March 20, 2011

Cornell Defense Keys Upset of Notre Dame

from press release

LUTHERVILLE, Md. -- Cornell's defense limited Notre Dame's powerful offense to just one goal over the final 36:18 and Jessi Steinberg rewarded them with a double overtime goal to send the Big Red to a 6-5 victory over the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish on Sunday afternoon at St. Paul's School. Cornell evened its record at 3-3, while Notre Dame fell to 3-4.

Steinberg scored three goals, the last just 18 seconds into the sudden victory overtime session after the Big Red scored with just 24 seconds left in the first overtime to extend the game. Olivia Knotts scored on a re-start on a feed from Kelly Lang to tie the contest at 5-5.

Notre Dame took a 4-0 lead into the second half, but the Big Red scored four unanswered over the final 20 minutes and defensively kept its Big East rival off the scoreboard. Steinberg had three scores and won two draws, while Katie Kirk and Lang each had a goal and an assist. Kyla Dambach made four saves in the win, including one in overtime. In an evenly played match throughout, the Big Red held a narrow 21-17 edge in shots, a 9-6 advantage in draw controls and a 19-17 edge in ground balls. Both teams had 14 turnovers.

Notre Dame's Kailene Abt scored twice, while Kaitlyn Brosco had a goal and an assist. In goal, Ellie Hilling made seven saves in taking the hard-luck loss.

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