The Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse team lulled the Maryland Terrapins to sleep Friday night with lackluster offense and solid defense throughout the first half, but picked up and rode momentum in the fourth quarter to sneak into the ACC Championship game today at 1 p.m. airing on ESPNU.
To beat the Terrapins, Notre Dame survived the first half of ‘Terp domination, but were only down 1-3. The Irish held possession and a man-up advantage to start the third quarter, but failed to capitalize on that opportunity.
With a 5-5 score, late in the game Matt Kavanagh capped off the night, slashing through defenders, firing a goal past Terp’ Goalie Niko Amota giving the Irish their first lead of the game with just 6.5 seconds remaining to secure a birth into the ACC Championship.
Notre Dame will face-off against former Big East foe Syracuse University, led by attackman, Kevin Rice and defenseman Brandon Mullins, who received All-ACC honors earlier in the week for their stellar play this season.
In 2013, the Orange beat the Irish in the Big East tournament semifinals 9-4, and beat the Irish 10-11 earlier this season in each teams’ inaugural season in the ACC.
Since 2010 the Irish are 1-5 vs. the Orange and will need to score into the double digits to have a chance at the title this afternoon. I am expecting an exciting and physical contest without much room for error for the Irish. Tune into ESPNU for the game and back to Slap the Sign afterwards for a game recap and conversation.