Louisville Drops Heartbreaker to Notre Dame

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Louisville fell to Notre Dame, 16-15, in an unfitting ending to a game and a heart-breaking loss that concluded 12 Cardinal careers on Friday evening at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium on a last-second goal by the Fighting Irish.

Throughout nearly the entire second period, the Cardinals and Fighting Irish traded goals. Notre Dame led by as many as two goals with 9:52 remaining in the game before senior Emily Dashiell registered two unassisted scores to tie the game at 15 apiece with 4:32 remaining.

After winning the draw the control, Notre Dame (8-8, 5-2 Big East) took the ball behind Louisville's net and ran nearly four minutes off the clock without pressure from the Cardinals before the Fighting Irish finally ran their offensive set with less than 30 seconds left. With a second to go, Notre Dame's Kailene Abt sent a shot wide of goal. After a whistle stopped action due to the ball going out of play, Jenny Granger took the ball and put it past senior goalkeeper Katie Zoeller as the clock expired for the game-winning goal.

During the second half, Liz Lovejoy scored three of her five goals and two of them tied the game. Her first goal of the period came unassisted at the 28:04 mark, bringing the Cardinals to within one. After a Granger goal, Louisville responded with a pair of scores one each from Dashiell and Lovejoy to knot the game at nine. Notre Dame attempted to pull away with two quick scores, but the Cardinals kept pace, as Katie Oliverio and Lovejoy each found the back of the net. Bergan Foley later tacked on two goals, with the second bringing Louisville to within one, 14-13.

In the early moments of the first period, Louisville (10-7, 3-5 Big East) had three-straight unassisted goals. Foley tallied her first of the game at the 24:10 mark and sandwiched Dashiell score's to put the Cardinals ahead, 3-1. Notre Dame's Shaylyn Blaney scored her second goal of the game to bring the Fighting Irish within one, but two Lovejoy goals gave the Cardinals a three-goal (5-2) advantage. Notre Dame, however, finished the period on a 6-1 run to take an 8-6 lead before the end of the half.

Foley finished the contest with five goals and an assist, while also winning one draw control. Dashiell registered four scores and two assists and had three draw controls, one ground ball and was one of three Cardinals to record two caused turnovers.

At the end of the game, each of the 12 seniors was honored and given their respective jerseys in a frame.

Notes

Bergan Foley tallied five goals, giving her 265 for her career. According to the NCAA, this ranks Foley fourth all-time in goals.

Emily Dashiell's goal in the first period extended her goal-scoring streak to 34 straight and point-scoring streak to 43 straight. After totals from today, she has 247 draw controls, 174 ground balls and 107 caused turnovers for her career. According to the NCAA, Dashiell ranks eighth all-time in draw controls.

Monica Negron tied her season high with five ground balls. Previously, she notched five against Villanova. She also tied her season high with three draw controls.

Colleen O'Malley set a season high with three draw controls. Katie Zoeller recorded eight saves for the second straight game.

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Louisville, Ky. ... Close games have not been friendly to Notre Dame this season. Coming into Friday afternoon's Big East game at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium, the Irish were just 1-4 in games decided by two goals or less with two losses coming in overtime.

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