March 12, 2011

No. 3 Notre Dame Hangs On to Win 10-9 at No. 14 Denver

from press release

DENVER – A career-high three goals from sophomore attackman Ryan Foley helped the third-ranked Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team capture a 10-9 win over No. 14 Denver on Saturday night at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium before a record crowd of 2,547.

The win improved the Irish to 4-0 this season.

With the scored tied 7-7 midway through the third quarter, Notre Dame used three unanswered goals to claim a 10-7 lead by the end of the period. The surge began with a man-up goal from junior attackman Nicholas Beattie off a pass from Edison Parzanese.

The Irish went up 9-7 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter on goal from freshman attackman Westy Hopkins off a Quinn Cully pass.

Colin Igoe’s second goal of the game put Notre Dame up by three (10-7) with 1:29 left in the quarter. Sean Rogers assisted on the Igoe goal.

Rogers, a junior midfielder, registered two goals and two assists in the game.

Rogers and Hopkins both have a team-high six goals this season.

Notre Dame sophomore attackman Ryan Foley celebrates one of his three goals Saturday in the Irish's 10-9 victory over Denver at sold-out Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

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Two goals from Denver’s Patrick Baxter were the only scores of the fourth quarter. The Pioneers had possession of the ball with less than a minute left in the game, but could not even the contest.

Denver (3-2) opened the game with back-to-back scores from Mark Matthews, who had four goals on the night.

Foley netted Notre Dame’s first goal with 9:24 remaining in the first quarter, while his classmate Pat Cotter tied the contest (2-2) with 4:15 left in the opening period. Matthews gave Denver a 3-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Rogers knotted the game once again (3-3) and Foley gave the Irish their first lead of the game (4-3) with 6:53 left in the first half.

Denver answered back 23 seconds later on an Alex Demopoulos goal to make it 4-4.

Matthews converted a man-up goal 19 seconds after the Demopoulos score to give the Pioneers a one-goal advantage (5-4).   

The back-and-forth contest continued as Igoe, a senior attackman, tied things up 5-5 with 2:54 left in the first half. David Earl notched the assist on the play.

Six seconds later, Rogers took a pass from senior long-stick midfielder Andrew Irving and scored to give Notre Dame a 6-5 lead. The Irish led by that score at halftime.

Foley made it three straight Irish goals as he completed his hat trick with 11:30 remaining in the third quarter. Rogers assisted on the goal.

Denver goals from Baxter and Patrick Rogers made it 7-7 by the 7:45 mark of the third quarter.

Notre Dame sophomore goalie John Kemp made 13 saves to move his record to 4-0 this season. His counterpart Jamie Faus made eight saves.

Denver outshot Notre Dame 36-25. Irish senior Jake Marmul went 9-14 in faceoffs, while freshman Liam O’Connor was 2-9.

The Fighting Irish will return to action when they play host to Ohio State on March 23. Opening faceoff against the Buckeyes is slated for 4 p.m. (Eastern) at Arlotta Stadium.

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