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Notre Dame MLax wins second national title, defeats Maryland in Philly

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

PHILADELPHIA — Two in a row. The No. 1-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse team has won their second National Championship. 

The Fighting Irish dominated the No. 7-ranked Maryland Terrapins team, 15-5, on Memorial Day. 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish superstar Chris Kavanagh celebrates his goal along with Pat Kavanagh against the Maryland Terrapins in the first half of the NCAA Division I Mens Lacrosse Championship game
Chris Kavanagh celebrates his goal along with Pat Kavanagh against the Maryland Terrapins in the first half of the NCAA Division I Mens Lacrosse Championship game (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The game was moved up to a noon EST start time. However, after doing the flyover and the national anthem, the game was postponed until finally starting at 2:10 pm.

Following the lengthy rain delay, the Terps jumped out to a two-goal lead. However, shortly thereafter, Notre Dame went on a 15-3 run over the rest of the game.

“I mean, I would say some part of that is sort of like a duck,” Fighting Irish’s head coach Kevin Corrigan said in his post-game interview. “You look calm on the top, but underneath you’re paddling like hell.

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“But we weren’t worried at 2-0. First of all, you come off that rain delay and you’re not sure what’s going to happen. You’re just hoping your guys are there. I felt emotionally our guys stayed pretty into it the whole time.”

Notre Dame was considered the best team all season by many pundits. And they took home their second Championship in the sport in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Last year when the tournament was also in Philadelphia, the Fighting Irish won their first title. Kevin Corrigan and his team defeated the Duke Blue Devils on the 2023 Championship game by the score of 13-9. 

Terms head coach John Tillman has fallen to 2-6 in national championship games since he was hired in 2011.

Notre Dame’s superstar Chris Kavanagh was named the Most Outstanding Player.

Some key stats in the contest: Maryland held the ground ball advantage 34-29. They also won 17 of the 24 face-offs.

“Two things: We said [Luke] Wierman can only really hurt us if we give up transition goals,” Corrigan said about the face-off disadvantage. “We almost did, and not kind of overjoyed with some of our wing play in terms of cutting him off in some things. But Will [Lynch] battled back and got back into the game; and then, one, when we made our run, I think he was getting us some possessions there, and he’s terrific. I think him and our wing guys really kind of on a day like this, where their guy’s very good and having a good day, they kind of keep us from really suffering in that area of the game.”

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Yet, Notre Dame had the most shots in the game with a 42-35 advantage. They also had 16 saves to Maryland’s 10 in the contest.

The game was out of reach at halftime. But the teams had to play the rest of the contest.

The Fighting Irish outscored the Terrapins 5-1 in the final two quarters. They also led 10-4 at halftime.

Chris Kavanagh led the Fighting Irish with five goals. Jake Taylor had two goals.

Max Busenkell, Eric Dobson, Will Angrick, Devon McLane, Jordan Faison, Jalen Seymour, Reilly Gray, and Fisher Finley also scored in the contest.
Daniel Kelly led the Terps with two goals. Eric Malever, Jack Koras, and Ryan Siracusa also scored a goal.

Fighting Irish goaltender Liam Entenmann will go down as one of the greatest goaltenders in college lacrosse history. He received the win in his final game.

Entenmann made the aforementioned 16 saves in 60 minutes. He allowed five goals in the win.

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Terps goaltender Logan McNaney received the loss. He made the aforementioned 10 saves and allowed the 15 goals in 60 minutes.

“Very nice assessment of our team,” Corrigan said about the future of his team. “I’ll remind you that I’m 2-34. So it’s a lot more about those guys in that locker room than it is about me because they’re the guys who have done this in the last two years.

“Again, I’ll go back to not just the outstanding play of these guys because clearly you see how good they are, but their leadership has been phenomenal. One of the COVID effects that all of us have had the last few years is really large rosters. And when you’ve got 60 guys on a roster and a game like this, the NCAA only allows you to play 32.”

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Anthony Caruso III
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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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