The Virginia men’s lacrosse team did not get the win it was hoping for Saturday night, but it did come closer to the performance that it has been aiming for. The Cavaliers (3-5, 0-2 ACC) fell against No. 2 Notre Dame at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend, Ind. in a back and forth contest that resulted in a heartbreaking overtime loss.
The Fighting Irish (5-1, 1-0 ACC) were vying for their first conference win and took a 2-0 lead early in the game, shutting Virginia out until about midway through the second period. Senior midfielder Greg Coholan was the first to put the Cavaliers on the scoreboard with a goal at 7:40 in the second quarter. Senior attackman James Pannell followed Coholan’s lead and put the ball in the back of the net with 1:13 left in the first half even the halftime score at 2-2.
Notre Dame won the battle of shots, 38-30, and saves, 14-11. Sophomore midfielder Jason Murphy was dominant for Virginia in faceoffs once again, winning 14-of-17 draws. The Cavaliers led in face offs, 14-4, and in ground balls, 38-33.
In the second half, a pair of juniors propelled Virginia to the lead. Junior Ryan Lukacovic scored a goal followed by two tallies by midfielder Zed Williams. The Cavaliers led 5-4 with 6:54 left in the third quarter before Notre Dame capped off regulation with a 3-2 run to send the contest into overtime.
Junior midfielder Sergio Perkovic, who tied the game for the Fighting Irish to take the competition into overtime, also scored the winning goal for Notre Dame just 29 seconds into the overtime period.
Virginia will return to action after a week of practice on Easter Sunday, as No. 8 Johns Hopkins visits Klöckner Stadium at 1 p.m.