Freshman Shaylyn Blaney is second all-time among Notre Dame freshman scorers with 43 points; her 35 goals rank third all-time.

Irish Down Ohio State, 14-11, In First Road Game Of Season

Feb. 24, 2008

Final Stats

Columbus, Ohio – Freshman midfielder Shaylyn Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) had four goals and one assist and junior Jillian Byers (Northport, N.Y.) had her third consecutive game with four or more goals, scoring four times in Notre Dame’s 14-11 win over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.

Caitlin McKinney (Sr., Lafayette Hill, Pa.) added two goals while Kaitlin Keena (Fr., Vienna, Va.), Kailene Abt (Fr., Huntington, N.Y.), Shannon Burke (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) and Jackie Doherty (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) added single goals in the Irish win.

Maghan Beaudrault led Ohio State with four goals with Jessica Patane and Kristen Slahor adding three each. Amanda Shimp scored the final Buckeye goal.

The win improves 11th-ranked Notre Dame to 3-0 on the season while Ohio State falls to 2-1. The Irish have now won three straight in the all-time series with the Buckeyes.

Blaney, who has scored 10 goals with three assists in her first three games, staked Notre Dame to a 3-0 lead as she scored the game’s first three goals in a span of 8:49. Byers and Keena tacked on single goals to give the Irish a 5-0 lead with 17:20 left in the first half on the way to an 8-3 halftime lead.

The Buckeyes halted that run as Slahor (13:02) and Patane (11:03) each scored over a two-minute span to make it 5-2.

Byers and McKinney returned Notre Dame to a five-goal advantage at 7-2 with 8:56 left in the half as they scored 53 seconds apart.

Beaudrault collected her first goal of the game at 7:13 and Byers scored the final goal of the half with 2:06 remaining for the 8-3 score going into the intermission.

The Irish opened the lead to 12-4 by scoring four of the first five goals of the second half.

Byers picked up her fourth of the game and 15th of the season at the 1:07 mark of the second and half and was followed by Doherty’s goal at 25:24 that made it 10-4.

Shimp scored her only goal of the afternoon for the Buckeyes at 22:59 only to see McKinney get an unassisted goal at 21:46 and Blaney close out her four-goal day at 18:37 for the 12-4 Notre Dame lead.

Beaudrault and Abt traded goals at 17:15 and 13:42 respectively as the Irish lead stayed at eight goals by a 13-5 margin.

From there, the Irish offense took the rest of the game off as Ohio State would score six times in a 7:22 span to make the game a little closer than Notre Dame head coach Tracy Coyne would have liked it as Slahor, Patane and Beaudrault each scored twice to make it 13-11 with 1:34 left in the game.

The Irish would close out the scoring as Burke scored with three seconds left off a Heather Ferguson (Sr., Newtown Square, Pa.) assist, her second of the game to close the scoring at 14-11.

Notre Dame fired 41 shots on goal in the game, the second time this season that the Irish have had 40 or more shots in a game (46 versus Canisius). Buckeye goalkeeper Kristen Gilwee made 20 saves in the game, including 16 in the first half when Notre Dame poured 27 shots on the OSU goal.

Ohio State had 30 shots in the game and Irish goalkeeper Erin Goodman (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) made 11 saves in the game.

The Notre Dame defense had a strong game, causing 15 turnovers for the second time in the game.

The Irish continue their four-game road swing on Sunday, March 2 when they travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to face the Stanford Cardinal. That game will begin at 1:00 p.m. (PST).


** The 3-0 start for the Irish marks the seventh time in the 12-year history of the program that Notre Dame has started a season with three straight wins.

** Notre Dame’s highly ranked freshman class accounted for seven of the team’s 14 goals in the win at Ohio State. Shaylyn Blaney led the group with four while Kaitlin Keena, Kailene Abt and Jackie Doherty had one each.

** With two goals and an assist, Caitlin McKinney extended her school-record point streak to 42 games (102 goals and 47 assists). Jillian Byers has now scored in 20 straight contests and Jane Stoeckert (Mendham, N.J.) has points in 18 consecutive games.

** Through the first three games of the season Jillian Byers has 15 goals and is averaging five goals per game.

GAME SUMMARY                          1     2  -   F#11 Notre Dame (3-0)      8     6  -  14Ohio State (2-1)          3     8  -  11First HalfTime    Team   Score   Goal                 Assistb>29:21    ND     1-0    Shaylyn Blaney26:16    ND     2-0    Shaylyn Blaney       Alicia Billings20:32    ND     3-0    Shaylyn Blaney19:59    ND     4-0    Jillian Byers17:20    ND     5-0    Kaitlin Keena        Shaylyn Blaney13:02    OSU    5-1    Kristen Slahor11:03    OSU    5-2    Jessica Patane 9:49    ND     6-2    Jillian Byers 8:56    ND     7-2    Caitlin McKinney     Jane Stoeckert 7:13    OSU    7-3    Maghan Beaudrault 2:06    ND     8-3    Jillian Byers
Second HalfTime Team Score Goal Assist28:53 ND 9-3 Jillian Byers25:24 ND 10-3 Jackie Doherty Heather Ferguson22:59 OSU 10-4 Amanda Shimp21:46 ND 11-4 Caitlin McKinney18:37 ND 12-4 Shaylyn Blaney17:15 OSU 12-5 Maghan Beaudrault13:42 ND 13-5 Kailene Abt Caitlin McKinney 8:56 OSU 13-6 Kristen Slahor Jessica Patane 5:22 OSU 13-7 Jessica Patane 3:33 OSU 13-8 Kristen Slahor 3:07 OSU 13-9 Maghan Beaudrault 2:15 OSU 13-10 Jessica Patane 1:34 OSU 13-11 Maghan Beaudrault Brittney Zerhusen 0:03 ND 14-11 Shannon Burke Heather FergusonGoalkeepers:Notre Dame: (Erin Goodman; 60:00 min; 11 goals, 11 saves)Ohio State: (Kristen Gilwee; 60:00 min; 14 goals, 20 saves)
Total Shots: ND - 41; OSU - 30Groundballs: ND - 22; OSU - 13Draw Controls: ND - 15; OSU - 11Caused Turnovers: ND - 15; OSU - 7