Pitt Lacrosse traveled to No. 18 Notre Dame Saturday in their final regular season ACC game and lost by their biggest margin of the season, 19-7.
The Panthers (7-9 overall, 1-7 ACC) played competitively with Fighting Irish (6-8 overall, 2-5 ACC) in the early stages of the match, but a poor second half ended their chances of getting a first ACC road victory of the season.
Pitt kept it close with Notre Dame early in the first quarter, getting goals back after it looked like Notre Dame would pull away. Graduate attacker Paige Petty scored the first Pitt goal thanks to a great pass from fellow graduate attacker Madisyn Kittell to cut the lead to 2-1.
After going down 4-1, sophomore attacker Katie Elam scored a goal from a free position and graduate attacker Karina Latsko did the same with a man-up to get the Panthers within one late in the first quarter. Junior attacker Carlie Leach also scored from a free position to keep the score within one, but a late Fighting Irish goal made it a 6-4 game going into the second quarter.
Both teams struggled to score early on before Notre Dame graduate attacker Maddie Howe and Leach scored their second goals of the game to make it 7-5.
The Fighting Irish took control the rest of the period, scoring three goals and taking a 10-5 lead into halftime. Junior midfielder Kasey Choma and Howe each completed their hat trick and then senior midfielder Madison Mote scored her second of the game in the final 2:40 of the second quarter.
Notre Dame scored seven goals in the third quarter to effectively put the game out of reach for Pitt, finishing with a 17-6 lead.
Junior attacker Katie Wolak contributed to four goals in the period, with one she scored and three she assisted on. Choma scored twice, with Howe and Mote also scoring in the third quarter for Notre Dame. Sophomore midfielder Mary Kelly Doherty scored a goal and provided an assist and junior attacker Madison Ahern scored her second of the game to round up the scoring for Notre Dame.
Ahern scored two more goals in the fourth period to end the scoring for the Fighting Irish on the day, giving her four in the game total.
The Panthers had real difficulty getting anything to work offensively in the second half. They couldn’t string enough passes to get good shots and also couldn’t stop the Fighting Irish from getting quality looks themselves, which they converted.
Petty completed her hat trick in the second half, with a goal late in the third quarter and fourth quarter, making her the lone bright spot in a bad defeat on the road for the Panthers.
Pitt finishes their regular season with a non-conference matchup at home against George Mason on Tuesday, Apr. 19 at 5 p.m.