Irish Capture Men’s Lacrosse ACC Tournament Title


The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team captured their first ACC Tournament championship in their inaugural season, conquering a back-and-forth match up against former Big East rival Syracuse. Notre Dame rode their fourth quarter momentum from a Friday night victory over Maryland, wining a tightly-contested 15-14 championship game.

 

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Tied 7-7 at halftime, and after giving up a goal in the first minute of the second half, the Irish scored seven goals in the third quarter providing a fourth quarter cushion with Syracuse faring only 1-3 this season when trailing heading into the final quarter.

The Orange rallied-tough late in the game and turned the Irish over with just over a minute left setting up a final possession to potentially send the game into overtime. With less than five seconds left in regulation Notre Dame Goalie Conner Kelly sealed the Championship with a save against the Orange’s attackman Nicky Galasso.

 

With the victory Notre Dames locks up a birth into the NCAA Championship May 24-26 in Baltimore MD. Before the tournament commences the Irish will face-off against Army, May 3, televised on ESPNU at 12:00 p.m. from South Bend.

The Irish had a rough regular season with five losses, the most in four seasons, when the Irish lost to Duke in the NCAA Finals in Baltimore. Just a couple seasons ago in 2012, Notre Dame lost to Loyola, (MD) in the Final Four, enroute to the Greyhounds championship and will hope to make it back to the Final Four next month. Stay tuned to Slap the Sign and let us know your thoughts on the Irish’s chances to bring home an NCAA title.

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