NO. 7/6 NOTRE DAME WOMENS LACROSSE DOWNS RICHMOND, 13-6
March 12, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
RICHMOND, Va. – Rachel Sexton had a career-high five points and Cortney Fortunato
had her sixth hat trick in eight games as the No. 7/6 Notre Dame women’s lacrosse
team (6-2) picked up a 13-6 win on the road Tuesday afternoon at Richmond (3-3).
Sexton’s big day included three goals and a pair of assists. The reigning ACC
Offensive Player of the Week, Fortunato added an assist along with her three goals
for a four-point day. Goalkeeper Allie Murray, named today as the ACC Defensive
Player of the Week, made 12 saves, backstopping an Irish defense that held its
opponents to a single digit goal total for the sixth time on the season.
Notre Dame moved the ball well and had an assist on eight of its 11 goals, the
second-most assists for the Irish this year behind just the 11 collected in a 25-1
rout of Cincinnati. In all, nine different Irish players factored into the scoring
of the team’s 13 goals and five Notre Dame players had both a goal and an assist.
Notre Dame enjoyed a 15-6 edge in draw controls with freshman Casey Pearsall
collecting a career-high five to top the Irish.
Richmond scored first but two quick goals shortly thereafter put the Irish on top
for good. Fortunato controlled the draw after the Spiders’ strike and, less than a
minute later, fired home her 21st-goal of the year off of a feed from Pearsall.
Pearsall controlled the draw after Fortunato’s goal and, 17 seconds later, Caitlin
Gargan scored for the Irish with Kiera McMullan assisting. Notre Dame’s lead grew to
3-1 at the 20:26 mark when Michele Phillips scored her second goal of the year off
of a Fortunato assist.
After Richmond cut the score to 3-2, Notre Dame rattled off each of the game’s next
four goals to take a 7-2 edge. Stephanie Toy scored from Sexton at 16:40 and then
Sexton herself scored at 14:41 to give the Irish a 5-2 cushion. Heidi Annaheim
scored from Phillips at 10:49. McMullan controlled the ensuing draw and, 33 seconds
later, Fortunato put Notre Dame on top 7-2 with a little help from Sexton.
Sexton would score from Gargan and McMullan would tally, unassisted, before halftime
as the Irish held a 9-4 lead at intermission.
The Spiders would prove stubborn as Richmond scored two of the second half’s first
three goals, sandwiched around a Stephanie Toy goal, making the score 10-6, but
Notre Dame scored each of the game’s final three goals to ensure the victory.
Sexton, Hannah Hartman (from Phillips) and Fortunato scored, in order, to account
for the 13-6 final. The final Fortunato strike was her 23rd of the year. She had
entered the day leading all freshmen nationally with 20.
The Fighting Irish will be back in action on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. when they return
to ACC action, facing No. 2 Maryland in College Park.