A career-high three goals from sophomore attackman Ryan Foley helped the third-ranked Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team capture a 10-9 win over No. 14 Denver on Saturday night at Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The win improved the Irish to 4-0 this season.
With the scored tied 7-7 midway through the third quarter, Notre Dame used three unanswered goals to claim a 10-7 lead by the end of the period. The surge began with a man-up goal from junior attackman Nicholas Beattie off a pass from Edison Parzanese.
The Irish went up 9-7 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter on goal from freshman attackman Westy Hopkins off a Quinn Cully pass. Colin Igoe’s second goal of the game put Notre Dame up by three (10-7) with 1:29 left in the quarter. Sean Rogers assisted on the Igoe goal. Rogers, a junior midfielder, registered two goals and two assists in the game. Rogers and Hopkins both have a team-high six goals this season.
Two goals from Denver’s Patrick Baxter were the only scores of the fourth quarter. The Pioneers had possession of the ball with less than a minute left in the game but could not even the contest.
Denver (3-2) opened the game with back-to-back scores from Mark Matthews, who had four goals on the night. Foley netted Notre Dame’s first goal with 9:24 remaining in the first quarter, while his classmate Pat Cotter tied the contest (2-2) with 4:15 left in the opening period. Matthews gave Denver a 3-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.