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Men’s Soccer: Irish overlooked for NCAA Tourney

Observer Staff Report | Monday, November 14, 2011

Notre Dame’s season came to a surprising end Monday after they were not selected for one of the coveted 48 spots in the NCAA tournament.

The then-No. 18 Irish lost to Villanova 1-0 at home in the first round of the Big East Conference tournament on Nov. 3. They practiced for one and a half weeks before they found out their season was over.

The Irish rounded out the year at 9-5-4 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference. Notre Dame only lost by a margin of more than one goal once, against West Virginia on Oct. 29.

At the conclusion of the Big East Tournament, three Notre Dame players gained spots on the top two all-conference teams.

Senior defender Aaron Maund, who played in every minute of competition for the Irish in 2011, gained a spot on the first all-conference team. Maund earned second team honors in both 2009 and 2010.

Two juniors, midfielder Dillon Powers and forward Ryan Finley, were both named to the second all-conference team.

Finley led the Irish in goals scored this season with seven and made a name for himself during his first season with Notre Dame after transferring from Duke.

Powers found a spot on the all-rookie conference team in 2009, and this season matched his sophomore year position on the all-conference second team.