Irish beat Syracuse, eye matchup against top-ranked Duke
Observer Sports Staff | Thursday, April 8, 2021
Notre Dame men’s lacrosse made a statement this past weekend at the Carrier Dome with a resounding 18-11 victory over No. 4 Syracuse.
The Irish (6-1, 2-1 ACC) looked like they were in trouble early on, with Orange (4-3, 1-2 ACC) taking a 6-2 lead in the second quarter. Although the Irish attack was nearly non-existent for the first part of the game, the offense took off for the rest of the game. In the second quarter, the Irish rattled off a 5-0 run in a span of less than five minutes to take a 7-6 lead midway through the second quarter.
While Syracuse was able to score two goals quickly and regain the lead, the Irish finished the half on a high note by scoring four consecutive goals to take an 11-8 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Irish came out of the gates strong to take a commanding 14-8 lead over the Orange. The Orange showed that they were not going down without a fight, however, as they scored three consecutive goals of their own to end the quarter and cut the lead to 14-11 at the end of the third quarter.
The Irish owned the fourth quarter in this one. They scored four goals quickly to start the quarter and take an 18-11 lead. The defense then held the Orange scoreless for the remainder of the quarter to secure the top-five win for the Irish.
While the Irish had goal contributions from eight different players, sophomore attack Pat Kavanagh led the way. Kavanagh finished the day with nine points off of four goals and five assists. Kavanagh now has 26 assists on the year, which is good for the best in the country. This is the second time this season that Kavanagh has finished with nine points in goals and assists. The first was during the Irish 19-7 win over Robert Morris. This makes Kavanagh tied for the most in Notre Dame program history. Graduate student attack Will Yorke and junior attack Griffin Westlin also finished the day with four goals apiece.
The Irish also dominated on the faceoff, winning 23-of-32 at the dot, and the ground ball battle against the Orange, winning that battle by a 45-20 margin.
With the win, head coach Kevin Corrigan is now tied for the most wins all-time at a single D1 school with 310 at Notre Dame.
The Irish moved up in the polls with their victory over the weekend. They now sit at number four in the Inside Lacrosse rankings.
Notre Dame will be back in action this Saturday at Arlotta Stadium against the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils are a perfect 10-0 on the season so far and 2-0 in ACC play. This past weekend, they beat then second-ranked North Carolina in overtime 12-11. Duke’s other ACC win on the season came against Syracuse, who they beat 15-14.