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NCAA quarterfinals at PPL Park: Notre Dame downs Virginia, 12-10

Sunday, 20th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/20/12
From Press Release and Staff Reports

In a play that led to an as-yet undetermined injury, Notre Dame’s Ryan Foley scored what became the game-winner in a 12-10victory for the No.5 Fighting Irish over No. 8 Virginia (12-4) in theNCAA men’s lacrosse quarterfinals at PPL Park.

Notre Dame (13-2) advances to face Loyola (Md.) in the semifinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday, May 26. The appearance in the semifinals will be third ever for the Irish, and the second in three seasons. Notre Dame played in the title game of the tournament in 2010.

Leading the charge for Notre Dame was Max Pfeifer with three goals and an assist. Pfeifer’s final goal was scored while falling down with 1:36 remaining, and helped seal the victory as the Cavaliers scored the final two goals of the contest

Philly players had key roles in the win for the Fighting Irish. Sophomore attackman Westy Hopkins (La Salle/Lawrenceville School) scored once and scooped two groundballs, sophomore defenseman Stephen O’Hara (St. Joseph’s Prep) had two groundballs and a key steal that set up the 10th goal, and sophomore face-off specialist Liam O’Connor (Haverford School) won 5 of 12 draws and had one groundball. O’Connor also had a big face-off win after the Cavs scored twice to close within 12-10 with just under a minute to play.

For Virginia, sophomore midfielder Chris LaPierre (Shawnee) had five groundballs and a caused turmnver while sophomore midfielder Bobby Hill (Malvern Prep) had three groundballs and a caused turnover.

Pfeifer also put the game’s first goal on the board, just one minute and 22 seconds into play, coming in from the back right side of Virginia goalkeeper Rob Fortunato. The Irish took the first of three two-goal first-half leads when Conor Doyle came in from Fortunato’s other side less than two minutes later.

Colin Briggs took a feed from Matt White for Virginia’s first with four minutes and 30 seconds elapsed. Notre Dame goalkeeper John Kemp and Virginia’s Fortunato both came up with big saves to slow the scoring for the next six minutes, until Hopkins scored on a pass from Pfeifer to give the Irish a 3-1 lead with 4:24 left in the first

The remainder of the period was all Cavaliers as they scored twice in the final 3:38 to tie the score at 3-3. The second of those came from Rob Emery, who also scored the first goal of the second quarter to give his team its first lead at 4-3.

Emery’s second goal came off the second of five eventual assists for teammate Steele Stanwick, and was scored five minutes and 52 seconds into the period. Just seconds after a Virginia goal was waved off for a crease violation, Pfeifer scored his second goal for Notre Dame and tied the game for a second time at 4-4.

Pfeifer’s goal started a 3-0 run for the Irish that lasted through the remainder of the second quarter. Steve Murphy assisted the second goal of the run and then scored the third with 2:16 left as Notre Dame took a 6-4 lead into halftime.

After six goals in the first quarter and four in the second, the third quarter featured even less scoring as just two goals were put on the board, both by Virginia to give the game its third tie. Bocklet put the Cavaliers within one, 6-5 on an assist from Pat Harbeson with 4:26 left in the third, breaking a scoreless streak of 19 minutes and 42
seconds for Virginia.

Stanwick got his third assist of the game when he fed Owen Van Arsdale who launched a shot from 15 yards out but directly in front of the net that got by Kemp with 2:10 left in the quarter and knotted the score at 6-6.

The Irish ended a scoreless streak of 17 minutes and 44 seconds when Bobby Smith scored on the first possession of the fourth quarter just 18 seconds in. The 7-6 lead was short-lived as Stanwick answered for Virginia just 11 seconds later.

Another short-lived Notre Dame lead came on the second goal for Murphy at 12:35. Less than two minutes later, Virginia’s Briggs scored his second goal to tie the game for a fifth and final time on a Stanwick assist. It would be the Cavalier’s last goal until near the final minute.

Foley’s game-winner came with 7:41 remaining, after which the game had a lengthy delay while Foley, who was injured on the follow through, was attended to by medical personnel.

His teammates kept the scoring going to preserve the lead, as Foley’s goal became the first in a 4-0 run. Eric Keppeler fired a shot from the left side for a 10-8 lead, and Rogers used a spin move to fake out Fortunato for an 11-8 lead with 3:25 remaining.

After Pfeifer’s final goal at 1:36, Matt White ended Virginia’s scoring drought 17 seconds later. Stanwick recorded his fifth assist on that goal, and the pair teamed up again for the game’s final goal as Stanwick scored on an assist from White with 58 seconds left.


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