Brittany Mallory’s decision to focus on basketball at Notre Dame gave her the chance to play in two NCAA championship games, but back at McDonogh, Mallory was also known as one of the area’s top high school lacrosse players.

Her final athletic turn in college will come on the lacrosse field. The Fighting Irish announced Monday that Mallory has joined their No. 7 women’s lacrosse team.

A two-time All-Metro midfielder at McDonogh, Mallory played three years of lacrosse and led the Eagles to the IAAM A Conference final in 2006. She led them in scoring her sophomore and junior years and was critical in winning draws.

“I’m really excited to be able to join the women’s lacrosse team for the rest of the season,” Mallory, a graduate student, said in a news release. “I played in middle school and high school and I love the sport. I’m friends with many of the girls on the team and have missed playing while I have been here at Notre Dame. I just want to come in and help the team in whatever way I can.”

Mallory, a three-time All-Metro basketball player at McDonogh, started all 39 games for the Irish basketball team that reached last week’s national championship game but fell to Baylor, 80-61. Mallory averaged 5.8 points per game but was known for her leadership and defense. She hit a pair of 3-pointers in overtime of the national semifinal to help lift the Irish over Connecticut, 83-75. Seven of her 11 points came in overtime.

She finished her basketball career as Notre Dame’s all-time leader in games played (151) and ranks fifth in steals (272) and sixth in 3-pointers (153).

Mallory first lacrosse game will come on a familiar campus, as the Irish travel to Connecticut on Saturday.

"We are excited to add Brittany Mallory to the roster now that her basketball season/career has come to a close," Irish lacrosse coach Christine Halfpenny said in a news release. "I am excited about the unique contributions that Brittany can add to our already strong and balanced team for the remainder of the season. Without a doubt her championship character will be a natural fit with the goals this team has set for the program."