Trailing 7-2 at the half, the No. 8/9 University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team exploded for 10 second half goals, while limiting Stanford to just three, to spoil the Cardinal’ upset bid in the season-opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at Maloney Field. With the win the Irish opens the year 1-0 for the 15th time in 17 seasons.
“We made a lot of changes at halftime and got to playing like we had been playing in practice,” said head coach Christine Halfpenny. Once we made the adjustments at halftime we got on a roll. We played a very solid Stanford team that has a great coach and some talented players. Despite getting down early our team never gave up. They had great belief and we had incredible contributions from so many players, starters and reserves. It wasn’t pretty, but it feels good to get a win in game one.”
Down 7-2, the Irish went to work in the second half, scoring six of the first seven goals of the second half, including five in a row from the 23:00 mark to 17:31 to tie the score at eight. The tie was the first since the score was 1-1 with 19:27 left in the first half. Sophomore Lauren Sullivan scored a pair of goals in under a minute, putting one in at 18:22 unassisted and another at 17:31 off a pass from Kaitlyn Brosco.
From there the two teams battled back and forth as each tallied goals to push the score to 10 all. Stanford took a 9-8 lead at 16:07 after a goal from Lucy Dikeou. Notre Dame answered just a minute and a half later as Brosco scored off a pass from junior Lindsay Powell. After Powell gave the Irish a 10-9 lead at 11:32, the Cardinal responded at 9:06 with the equalizer off the stick of Rachel Ozer.