March 19, 2016
Photo: Marc Piscotty
Photo: Marc Piscotty

Perkovic's Late Strikes Lift Notre Dame to OT Win Over Virginia

from press release | Box Score

Junior All-America midfielder Sergio Perkovic scored the tying goal with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth period and then notched the game-winning tally 29 seconds into the overtime session.

Those two scores completed the hat trick for the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, product and lifted second-ranked Notre Dame (5-1 overall, 1-0 ACC) past Virginia 8-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse opener for the Irish.

It was the second overtime outing in a seven-day span at Arlotta Stadium after No. 1 Denver snuck past the Irish 9-8 in extra time last Sunday.

It was the ninth time in his career that Perkovic scored three or more goals in a game. He had four scores earlier this year against both Georgetown and Detroit.

"People are scheming for Sergio—they're ready for him and sliding quickly to him. He's not getting a lot of great looks," said Irish coach Kevin Corrigan. "But he's unafraid of the moment at the end of the game--he's going to do what he can to make a play and that's pretty special."

The victory extended Notre Dame's winning streak over the Cavaliers to four in the first appearance for Virginia (3-5 overall, 0-2 in ACC play) at Arlotta Stadium.

In a contest that featured many long possessions early by both teams, the Irish ran out to a 2-0 lead on goals by senior captain Matt Kavanagh (at 7:34 of the opening period) and junior midfielder Ben Pridemore (at 10:03 of the second).

Junior Irish goalie Shane Doss got off to a strong start, holding Virginia scoreless for the first 22:20 of the game. But once the Cavaliers got started they made it rough on the home team.

Down a pair of goals, Virginia notched the next four scores—the last two of the second period and the first two in less than half a minute of the third period.

Greg Coholan scored first for Virginia and James Pannell followed 1:13 before the break to tie the game at two. With Kavanagh serving a penalty from the last seven seconds of the first half, Ryan Lukacovic gave the visitors their first lead 12 seconds into the third period-and Zed Williams made it 4-2 for Virginia 13 seconds later.

Mikey Wynne and Perkovic scored for Notre Dame in the middle of the third period to tie the contest at four-then Virginia grabbed leads of 5-4, 6-5 and 7-6 on tallies by Williams, Pannell and Lukacovic (his score came at 1:24 of the fourth period).

Another Kavanagh goal tied the game at 5-5 at 1:26 of the third period, while Eddy Lubowickiconnected at 2:27 of the fourth period to tie it 6-6.

From there Perkovic did the rest. He led both teams with 10 shots.

Trevor Brosco, Pierre Byrne, Ryder Garnsey, Lubowicki, Perkovic and Drew Schantz each accounted for a Notre Dame assist.

Doss finished with 14 saves, while Virginia's Matt Barrett made 11. The visitors won 14 of 18 face-offs.

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