Apr 19, 2014; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish attackman Matt Kavanagh (right) scores as Maryland Terrapins goalie Niko Amato (31) defends in the third quarter at Arlotta Stadium. Maryland won 12-8. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Lacrosse: Irish Play For National Title Today at 1 p.m.


Notre Dame defeated Maryland, 11-6, to advance to the Men’s Lacrosse National Title. The victory sets up a rematch of the 2010 National Title. The Duke Blue Devils beat Denver, 15-12, in their semifinal game.

The top seeded Blue Devils and 6th seed Notre Dame met earlier this year in ACC regular season play. The Blue Devils stomped the Irish, 15-7. Since that loss, the Irish collected 8 wins and only one loss including an ACC Tournament Championship.

The Blue Devils may possess the better overall roster but Notre Dame’s Matt Kavanagh stands out as the best and most dynamic player on the field. Against Maryland, Kavanagh ripped 5 goals and dished out 2 assists. The 5-foot-8, 170 pound Sophomore starting attackman collected 40 goals, 32 assists and 40 ground balls during the 2014 season.

When: Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore

TV: ESPN2

Online: WatchESPN

“We try to defend a whole team,” Duke Coach John Danowski said, referring to Kavanagh. “We want to not limit but reduce his touches where we can. . . . We always have to be mindful of where he is.”

In the past 8 NCAA Tournaments, the Fighting Irish lost to the eventually National Champion 6 times. Notre Dame looks to erase that statistic and win their first Men’s Lacrosse National Title ever.

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