Notre Dame men's lacrosse heading to NCAA quarterfinals after NCAA tourney win over Drexel
DENVER — The Notre Dame men’s team fended off a second-half comeback, holding on to top Drexel, 10-8, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships Saturday in Denver.
The Irish built a 4-2 lead by the end of the first quarter with two goals by Wheaton Jackoboice and scores from Morrison Mirer and Will Yorke.
Pat Kavanagh netted the first two goals of the second quarter to give the Irish a 6-2 lead. Notre Dame’s Sean Leahey and Drexel’s Reid Bowering both added a goal and the Irish maintained a 7-3 lead at the break.
Drexel outscored Notre Dame 4-1 in the third quarter and narrowed the Irish lead to one. Early in the fourth, Bowering tied the game at eight.
Jackoboice put the Irish back on top, 9-8, after he added his third and final goal of the contest with 1:19 remaining. The Irish won the ensuing faceoff and Mirer added some insurance with his second goal of the night on an empty net to secure the 10-8 win.
Notre Dame’s Liam Entenmann registered 17 saves in goal. Ross Blumenthal had 15 saves for the Dragons. Bowering led Drexel with four goals. David Lipka scored the lone Irish goal in the third.
The Irish will take on the Maryland, 17-11, winner over Vermondt Sunday, in the tournament quarterfinals next Sunday at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend.