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Girls’ lacrosse: Notre Dame defense tightens in second half Notre Dame defense tightens in second half

Thursday, 3rd April 2008

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Willie McGonigle, posted 4/3/08

Notre Dame coach Brooke Crawford Record holds high standards for her Fighting Irish defense.

So when Notre Dame allowed five goals in the first half to visiting Germantown Friends Wednesday in a non-league game, Crawford-Record was quick to give the Tigers credit.

In the second half the Irish defense stepped up and only allowed two goals on its way to a 19-7 victory.

“(That’s) one of the tougher opponents we’ve seen,” said Crawford Record of her 3-0 Irish.

The Irish’s Maggie Corcoran summed up the importance of the second-half surge by saying, “Defense is most important.”

Junior Kelly McCallion led the Notre Dame attack with four goals and four assists while Corcoran (two assists) and Katie Blumenthal each contributed four tallies. The Irish also received three goals from Bridget Burns and two apiece from Regina Burns and Molly Gannett.

“The team is more important then any individual stats,” McCallion said.

Germantown Friends, playing in its opener, got four goals from Mariah Barstow and one each from Maura McInerney-Rowley (two assists), Katie Binswanger, and Lydia Kring.

Goalie Maria DiLiberto recorded 11 saves for Notre Dame, which opens Inter-Ac League play Friday at Springside.

Elsewhere in girls’ games:

Amanda Jones scored four goals and added three assists to spark Germantown Academy (2-0) past the Hill School, 14-5. Heather Rittenhouse added three goals and two assists and Maggie Ebbott had two goals and two asisst for GA while Greta Witter had two goals and Avery Harries posted 15 saves for the Blues…Conestoga (1-1) toppled Eastern (N.J.), 14-7, as Kaitlin Hildebrand scored four goals and Brooke Campbell and Amy Bernier added three apiece. Taylor Mallory had two goals and three assists for the Pioneers and goalie Kim Shoup had seven saves…The top-ranked team in the Top 10 Poll, Springfield-Delco, fell to Shawnee (N.J.), 10-9, on a goal by Quinn Daly with 20 seconds to play. Madison Poplawski and Sam Tajarian each had three goals for the Cougars, who saw their 22-game win streak snapped.



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