The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team took an early four-goal lead and never looked back, defeating visiting Pennsylvania, 13-6, in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament on Saturday. Notre Dame advances to play Duke in next weekend's quarterfinal round in Foxboro, Mass.
The No. 4 Fighting Irish (11-2) outshot the Quakers, 41-24, and won 17 of the game's 23 faceoffs to keep possession most of the day. Only a standout performance by freshman goalie Brian Feeney kept No. 17 Penn (8-7) in the game. Feeney had eight saves in the second quarter and finished the game with 14.
"Penn is a very good team, but I thought we played one of our best games of the year," Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said. "We expected a defensive struggle with two teams known for playing great defense, but it was 8-5 at halftime. I thought we settled down a lot defensively."
Westy Hopkins opened the scoring, and Nicholas Beattie scored back-to-back goals to put the Irish up by three with 6:52 left in the first quarter. Sean Rogers scored 25 seconds later to up the Irish advantage to four.
Penn goals from Rob Fitzpatrick and Al Kohart in the final two minutes of the period made it a 4-2 game at the end of the quarter.
After pulling to within 7-5 in the second quarter, Penn suffered a scoreless drought that lasted more than 27 minutes. During that stretch, Notre Dame put the game out of reach with four unanswered goals.
Colin Igoe led the Fighting Irish with three goals and one assist, while Zach Brenneman added two goals and an assist. Beattie, Hopkins and midfielder Pat Cotter each scored twice.
No. 2 Cornell 12, Hartford 5: The Hawks led by two goals early in the first quarter, but the host Big Red dominated the rest of the way to take their first-round matchup. Cornell will play the winner of today's Virginia-Bucknell matchup next weekend in Hempstead, N.Y.
David Lau led all scorers with four goals and one assist in the win.
No. 6 Duke 15, No. 11 Delaware 14: Zach Howell had four goals and an assist as the Blue Devils held on to top the visiting Blue Hens.
Delaware scored four goals in the last 3:45 of the fourth quarter but fell one goal short in its comeback effort.