April 13, 2001
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team trailed fourth-ranked Duke just 5-4 at halftime but saw its upset bid foiled as the Blue Devils outscored the Irish 11-0 in the second half in the 16-4 decision at Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn. The Irish fall to 7-3 with the loss and return to action when they play seventh-ranked and host Yale at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
Duke jumped out a 2-0 lead before sophomore Danielle Shearer pulled the Irish within 2-1 at 20:22. The Blue Devils added two more goals before Shearer scored again with an assist from junior Natalie Loftus at 12:35. Duke extended its lead to 5-2 before a pair of last-minute tallies brought the Irish within 5-4 at halftime. Junior captain Alissa Moser netted a pass from senior captain Lael O’Shaughnessy at :55 and scored again with 31 seconds remaining.
Duke three goals in the first six minutes and eight in the first 14 minutes to pull away in the second half. The Blue Devils held a 35-13 advantage in shots, while the Irish had 22 turnovers to 14 for Duke. Notre Dame controlled 12 of 22 draws. Irish sophomore goaltender Jen White made seven saves in 52 minutes of action, while senior Tara Durkin played the final eight minutes of the game.