Lacrosse: Northwestern wins nail-biter against ranked Notre Dame

Max Gelman, Assistant Sports Editor


The Wildcats showed their resilience and defeated the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana on Thursday.

In a largely back-and-forth affair, No. 7 Northwestern (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten) scored two goals late to come out victorious 10-9 against No. 10 Notre Dame (9-6, 3-3 ACC).

“Notre Dame is a really good team and we’re excited that we were able to come out with a win,” said head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. “We played with a lot of heart today. We’ve still got to clean some things up but I think it was a good step forward for us.”

Trailing by 1 with less than five minutes remaining in the game, the Cats earned goals from junior midfielder Kaleigh Craig and sophomore midfielder Sheila Nesselbush within a span of 1:12. The win was NU’s fifth against a ranked opponent this season.

Freshman superstar midfielder Selena Lasota had another monster game for the Cats, scoring four goals on seven shots. Coming into Thursday’s matchup, Lasota had averaged 3.69 goals per game this season, leading all Big Ten scorers.

Craig scored a total of three goals on the night, including the goal that tied the game late. Seniors Kara Mupo and Blake McHugh also added one goal apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Bridget Bianco saved nine out of a total 18 shots on goal, rounding out the stat sheet for the Cats.

For the Fighting Irish, senior midfielder Caitlin Gargan led her team in scoring, putting three balls in the net. Irish sophomore goalie Liz O’Sullivan stopped nine of the Cats’ 19 shots on goal.

The Cats host No. 12 Penn State on Sunday, and then wrap up the regular season schedule on Saturday, April 25 against Ohio State.

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