April 17, 2004
Washington, D.C. - The fifth-ranked Georgetown Hoyas scored a come-from-behind win on Saturday afternoon at Kehoe Field by scoring the final four goals of the game to down the second-ranked Notre Dame women's lacrosse team, 9-7.
The Hoya's rallied from a 7-5 second-half Irish lead, scoring four times in the final 19 minutes of the game. Junior attack standout Sarah Oliphant capped Georgetown's comeback when she scored with 12:11 left to tie the game at 7-7 then got the game-winning goal with 7:27 on the clock to make it 8-7. Anouk Peters' goal with nine seconds left gave the Hoyas the 9-7 win.
The Irish were led offensively by Meredith Simon (Sr., Flemington, N.J.) with two goals and an assist and Mary McGrath (So., Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored twice in the second half to give the Irish their 7-5 lead for her second two-goal game of the season.
The win gave Georgetown its fourth consecutive BIG EAST title as the Hoyas improved to 5-0 in the conference and 9-2 overall. The loss ends Notre Dame's school-record 14-game winning streak and 10-0 start in 2004 as the Irish fall to 10-1 overall and 3-1 in league play. The loss was the fifth straight in the all-time series for the Irish against Georgetown.
The Hoyas scored the first three goals of the game as Peters scored the game's and her first goal on a free-position shot at 22:46 followed by goals by Michi Ellers (20:42) and Lauryn Bernier (18:19).
Notre Dame got on the scoreboard with 11 minutes left in the first half as freshman Meghan Murphy (Centennial, Colo.) set up Crysti Foote (Suffern, N.Y.) to cut the lead to 3-1. The Irish would tie the game at 3-3 on goals by Murphy and Jackie Bowers (Jr., Springfield, Pa.) just 25 seconds apart at 5:45 and 5:20.
Simon gave the Irish their only lead of the first half when she scored on a free-position shot with 45 seconds left in the half for a 4-3 advantage, but the Hoyas got the equalizer on a Gloria Lozano goal with just three seconds left in the half for a 4-4 score going into halftime.
Catherine Elbe gave Georgetown a 5-4 lead when she opened the second-half scoring just 1:28 into the stanza. Notre Dame would score three times in a 2:11 span to take the 7-5 lead. Simon tied the game at 5-5 at the 22:27 mark and McGrath followed with her two goals at 20:45 and 20:16 for the two-goal lead.
Allison Chambers cut the lead to 7-6 with her goal at 19:14 to set up Oliphant's late game heroics.
In the game, Georgetown outshot the Irish, 24-21. Hoya goalkeeper Sarah Robinson made 13 saves in the game while Carol Dixon (Jr., Pennsauken, N.J.) took her first collegiate defeat while making nine saves for Notre Dame.
The Irish will be back in action on Tuesday, April 20 when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to face 11th-ranked Northwestern at Lakeside Field in a 4:00 p.m. game.
Game Summary: 1 2 - F #2 Notre Dame (10-1/3-1) 4 3 - 7 #5 Georgetown (9-2/5-0) 4 5 - 9
GOALS: Anouk Peters (2), Sarah Oliphant (2), Michi Ellers, Lauryn Bernier, Gloria Lozano, Catherine Elbe, Allison Chambers,
ASSISTS: Coco Stanwick (3), Catherine Elbe
First Half Scoring