No. 2 seed Notre Dame outscored Detroit 6-0 in the fourth quarter to capture a 9-7 victory in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Saturday evening at Arlotta Stadium. Freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh netted a game-high four goals for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame (11-4) entered the final period trailing 7-3, yet scored four goals in the first 4:50 of the quarter to tie the contest. The furious rally began on Kavanagh’s second goal of the game, which came just 48 seconds into the period. Sophomore attackman Conor Doyle scored less than a minute later to slice the Detroit advantage to two (7-5).
Fifth-year senior attackman Sean Rogers deposited his second tally of the day, off an assist from Jim Marlatt, just 48 seconds after Doyle’s goal. The equalizer came from Kavanagh and he then gave the Irish their first lead of the day with 5:27 remaining in the contest. Senior midfielder Ryan Foley registered the game’s final goal with 2:31 left. Rogers assisted on the score.
Notre Dame used a 10-man ride to force Detroit into five failed clears in the fourth quarter. The Fighting Irish won 6-of-7 faceoffs in the final period in addition to outshooting the Titans 16-3 in that stanza.
“Offensively, we didn’t play very well at all and we kind of played into their hands,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. “We may have only had a total of seven possessions in the first half and that’s kind of horrific. We knew we had to change that so we waited as long as we thought we could and then went 10-man (ride). You can’t do that for an entire half or else your guys will die. We changed the tempo and then got some possessions and got the ball in space for some of our offensive guys who were able to make plays.”
Goals from Brandon Beauregard and Alex Maini gave Detroit (5-10) a 2-0 lead by the end of the opening quarter. Doyle put the Irish on the board with 12:08 left in the second quarter, but goals from Maini, Beauregard and Mike Birney had the Titans up 5-1 at halftime.