March 31, 2001
The University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team knocked off its first ranked opponent ever with a 13-11 victory over 17th-ranked Delaware in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday. The Irish continue to improve on their best start in school history with a 6-1 record and have now won six consecutive games.
Sophomore Danielle Shearer (Hampstead, Md.) and classmate Anne Riley (Marblehead, Mass.) scored four goals a piece to lead the Irish to the upset. Shearer posted five points in all, adding an assist while also grabbing two groundballs.
Freshman defender Kassen Delano (Alexandria, Va.) was able to have an offensive impact on the game, scoring two goals on four shots. Senior attack and team co-captain Lael O’Shaughnessy (Alexandria, Va.) keyed the Irish offense all day, scoring a goal, dishing out three assists and scooping up three groundballs.
The Blue Hens built a 6-4 lead in the first half, but fell to an Irish offensive assault that outscored Delaware 9-5 in the second half.
The Irish will face Vanderbilt on Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m. to continue their weekend trip to Tennessee.