Senior attackman Colin Igoe registered a career-high four points on three goals and an assist for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame (11-2) received two goals apiece from Zach Brenneman, Westy Hopkins, Nicholas Beattie and Pat Cotter. Steve Murphy and Sean Rogers both chipped in a goal for the Irish, while junior long-stick midfielder Bobby Smithdished out a career-high two assists. Notre Dame had nine assists on its 13 goals.
The Fighting Irish defense held Penn (8-7) to just one second-half goal. The Quakers did not score from the 2:55 mark of the second quarter until the 5:43 mark of the fourth quarter, a span of 27:12
“Penn is a very good team but I thought we played one of our best games of the year,” said Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan. “We expected a defensive struggle with two teams known for playing great defense, but it was 8-5 at halftime. I thought we settled down a lot defensively. We didn’t move around so much and get ourselves in trouble.”
Notre Dame grabbed an early 4-0 lead in the contest. Hopkins put the Irish on the board, while Beattie deposited back-to-back tallies to put the Irish up by three at the 6:52 mark of the opening quarter. Rogers scored 25 seconds later to increase the Irish advantage to four.
Penn goals from Rob Fitzpatrick and Al Kohart in the final two minutes of the period made it a 4-2 game by the end of the first quarter.
Goals from Cotter and Murphy 37 seconds apart put Notre Dame on top 6-2 just over five minutes into the second quarter. The Quakers responded with a Dan Savage goal midway through the period.