March 25, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - No. 12 Notre Dame scored the first eight goals of the game en route to an 11-1 victory over Loyola Sunday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds fall to 1-6 on the season and 0-2 in the BIG EAST while the Fighting Irish improve to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the BIG EAST.
Notre Dame's Caitlin McKinney scored the initial tally in Sunday's game, nearly eight minutes into the contest on a free-position. The next two goals came from Jillian Byers for the 3-0 UND lead in the 14th minute. McKinney went on to score the next two goals, giving Notre Dame a 5-0 lead after nearly 24 minutes of play. Heather Ferguson and Jane Stoeckert added tallies to finish the first half with the Fighting Irish ahead 7-0.
UND struck one more time, 55 seconds into the second half by Lena Zentgraf for the 8-0 lead. The Loyola offense worked hard and put its first goal on the board after 43 minutes of play when senior Kate McHarg found the back of the net for the 8-1 score. Despite hard work on offense by the Greyhounds, they could not come up with another goal as UND's keeper Erin Goodman made eight stops in the second half alone. The Irish scored three more goals to close the game, one from Meghan Murphy, a fourth from McKinney and a second by Zentgraf.
Loyola freshman goalkeeper Karen Nicolaus stopped six shots Sunday, while also recording three groundballs and a caused turnover.
Goodman finished the game with 14 saves.
The teams were even in shots (23) and draw controls (seven) while the Fighting Irish held an advantage in groundballs 23-21. Loyola led in caused turnovers with 16 to UND's 13. The Greyhounds committed just one more turnover, 21-20.
The Greyhounds return to action on Wednesday when they travel to local rival Towson for a 7:00 game.