Saturday Recap: Notre Dame Stuns Syracuse

(Photo Courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics)

Just a week after falling to Virginia by a lone goal in their ACC opener, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shipped up to Syracuse and stunned the Orange in an 18-11 victory.

Pat Kavanagh had his way with the Syracuse defense, ending the game with four goals and five assists for nine points. Five of his points (3 goals and two assists) came during Notre Dame’s 12-2 run from early in the second quarter through early in the third that allowed them to take an 11-8 lead at the half and pull away from the Orange after trailing 5-2 at the end of the first quarter.

The Irish finished the contest on a 16-5 run from early in the second through the final buzzer to seal the deal and move to 1-1 in the ACC and drop the Orange to 1-2 in conference play.

In addition to Kavanagh, Notre Dame saw Will Yorke tally four goals, which included a natural hat trick to end the contest. Griffin Westlin also found the back of the net four times. Kyle Galagher dominated the battle at the faceoff dot, going 15-for-22. Charlie Leonard went 8-for-10 as the backup at the dot and Liam Entenmann made 10 saves in cage.

Stephen Rehfuss led the Orange with a hat trick while Owen Seebold, Brendan Curry, and Chase Scanlan each had two goals. Drake Porter made 11 saves in cage.

Notre Dame moves to 5-1 (1-1 ACC) while Syracuse moves to 4-3 (1-2 ACC). The Irish has a date with Duke next week while Syracuse faces UAlbany on Thursday in a midweek contest.

Maryland Tops Penn State, Stays Unbeaten

After a first quarter that yielded a 3-2 Maryland lead, the Terrapins stepped on the gas and left the Nittany Lions in the dust to secure a 17-10 win and move to 7-0 on the season.

Jared Bernhardt led the way for the Terrapins with five goals and three assists for eight points. His five-goal performance helped push him to the top of the record books as Maryland’s all-time career leader in goals with 159. He surpassed Matt Rambo’s record of 156. In addition to the fifth-year attackman, Logan Wisnauskas had four goals and Daniel Maltz had a hat trick.

Mac O’Keefe led Penn State with a hat trick while Mark Sickler had one goal and three assists for four points and TJ Malone had one goal and two assists.

A four-goal run from late in the first through early in the third helped Maryland take a stretch their lead to 6-2. However, the Nittany Lions did have an answer and cut it back down to a two-goal Terrapins lead just minutes later. It was a seven-goal Maryland run from the 6:32 mark in the second through the 11:52 mark in the third that turned the tide as Maryland was able to take a commanding 11-4 lead into the half and stretch it to 13-4 early in the third.

Penn State found the back of the net six times in the second half, which included O’Keefe’s hat trick.

Lehigh Earns Statement Win Over Army West Point

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks proved to everyone on Saturday that they are, indeed, for real!

Lehigh welcomed in the Army West Point Black Knights for a top-10 Patriot League contest and came out on top 13-12 to earn a statement win in a game that was neck-and-neck the entire way. Down 11-8 heading into the final quarter of play, Army did as they had all day: answer. Army rattled off four straight from late in the third through the middle of the fourth to tie things back up at 11.

The two sides went back-and-forth in the final minutes with Cole Kirst putting in the final tally for Lehigh to secure the win.

Mike Sissleberger was the difference for Lehigh, going 23-for-27 at the faceoff dot while John Sidorski led the Mountain Hawks’ offense with two goals and four assists. Cole Kirst also had four goals.

Brendan Nichtern led Army with five goals and two assists for a game-high seven points.

Loyola Hands Navy First Loss of The Season

A week after falling to their rival Towson in upset fashion, the Loyola Greyhounds went into Navy Marine-Corp Stadium and handed the Navy Midshipmen their first loss of the season, 14-10.

Bailey Savio went 19-for-28 at the faceoff dot and Sam Schafer made 12 saves for the Greyhounds. Kevin Lindley led the Loyola offense with five points (3G/2A) and was one of eight goal scorers for the Greyhounds in the win.

Patrick Skalniak (3G/2A) and Christian Daniel (3G) led the Navy offense while Patrick Rees made 13 saves in cage for the Midshipmen.

Loyola stepped on the gas early and sprinted out to an 8-3 halftime lead. They were able to push their lead out to 12-6 heading into the fourth quarter. Navy showed as much fight as possible down the stretch, ending the contest with four straight to get to 10 goals on the day.

Rutgers Edges Ohio State

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights topped the Ohio State Buckeyes for the second time this season. However, this time around the Buckeyes, who saw midfielder Ryan Terefenko return for the first time in four games, hung around wire to wire and gave the Scarlet Knights some fits.

With Rutgers up 6-3 at the half, Ohio State came out of the break and tallied the first two goals of the third to make it a one-goal game. Rutgers was held to just one goal, which came from Connor Kirst at the 4:13 mark, in the third. And while Kieran Mullins followed up with one of his own to start the scoring in the fourth, the Buckeyes were able to notch things all up at 8 with 4:25 left in regulation.

Two straight from Adam Charalambides, who led the Scarlet Knights with three goals and one assist, put Rutgers up 10-8 and, essentially, sealed the deal. Jack Myers got one let for Ohio State and they did have an opportunity in the dying seconds to force overtime but the Rutgers defense held strong.

Drexel Upsets UMass

The past three contest between these two program have been absolute thrillers. In 2019, UMass topped Drexel 10-9 in the regular season before falling to them 15-12 in the CAA semifinals. And today, the Drexel Dragons once again earned an upset win over UMass, taking down the CAA favorite 12-11.

Tied 8-8 early in the fourth quarter, the Dragons found the back of the net three times to push them ahead 11-8. UMass was able to score the final two goals with Devin Spencer and Gabriel Procyk scoring in the final 13 seconds of the contest. However, it was too little too late for the Minutemen.

Sean Donnelly led the Dragons with two assists and six goals while Gabriel Procyk had a hat trick to lead the way for the UMass offense.

Other Scores

  • Connor Shellenberger put up seven points (4G/3A) to lead Virginia past Richmond 18-10.
  • Tyler Bradbury scored the game-winner to push Utah past Boston U., 11-10, in double overtime.
  • Bobby Casey put up a season-high 12 saves in Hofstra’s 7-6 win over Towson.
  • Asher Nolting had eight assists in High Point’s 13-5 win over Bellarmine.
  • TD Ierlan went 11-for-12 at the faceoff dot in Denver’s 16-6 win over Marquette.
  • Tommy Lingner notched 11 saves in UMBC’s 11-8 win over Vermont.

This article will be updated once all of today’s games are in the books.

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