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Valparaiso Heads to Notre Dame for NCAA Action

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Valparaiso University will make its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance close to home next Friday, May 12, as the Crusaders head to South Bend, Ind. to face #2 Notre Dame.

The Crusaders, Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament champions, earned the automatic bid to the tournament. Notre Dame did the same by winning the Big East Conference tournament.

Valpo (15-7, 8-0 Mid-Con) enters the NCAA Tournament having won six straight matches and 11 of its last 12 contests overall. Notre Dame (24-1) has won eight straight, with the Fighting Irish's lone defeat this season coming 4-3 to Vanderbilt.

The winner for the Valpo-Notre Dame contest will meet the winner of Michigan (16-7) and Nebraska (17-9) on Saturday, May 13. Times of all matches will be announced later in the week.

Valpo faced Northwestern in last year's first round, falling 4-0 to the Wildcats.