Late Run by No. 13 Notre Dame Upends No. 4 Northwestern

That lead held until 11:01 when Craig pulled up short on a free position chance and passed to Leonard for a Wildcat goal. Northwestern went back up 7-6 when Macdonald drove to the goal and scored, unassisted, with 8:51 remaining. Leonard picked up her third goal of the night, unassisted, to put Northwestern up by a pair of goals for the first time in the game at 8-6 with 6:57 left to play.

Notre Dame was able to maintain an extended possession after Custis caused a turnover near her own goal and, following a timeout, Rachel Sexton rolled to the cage for a score to make it an 8-7 game with 2:55 remaining. Molly Shawhan controlled the draw after that goal. Shawhan gave the ball to Sexton who found Fortunato whose shot found the back of the net, once again knowing the score, this time at 8-8 with 2:21 to play.

Smith controlled the ensuing draw and Notre Dame would go on to take a 9-8 lead at 1:16 when Sullivan scored on a feed from Pearsall. The Wildcats would have one last attempt though. Lauren Murray lined up a free position shot inside the final minute from the top of the 8-meter line but Allie Murray was up to the task, making the save to secure the Irish victory.

"It was the best cap to my senior year that I could have asked for," said Sullivan of her game-winning goal against the regional rival that she had yet to defeat. "It was the best feeling in the world."

The Fighting Irish will be back in action on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. when they play host to Louisville at the Loftus Sports Center.

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2014-03-06



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