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Late Irish Rally Falls Short As #12 Notre Dame Falls To #13 Yale 7-6

March 18, 2003

Orlando, Fla. – It was a case of too little, too late for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team Tuesday morning as the 12th-ranked Irish dropped a 7-6 decision to 13th-ranked Yale at the Disney Sports Complex.

The loss snapped Notre Dame’s two-game winning streak and drops the Irish to 2-2 on the season. Yale improves to 3-1 on the year.

Offensively, the Irish were led by junior midfielder Abby Owen (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) who collected her first career hat trick with three goals. Lauren Fischer (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) had two goals and Danielle Shearer (Sr., Hampstead, Md.) added a goal and an assist.

The Bulldogs were paced by Sarah Queener and Miles Whitman who had two goals and an assist each.

Yale took a 5-3 lead into the second half and goals by Whitman (29:18) and Queener offset Owen’s second goal of the game to give the Bulldogs a three-goal lead at 7-4 with 8:25 left in the game.

The Irish finally broke through with 3:49 left in the game when Danielle Shearer cut the lead to 7-5 with 3:49 left in the game and after a Notre Dame timeout, Owen notched her third goal of the game with 2:24 left on the clock to cut the lead to 7-6.

In the final 30 seconds, Shearer had two great scoring chances but was stopped by Yale goalkeeper Amanda Laws.

The first came from in close with Laws making the stop and setting up Yale for a clearing attempt. That attempt was stopped and Andrea Kinnik (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) came up with the ground ball and fed it ahead to Shearer who was fouled with one second left on the clock. Shearer was awarded a free-position shot that Laws stopped to give Yale the 7-6 win.

The teams traded leads in the first half as Fischer sandwiched a pair of goals around Yale goals by Caroline Petrovick (23:06) and Queener (18:23).

Whitman’s free-position goal at 13:13 gave Yale a 3-2 lead, but Owen got her first of the game at 11:54 for a 3-3 tie. Sophie Melinker put Yale ahead to stay with a free-position goal at 8:42 and Clarissa Clarke made it a 5-3 game with a marker at 6:56.

For the game, Irish goalkeeper Jen White (Sr., Annapolis, Md.) made 11 saves while Laws made 10 including the two game-saving saves in the final 30 seconds.

The Irish will next be in action on Tuesday, March 25 when they open the home schedule with a visit from the 17th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Weather permitting, the game will be played at Moose Krause Stadium at 4:00 p.m.

Game SummaryFirst-Half ScoringTeam    Time    Score   Goal                    AssistND  24:06   1-0 Lauren FischerYale    23:06   1-1     Caroline Petrovick      Sarah QueenerYale    18:23   1-2 Sarah Queener           Miles WhitmanND  17:07   2-2 Lauren FischerYale    13:13   2-3 *   Miles WhitmanND  11:54   3-3 Abby Owen         Danielle ShearerYale    8:42    3-4 *   Sophie MelinkerYale    6:56    3-5 Clarissa Clarke         Ali Cobbett
Second-Half ScoringTeam Time Score Goal AssistYale 29:18 3-6 Miles WhitmanND 20:36 4-6 * Abby OwenYale 8:25 4-7 Sarah QueenerND 3:49 5-7 Danielle ShearerND 2:23 6-7 Abby Owen
* indicates free position goal
Scoring: 1st 2nd FinalNotre Dame (2-2) 3 3 6Yale (3-1) 5 2 7
GoalkeepersND: Jen White (60:00 minutes, 7 goals against; 11 saves)Yale: Amanda Laws (60:00, 6 goals against, 10 saves)