Notre Dame Earns CSAC Berth with Win at Neumann

ASTON, PA - The College of Notre Dame lacrosse team clinched a Colonial States Athletic Conference playoff berth Saturday afternoon with a 15-7 league win at Neumann University. The Gators are currently riding a four game winning streak, their longest winning streak since 2007, and improved to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in CSAC play with the win. The Knights dropped to 2-12 and 1-6, respectively, with the loss.

The Gators jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 11:21, with senior Lauren Terry (Towson, MD/Catholic) along with freshman sister Allison Terry (Towson, MD/Catholic) providing the early scores. Neumann responded with two goals in a 26 second span, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way as Notre Dame closed out the half with three unanswered goals to make the score 7-2 at the break.

The Gators came out firing in the second half, adding four consecutive goals in a 10:37 span to extend their lead to 11-2. The two teams would exchange goals the rest of the way, as Notre Dame held on for the comfortable 15-7 victory.

Both Lauren Terry and Allison Terry finished with game-highs of six goals each. Lauren Terry also had a game-high five draw controls along with four ground balls and an assists while Allison Terry had two ground balls and a caused turnover. Lauren Terry's six goals give her 54 for the season and 194 for her career. She is just six goals shy of becoming the third lacrosse student-athlete in program history to reach the 200 goal mark.

Freshman defender Rachel Jones (Westminster, MD/Francis Scott Key) picked up a career-high eight ground balls. Freshman Molly Murray (Aberdeen, MD/Aberdeen) added two goals while sophomore teammate Ashley Cumberland (Baltimore/Kenwood) pitched in with a goal and an assist. Senior Ashley Demski (Parkville, MD/Loch Raven) added an assist with five ground balls.

Notre Dame freshman Emily Langton (Mays Landing, NJ/Holy Spirit) continued her strong play in goal,making seven saves to earn the win between the pipes. Langton has a 4.75 goals against average during the Gators current four game winning streak.

Neumann had six student-athletes contribute to its seven goals, with Lauren Frampton accounting for two goals. Colleen Finnegan also had a goal with an assist in the Knights losing effort. Kathleen Sinclair made 15 saves in goal for Neumann.

Notre Dame out shot Neumann by a 36-24 margin and had just 16 turnovers to Neumann's 26 in the game. The Gators were also 12 for 15 on clear attempts while the Knights had just ten successful clears out of 17 attempts.

The Gators had not won four or more consecutive games since March 29-April 27, 2007 when the team earned eight straight wins while going on to finish 15-2 that season.

Notre Dame has two games remaining on its regular season schedule. The Gators will host non-conference opponent Washington College at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday before hosting CSAC opponent Immaculata (4-9 overall, 3-4 CSAC) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Next Saturday's game against Immaculata will determine where the Gators will finish in the league standings. If Notre Dame wins, they will earn the fourth seed and will host an opening round CSAC playoff game on Saturday, May 1. If the Gators lose to Immaculata, their playoff seed will depend on a set of pre-determined tie-breakers.

Notre Dame last competed in the conference playoffs in 2008. That year as the fourth-seed, the Gators defeated Centenary, 12-11 at home before falling to top-seeded Cabrini, 24-23 in overtime in the semifinal game.


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