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Irish Season Ends In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

Junior Betsy Mastropieri tallied a pair of goals in a loss to No. 2 Northwestern on Saturday.

May 12, 2012

Box Score

EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 8 Notre Dame women's lacrosse team saw its first season under head coach Christine Halfpenny come to an end on Saturday afternoon at Northwestern's Lakeside Field, as the No. 2 Wildcats defeated the Irish, 12-7.

The Irish end the season with a 13-5 record, a mark that is one of the best in school history.  

In a game that was in doubt until the very end, the Wildcats used the draw (15-5) to control the possession for much of the game, as they outscored the Irish 7-4 in the second half to hold on for the win. Their last two goals came against an empty net as they Irish added an extra defender to try and get the ball back.

The Wildcats piled up 25 shots compared to 15 for the Irish, and also scooped up 19 ground balls to Notre Dame's 14.

Leading the way for the Irish were junior Betsy Mastropieri and sophomore Kaitlyn Brosco, who each tallied a pair of goals. In her last game, Maggie Tamasitis scored a goal and dished out a pair of assists. Also scoring goals were Caitlin Gargan and Margaret Smith.

Northwestern was led by Erin Fitzgerald's hat trick, while Lacey Vigmostad and Taylor Thornton scored two goals each. Alyssa Leonard dominated the draw control for the Wildcats, as she faced off against the Irish and collected eight, often times out of the air. Thornton led the way with five ground balls. Goalie Brianne LoManto picked up her 18th win, as she allowed seven goals while stopping five shots.   

Despite only collecting two draws in nine opportunities, the Irish trailed by only two goals at halftime, 5-3. Notre Dame was helped by a ferocious defense that forced Northwestern into 11 turnovers. When the Irish did have the ball they were hurt by nine turnovers, many after forcing a Northwestern turnover. However, the Irish were efficient around the goal, scoring their three goals on only seven shots, while the Wildcats took 13 shots to score their five goals. The 5-3 margin put the Irish squarely in the game after trailing 12-3 just three weeks ago against the Wildcats at the half.


 

 

In the second half the two squads traded goals until the Wildcats went on a 3-0 run from 17:52 to 11:39 to go up 10-5. The Irish cut the lead to 10-7 with 5:18 left after goals from Brosco and Mastropieri, but could get no closer.

The contest marked the final game in an Irish uniform for eight Notre Dame student-athletes. Seeing their final action were Tamasitis, Megan Sullivan, Kate Newall, Jordy Shoemaker, Flannery Nangle, Brittany Mallory, Kristin DeRespiris and Kelly Driscoll.

Tamasitis ends her career as the Irish leader in assists with 151. She is also fourth in points with 228. The Boyertown, Pa., product and senior teammate M. Sullivan end their careers tied for second for most games played with 76.  

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Event Calendar

Delta

January 15
10:00 AM
Team USA
Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
February 5
1:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 10
7:00 PM
Liberty
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 11
3:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 14
7:00 PM
Marquette
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 18
1:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (TBD)
February 23
6:00 PM
Elon
Burlington, N.C. (Rudd Field)
February 26
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
March 4
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 7
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 11
1:00 PM
Princeton
Princeton, N.J. (Alumni Stadium)
March 15
4:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md. (Johnny Unitas Stadium)
March 18
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)
April 2
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 6
1:00 PM
Kennesaw State
Atlanta, Ga. (Fifth Third Bank Stadium)
April 15
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 22
12:00 PM
Boston College
Newton, Mass. (Newton Campus Lax & Soccer Field)
April 27
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 28
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 29
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 30
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
May 12
TBA
NCAA First Round
TBD
May 14
TBA
NCAA Second Round
TBD
May 20
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 21
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 26
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)
May 28
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)

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