BALTIMORE, MD – Matt Kavanaugh scored five goals as Notre Dame rolled to an 11-6 semifinal win over Maryland on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Notre Dame led 6-4 at the half before pulling away in the third quarter. It was 10-5 heading into the final frame and the Irish played defense and killed clock to put the Terps away.
Notre Dame and Duke will face off for the national championship in a rematch of the 2010 final, when the Blue Devils beat the Irish 6-5 in overtime.
Jason Benetti and Mark Dixon called the action on WestwoodOne Sports and the NCAA Radio Network.
(John Scioscia’s goal makes it 2-0 Notre Dame)
(Joe Locascio gets Maryland on the board)
(Connor Cannizzaro scores for the Terps to tie the game at 2-2)
(Matt Kavanagh’s second goal of the game makes it 3-2 Irish)
(Nick Ossello makes it 4-2 Irish)
(It’s 6-2 Notre Dame as Kavanagh gets his hat trick)
(Jay Carlson’s goal cuts the Maryland deficit to 6-4 before the break)
(Kavanagh scores again to make it 8-4 Irish)
(It’s Kavanagh with a fifth goal and Notre Dame leads 9-5)
(Pat Cotter scores to put Notre Dame up 10-5 late in the third quarter)
(Postgame recap from Jason Benetti and Mark Dixon)