Women's Lax Falls Short at No. 17 Notre Dame, 15-10
Feb. 28, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team used an inspiring second-half effort to give No. 17-ranked Notre Dame all it could handle, but the Irish added two late goals to hang on for a 15-10 home win at Arlotta Stadium on Wednesday.
Trailing 10-3 after 30 minutes, the Golden Eagles (3-3) were able to regroup for the second half, outscoring the Irish (4-2), 7-5, with a 17-12 shots advantage and just five turnovers after 11 first-half miscues.
Allison Lane led MU with three goals on six shots, while Grace Gabriel added two goals on a team-high seven shots. Cate Soccodato added two goals as well, while Riley Hill, Logan Dobratz and Lindsey Willcocks each tallied one goal.
With 4:05 remaining in regulation, Soccodato connected on her second goal of the night to make it a 6-2 Golden Eagle run and cut the Irish deficit to just 13-10 with plenty of time remaining.
However, goals by Andie Aldave and Abi Cullinan in the final 2:36 squashed any hope of an MU comeback effort.
MU was whistled for more than twice as many fouls (38-16) as its counterpart, which led the Irish to a 7-for-12 conversion rate from the free position, including a 5-for-9 success rate in the first half alone. Three of Aldave’s five goals on the day came from the free position, while Molly Cobb added two of her three from the spot and Cullinan notched one as part of a hat trick in the win.
The goalie play on both ends was spectacular as ND’s Samantha Giacolone (11 saves) and MU’s Julianna Horning (10 saves) each tallied double-digit stops, including five saves apiece in the second half.
Marquette won the battle in groundballs, 21-18, after a big second half in which it collected 11-of-16 total.
The Golden Eagles look to rebound as they return home to face Niagara (3-0) on Saturday at noon Central time.
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