Sunday Recap: North Carolina Tops Notre Dame, Rutgers Survives Michigan

(Photo Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics)

The Fighting Irish’s trip to Tobacco Road ends in disappointment, as they drop their second game in four games. This time coming against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

A first quarter highlighted by the play in cage from Carolina’s Collin Krieg and Notre Dame’s Liam Entenemann, who each ended the day with 13 saves, ended with the Tar Heels ahead 2-1 after two late goals from William Perry and Nicky Solomon.

Following two straight from Henry Schertzinger and Chris Gray to extend the Tar Heel lead to 4-2, the Fighting Irish rattled off two quick ones, which included a highlight-reel finish from Pat Kavanagh to tie things up late in the half.

A Justin Anderson rip to end the half and a four-goal run in the middle of the third helped the Tar Heels pull away a bit and take a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth and final period of play. Notre Dame was able to cut into the North Carolina lead, outscoring them 3-2 in the fourth, but a failed clear attempt that turned into a William Perry goal proved to be the dagger. Will Yorke had the final goal of the game and the Irish were able to get off a shot in the final minute of play.

Chris Grayhad two goals and an assist for the Tar Heels while William Perry and Justin Anderson each had two goals. Pat Kavanagh and Wheaton Jackobioce each had two goals and an assist for Notre Dame.

The Tar Heels outshot the Irish 45-42 and won the ground ball battle 38-33. North Carolina also went 20-21 in the clearing game while Notre Dame went 14-20, which brings their total from their past two games to 29-41.

North Carolina will face arch-rival Duke next Sunday in a contest that will decide the ACC title and put a bow on the regular season for both squads. Notre Dame faces Syracuse at home next week to close out their season.

Rutgers Edges Michigan

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights edged the Michigan Wolverines 13-12 in an extremely tight contest to put a bow on the Big Ten regular season.

Connor Kirst led Rutgers with five goals and an assist for six points while Kieran Mullins had a hat trick and Adam Charlambides dished out three assists.

Colin Kirst tied his career-high with 19 saves on the day to anchor the Scarlet Knights’ defense. Jaryd Jean-Felix had a game-high three caused turnovers.

Josh Zawada, who ended the day with a hat trick and an assist, got Michigan on the board first to help them jump out to an early 3-1 lead. Michael Sanguinetti put in his second of the day in the final seconds of the first to make it a one-goal game.

Sanguinetti’s quarter-ending goal sparked a four-goal Rutgers run, which included two straight from Connor Kirst, to put them ahead 5-3. Rutgers added two more to make it a 6-1 Scarlet Knights run through the 4:41 mark in the second and get ahead 7-4. Two late from Jake Bonomi and Michael Boehm helped Michigan cut the lead to one (8-7) at the half.

A Connor Kirst goal to start the third and two straight from Kieran Mullins midway through the quarter helped Rutgers stay ahead 11-10 heading into the fourth following two straight from Michigan. Kirst found the back of the net twice more in the fourth, bookending the final quarter and sealing the deal for Rutgers following a Bryce Clay goal to tie it with just over nine minutes remaining.

Michigan had an opportunity late to force overtime, but the Rutgers defense came up big with a game-saving stop.

These two squads now move onto the Big Ten Tournament. Rutgers will be the No. 2 seed and receive a first round bye while Michigan will be the No. 5 seed and play Ohio State in the quarterfinals next week.

Richmond Best Mercer, Grabs Top Seed in SoCon

The Richmond Spiders locked up the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament on Sunday afternoon as they beat the Mercer Bears 21-8.

Ryan Lanchbury led the way for the Spiders with 12 points on five goals and seven assists to tie his career-high. Additionally, Richie Connell had five goals and Jack Rusbuldt made seven saves in cage.

Patrick Marks led Mercer with three goals and an assist.

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