WASHINGTON, D.C. – The No. 4 seed Notre Dame upset No. 1 seed Georgetown 15-12 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship held at Georgetown University. Senior Shaylyn Blaney had four points, as did junior teammate Maggie Tamasitis to lead the Irish (10-8), who advanced to the title game for the second time in school history and first time since 2009. Blaney scored a game-high four goals, while Tamasitis registered a game-high four assists.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 4-1 lead, capped by sophomore Dina Jackson’s goal with 21:00 left in the first half. The Irish roared back with three of the next four goals to cut it to one, 5-4 with 16:36 remaining in the frame. The scoring splurge continued as Georgetown scored three of the next four goals and opened up an 8-5 advantage with 14:11 to go in the session. Notre Dame scored the final five goals of the half and held a 10-8 lead at the intermission. In total 18 goals were scored in the first half. Just nine goals were tallied over the final 30 minutes.
In the second half, Notre Dame scored five of the final seven goals and held on for the win. Blaney accounted for the final two Irish goals to ice it.
Notre Dame sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Hilling made six saves in net. Hoyas freshman Barb Black recorded three saves. Senior Jordy Kirr led Georgetown with three points, including two goals.
The Irish totaled 33 shots, including 18 shots on goal. Georgetown had 23 attempts with 18 on net.
Notre Dame has one previous appearance in the title game of the BIG EAST Championship. It came in 2009 when the Irish captured their first tournament title. The 2009 tournament also was held at Georgetown.
Notre Dame advances to the title game of the BIG EAST Championship and will face No. 3 seed Loyola on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. ET. The contest will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.
Earlier this season Notre Dame lost to Loyola 13-10 on April 3 at home.
There were three ties and two lead changes.
The score was not the highest total in championship play. Syracuse and Rutgers combined for 29 goals in the 2008 semifinal.
Georgetown will await word on a possible NCAA Championship at large berth. The NCAA Selection Show will be streamed live online at www.ncaa.com on May 8 at 7:30 p.m.