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By Aaron Dodson and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
At 5 feet 8, 170 pounds, Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh was one of the smallest players on the field Saturday in his team's semifinal matchup with No. 7 seed Maryland, which has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense. But the sophomore attackman's stats from the game showed just how big he can be. Kavanagh had a game-high five goals as well as two assists to drive the sixth-seeded Fighting Irish into the Memorial Day championship game against No. 1 Duke with an 11-6 win against the Terps . Heading into the game, Kavanagh had the most points by a Notre Dame player since 2001 and was the only player in program history to record 30 goals and 30 assists in a season.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
In coach John Tillman's four-year tenure, the Maryland men's lacrosse team had twice reached the national semifinals, and each time it moved on to the title game. A third such trip did not materialize Saturday as sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh recorded a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists to propel sixth-seeded Notre Dame to an 11-6 victory over the seventh-seeded Terps in an NCAA tournament semifinal before an announced 30,428 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Fighting Irish (12-5)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Maryland owns a 5-2 advantage in this series, but Notre Dame boasts the most recent win in a 6-5 decision on April 25 en route to capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament crown. The Terps are making their third appearance in the NCAA tournament semifinals in the last four years, while the Fighting Irish are in the Final Four for the third time in five seasons. Seventh-seeded Maryland (13-3) has won three straight games since that surprising loss in the ACC tournament. The program is 11-10 in the semifinals and advanced to the title game in 2011 and 2012.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
The Maryland and Notre Dame men's lacrosse teams entered the season having met five times in their histories. On Saturday, they will face each other for the third time in just over a month. The Terps (13-3), who are the seventh seed in the NCAA tournament, won the first meeting, 12-8, on April 19. But six days later, the Fighting Irish (11-5), the sixth seed, returned the favor with a 6-5 decision in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal that launched the team to its first tournament championship.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Welcome to "Extreme Makeover: Dome Edition. " For years, the Notre Dame men's lacrosse program was known for strong defenses that anchored tight wins. The 2014 squad, led in part by junior attackman Conor Doyle (Gilman) and senior midfielder Jim Marlatt (River Hill), earning a new label: offensive juggernaut. In their last four games, the Fighting Irish have a combined 60 goals - including 27 in two NCAA tournament games. Only top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke (39 goals)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Prior to a date with Maryland in a semifinal of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on April 25, Notre Dame was on the cusp of being eliminated from postseason consideration. A loss would have given the Fighting Irish a 6-6 record with only a regular-season finale against Army remaining on the schedule, and qualifying for the NCAA tournament requires at least a .500 record. But Notre Dame removed all uncertainty by edging Maryland and Syracuse for the ACC championship and earning the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA postseason.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y . - Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh scored with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left in overtime to lift sixth-seeded Notre Dame to a 14-13 win over Albany in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University on Saturday. The Fighting Irish (11-5) will meet seventh-seeded Maryland in one semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. The Terps (13-3) blasted Bryant, 16-8, in the first contest of the doubleheader. Kavanagh's third goal of the game completed a run in which Notre Dame rallied from a 12-7 deficit to tie the score at 13-13 at the end of regulation.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The Maryland men's lacrosse team beat Bryant at its own game. Taking advantage of junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa's dominance and an opportunistic offense, the seventh-seeded Terps scored the first four goals and never looked back as they cruised to a 16-8 thumping of Bryant in their NCAA tournament quarterfinal Saturday. A stadium-record, sellout crowd of 13,447 at Hofstra's James M. Shuart Stadium watched Maryland (13-3) advance to its third Final Four berth in the past four years and 22nd overall.
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From Sun staff reports | May 11, 2014
No. 5 Denver started a four-goal run late in the first quarter and led visiting North Carolina 5-1 at the break in a 9-5 Division I first-round win Saturday. Attackman Zach Miller and midfielder Erik Adamson paced the Pioneers (15-2) with two goals each, while attackman Joey Sankey had two for the Tar Heels. A three-goal run from the third quarter into the fourth put Denver ahead 8-3, and North Carolina (10-5) could not come back. The Pioneers advance to a quarterfinal game against the winner of Drexel-Penn.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Maryland's 6-5 loss to Notre Dame in Friday's Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals was made worse by an ankle injury suffered by senior attackman Mike Chanenchuk. Chanenchuk, the No. 7 Terps' leader in goals (28) and assists (16), was shut out in that game, ending a streak of 35 straight contests with at least a point. But of greater concern was his health for the remainder of the season. Terps coach John Tillman described Chanenchuk's injury as “not bad.” “He got some treatment over the weekend,” Tillman said during his weekly conference call on Tuesday morning.
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