March 2, 2013

Rapid Reaction: Notre Dame 10, North Carolina 9 (MD1)

by Brian Hartnett |

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Second-ranked Notre Dame outlasted No. 9 North Carolina 10-9 in three overtimes on freshman Matt Kavanagh's second straight OT winner of the year.

What We Learned

1. Notre Dame is resilient

For the second straight game, Notre Dame came back from a late deficit to win in overtime. After a tough third quarter in which they struggled to adjust to North Carolina's zone defense, the Irish displayed patience on offense and worked to get good looks, focusing on strong ball movement. It paid off, as the team came back when all looked lost and finally got the game-winner in the third overtime.

2. Kavanagh continues to emerge

The freshman attackman has been stellar for the Irish this season, totaling nine goals through three games. Today, he not only scored his second consecutive game-winning goal, but also recorded his second four-goal game of the season. He also tallied two assists in a six-point effort and facilitated the Irish offensive attack, especially down the stretch.

3. Goaltending was strong

Goalkeeping might not seem like a main storyline of a 10-9 contest, but both Notre Dame's John Kemp and North Carolina's Kieran Burke were impressive. Kemp recorded 11 saves, while Burke, a true freshman, finished with 15 saves. More importantly, the goalies came up big when their teams needed them to, as Kemp made several clutch saves throughout the fourth quarter and overtime periods.

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