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Irish Get First Win Of The Season In 19-4 Road Victory At Ohio University

March 11, 2003

Athens, Ohio – Coach Tracy Coyne’s Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team had a little too much time to think about their opening game loss to sixth-ranked Cornell and the Ohio University Bobcats paid for it.

Since losing to the Big Red, the Irish had gone nine days between games after Sunday’s contest at Brown University in Providence, R.I., was cancelled due to snow.

On Tuesday afternoon in southeast Ohio, the Irish scored early and often as they ran up a 19-4 win over Ohio University at Peggy Pruitt Field. The win improves the Irish to 1-1 on the season while Ohio falls to 1-2.

Junior Meredith Simon (Flemington, N.J.) paced the Notre Dame attack with a career-best seven-point afternoon (three goals and four assists). Senior all-American candidate Danielle Shearer (Hampstead, Md.) was right behind her with six points (three goals and three assists) and freshman Crysti Foote (Suffern, N.Y.) scored the first three goals of her career in the romp.

In all, 13 Notre Dame players got on the scoresheet in the win. Anne Riley (Sr., Marblehead, Mass.) was the only other multiple-goal scorer for the Irish as she scored twice.

Ohio took an early lead, scoring just 1:50 into the game on a goal by Becky Oxman. Shearer scored a pair with Riley and Lauren Fischer (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) making it 4-1 less than 10 minutes into the game.

The Bobcats Lindsey Hart cut the lead in half at 18:27, but from there Simon dominated the remainder of the half. Over the next 12 minutes, the junior midfielder would score three times and pick up two assists as the Irish built the lead to 10-3 at the half.

In the second half, the Irish outscored Ohio by a 9-1 margin for the final of 19-4.

On the afternoon, the Irish outshot Ohio by a 37-12 margin. Senior Jen White (Annapolis, Md.) played the first half, giving up three goals with two saves in 30 minutes of action. Sophomore Carol Dixon (Pennsauken, N.J.) saw her first collegiate action in the second half, giving up one goal and making one save.

The 11th-ranked Irish return to action on Saturday, March 15 when they open the BIG EAST schedule at Chestnut Hill, Mass., against the Boston College Eagles. That game will now be played at 11:00 a.m. at Alumni Stadium on the Boston College campus.


First-Half Scoring
Team Time Score Goal Assist
OU 28:10 0-1 Becky OxmanND 27:34 1-1 Danielle ShearerND 27:23 2-1 Anne Riley Meredith SimonND 23:05 3-1 Lauren Fischer Angela DixonND 20:30 4-1 * Danielle Shearer (2)OU 18:27 4-2 * Lindsey HartND 15:57 5-2 Meredith Simon Eleanor WeilleND 12:36 6-2 Meredith Simon (2) Danielle ShearerND 8:48 7-2 Crysti Foote Meredith Simon (2)ND 8:28 8-2 Crysti Foote (2) Meredith Simon (3)OU 7:57 8-3 Lynz Keys Lindsey HartND 3:02 9-3 Meredith Simon (3) Danielle Shearer (2)ND 1:54 10-3 * Anne Riley (2)
Second-Half Scoring
Team Time Score Goal Assist
ND 28:08 11-3 Kelly McCardell Angela Dixon (2)ND 23:41 12-3 Kassen Delano Meredith Simon (4)ND 19:00 13-3 Angela DixonND 14:41 14-3 Abby OwenND 12:25 15-3 Crysti Foote (3)ND 12:07 16-3 Jackie BowersOU 10:55 16-4 Lynz Keys (2)ND 6:44 17-4 Mary McGrath Jackie BowersND 1:56 18-4 Corey Samperton Lindsay ShafferND 0:16 19-4 Danielle Shearer (3)
* indicates free position goal
Scoring: 1st 2nd Final
Notre Dame (1-1) 10 9 19Ohio University (1-2) 3 1 4
ND: Jen White, (30:00 min., 3 goals, 2 saves) Carol Dixon (30:00 min., 1 goal, 1 save)
OU: Jennifer Cassidy (60:00 min., 19 goals against, 9 saves)
Shots on GoalND 34OU 10
Free Position ShotsND 3OU 2
Ground BallsND 19OU 13
Draw ControlsND 11OU 14
Turnovers/Caused TurnoversND 22/6OU 16/7