #6. The Preseason TopLaxRecruits.com Girls’ Southern Rankings has Bishop Ireton ranked #2. The Cardinals scrimmage North America’s preseason #12 team in Delaware on March 11; and play North America’s preseason #1, #5, #9, #10, #15, and #18 teams during their upcoming 18-game regular season.
The 2017 nine-game varsity pre-season schedule kicks off at Bishop Ireton’s Fannon Field on Cambridge Road in Alexandria on Saturday, March 4. The Cardinals play three scrimmages: W.T. Woodson at 2:00 p.m.; Flint Hill at 3:30 p.m.; and James Madison at 4:30 p.m.
Regular Season Schedule
The Cardinals open their regular season by hosting Bryn Mawr (MD) on March 13. The 18-game regular-season varsity schedule is loaded with tough games versus conference and non-conference opponents in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, New York and Georgia. The WCAC playoffs take place May 2, 4, and 8 and the VISAA playoffs take place May 16, 19 , and 20.
Head Coach Rick Sofield, who took over the team starting with the 2011 season, now has an overall 104-34 (.754) record. During the 2016 season, Sofield notched his 100th career win on May 3 with a 20-5 WCAC quarterfinal playoff victory versus Bishop O’Connell at Fannon Field. Ireton is 60-11 (.845) over the past three seasons as well as also owning a solid national top-ten ranking since 2014.
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