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No. 20 Notre Dame rolls past Canisius women's lacrosse in season opener

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CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS



Samantha Lynch, Maddie Howe and Nikki Ortega tallied five points in Notre Dame's 21-4 victory over Canisius (0-1) in NCAA women's lacrosse action Sunday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.
 
Lynch scored five goals, while Howe and Ortega recorded three goals and two assists to pace the Fighting Irish's offensive production. Kathleen Roe and Hannah Dorney added two goals each for Notre Dame (2-0) in the win.
 
Graduate student Jen Reininger recorded three goals on six shots, while sophomore Marissa Malvaso had two points on one goal and one assist. Senior Ellen Newton got the start between the pipes for the Golden Griffins before being replaced in the second half by sophomore Lauren Gilbert.
 
Notre Dame started the game on a 6-0 run before Reininger tallied Canisius first mark of the contest at the 12:10 mark. The Irondequoit, N.Y., native added two more three minutes later to pull the Griffs within five, 8-3. With just over four minutes left in the first half, the Irish tacked on two more goals to make the score 10-3 at the break.
 
Malvaso scored the first goal of the second half just 1:30 into the frame when she beat the shot clock for her first goal of the season. Notre Dame didn't waste any time to get the goal back as Howe answered ten seconds later with her first goal of the game. From there the Irish rolled off 10-unanswered goals to close the game, highlighted by three of Lynch's five goals.
 
Head Coach Allison Daley's Postgame Comments 
" Today was certainly a tough game for us, we made some mistakes early, and a good team like Notre Dame will capitalize on those, and that is exactly what happened. I thought throughout the day we saw glimpses of a team that we can be, and with that said, we will use this as a great learning experience and an opportunity to better ourselves moving forward."
 
Game Notes
• Notre Dame is now 4-0 all-time against the Golden Griffins.
• Reininger's hat trick was the 21st of her career and she now has 104 career goals.
• When Gilbert entered the contest in the second half, it marked her first-career appearance in net.
 
Up Next
Canisius heads to Moon Township, Pa., to take on NEC contender Robert Morris Feb. 20. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m., and can be streamed live on NEC Front Row. 

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