Loyola-Notre Dame, Duke-Maryland Set for Semifinal Action

Phil Dobson, a Loyola midfielder, will face his older brother, Devon, for the first time on a collegiate lacrosse field. Devon is a defensive midfielder for the Fighting Irish.

Top Spot

Loyola entered the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed for the third time in school history. The Greyhounds were also the top seed in 1998 when they defeated Georgetown, 12-11, in the Quarterfinals to move on to the Final Four for the second time in school history. There, the Greyhounds lost, 19-8, to Maryland. They were then the No. 1 seed in 1999 when they fell in the Quarterfinals to Syracuse, 17-12.

School Record in Wins

Loyola's victory over Denver in the NCAA Quarterfinals was its 16th of the season, setting a school record for victories in a year. The Greyhounds eclipsed the previous best of 13 that the 1998 squad achieved with a 13-2 record. This is Loyola's 15th season all-time with 10 or more wins with 12 coming since the Greyhounds joined Division I in 1982.

Second-Half Run

Loyola used 13 unanswered goals to break open a 4-3 halftime lead against Canisius in a 17-5 victory over the Golden Griffins in the first round. The Greyhounds took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter before Canisius scored three unanswered in the second. Mike Sawyer corralled a rebound of an Eric Lusby shot off the pipe and scored 1:20 into the second quarter to start the run. During the stretch, Sawyer scored all five of his goals, and Lusby had two of his three.

The run was the second longest in the brief, three-year history of Ridley Athletic Complex. Only a 14-0 run to start the game on March 20, 2010, against Air Force had more goals.

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Notre Dame

No. 4 seed Notre Dame (13-2) will face top-seeded Loyola (16-1) on Saturday in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. The contest is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (ET) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The game will be aired on ESPN2/ESPN3 with Eamon McAnaney (play by play), Quint Kessenich (analyst), and Paul Carcaterra (analyst) calling the action. Live stats will be available via GameTracker on UND.com.

The Fighting Irish are making their third championship weekend appearance and the second in the last three seasons. Notre Dame was a national finalist in 2010 and semifinalist in 2001.

Notre Dame downed Yale, 13-7, in the first round of the tournament and then defeated No. 5 Virginia, 12-10, on Sunday in the quarterfinals. The winner of the Notre Dame-Loyola contest will face the winner of the semifinal showdown between Duke and Maryland at 1:00 p.m. (ET) Monday in the national title game. Duke is the tournament's No. 3 seed, while Maryland is unseeded.

Notre Dame in the NCAA Championship

The Fighting Irish are 11-16 in 17 NCAA Championship appearances. Every trip has occurred under head coach Kevin Corrigan.

Notre Dame has advanced to at least the quarterfinals on seven occasions, including four times in the last five seasons. It is the first time the Irish have advanced to the quarterfinals in three consecutive tournaments.

The best finish for the Irish was a title game appearance in 2010. Notre Dame was a semifinalist in2001.

Last season, Notre Dame also garnered the tournament's No. 4 seed and defeated Penn, 13-6, in the first round before falling to Duke, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

This is the fifth time that the Fighting Irish have earned one of the eight national seeds for theNCAA Championship. The No. 4 seed matches the highest-ever for Notre Dame. The Irish also were seeded for the 2001 (5th), 2008 (6th), 2009 (7th) and 2011 (4th) tournaments.

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2012-05-24



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