Irish men win

Orange upset

Duke women squeak through on last-second goal

May 17, 2010

No seed? No problem for the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team.

David Earl scored as many goals as the entire Princeton team as the visiting Fighting Irish came away with an 8-5 victory over the sixth-seeded Tigers in the first round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

Notre Dame (8-6) scored the game's final four goals — Earl tallying three of his career-high five total goals during the run — rallying from a one-goal deficit in the third quarter to dominate the last 20-plus minutes of the contest.

After Earl tied it at 5 with 5:23 remaining in the third, sophomore attackman Nicholas Beattie scored off an assist from senior attackman Neal Hicks to give the Irish a 6-5 lead heading into the final quarter.

Earl scored again in the first minute of the fourth and added his fifth goal in the last minute to seal the win for Notre Dame, which advances to face third seed Maryland on Saturday at Princeton.

The Irish got one goal and one assist from senior midfielder Grant Krebs (St. Mary's), a goal from junior long-stick midfielder Andrew Irving, and 14 saves from senior goalie Scott Rodgers. Junior attackman Jack McBride led the Tigers (11-5) with two goals and three assists.

North Carolina 14, Delaware 13: The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (13-2) took the lead for the ninth and final time on a goal by freshman attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) with 1:29 left in the third quarter and then held off the visiting Blue Hens (10-7) for a first-round victory.

Holman had three goals and an assist in the game. Junior attackman Anthony Ruiz led Delaware with four goals.

Army 9, Syracuse 8, 2 OTs: Sophomore midfielder Devin Lynch scored with five seconds left in double overtime to power the visiting Black Knights (11-5) to a stunning upset of the second-seeded Orange (13-2) in the first round. Army scored the final two goals of regulation.


Duke 16, Vanderbilt 15: Senior midfielder Lindsay Gilbride scored her fifth goal of the game with one second left to lift the seventh-seeded Blue Devils (14-5) over the visiting Commodores (12-6) in the first round.

Duke trailed 15-13 with less than eight minutes left, but the Blue Devils pulled within one on a score by sophomore midfielder Kat Thomas (three goals) with 6:50 remaining before junior midfielder Sarah Bullard (three goals) tied it with three minutes to play.

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