Irish keep win-streak alive, face Cleveland State this weekend
Observer Sports Staff | Friday, March 19, 2021
The Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse team took down the Marquette Golden Eagles (0-5), 10-3. This St. Patrick’s Day blowout matchup brings Notre Dame (No. 8) to 3-0 on the season.
The Irish had nine different goal scorers over the day with sophomore attacker Pat Kavanagh earning five assists in the first 30 minutes of play on top of one goal of his own. Those five assists bring Kavanagh to 18 on the season as a sophomore.
Senior midfielder Wheaton Jackoboice and junior attacker and junior midfielder Griffin Westlin also had assists and their own goals. Senior midfielder Ryan Hallenbeck was left to round out the assists.
The Irish took 48 shots to Marquette’s 38, the first 31 of which came in the first half and resulted in the first 9 points for the Irish. Marquette kept to a one-goal per period pattern for the first three periods, evened out in the third period by Notre Dame’s one goal.
The rest of the Irish scorers were graduate student attack player Will Yorke, junior midfielder Quinn McCahon, first-year midfielder Eric Dobson, senior midfielder Morrison Mirer, sophomore midfielder Nick Harris and senior attacker Mikey Drake.
The Irish ran the field for most of the first half and eventually through the entire game, especially with an 11-5 face-off advantage.
That advantage was facilitated by graduate student Kyle Gallagher who won six of his eight face-offs and graduate student Charles Leonard who won five of the eight he played.
By the fourth period, however, the defense had turned it up on both sides of the ball, leaving no room for any addition to the score. Irish goalie Liam Entenmann made 18 saves, a career-high, 10 of which came in the second half of the match. After three matches, Entenmann’s save percentage is now .720 on the season. Marquette had 14 saves and the same number of turnovers, bookending the match with 5 giveaways in the first period and 5 in the fourth.
Junior LSM (long-stick midfielder) Jose Boyer caused four of those turnovers and recovered four of Notre Dame’s 33 ground balls to Marquette’s 26. Notre Dame’s own turnovers grew as the match went on, ultimately amounting to 15 with 10 in the second half. But with such an offense-heavy first half for the Irish, there wasn’t enough time for the Eagles to make up the difference despite the Irish losing a bit of momentum.
This weekend, the Irish will take on Cleveland State at home in Arlotta Stadium at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 20. The game will air on ACCN.