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Late Virginia rally not enough against Notre Dame

<p>Senior midfielder Ryan Tucker scored three goals in the 11-9 loss. </p>

Senior midfielder Ryan Tucker scored three goals in the 11-9 loss. 

The luck of the Irish got the best of the Virginia men’s lacrosse team this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. No. 4 Notre Dame (4-1, 1-0 ACC) used a 7-0 run to start the game and a subsequent 8-2 halftime lead to win its conference opener, 11-9, against the No. 7 Cavaliers (5-2, 0-2 ACC).

Despite gaining extra possessions by winning eight of the game’s first 12 faceoffs, Virginia committed 11 first-half turnovers and never found any rhythm on offense without All-American junior attackman James Pannell. Parnell is currently out for the season after tearing his ACL in Thursday’s practice.

Notre Dame junior attackman Matt Kavanagh kick-started the vaunted Irish offense — which averaged over 15 goals per game entering the contest — by scoring Notre Dame’s first two goals, while freshman attackman Mikey Wynne — who led all scorers with five goals — netted four of his tallies before halftime.

Although the Fighting Irish struck first to begin the second half, Virginia answered with a four-goal run — which included two tallies by junior midfielder Greg Coholan — to cut its deficit to 9-6 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

But two Notre Dame goals extended the Fighting Irish’s lead to 11-6, large enough to withstand Virginia’s late three-goal run over the final 4:43.

Coholan led the Cavaliers with four goals, while senior midfielder Ryan Tucker added three of his own. Senior attackman Owen Van Arsdale finished with three assists and sophomore goalie Matt Barrett recorded nine saves.

Virginia will next play No. 16 Johns Hopkins Saturday at 6 p.m.

—compiled by Robert Elder


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