College Lacrosse

Women's lacrosse roundup: McDonogh's Smith leads No. 7 Irish over No. 18 Ohio State, 13-8

Margaret Smith (McDonogh) scored a natural hat trick over a three-minute span in the first half and No. 7 Notre Dame beat visiting No. 18 Ohio State, 13-8, in women's lacrosse Wednesday night.

Smith, who finished with a game-high four goals, tied the score at 4 with 7:16 left in the first half. The next two, at 6:18 and 4:37, pushed the lead up to 6-4. The Buckeyes (2-2) trailed 7-5 at halftime.


Ohio State freshman Cian Dabrowski had three goals for the second consecutive game. Mary Kate Facchina (Mount de Sales) added a pair of goals and Katie Chase (Glenelg), Jessica Hassett and Cara Facchina each added one.

Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead, but Ohio State scored four of the next five goals to pull ahead 4-3 by the 14:59 mark. Dabrowski scored the first two, the second off an assist from Chase, who quickly followed it with a goal of her own, her team-leading 11th of the year. Hassett then gave the Buckeyes the one-goal lead, an advantage they held until Smith's first score.


No. 11 Penn State 16, Duquesne 9: The visiting Nittany Lions (2-1) bounced back from Saturday's 13-11 loss to No. 9 Loyola.

With Penn State trailing 2-1, Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill) started an 8-0 run at 21:29 left in the first half. The Dukes (2-1) would not get closer than five goals the rest of the way.

Caitlin Prince (Liberty) finished with a game-high six goals for Duquesne. Cyr and Kelly Lechner each had a hat trick for Penn State.

Boston U. 9, No. 12 Massachusetts 8, OT: The host Terriers (1-0), led by Jenna Boarman and Becca Church with two goals each, scored twice in the overtime period to upset the Minutewomen (3-2).

UMass scored twice in the final 9:56, including Sam Rush with the game-tying goal with 5:17 left, to force overtime.

Connecticut 13, No. 15 Boston College 8: The visiting Huskies (2-0) led for most of the game and went on a 6-0 run to close out the win.

"We controlled the pace when we needed to and we pushed the pace when the game called for that," said UConn coach Katie Woods.

Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) assisted on a goal to tie the game at 7 with 23:52 left and a tiebreaker for the Eagles (2-2) with 20:24 left.


Carly Palmucci, who finished with four goals, scored twice and had an assist during the 6-0 run, including a tying goal, 8-8, with 18:29 left. Lauren Kahn scored the go-ahead goal for Connecticut with 16:45 left to play.

No. 20 Stony Brook 19, Central Connecticut State 3: Demmianne Cook posted a game-high six goals, while Janine Hiller added six points (four goals and two assists) for the visiting Seawolves.

Stony Brook (2-1) put together a 9-0 run that spanned both halves. Seawolves goalie Frankie Caridi stopped five of the eight shots she faced in 57 minutes. Morgan Tullar made 11 saves for the Blue Devils (0-2).


Goucher 12, Rowan 11: The host Profs (0-1) led almost the entire game, but Erin Reifsnyder scored the game-winner for the Gophers (1-1) with 58 seconds left.

Goucher came back after being down 6-0 in the first half. The Gophers' Rita Meissner scored three of her four goals during the second-half rally and Hannah Khin finished with a game-high five goals.


Christopher Newport 15, St. Mary's 7: Shelby Newman (Manchester Valley) recorded her first career hat trick, but the host Seahawks (1-2) lost to the Captains (2-1).

Christopher Newport led 8-5 at the break and held St. Mary's to two goals in the second half. The Captains also put together 3-0 and 4-0 runs in the second half to put the game out of reach.