April 24, 2009

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Irish Down 'Cuse to Reach Big East Final

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Notre Dame senior attack Jillian Byers had a game-high seven points, including four goals while senior goalkeeper Erin Goodman made seven saves to lead the Irish (13-4) past Syracuse (12-4) by the score of 16-10 in the first semifinal game of the Big East Championship held at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field.

The Irish posted a slim 9-8 halftime lead and held the Orange to just two second-half goals en route to the victory, their first in the three-year history of Big EAst Championship. With the win Notre Dame will face either Georgetown or Louisville in the title game of the Big East Championship. The Irish scored the first five goals of the second half while holding the Orange scoreless for more than nine minutes to open the frame.

Notre Dame sophomore Kailene Abt added five points, including four goals while junior teammate Gina Scioscia had five points on two goals and three assists. The Irish also held a 21-10 edge on ground balls.

Syracuse senior Katie Rowan totaled a team-leading six points, including four assists. She moved into sixth place on the all-time NCAA scoring list with 374 career points. Rowan climbed past Virginia’s Amy Appelt (2002-05) and trails Temple’s Gail Cummings (1984-88) by four points for fifth place.

The Orange moved to 12-4 on the season and remained winless all-time (0-8) at Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Field. It also was the first Syracuse loss (4-1) in Big East Championship play.

There were four ties and five lead changes. With the win the Irish snapped a three-game losing streak in the all-time series and improved to 4-9 against the Orange.

The title game of the Big East Championship will be televised live on the CBS College Sports Network on April 26 at 1 p.m. ET.


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