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Notre Dame MLax dominates Denver 13-6 in Philadelphia

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

PHILADELPHIA — The No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse team dominated the No. 5 Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team on Saturday. The Fighting Irish won 13-6 over the Pioneers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

With the win, the Fighting Irish will be challenged by the No. 7 Maryland Terrapins in the Men’s Lacrosse National Championship on Monday. The game is currently scheduled to start at 1 pm EST. 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish star Pat Kavanagh charges to goal during the Division I Men's Lacrosse Semifinals against the Denver Pioneers
Pat Kavanagh charges to goal during the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals against the Denver Pioneers (Photo by Larry French/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

However, the Philadelphia region is expected to be hit by rain and thunderstorms. If this does happen on Monday, then the game will be pushed back. 

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The Fighting Irish — who have been considered one of the best teams all season — dominated the Pioneers. Denver — who was making their first Championship weekend trip in 3 years — struggled offensively. 

The Pioneers scored just three goals in one quarter. Before and after this particular quarter, the Fighting Irish shut down the visiting Denver-based team. 

Denver scored one goal in the first quarter. They had the aforementioned three goals in the second quarter. 

The Pioneers had just two goals after halftime. They had one goal in the third quarter. They also had one goal in the fourth quarter. 

The Fighting Irish, on the other hand, had eight goals in the second half. They had four goals in the third quarter. They also had four goals in the fourth quarter. 

In the first half, Notre Dame had five goals. They had three goals in the first quarter. Plus, they had two goals in the second quarter. 

Notre Dame outperformed Denver in ground balls. The Fighting Irish had 44 ground balls, while the Pioneers had 24. 

Nearly every quarter, the Fighting Irish had double-digit ground balls. The only time they did not was in the third quarter when they had nine ground balls. 

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Denver did not have more than seven ground balls in a quarter. This particular quarter came in the third quarter when they had seven. 

Each team had nearly identical shots. Notre Dame had five more shots in the contest. They had 35 shots, while Denver had 30. 

Notre Dame outshot Denver 12-3 in the first quarter. Then, the Pioneers outshot the Fighting Irish 9-8 in the second quarter. 

Each team had nine shots in the third quarter. Then, Denver outshot Notre Dame 9-6 in the fourth quarter. 

Another interesting tidbit was that Notre Dame dominated the face-off. They won 18 of the 23 face-offs in the game. 

The Fighting Irish won 4 of the 5 face-offs in the first quarter. Then they won all six face-offs in the second quarter. 

Denver won four of the six face-offs in the third quarter. And then, Notre Dame won all six face-offs in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame’s Will Lynch won 18 of the 23 face-offs by himself.

Notre Dame was led by three players in scoring. Pat Kavanagh, Chris Kavanagh, and Devon McLane had three goals each. 

Eric Dobson, Jake Taylor, Nick Harris, and Jordan Faison also scored one goal each. 

Denver was led by two players in scoring. Michael Lambert and Richie Connell had two goals each. Joshua Carlson and Stephen Avery also scored one goal each. 

Notre Dame goaltender Liam Entenmann saved 12 goals in 60 minutes. He received the win. 

Denver goaltender Malcolm Kleban made 10 saves in the aforementioned 60 minutes. He received the loss. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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