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Irish Prepared to Battle Buckeyes

March 6, 2017

By Megan Golden

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Riding its longest winning streak since 2013, the No. 8 University of Notre Dame hosts Ohio State at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Arlotta Stadium.

Notre Dame, coming off of back-to-back, come-from-behind wins against top-20 opponents, will look to extend its winning streak to eight games. The Irish will play their second game at Arlotta Stadium and will aim to remain undefeated outdoors (4-0) this season.

WHAT: Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame
WHEN: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET
WHERE: Arlotta Stadium (Notre Dame, Ind.)
LIVE STREAM: ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN

History Versus Ohio State

Notre Dame owns a 14-8 record all-time against Ohio State and is 6-5 at home. The Irish have gone 3-0 in their last three games against the Buckeyes and 7-2 over the past nine meetings.

The Irish and Buckeyes last met on April 23, 2016, when Notre Dame defeated then-ranked No. 9 Ohio State, 17-9, in Columbus.

Friend or Foe

Senior Cortney Fortunato’s three assists in Saturday’s win over Louisville moved her past Jillian Byers and into fifth place on the all-time list with 75 in her career.

On Tuesday, Fortunato will compete against Byers, who is currently an assistant coach at Ohio State. Byers, a four-time Irish All-American and 2009 graduate, finished her playing career as the all-time leader in goals (262), points (336) and draw controls (154). Fortunato, who has 194 career goals — including 28 this season — and 269 points, will lead the scoring threat against her fellow Northport, New York, native and the Buckeyes.

Second-Half Success

The Irish have outscored opponents, 65-24, in the second half this season. On Saturday, Notre Dame went on a 5-2 run in the second half to overcome Louisville’s halftime lead and knock off the No. 20-ranked Cardinals.

In the past four games, the Irish have won 40 draw controls in the second half, compared to 30 in the first half. The team has collected 25 second-half saves, compared to 25 in the first half.

Live Coverage

The game will be broadcast by the ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN. For a closer, behind-the-scenes look at the Irish women’s lacrosse program, follow @NDWomensLax on Twitter.


Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.