Story courtesy of Toledo Sports Information
SOUTH BEND, IN ? No. 1 Notre Dame put three goals on the board in the first 16 minutes on its way to a 5-2 victory over Toledo in first-round NCAA Tournament action at Notre Dame on Friday.
The Rockets, who appeared in their third straight NCAA tournament appearance, finish their
season with a 16-5-1 record. It was their first game ever against a No. 1 team.
Senior Molly Cornwell and freshman Kristen Lynn scored for the Rockets.
“Notre Dame is No. 1 for a reason. They are a very talented team,” said UT Head Coach Brad Evans. “That being said, I think we gave up some uncharacteristically easy goals. But overall, I thought we played very well. Our theme coming in to tonight was, ?We’re going to be here all night.’ We were going to compete until the end and play the way we know how to play. I thought we did a good job in the second half. I’m really proud of the effort and the focus of our team.”
Notre Dame led 4-1 at halftime, outshooting the Rockets, 22-4. The Irish’s first goal came at 7:14 when Kerri Hanks let loose with a long shot that made it through to UT goalkeeper Vicki Traven. Traven stopped the ball but couldn’t control it. Carrie Dew followed up the play and pushed it across the line.
The Fighting Irish came back six minutes later with another goal, this time Rose Augustine picked up a Rocket turnover inside the box and beat Traven with a rolling shot to the corner. Notre Dame made it 3-0 when Augustine chipped in a short shot off a pass by Michele Weissenhofer at the 16:34 mark.
Toledo came back with a goal of its own when Cornwell, the two-time MAC Player of the Year, scored off a free kick from 24 yards out at 22:59. It was Cornwell’s eighth goal of the season.
Notre Dame’s final goal of the half came at the 36:20 mark when Melissa Henderson headed in a cross from Courtney Barg.
Toledo played the Irish tougher in the second half, keeping them off the scoreboard until the 78-minute mark when Erica Iantorno knocked home a pass from Taylor Knaack from in close.
The Rockets closed out the scoring at the 89:26 mark when Lynn scored off a pass from senior Tara Witt.