No. 9 Fighting Irish Prevail in Battle with No. 13 Ohio State

Powell's unassisted marker at 19:01 made it 11-7 and Mary Kate Facchina's second of the night for the Buckeyes at 11:27 cut the lead to 11-8 and would be as close as Ohio State would get to the lead.

Brown and Granger scored their first goals of the season at 10:11 and 9:31 respectively with help from Morrison on both goals on the way to the final of 13-8.

On the night, the Irish outshot the Buckeyes by a 22-19 margin. Hilling had three saves in the Notre Dame goal while Tori DeScenza had six for Ohio State.

The Irish return to action on Saturday, March 2 when they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Duquesne University Dukes in a noon game. They then return home on Tues., March 5 to face Detroit Mercy in a 6:00 p.m. game.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Despite three goals from freshman Cian Dabrowski, 13th-ranked Ohio State fell to No. 9 Notre Dame, 13-8, Wednesday evening at the Loftus Center in South Bend, Ind. The Buckeyes fall to 2-2 on the season, while the Fighting Irish improve to 2-0.

In addition to Dabrowski's tallies, Mary Kate Facchina supported the Buckeye effort with a pair of goals and Katie Chase, Jessica Hassett and Cara Facchina each added one.

The first half was a period of runs as Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Ohio State battled with four of the next five goals to pull ahead 4-3 by the 14:59 mark. Dabrowski scored each of the first two, the second off an assist from Chase who quickly followed it up with a goal of her own, her team-leading 11th of the year. Hassett then gave the Buckeyes the one-goal lead, an advantage they held on to for the ensuing 7:43 of game action.

The Irish's Margaret Smith rattled off three-consecutive goals over a nearly three-minute span, however, to give Notre Dame a lead it would not relinquish. The teams swapped scores in the waning minutes of the half and headed into the break with the Buckeyes trailing 7-5.

More back-and-forth followed at the start of the half as Mary Kate Facchina and Dabrowski sandwiched UND tallies to keep Ohio State within one until 24:57 when the Irish used a 3-0 run to take control of the game once more. They would score five of the final six goals of the match with Mary Kate Facchina finishing off an assist from Kelsea Ayers at 11:27 as the only break in the spree.

Notre Dame out-shot Ohio State 22-19 and finished atop the draw count, 14-9, although Chase grabbed a game-high six. The Buckeyes picked up a 27-23 advantage in groundballs. Tori DeScenza tallied six saves in her second complete game of the year in goal, while her counterpart Ellie Hilling stopped three shots.

The Buckeyes are poised host Stanford at noon Saturday at the Harmon Family Football Complex outside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Cardinal is 1-1 overall after falling to Notre Dame and then defeating Harvard last Sunday. This is the first road game of the year for Stanford, who fell to the Buckeyes at home last season, 14-10, when ranked No. 6 in the country.

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