#ACCWLAX in NCAA First Round: Notre Dame, Virginia Advance

Irish and Cavaliers join ACC's four teams with byes in the NCAA Second Round.

Notre Dame Beats Ohio State, 13-11, to Advance in NCAAs

EVANSTON, Ill. - Ohio State's women's lacrosse team raced out to a 7-4 lead late in the first half but a resilient Notre Dame squad scored seven straight goals to seize control of their NCAA tournament first round matchup late Friday night and roll to a 13-11 victory at Northwestern's Lakeside Field.

Scoring the first six goals of the second half against the Buckeyes (13-8), the Irish (11-8) earned themselves a matchup with the homestanding Wildcats at 1 p.m. CDT on Sunday in the tournament's second round and a matchup of the top two teams in the Midwest.

Cortney Fortunato compiled a robust stat line for the Irish, scoring twice, adding two assists, controlling four draws, scooping up three ground balls and causing a turnover. The four draw controls matched her career high.

Along with Fortunato, Annaheim also had a four-point night on two goals and two assists. Stephanie Toynetted a hat trick while freshman Molly Cobb chipped in three assists.

Cobb entered tonight with just two assists spread over 15 games played. A team which relies heavily on its starters, the Irish got five points off of its bench tonight with Cobb's three assists and Kiera McMullan's two goals. Sexton had a goal and an assist. This year, Notre Dame is 10-2 when Sexton picks up at least two points and just 1-6 when she is held to one or zero points.

Virginia Advances to NCAA Second Round with an 18-6 Victory over Winthrop

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's lacrosse team (12-6, 4-3 ACC), the No. 7 seed in the 2015 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, earned an 18-6 victory over Winthrop (17-4, 6-1 Big South) on Friday (May 8) in the tournament's first-round at Klöckner Stadium.

Four Cavaliers scored hat tricks with senior Casey Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) leading the squad with four goals with three assists. Freshman Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.), junior Kelly Boyd (Baltimore, Md.) and redshirt senior Liza Blue (Butler, Md.) each scored three goals. Senior Courtney Swan(Vero Beach, Fla.) scored a goal with three assists.

Katie Clark led the Eagles with two goals.

Penn State defeated Johns Hopkins, 14-11, in the day's first game at Klöckner. The Nittany Lions and the Cavaliers will play an NCAA Tournament second-round game on Sunday, May 10 at 4 p.m. at Klockner Stadium with the winner of that contest advancing to next weekend's quarterfinals.

Boyd scored the first two goals of the game, the start of a 6-0 start for the Cavaliers. After back-to-back Winthrop goals made it a 6-2 game with 12:28 remaining in the half, Virginia scored the final three goals of the period, including a third from Boyd on a feed from Swan with 1:10 remaining, to give Virginia a 10-2 lead at the break.

No. 18 Louisville Falls to No. 9 Northwestern 10-7 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament

EVANSTON, Ill. - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team fell 10-7 to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Lakeside Field. The Cardinals finish out the season with an overall record of 10-8.

Northwestern struck first on their second possession to take a 1-0 lead at the 25 minute mark. Northwestern took the next draw control but the Cardinals defense won the ball back. The Cardinals were able to capitalize off the turnover when Kaylin Morissette found Cortnee Daley to tie the game at the 21:56 mark.

The Cardinals once again capitalized off a Northwestern turnover. Daley was awarded a free position shot and scored, giving Louisville a 2-1 lead at the 17:47 mark. The Cardinals then won the draw control and took possession again. Faye Brust, seeing the field for the first time since April 4, scored off a pass from Daley to give Louisville a 3-1 lead with 16:48 left in the first half.

Northwestern took control on the next draw control and was award a free position shot. The Wildcats converted on the shot to cut the Louisville lead to 3-2 in the next minute. Northwestern again took possession on the next draw control but Peacock made a save to give the possession back to the Cardinals.