Photos/Recap: Fighting Irish Run by Terps in NCAA Semifinals

Baltimore, Md. - Notre Dame, propelled by a sound defense and five goals from Matt Kavanagh, defeated Maryland, 11-6, in the second semifinal on Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. The Fighting Irish advance to face top-seeded Duke in the all-ACC championship game on Monday.

See photos of the game on the final three pages of this post.

Kavanagh started the scoring for Notre Dame at about the 10 minute mark, and a score from John Scioscia gave the Irish a 2-0 lead. After the Terps tied the game with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Notre Dame went on a 4-0 run.

Kavanagh and Nick Ossello scored in the last 16 seconds of the opening period, and then Conor Doyle and Kavanagh increased the margin to 6-2 early in the second quarter.

Although Maryland closed the gap to 6-4 at halftime, the Irish netted the first two goals of the second half (Ossello and Kavanagh once again) and built a 10-5 lead heading into the final quarter. The Terps were unable to mount any run over the final two periods, scoring just twice.

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BALTIMORE The No. 7 seed University of Maryland lacrosse team ended its season with an 11-6 loss to No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.

Notre Dame (12-5) got out to a hot start, scoring the game's first two goals in the opening 8:36 and never trailed in the game. Matt Kavanagh, who led the Irish with seven points on five goals and two assists, scored the first at the 9:58 mark and assisted on the second, which was scored by John Scioscia.

The Terps' offense not only had to battle a tough Irish defense, but also had to contend with the pipe as senior Mike Chanenchuk and freshman Connor Cannizzaro each had a shot ring off of the cage in the first quarter.

But the rebound on Cannizzaro's shot went right back to him and he was able to move the ball on to junior Joe LoCascio, who dodged past his defender before bouncing a shot by ND goalie Conor Kelly at the 4:25 mark of the first to trim the Irish lead to 2-1.

Maryland (13-4) tied the score with 2:05 to go in the first when a defensive switch put a short-stick defensive midfielder on Cannizzaro. That worked in the Terps' favor as Cannizzaro ran by the defender around right goal line extended and scored into the upper right corner.

The Irish used every second of the first quarter, scoring twice in the final 16 seconds, to take a 4-2 lead. Kavanagh scored off an assist from Sergio Perkovic with 16 seconds left. A faceoff violation on junior Charlie Raffa gave Notre Dame the ball on the ensuing faceoff and Nick Ossello came right down and scored unassisted with 9.5 seconds remaining.

The Terrapins opened the second quarter with a good offensive set that saw freshman Matt Rambo set up junior Jay Carlson on the doorstep, but Kelly made the point-blank save to give Notre Dame the ball. That Irish possession was quick as Doyle scored from the left alley to make it a 5-2 Irish lead with 13:28 to go in the second.

Maryland's extra-man unit had a chance to cut into the ND lead, but Chanenchuk's look inside was off the mark and picked up by Kelly. That possession led to another Kavanagh goal as he scored from just above right goal line extended from virtually no angle to make it a 6-2 lead for Notre Dame at the 9:12 mark.

Raffa won the ensuing faceoff and LoCascio made it count by ripping a runner from the right alley into the left side of the Irish net with 8:34 left in the first half.

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