NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Freshman Kasey Choma scored six goals and the Irish outscored the Buckeyes, 11-2, in the second half as second-ranked Notre Dame improved to 4-0 with an 18-7 victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.
Andie Aldave finished with four goals and five points while Samantha Lynch also recorded a hat trick to go with an assist. Jessi Masinko (2G, 2A), Madison Ahern (G, 2A) and Erin McBride (G, 2A) each had multi-point efforts. Katie Enrietto rounded out the Irish scoring.
Bridget Deehan stopped nine shots to earn her fourth victory in goal this season.
Defensively, the Irish caused 13 Buckeye turnovers. Choma and Diana Kelly each caused a game-high three turnovers while Kathleen Roe caused a pair.
Roe spearheaded a 16-10 Irish advantage in draw controls with a season-high eight. Aldave and Choma each added a trio of draw controls for Notre Dame.
The Irish also earned an 18-15 advantage in ground balls and finished the contest 21-of-22 in clears.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the Buckeyes opened the scoring, Choma netted a pair of goals to put the Irish up 2-1 with 23:41 to go in the first half.
The visitors responded with two straight markers before Lynch and Aldave netted consecutive goals to restore a one-goal Irish lead at the 18:05 mark.
Ohio State made it a 4-4 contest at the 16:22 mark before Choma’s scored her third of the day just 45 seconds later.
After the Buckeyes tied it once more, Notre Dame closed the stanza with scores by Choma and Aldave to take a two-goal advantage into the break.
The Irish extended their scoring run to seven in a row, and seized control of the contest, by scoring the first five markers of the second frame.
Masinko, Choma (2), McBride and Aldave each netted tallies to give the Irish a 12-5 lead with 20:49 to play.
After the Buckeyes made it 12-6, Notre Dame went on a 4-0 run that included two goals by Lynch to go with markers by Masinko and Aldave.
Ahern and Enrietto each scored in the final 2:27 to account for the 18-7 final.
Kasey Choma on her offensive outburst:
“Our leaders, like Andie (Aldave) and Samantha (Lynch), really helped us keep our poise and set the tone. Working the ball around as a team and everyone getting a touch is what made us successful. As a team, we moved the ball really well.”
- Freshman Kasey Choma earned a career-high six goals in the victory.
- Freshman Madison Ahern has opened her college career with four straight multi-point outings.
- Bridget Deehan now owns a .534 save percentage after four games this season.
- Andie Aldave has collected 11 points (8G, 3A) in her past two outings.
- Aldave has notched two straight four-goal games.
- Kathleen Roe had a season-high eight draw controls in the win.
#2 Notre Dame (4-0, 0-0 ACC) is back home next Sunday, March 1 in its ACC opener against Duke. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. ET and the contest is currently slated to be played inside Loftus Sports Center. The matchup will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.