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Monday, Feb. 26, 2024
The Observer

Irish dominate Titans 27-2, hope to keep momentum against BC

The Fighting Irish Women’s Lacrosse team (5-7) defeated the Detroit Mercy Titans (1-10) Tuesday at Arlotta stadium. The Irish played a phenomenal game, finishing with a score of 27-2 against the Titans. The Irish were led by junior attack Madison Ahern scoring four goals and junior midfielder Kasey Choma with three goals. 

Detroit Mercy entered the game with gusto, winning the first draw control and shooting twice, one ultimately too wide and the other bouncing off the post. This prompted a ground ball pickup by graduate student goalie Bridget Deehan, followed by a goal from Ahern to kick off the competition for the Irish. Another draw control by Detroit Mercy was followed by back-to-back Irish goals scored by sophomore midfielder Mary Kelly Doherty and senior midfielder Madison Mote. The Irish continued to score three more times before the Titans responded with a goal by Elise Harder, leaving the score at 6-1. The Irish maintained their fierce offensive energy, however, and scored six more times before the first quarter was over, concluding with a score of 12-1. 

The second quarter began similarly to the first with a draw control taken by the Titans. Notre Dame sophomore midfielder Kelly Denes answered quickly, causing a turnover and obtaining a ground ball pickup. Within the first 45 seconds of the quarter, Ahern scored her 38th goal of the season in a free position attempt assisted by graduate student attack Maddie Howe. The game slowed down in the rest of the quarter as the Irish furthered their lead and sophomore goalie Lilly Callahan did not allow a single Detroit Mercy goal. 

The third quarter began with a draw control by Irish freshman midfielder Ava Kristynik, followed by freshman midfielder Ciara Mazzone’s first goal of the season. The Detroit Mercy picked up their energy, but Callahan was on fire, blocking two Titans shots back to back within one minute and continuously making impressive saves, maintaining a second quarter without allowing a single Titans goal. 

The Titans were able to obtain a second goal with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Irish responded quickly with a draw control by sophomore midfielder Keelin Schlageter and a goal by senior attack Mollie Carr, assisted by sophomore midfielder Kristen Shanahan to end the game. 

Overall this was a great win for the Irish, and leaves them hungry to continue the streak as they travel to Newton this Saturday to face the No. 3 ranked Boston College Eagles, who they lost to in last year's NCAA tournament. The game starts at 2 p.m. and will be streamed on ACCN Extra.