Thursday night: No. 1 UVa among unbeaten teams to fall

Senior forward Anna Maria Gilbertson provided all the offense Notre Dame needed, tallying goals in the 13th and 104th minutes to lift the No. 6 Irish over No. 1 Virginia, 2-1, in overtime. Next up for the Irish: No. 3 Florida State, which defeated No. 7 Clemson on Thursday, 3-1. Losses by Virginia, Clemson and No. 16 Rutgers left No. 2 North Carolina (9-0-1), a 3-1 winner over Syracuse, and Cornell (6-0-2) as the lone unbeaten teams.

“There’s so many things we did with this win,” Irish head coach Theresa Romagnolo said. “I think the point of it is to remind this team how great they are. I think that’s what we take from this game, is we’re right there with everybody and it’s exciting to see we can step up in big moments and get things done.”

Sophomore midfielder Sabrina Flores and freshman forward Natalie Jacobs tallied assists on Gilbertson’s first and second goals, respectively, as the Irish win not only ended the Cavaliers’ 38-match home winning streak.

“I think we all really believed in each other and came out with the confidence that we were going to do it today,” Gilbertson added. “[We thought that] whatever they brought at us, we would bring it back at them that much harder. I think we went out there and definitely did that.”

FLORIDA STATE-CLEMSON. Next up for the Irish will No. 3 Florida State on Sunday at Alumni Stadium. The Seminoles defeated No. 7 Clemson on Thursday, 3-1.

Freshman forward Megan Connolly assisted on the first two FSU goals by Kaycie Tillman and Cheyna Williams and scoring the final one for the Seminoles, who are unbeaten in their last 13 ACC games (11-0-2).
 
“We limited their opportunities, but they are a Top 10 team,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “They are a very well-coached team, very organized and talented all over the place. We feel great coming out with a win tonight.”

NORTH CAROLINA-SYRACUSE. No. 2 North Carolina got goals from three different player and assists from six different players as the Tar Heels beat Syracuse, 3-1, at rain-soaked Fetzer Field to improve to 9-0-1. With losses by Virginia, Clemson and Rutgers, Carolina and 6-0-2 Cornell are the only unbeaten teams left in the Division I women's ranks.

Carolina won on goals by Alexa Newfield and Jessie Scarpa, both with their sixth goal of the season, and freshman Dorian Bailey’s second goal of the season.

ILLINOIS-RUTGERS. No. 16 Rutgers suffered its first loss of the season Thursday night as it lost at Illinois, 2-1.

Allison Stucky
's goal to open the scoring in the 51st minute ended the the Scarlet Knights' program record scoreless streak at 770 minutes to open the season. Cassie Inacio tied the score for the Scarlet Knights with a highlight-reel goal in the 63rd minute, Kara Marbury got the last word for Illinois in the 81st minute.
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