Notre Dame 4, Eastern Illinois 0

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Katie Thorlakson had a goal and two assists - becoming just the third Notre Dame player ever to reach 20 goals and 20 assists in a season - as the second-ranked Irish opened NCAA Tournament play with a 4-0 win over visiting Eastern Illinois, in Friday-night action at Alumni Field.

Notre Dame (20-1-1) - which is seeded 4th in the 64-team NCAA Tournament -quickly bounced back from its first loss of the season, scoring in the seventh minute of play when freshman forward Amanda Cinalli volleyed home a Thorlakson corner kick. Thorlakson scored eight minutes later and went on to provide the primary assist on a second-half goal by sophomore defender Kim Lorenzen.

Senior Candace Chapman - who split time at left back and forward - then scored 48 seconds later, after racing down the left side and sending a tough-angle shot into the right sidenetting.

The Irish racked up a 27-3 edge in total shots (14-1 in shots on goal) and held a 6-0 corner-kick margin, marking the ninth time this season (and fourth in the last five games) that the Irish have not allowed a corner (ND now has allowed just 34 CKs in 33 games, with only 2 opponent CKs in the last 6 games).

-- Courtesy Notre Dame