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#5/4 Irish Drop 13-9 Decision to Top-Ranked BC

Samantha Lynch nets hat trick; Samantha Giacolone makes 10 saves

NEWTON, Mass. — Senior Samantha Giacolone made 10 saves and Samantha Lynch netted a hat trick, but #5/4 Notre Dame fell to top-ranked Boston College, 13-9, this afternoon at the Newton Campus Lacrosse & Soccer Field.

Sophomore Maddie Howe also netted two goals for the Irish, who collected 20 ground balls to the Eagles’ 18. Freshman Hannah Dorney collected a team-high four ground balls, while sophomore Diana Kelly picked up three and six other players collected a pair.

Senior Makenna Pearsall and junior Kelly Donnelly each caused two Boston College turnovers.

Both teams recorded 23 shots on goal.

After three early stops by Giacolone kept the game scoreless, Lynch opened the scoring 8:56 into play.

The Eagles responded with six straight goals before Aldave made it a 6-2 contest with 8:30 left in the opening half.

Dorney and senior Nikki Ortega also scored for the Irish in the final 8:01 of the first half, but Boston College took a 9-4 lead into the break.

The two sides traded the first four goals of the half, with Howe and sophomore Katie Enrietto scoring for the Irish, to make it an 11-6 game with 16:46 remaining.

Notre Dame rallied to within a pair of goals with a 3-0 scoring run that included two markers by Lynch and another tally by Howe. On the defensive end, timely saves by Giacolone and three caused turnovers by the Irish kept the Eagles scoreless for over 14 minutes of play during the second half.

However, Boston College scored twice in the final 2:02 to account for the 13-9 final.


  • Samantha Giacolone has now made at least 10 stops in four of her past five contests dating back to March 16 at Virginia.
  • Samantha Lynch now has a team-high 37 goals and has scored a hat trick in three consecutive games.

The Irish return home on Sunday, April 7, as they take on ACC foe Virginia Tech. That contest is slated for noon ET at Arlotta Stadium and will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.