Irish Continue Improbable Run

After dropping three of five to end the regular season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse team has taken the NCAA tournament by storm. That run continued Saturday as the Irish defeated Cornell 12-7 to advance to Monday's National Championship Game.

Using a four goal run early in the game gave Notre Dame a 4-1 lead and the spark needed to continue to battle Cornell to a 12-7 victory.

But while the early lead was a huge advantage, Cornell continued to battle back with the Irish keeping pace giving the Irish a 6-3 lead at the half.

The third period looked like the Irish had lost their advantage as the Big Red scored twice in succession to make the score 7-5 before Neal Hicks gave the Irish a three-goal cushion by scoring on a rebound.

Goaltender Scott Rodgers tightened things up in goal holding Cornell to only two more goals as the Irish offense heated up.

The win was the third straight victory over a seeded team as the Irish also have defeated sixth-seed Princeton and number three Maryland to advance to the semifinals.

The Irish play next on Monday (3:30 p.m.) against Duke who defeated Virginia 14-13 in front of 44,389 fans. Top Stories