#16 Hoyas Upended by Notre Dame in Big East

WASHINGTON Georgetown lost in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament, 15-12, Thursday evening at Multi-Sport Field. The fourth-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-8) were too much in the second half for the top-seeded Hoyas who sit at 9-8 overall.

The Blue & Gray started the game on a 4-1 run spanning the first nine minutes. Senior attacker Kathleen Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy) started strong and despite UND's retort, freshman midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School), senior attacker Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and sophomore attacker (Potomac, Md./Bullis) all found the back of the cage.

The Irish made it 4-2, but senior midfielder Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) put the lead back at two with a score at 17:45.

A 3-1 Notre Dame run gave the Blue & Gray a one-goal advantage at 15:23, and the Hoyas built upon the lead to go ahead by three for the second time that evening as senior attacker Mary Wittelsberger (Parkton, Md./Hereford) and Brophy both tallied a goal.

That would be the end of GU's good fortune, however, as the Irish came back with a vengeance going on a 5-0 run to close out the half spanning the final 13 minutes making it 10-8 Notre Dame at the break.

The Blue & Gray tied it back up to open the second when Dwyer notched her second of the contest and Kirr added another ten minutes later.

Notre Dame's 3-0 run once again put the Hoyas in the hole, but Georgetown fought back. With 8:04 remaining, sophomore midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) rattled off two quick goals to pull the Blue & Gray within one.

Georgetown had its chances to tie the game, but couldn't connect as UND managed two more scores putting the game out of reach and making the final, 15-12.

Five different Hoyas managed two goals each and a total of seven scored in the contest. Kirr led the way with two goals and an assist in what could be her final game on the Hilltop.

The Blue & Gray held a 13-12 advantage in ground balls, but was outshot, 33-23. Freshman Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had three saves in the cage.

Georgetown is among the top 20 in NCAA RPI and will wait for the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday to see how many Big East teams earn a bid into the tournament.

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(Washington, D.C.) ... Senior midfielder Shaylyn Blaney led Notre Dame with four goals, scoring twice at the end of the first half and twice at the end of the game to lead the Irish to a 15-12 win over No. 16 Georgetown on Thursday night at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field.

The Notre Dame win sends the Irish to the Big East Championship game on Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. where they will face Loyola (Md.). The Greyhounds, 15-2 overall, advanced to the title game with a 12-11 win over Syracuse in the other semifinal game. Loyola is ranked ninth in the nation and finished third in the Big East with a 6-2 league mark. That tied them with the Irish who were the tournament's fourth seed as they dropped a 13-10 decision to the Greyhounds on April 3.

Blaney was one of eight Notre Dame players to score in the game as Kaitlyn Brosco, Ansley Stewart, Jenny Granger and Jaimie Morrison each had two goals with Megan Sullivan, Jackie Doherty and Betsy Mastropieri adding one each. Junior playmaker Maggie Tamasitis chipped in four assists on the evening.

Jordy Kirr, Mary Beth Brophy, Dina Jackson, Sophia Thomas and Kathleen Dwyer led the Hoyas with two goals each while Hannah Franklin and Mary Wittlesberger had solo goals.

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