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Women’s Lacrosse: Laxers fall to national teams

Observer Staff Report | Monday, February 1, 2010

No. 9 Notre Dame challenged two national teams this weekend in the Champion Challenge at the Disney World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Irish fell 23-7 to the U.S. National Elite Team Saturday and lost 15-11 to the U.S. National Development team Sunday.

Junior midfielder Shaylyn Blaney, senior attack Gina Scioscia and junior midfielder Ansley Steward led the Irish Saturday with two goals each while freshman attack Betsy Mastropieri scored one.

Former Irish player Jillian Byers, who graduated in 2009, scored three goals and had three assists for Team USA.

On Saturday, Scioscia led Notre Dame with three goals and sophomore midfielder Maggie Tamasitis had two. Six other Irish players scored one goal each.

On the weekend, freshman goalkeeper Ellie Hilling made 17 stops.

The Irish will begin their regular season on Feb. 23 against Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y.  and will open at home on Feb. 27 against Duquesne.