April 3, 2010
Washington, D.C. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team returned to BIG EAST play on Saturday afternoon at Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Field where the Irish rallied from a five-goal deficit, took the lead in the second half but then finished on the losing end of the 12-10 score.
Notre Dame got five-point games from junior Kailene Abt (4g, 1a) and senior Gina Scioscia (2g, 3a) to lead the Irish offensive attack. Sophomore Megan Sullivan and freshman Betsy Mastropieri each scored twice for Notre Dame.
The Hoyas got goals from nine different players with Molly Ford, Kathleen Dwyer and Sarah Seats getting two each. Jacqueline Giles, Sophia Thomas, Kelsi Bozel, Dina Jackson, Mary Beth Brophy and Kelly Barnes had one goal each in the Georgetown win.
For Notre Dame, the loss was the third in the last four contests and dropped the Irish to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in BIG EAST play. Georgetown improved to 4-5 overall and the Hoyas are now 2-0 in BIG EAST action. The meeting was the first between the two schools since last April when Notre Dame won the BIG EAST championship at Georgetown by a 12-10 score.
Saturday afternoon saw the Irish struggle to get the offense going early in the game as the Hoyas scored the first three goals of the game. It would take just under 10 minutes for either team to score, but Georgetown was the first on the board at 20:59 when Ford opened the scoring with an unassisted goal. Brophy added a free-position goal 51 seconds later to make it 2-1 and Giles scored her goal at 19:11 for the 3-0 lead.
After a Notre Dame timeout, the Irish finally got on the board at 18:09 when Sullivan converted a Maggie Tamasitis feed for her first goal of the game to cut the Hoyas’ lead to 3-1.
Georgetown answered with three goals in a 3:15 span to build the lead to 6-1. Seats scored via a free-position goal (16:26), Ford scored her second of the game at 13:49 and Kelsi Bozel closed the run at 13:11.
The Irish would score the next five goals of the half with Scioscia and Abt pacing the comeback. Abt started the run when she took a feed from Ansley Stewart and beat Georgetown’s Caitlin Formby at 9:58 to make it 6-2. Scioscia tallied an unassisted goal at 8:37 and 25 seconds later set up Mastropieri’s first goal of the game with 8:12 left in the half to make it 6-4.
Scioscia, the preseason BIG EAST offensive player of the year selection, cut the lead to 6-5 at 4:35 when she beat Formby with an assist to Abt. Sullivan picked up her second goal of the half with 4:13 left to tie the game at 6-6.
The score would stay that way until 2:50 remained in the first half when Giles (who had three points in the game), set up Kathleen Dwyer’s first goal of the game to give Georgetown a 7-6 lead that the Hoyas would take into the half.
The Irish would grab the lead for the first time early in the second half with Abt getting both goals. Scioscia set up the junior midfielder at 28:09 to tie the game at 7-7. Abt would get her third of the game unassisted at 26:47 to give Notre Dame the 8-7 lead.
Georgetown knotted the score at 8-8 when Sophia Thomas fired a shot past Irish freshman goalkeeper Ellie Hilling at 24:21. Mastropieri answered with her second goal of the game just one minute later at 23:21 to give Notre Dame a second, one-goal lead at 9-8.
The Hoyas would get the tying and go-ahead goals to take a 10-9 lead. Ford set up Dwyer for her second goal of the game at 20:52 and Seats put Georgetown ahead at 16:21.
The Irish would make one more run for the lead. Abt scored her fourth of the game with 11:27 left in the game to make it 10-10. From there, the Hoyas’ defense slammed the door on the Notre Dame attack.
Barnes scored on a free-position goal with 9:50 left for the eventual game winner and Jackson added an insurance goal with 5:11 left for the final score of 12-10.
Georgetown dominated the shots on goal stats and the draw controls. The Hoyas out shot Notre Dame, 32-21, in the game. Hilling finished with 10 saves in the game while Formby had seven for the Hoyas. Georgetown won 18 of 24 draws to control possession during the game.
The Irish will look to change their fortunes in the third game of the road trip on Monday, April 5 when they visit Baltimore, Md., to face the Loyola Greyhounds in a noon game at the Ridley Athletic Complex
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 - F#14 Notre Dame (5-4/1-1) 6 4 - 10#15 Georgetown (4-5/2-0) 7 5 - 12
ScoringFirst Half:Time Team Score Goal Assist20:59 GU 0-1 Molly Ford20:08 GU 0-2 Mary Beth Brophy Free-position goal19:11 GU 0-3 Jacqueline Giles18:09 ND 1-3 Megan Sullivan Maggie Tamasitis16:26 GU 1-4 Sarah Seats Free-position goal13:49 GU 1-5 Molly Ford (2) Jacqueline Giles13:11 GU 1-6 Kelsi Bozel 9:58 ND 2-6 Kailene Abt Ansley Stewart 8:37 ND 3-6 Gina Scioscia 8:12 ND 4-6 Betsy Mastropieri Gina Scioscia 4:35 ND 5-6 Gina Scioscia (2) Kailene Abt 4:13 ND 6-6 Megan Sullivan (2) Kaitlin Keena 2:50 GU 6-7 Kathleen Dwyer Jacqueline Giles (2)
Second HalfTime Team Score Goal Assist28:09 ND 7-7 Kailene Abt (2) Gina Scioscia (2)26:47 ND 8-7 Kailene Abt (3)24:21 GU 8-8 Sophia Thomas23:21 ND 9-8 Betsy Mastropieri (2) Gina Scioscia (3)20:52 GU 9-9 Kathleen Dwyer (2) Molly Ford16:21 GU 9-10 Sarah Seats (2)11:27 ND 10-10 Kailene Abt (4) 9:50 GU 10-11 Kelly Barnes Free-position goal 5:11 GU 10-12 Dina Jackson Ashby Kaestner
Goalkeepers:Notre Dame: Ellie Hilling (60:00 min; 12 goals against; 10 saves)Georgetown: Caitlin Formby (60:00 min; 10 goals against; 7 saves)
Total Shots: Notre Dame: 21; Georgetown: 32Ground Balls: Notre Dame: 14; Georgetown: 17Draw Controls: Notre Dame: 6; Georgetown: 18Caused Turnovers: Notre Dame; 8; Georgetown: 6