No. 8 Notre Dame Slips by Butler, 9-8

Butler gave visiting Notre Dame, the eighth-ranked team in the country, all it wanted Saturday afternoon at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis before falling, 9-8, to the Fighting Irish. Matt Karweck's goal with 4:16 to play proved to be the game-winner for Notre Dame, which improved to 7-2. Butler falls to 3-7. It was the Great Western Lacrosse League opener for both schools.

Sophomore Cliff Smith got Butler on the board first with his first of three goals on the afternoon at the 4:51 mark of the first period. Teammate Ben Sultze found the net two minutes later for a 2-0 Butler lead. Notre Dame's Matt Ryan cut the lead in half at the 14:17 mark of the second period before Adam Wade pushed the margin back to two three minutes later.

After 10 minutes of scoreless play, with Butler controlling the ball for much of that stretch, the Fighting Irish's Pat Walsh scored twice in the period's final 54 seconds, including a tally with one second remaining on the first half clock. That sent the teams into the intermission tied at three.

Butler freshman Jeremy Sieverts scored at the 13:27 mark of the third period before Notre Dame's Bill Liva and Brian Hubschmann (man-up) gave the Irish its first lead with 10:11 to play in the quarter. Butler rebounded with consecutive goals from Wade and Smith to take a 6-5 lead at the 6:20 mark of the third period.

Notre Dame scored the next three goals sandwiched around the start of the fourth period to take an 8-6 lead with 12:25 to play. Smith's third goal of the game and the second from Sultze tied the game at eight with 5:48 to play. Karweck's goal gave the eighth-ranked Irish the win with 4:16 to go. After several turnovers by both teams in the closing minutes, Notre Dame was able to secure the ball with under 20 seconds to go and make one final successful clear.

Notre Dame hung in the game early by winning 12 of the first 16 face-offs (through the end of the third period), as Butler maximized its possession time. Butler won 4-of-5 face-offs in the final period for a 13-8 Irish advantage. Notre Dame out-shot Butler, 32-29, but the Bulldogs held a 35-30 edge in ground balls. Butler had only one extra-man opportunity, while Notre Dame converted 1-of-3 attempts.

Smith added an assist to his three goals for Butler. Doug Mathias (two), Will Morgan and Brian Welch also had assists for Butler. Carlos Navarro and Phil Brauch had team-highs of five ground balls apiece. Junior Ryan Kaiser made 10 saves.

Walsh had three goals and an assist for Notre Dame. Karweck had two tallies and one helper. Karweck added a game-high seven ground balls and nine shots. Taylor Clagett won 13-of-20 face-offs. Joey Kemp got the win in net for Notre Dame, making 10 saves.

The Bulldogs continue GWLL play Friday, traveling to Ohio State for a 7:00 p.m. face-off. The team returns to the Butler Bowl for games against Air Force (Friday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.) and Denver (Sunday, April 23, 1:00 p.m.).

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Senior midfielder Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) netted the game-winner with 4:16 left to play as Notre Dame downed Butler 9-8 in men’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon in the Butler Bowl. The contest was the Great Western Lacrosse League opener for both squads and the Irish improve to 7-2 overall on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 3-7. Notre Dame’s Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) collected his first hat trick of the season and he also dished out an assist to post a team-high four points.

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