Notre Dame has found shooting touch

After hovering around 25 percent during regular season, offense is converting at a 43 percent clip in NCAA tournament

May 23, 2012|By Edward Lee

With 25 goals in two NCAA tournament games, No. 4 seed Notre Dame seems to have found its shooting prowess.

It’s a timely discovery for the No. 4 seed Fighting Irish (13-2), who will meet No. 1 seed Loyola (16-1) in Saturday’s national semifinal at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Notre Dame had wrapped up the regular season scoring on just 25.3 percent of its shots (108-of-427).

Since then, however, the offense has converted 43.1 percent of its attempts (25-of-58). In Sunday’s 12-10 victory over No. 5 seed Virginia, the Fighting Irish scored on three of its first possessions of the contest and then scored on three consecutive shots in the second quarter.

Coach Kevin Corrigan said he’s not sure how or why the offense has found its shooting touch in the NCAA tournament, but it’s a positive sign for a team that has been more renowned for its defensive foundation.

“I wish I had an answer for you on that,” he said during a conference call Tuesday. “Our guys have done a great job of shooting in the last two games, but if I had that figured out, I think we would not have struggled with shooting the way we have not just this year, but the last couple years. It’s something we’ve struggled to do consistently well, and I hope we’re coming around on that. We’ll see.”

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