Mastropieri Helps No. 9 Notre Dame Rebound, Defeat Marquette

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. Marquette concluded its inaugural season Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind., with a 14-5 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame at Arlotta Stadium.

"I thought we fought hard today but we had some turnovers that hurt us," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. "We had some issues with possession, we weren't able to control the ball the whole game and that's what hurt us on the scoreboard."

The Golden Eagles finish their first foray into NCAA Division I lacrosse with an overall record of 2-15 in 2013, while the Irish improve to 12-4 overall.

"I told the team after the game that this group of 33 ladies is the foundation of Marquette lacrosse," Black said. "The effort they have put in and the work they have done is creating a legacy for what we are going to be one day. I am so proud of them and everything they have done. They work so hard and never give up. I can't ask for a better group of people, not only athletically, but personally, to start this program."

Freshman Hayley Baas led the Golden Eagles with her fourth hat trick of the season, while classmate Kenzie Brown added a pair of goals herself.

Betsy Mastropieri scored four goals for the Fighting Irish, while Lindsay Powell and Jaime Morrison each added a hat trick. Senior Jenny Granger notched a game-high five points with a goal and four assists.

Baas put Marquette on the board first with a goal just 48 seconds into the game. The Cincinnati native took the draw control and after getting fouled behind the Notre Dame net, drove to the far side and scored on a wrap-around shot that bounced past ND's Ellie Hilling.

The Irish answered Baas' first goal with six-straight tallies before Baas added MU's only other goal of the first half with 3:48 remaining.

Notre Dame took an 8-2 lead into the intermission with an 18-5 advantage in shots. Sarah Priem made four of her eight saves in the first half, while Mastropieri had accumulated a hat trick through the first 30 minutes of action.

Brown added her first goal with 21 minutes remaining in the second half after Claire Costanza hit Brown in the middle of the fan. Notre Dame scored the first three goals of the second stanza and led 11-2 before Brown's marker.

The Timonium, Md., native added another beautiful goal about six minutes later, ripping a shot to freeze Hilling at the far post after weaving into the near side of the fan. Brown ends the season as Marquette's goal leader with 24 on the year.

Saturday's game marked a homecoming of sorts for Marquette head coach Meredith Black and assistant coach Jackie Doherty, both of whom were All-Americans for the Fighting Irish.

"It was great to be able to return for the first time as a head coach this afternoon to face my alma mater," Black said. "It was good to be back and play again on this field."

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