#16 Hoyas Upended by Notre Dame in Big East

The win was the fourth in a row for Notre Dame and improved the Irish to 10-8 on the year while Georgetown falls to 9-8 for the season.

The Irish got off to a slow start with the Hoyas scoring four of the game's first five goals, taking a 4-1 lead with 21 minutes left in the game.

Notre Dame's offense seemed to come to life at the 20:06 mark when Stewart scored on a free-position shot, bouncing a shot past Georgetown goalkeeper Barb Black to make it 4-2.

Following a goal by Brophy at 17:45, the Irish cut the lead to 5-4 on goals by Sullivan and Doherty with 16:36 left in the half.

Georgetown countered by scoring three of the next four goals with Jackson, Wittlesberger and Brophy scoring around a goal by Mastropieri to give the Hoyas an 8-5 lead with 14:11 left in the half.

From there, the Irish scored the final five goals of the half. Granger beat Black on a crease roll at 13:23 to make it 8-6. Morrison cut the lead to 8-7 when she scored from the left side at 12:15. Blaney got into the goal-scoring act with 4:49 left in the half scoring her first of the game on a free-position shot to tie the game at 8-8.

Tamasitis set up Morrison's second goal of the game with her third assist of the half. The junior found Morrison on the left side of the goal and Morrison did the rest, putting a spin move on a Georgetown defender before beating Black in close with 4:18 left in the half to give Notre Dame its first lead at 9-8.

Blaney closed the half with her second of the game as she split the Hoya defense and whipped a shot past Black with 2:30 left in the opening half to give the Irish a 10-8 lead at halftime.

The defenses took over in the second half as Irish goalkeeper Ellie Hilling came up big in the Notre Dame goal, making five of her six saves in the final 30 minutes of action.

Dwyer opened the second half with the first goal for Georgetown just like she did in the first to cut the Notre Dame lead to 10-9 with 28:08 left in the game.

The teams would go almost 11 minutes before anyone scored again. Kirr picked up her second of the game for the Hoyas when she whipped a free-position shot past Hilling at 17:14 to tie the game at 10:10.

The Irish didn't let Georgetown enjoy the lead for long as Brosco put Notre Dame ahead to stay just 11 seconds later at 17:03. The freshman got inside the Hoya defense and cut in front of the goal to beat Black for her 31st goal of the season and 11-10 Notre Dame lead.

That started the Irish on a three-goal run that put the Irish ahead, 13-10 with 8:57 left. Granger scored on a free-position shot at 11:50 and Tamasitis picked up her fourth assist on a nifty give-and-go with Stewart as she hit the senior attacker in front and Stewart finished the play for her second goal of the game.

Thomas tried to bring the Hoyas back on her own, scoring twice in a 36-second span at 8:04 and 7:28 to cut the lead to 13-12.

From there, Blaney closed out the scoring. With 5:13 left in the game, she scored her third of the game when she whipped a rocket past Black on a free-position shot to make it 14-12. The Irish converted four of five free-position shots in the game.

The first team all-Big East standout closed out the scoring when she converted a feed from Brosco at 2:07 to give Notre Dame the final 15-12 lead.

The Irish were able to run out the clock to lock up the victory. They out shot Georgetown, 33-23, on the evening. Black finished with three saves while Hilling had six.

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2011-05-06



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