Maggie Tamasitis now sits atop the all-time Irish assist charts with 107 after her four-assists performance in the 14-11 victory over Boston University.

Fighting Irish Fall To No. 5 Loyola, 13-10

April 3, 2011

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team fell to fifth-ranked Loyola (Md.) 13-10 in BIG EAST action on Sunday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium. Junior Maggie Tamasitis led the Irish with four points on two goals and two assists.

Notre Dame (4-6, 1-1) also received two goals from seniors Kailene Abt and Shaylyn Blaney and sophomore Jenny Granger.

The Fighting Irish trailed 6-4 at halftime, yet goals from Granger and senior Kaitlin Keena just 34 seconds apart knotted the game 6-6 in the early stages of the second half.

Loyola (11-0, 2-0) grabbed the lead for good (7-6) with 24:27 left in regulation on a Grace Gavin free-position goal. Gavin had four goals and three assists on the day. The Greyhounds extended the lead to two (8-6) on a free-position tally from Mary Heneberry.

Tamasitis sliced the Irish deficit to one (8-7) with 19:10 showing on the clock. Consecutive goals from Abby Rehfuss (free position) and Caroline Hager gave the Greyhounds a three-goal cushion (10-7).

The Irish did not go away as junior Megan Sullivan scored with 14 minutes left to make it a 10-8 affair in favor of the Greyhounds. Rehfuss, who had three goals in the game, pushed the Loyola lead back to three (11-8) with 5:57 remaining yet Blaney scored 16 seconds later on a free-position attempt.

Scores from Gavin and Hager gave the Greyhounds a four-goal edge (13-9), which was their largest of the day, with just under two minutes remaining. Granger deposited the game’s final tally for the Irish with 20 seconds left.

Notre Dame struck first in the contest on a Tamasitis goal with nearly nine minutes elapsed in the first half. Loyola tied the game two minutes later on a Heneberry goal, but the Irish regained the lead with 15:33 left to play in the first half on a tally from Abt.

Three straight Greyhound goals gave them a 4-2 advantage by the 13:23 mark of the opening stanza. Scores from Blaney (free position) and Abt knotted the game (4-4) with 10 minutes remaining in the half. Two goals from Gavin gave Loyola a 6-4 lead at the intermission.

Loyola held a 30-25 edge in shots. Notre Dame sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Hilling made eight saves, while her counterpart Kerry Stoothoff had six stops.

The Greyhounds had a 15-10 advantage in draw controls.

The Fighting Irish return to action on Friday at Villanova. The BIG EAST showdown is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. (ET) in Villanova, Pa.

April 3, 2011 – Arlotta Stadium – Notre Dame, Ind.
#5 Loyola (Md.) (11-0, 2-0) – 6 7 – 13
Notre Dame (4-6, 1-1) – 4 6 – 10

Loyola Scoring (goals-assists):
Grace Gavin 4-3, Abby Rehfuss 3-0, Caroline Hager 2-1, Mary Heneberry 2-0, Meg Decker 1-0, Cara Filippelli 1-0, Joanna Dalton 0-1; Goaltender: Kerry Stoothoff (W, 60:00, 6 saves, 10 GA)

Notre Dame Scoring (goals-assists):
Maggie Tamasitis 2-2, Jenny Granger 2-0, Kailene Abt 2-0, Shaylyn Blaney 2-0, Megan Sullivan 1-0, Kaitlin Keena 1-0; Goaltender: Ellie Hilling (L, 60:00, 8 saves, 13 GA)

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