No. 7 Irish Stage Huge Q4 Rally to Edge Detroit in First Round

The Fighting Irish have won their last four first-round games in the NCAA Championship. Notre Dame will be making its fifth NCAA quarterfinal appearance in the last six seasons.

Notre Dame will face the winner of Sunday's first-round showdown between Duke and Loyola in the quarterfinals on May 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The time of the game will be either noon or 2:30 p.m. (ET).

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (5/11/2013) -- Detroit 's first-ever game in the NCAA Championship almost proved to be a historic one, but a fourth-period rally by #7 Notre Dame saw the Fighting Irish erase a Titan lead as UDM fell, 9-7, on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Arlotta Stadium.

Junior Alex Maini (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) had a pair of goals and assists and sophomore Brandon Beauregard (Clarkston, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) tallied his first career hat trick on the day. Sophomore Mike Birney (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central) had a goal and an assist and junior Tom Masterson (London, Ont./St. Thomas Aquinas) also found the back of the net.

Senior A.J. Levell (Columbus, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) made 10 saves in net, including five in the fourth, and senior Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, Ont./Holy Cross) has three caused turnovers and a game-high nine ground balls. Senior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and sophomore (Chris Shevins Merrick, N.Y./Mepham) each had a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls, while redshirt freshman Damien Hicks (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague) was 10 of 19 in faceoffs with three GB's.

Detroit (5-10) led 7-3 going into the fourth as the Titans had Notre Dame (11-4) on the grips of an upset, but six-straight goals by the Fighting Irish in the final 15 minutes was the difference in the game. Notre Dame had four markers in the first five minutes of the period and added the final two with 5:27 and 2:31 on the clock.

Notre Dame ended the game outshooting UDM, 30-27, thanks to a 16-3 output in the fourth. The Titans won the battle of ground balls, 32-30, and forced UND into 16 turnovers with eight caused.

Detroit's defense started the tone of the game right from the start as Houtby caused a turnover on the opening faceoff and then nearly eight minutes into the game, the Titans won a loose ball and Beauregard came around the net to beat the keeper for a 1-0 lead.

The Titans then took a 2-0 lead after one as Birney found Maini for a marker the 4:47 mark. Notre Dame then got on the board with 12:08 on the clock in the second and the Titans would end the first half with three-straight goals for a 5-1 advantage.

Maini started the run with a great individual effort to get inside for a score and that was followed by Maini finding Beauregard for an open shot and score to take a 4-1 lead with 3:36 remaining in the half. Sophomore Scott Drummond (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) then hooked up with Birney and with the shot clock timer almost about to expire, he ripped one past the goalie with less than two minutes left and a 5-1 lead at the break

Detroit outshot Notre Dame, 16-8, and won the battle of ground balls, 18-8. UDM was also 6 of 7 in faceoffs in the opening half and was 10 for 10 in clears.

The Titans won the opening faceoff in the second and had an extra-man opportunity, but failed to score and the Fighting Irish cut the lead to 5-2 nearly five minutes into the third. Detroit then got back its four-goal lead as Maini picked up another assist with a great pass to Masterson and the Canadian did the rest, besting the keeper for a 6-2 at the 8:22 mark.

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