Mercyhurst Downs Notre Dame (OH) in Florida

Winter Park, Fla. - The Mercyhurst women's lacrosse team blew open a close game by shutting out Notre Dame (Ohio) in the second half to pick up a 10-3 win Tuesday in a neutral site game on the campus of Rollins College. It marked the first time the Lakers shut a team out for a half since blanking St. Andrews in the second half April 29, 2004.

Ranked No. 10 in the country, Mercyhurst got off to a slow start and fell behind 2-0 in the first five minutes of action. The Lakers battled back with four consecutive goals, one each from Courtney Olevnik and Jessie Horeth and a pair from Breanna Haggerty, to take a 4-2 lead. Notre Dame's Gena McPherson scored her second goal with just seven seconds remaining in the first half to make it 4-3. That would be the last time the Falcons would score.

Horeth posted her second goal of the game just 85 seconds into the second half and Olevnik followed with her second score to put Mercyhurst on top 6-3. Haggerty then added two more goals to extend her streak of games with at least three goals to 11. Kristen Toomey and Kate Smith put the game away with goals in the final five minutes of the contest.

For the game, Mercyhurst outshot Notre Dame 25-13. Maeve McGoff had five saves in goal, playing all 60 minutes. The Lakers picked up 26 ground balls, five more than Notre Dame, and were led individually by Olevnik's five. Horeth had two assists to finish with four points and Kimberly Masterton added two assists as well.

Notre Dame falls to 0-2 on the season and Mercyhurst improves to 3-0. The Lakers will travel to Clinton, S.C. to play Division I Presbyterian College Thursday at 11 a.m.

2008-02-26



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