Daily Archives: May 23, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Loses Duke 7-5 In NCAA Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinals On May 22 As Offense “Didn’t Make Enough Plays”

The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team saw its season come to an end with a 7-5 setback to Duke in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

The Fighting Irish concluded the campaign with an 11-3 record. Notre Dame was the tournament’s No. 4 seed, while Duke is the fifth seed. The contest was tied 4-4 after three quarters of play and Duke (14-5) scored the first three goals of the final period en route to the victory. The Blue Devils opened the fourth-quarter scoring at the 13:30 mark on a Jordan Wolf goal. Duke went up by two (6-4) on a Tucker Virtue score with just under 11 minutes left in regulation. A Robert Rotanz goal with 3:44 left gave Duke a three-goal lead, which was its largest advantage of the game. A goal from Irish freshman Westy Hopkins with 16 seconds on the clock produced the final outcome. Hopkins, an attackman, led the Irish with three goals. That was his second hat trick of the season. “I think it was pretty clear if you watched that game to know both teams know each other well,” said Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan. “I don’t think it’s complicated stuff – you got to make plays at this time of year to win games, and we didn’t make enough plays. We had our opportunities – we just didn’t finish them. They finished them more than we did.” Notre Dame opened the game’s scoring at the 10:09 mark of the first quarter on an Eric Keppeler goal. The Irish made it 2-0 two minutes later on Hopkins’ first score, which was assisted by Sean Rogers. Duke cracked the scoring column with 2:26 left in the first quarter on a Christian Walsh goal. The Irish claimed a 3-1 lead on a Hopkins goal with 11 seconds left in the opening period. Zach Brenneman assisted on the play.

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