Photos/Recap: Irish Edge No. 4 Syracuse to Win the ACC Title

CHESTER, Pa. Notre Dame went on a 6-0 run in the third quarter and held on to defeat Syracuse, 15-14, to win the 2014 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon at PPL Park.

Photos of the game can be found on the final three pages of this post.

"I couldn't be more proud of them," said Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan. "We didn't play tentatively like a team that's afraid and not sure what's going to happen to them. We played like a team that's going to go out and win games.

"The one thing was, no matter what happened good play, bad play we turned it right around, focused on the next play and played really hard and really fearlessly."

Matt Kavanagh, the Tournament's Most Valuable Player, led the Irish with four goals and two assists, including back-to-back goals in the pivotal third quarter.

Jim Marlatt tallied three goals and one assist for Notre Dame, while Conor Doyle had a career-high five points.

Irish goalkeeper Conor Kelly finished with seven saves, including stopping Syracuse's Kevin Rice with four seconds remaining to clinch the league title.

After the Irish jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, Syracuse went on a 5-0 run to take a 6-3 lead. Notre Dame scored four of the last five goals of the first half to send the game to the break tied at 7-7.

Syracuse converted on an extra-man opportunity to start the second half. Notre Dame then scored six goals and held the Orange scoreless for over 13 minutes to take a 13-8 lead.

Trailing 15-10 with under ten minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse scored four straight down the stretch to pull within one. The Orange had the ball with the chance to send the game to overtime but were unable to get the ball past Notre Dame's Kelly.

Syracuse's Chris Daddio won 21 of 33 faceoffs, including eight of the first nine in the game. Nick Ossello went 10 of 25 and tied a career high with three points.

Rice, who had six assists and seven points for the Orange in the championship, set new tournament records with 15 points and 11 assists on the weekend. Randy Staats tied a career high with five goals against Notre Dame.

Both teams converted on two extra-man opportunities. Notre Dame was a perfect 2 for 2 with the advantage, while Syracuse went 2 for 3.

Notes: All three games of the 2014 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship were decided by one goal, the first time that has happened ... All three games were won by the team that lost the regular season match-up.

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CHESTER, Pa. In a battle of the league's two newest members, No. 9 Notre Dame (8-5) held off a furious rally by No. 4 Syracuse (10-4) and defeated the Orange, 15-14, in the title game of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Sunday, April 27 at PPL Park.

Syracuse scored four goals in the last nine minutes, but couldn't overcome a 15-10 deficit two days after climbing out of a 14-10 fourth-quarter hole for an improbable 16-15 win against Duke in the semifinals.

"Who said we're not in the entertainment business," SU head coach John Desko said. "My hat's off to Notre Dame. I thought they played hard the whole game. In the second half, they started to pull away from us. We had to take a timeout to slow the bleeding. We settled down and that's when we started our run to come back. We just fell a goal short."

Junior Kevin Rice (Skaneateles, N.Y.), who had three goals and five assists against Duke, paced the Orange with one goal and six assists versus the Irish. Rice set the ACC Tournament records for points (15) and assists (11) in the two games and was named to the all-tournament team.

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