Big Red bests Notre Dame in NCAA lacrosse first round

Ten saves from goalkeeper Renee Poullot led to a first-round NCAA tournament win for Big Red women’s lacrosse and a program-best 41st career win for the senior on Friday night as Cornell topped Notre Dame 12-7.

Big Red women’s lacrosse. 14850 file photo.

The team will face the Princeton Tigers on Sunday afternoon in a rematch of last Sunday’s Ivy League championship game, which Princeton won 11-9 despite a second-half Cornell comeback effort.

Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Friday’s first-round action, and the teams ended the first half tied at 5 apiece. The second half was all Cornell, again, with the Big Red dominating the scoreboard and tallying seven more to Notre Dame’s two.

Coach Graap said last weekend that Sunday’s comeback effort set the stage for the squad’s NCAA tournament action. “We had a great comeback in the second half; we were just unable to overcome the deficit that we had in the first half. I think what we learned there is we can compete with the best teams in the country.”

On Friday night, senior midfielder Amie Dickson led the scoring for the Red with four points on two goals and two assists. Junior Taylor Reed and senior Catherine Ellis each had three goals, and junior Ida Farinholt had three points on two goals and an assist.

It’s the second time in two years, and the fifth time overall, that Cornell has headed to the NCAA tournament. They’ll face the Tigers, seeded fifth overall in the NCAA tournament, at 1pm on Sunday, on Princeton’s home turf. The regional games aren’t televised, but are on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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