#3 Maryland Upended by #20 Notre Dame in Quarterfinals

The Notre Dame defense has surrendered only 10 goals during the first two games of the 2010 NCAA Championship. The Irish held No. 6 Princeton to five goals in an 8-5 victory last Sunday. The five goals allowed are the fewest in program history for an NCAA Tournament game.

Notre Dame senior midfielder Trever Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich) won 10 of 15 faceoff attempts. Maryland held a 33-28 edge in shots. Junior long-stick midfielder Andrew Irving (McLean, Va./The Hotchkiss School) had game-high totals in caused turnovers (3) and ground balls (7) for the Fighting Irish.

Prior to today, Notre Dame had been 0-4 all-time against Maryland. The Terrapins defeated the Irish, 7-3, in the first round of last season's NCAA Championship.

Notre Dame last made the national semifinals in 2001 when the Irish fell to Syracuse, 12-5, in Piscataway, N.J.

“What a journey this has been,” said Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan. “To lose six games after going undefeated last year we were very fortunate to even get to play in the (NCAA) tournament. I'm so proud of our guys because we prepared ourselves to be in the tournament. We prepared ourselves for being in the tournament and whether we got in or not wasn't up to us. Working the last month and getting prepared was up to us. I couldn't be more proud of the way the guys did that.”

The Irish will face the winner of Sunday's quarterfinal contest between Army and Cornell in the NCAA Championship semifinals on Saturday, May 29 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Game time will either be 4:00 p.m. (ET) or 6:30 p.m. Both semifinal games can be seen live on ESPN2 HD.

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PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Maryland's men's lacrosse team's season came to an end with a 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament Saturday afternoon at Princeton Stadium in Princeton, N.J.

The Irish got off to a good start, drawing first blood at the 10:10 mark on an unassisted goal by Sean Rogers. Maryland, the third seed in the tournament, responded less than two minutes later capitalizing on a transition opportunity. Senior Bryn Holmes pushed the ball up the field and got it quickly to senior Will Yeatman on the right goal line extended. Yeatman surveyed the defense and saw junior Scott LaRue cutting to the near pipe and hit him with a perfect pass that LaRue finished inside the left pipe of the Notre Dame goal.

Notre Dame won the ensuing face-off and David Earl scored to give the lead back to the Irish. Their lead grew to 4-1 for Notre Dame at the end of the first quarter on back-to-back goals by Max Pfeifer and Rogers.

The second half started with the Terps having chances with junior Grant Catalino hitting a pipe near the 12 minute mark and junior Travis Reed shooting a shot high on a extra-man chance in front of the Irish crease. The bad luck continued for Maryland when a turnover led to a transition chance that Notre Dame's Nicholas Beattie finished to give the Irish a 5-1 lead with 8:36 to go in the second.

Maryland snapped a scoreless stretch of 16:24 when sophomore Jake Bernhardt took the ball from outside the restraining line and dodged down the left alley. He beat his defender and then ripped a low shot into the far right corner to make it a 5-2 game with 7:01 left in the half.

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