Despite rallying from an early 2-0 first quarter deficit, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team just wasn’t able to find any sort of rhythm on the offensive end.
After attackman Connor Cannizzaro scored the game-tying goal, Notre Dame scored four consecutive goals to take a 6-2 lead and never looked back on their way to an 11-6 win in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Fighting Irish attackman Matt Kavangh was an absolute force on the offensive end as he recorded seven points (five goals & two assists) in the game. The Terps just had no answer for Kavanagh around the cage.
Midfielders Joe LoCasio (two goals) and Mike Chanenchuk (a goal & an assist) each recorded a pair of points on the afternoon. Despite being held in check for the most part, the Terrapins outshot the Irish 38-34.
The real story was in between the pipes with Notre Dame goalie Conor Kelly making tremendous save after tremendous save. Kelly stopped 14 shots and got some help from the iron.
Jay Carlson and Henry West also added goals for the Terps.
Maryland’s season ends along with the collegiate careers of goalie Niko Amato, Chanenchuk, and defender Michael Ehrhardt. All three leave College Park with three Championship weekend appearances and zero national titles. However, all three will be playing in the MLL this summer.