Despite a valiant 4th quarter comeback, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell short of advancing to the finals of the Big East Tournament. The final score was 8-7.
The loss ended Notre Dame’s 10-game win streak. The Irish were the tournament’s #1 seed, while the Red Storm is the 4th seed.
The Irish entered the last quarter down 8-3. However, like usual, the Domers made a surging comeback. Goals from Ryan Foley, Westy Hopkins (twice), and Con or Doyle gave Notre Dame had a chance with just under 3 minutes remaining. Unfortunately, the Red Storm locked it down and won the game.
“We didn’t clear the ball well; we didn’t get ground balls and didn’t cash in on our opportunities in the first half. We spent a lot of time on defense,” said Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan. “Our team has a no-quit attitude. They have proven that all year long. We didn’t represent ourselves well in the first half and that is not who we are.” -und.com
Notre Dame had 20 shots on goal compared to 15 for St. John’s. Junior goalie John Kemp made 7 saves for the Irish, while Jeff Lowman had 13 saves for the Red Storm.
What’s next? The Irish will now wait for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship drawings, which will be announced at 9:00 pm ET this Sunday on ESPNU.