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Ohio Lacrosse Falls 16-10 to #20 Notre Dame

Contact: Jim Stephan


Ohio sophomore Dana Dobbie scored five goals against Notre Dame on Sunday.

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    ATHENS, Ohio – Bobcat sophomore Dana Dobbie scored five goals and added an assist but the Ohio lacrosse team never recovered from an early 4-0 deficit in a 16-10 loss to 20th-ranked Notre Dame Sunday at Pruitt Field. Freshman Shannon Hadaway tallied a pair of goals while three other players chipped in single strikes for Ohio.

    Crysti Foote led the Fighting Irish with five goals and three assists while Caitlin McKinney and Meghan Murphy added four goal each.

    Notre Dame, playing its season opener, struck for four goals in the first 5:21. The first three came from Foote while the fourth was by McKinney. Ohio (0-2) got on the board with 22:19 left in the half when Caitlyn Link found the net unassisted. After Murphy’s first goal pushed the Irish lead to 5-1, Ohio stormed back with three straight unassisted goals. A Hadaway pass was deflected into the net at 20:26, then Molly Wurdack tallied her first goal of the season just a minute and 14 seconds later. Kelley Windle completed the run with 7:22 remaining to make the score 5-4.

    The lead went back to two goals at the 5:07 mark but Dobbie earned the first of her goals just 58 seconds later. The half came to a close with a 7-5 score after Notre Dame’s Heather Ferguson beat the clock with a goal with just two seconds remaining.

    The Irish opened the second half as they did the first, scoring three goals in a 3:51 span. The teams traded goals – Ohio scoring first on an unassisted Dobbie strike – before Dobbie posted back-to-back scores that cut the lead to 11-8 with 17:20 remaining.

    But the Irish pulled away from there, scoring consecutive goals and answering Dobbie’s fifth of the game with three more in a row. Hadaway capped the scoring with her goal after a pass from Dobbie with 1:32 to play.

    “We definitely played hard today,” said head coach Kate Brew. “The girls played well in the midfield and we moved the ball well on offense. Defensively, we caused a lot of turnovers. The difference was winning draws and maintaining possession, which they did better than us. Dana was big off the bench but we just dug too big a hole in the first few minutes.”

    Ohio returns to action Saturday when it welcomes Northwestern to Pruitt Field for the American Lacrosse Conference opener. The match starts at 1 p.m.