Final Flurry Leads Notre Dame Over Maryland
COSTA MESA, Calif. – For most of the game, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 7 Maryland traded harmless jabs at each other, but the Irish delivered a haymaker with five goals in the final 5:22 of the game for a 9-4 victory before a sold-out crowd of 6,970 in the Pacific Coast Shootout at Orange County College.
Mikey Wynne scored a pair of unassisted goals to break a 4-4 tie and then with Maryland going all-out to try and create turnovers, the Irish added three more goals in the final minute of the game, two of them empty-netters, to wrap up the victory.
“That was an old-school game. It was physical right from the first whistle. Both teams were really well-prepared and played great defense, and it just made it difficult to generate much offensively. I liked the way we kept our composure,” said Irish coach Kevin Corrigan.
Coupled with Denver’s dramatic 13-12 overtime win over North Carolina earlier in the day, it sets up a No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown next weekend in South Bend. The Irish (4-0) will host Denver (5-0) at Arlotta Stadium on Sunday evening in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
The game got off to a quiet start with just four goals in the first half. Notre Dame freshman Ryder Garnsey opened the scoring less than five minutes in, but the Irish didn't score again until 2:37 remained in the second quarter. Maryland took advantage, taking a 2-1 lead on Matt Rambo’s goal with 6:51 left in the half. That was Maryland’s only lead of the game.
Notre Dame opened the second half with goals from Wynne and Trevor Bosco, but the Terps clawed back. Bryan Cole socred with 2:54 left in the third quarter and then Isaiah Davis-Allen tied it 4-4 with 10:52 remaining in the game.
Wynne then put the Terps ahead 5-4 with 5:22 to play, and then following a pair of failed Maryland clears, Wynne added another with 3:29 left. Maryland converted just 13-of-19 clears in the game.
Maryland’s Pat Young hit a post that would have pulled the Terps to within one with just under three minutes to play, and then Notre Dame goalie Shane Doss made a save with just under two minutes to play, setting up the final flurry by the Irish.
Wynne finished with four goals to lead the Irish and Garnsey added two. Doss made seven saves to earn the victory.
Maryland, last year’s national runner-up, dropped its second straight game to fall to 1-2. Kyle Bernlohr made nine saves in a losing effort. Maryland plays at Drexel on Tuesday night.
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