Notre Dame lost to the Terrapins of the University of Maryland yesterday by a score of 12-8. The Irish knotted the score at 8 early in the 4th quarter after getting consecutive goals from Matt Kavanagh, Tyler Brenneman, Jack Near and Conor Doyle. The Irish were on a roll but Maryland played keep away from that point forward, winning face offs and effectively running large chunks of time off the clock with long, unreasonably long really, possessions.
Kavanagh paced the offense with 6 points on the day. Conor Kelly recorded an eye popping 14 saves in defeat. Notre Dame managed just 21 shots in the loss.
Sporting “special” green and white jerseys, Notre Dame was greeted by sunny skies, temps in the mid-50′s and 2,200 fans, in spite of a campus depleted by Easter break. I, for one, will not remember this new look fondly. We’ve sported the green and white twice this year – the fall ball stinker at Air Force and yesterday’s melt down versus Maryland. Bring on the blue and gold.
With the loss Notre Dame falls to a record of 6-5 on the season and pretty much faces a do or die game in Friday’s opening game in the ACC Tournament – a rematch with Maryland. Notre Dame is on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament – likely on the outside looking in at this point. One more ACC win will likely fix that and two wins means an automatic qualifier. Sounds like an opportunity.
The parents – well we never have an off game. Several of us gathered Friday evening for a welcome cocktail at Brothers. Learned there that John and Michelle Scioscia had voluntarily cleaned Johnny, Liam, Ryan and Tyler’s house earlier that day in anticipation of Sunday’s Easter Brunch gathering. Michelle later confided, “I found latex gloves in the house and that gave me the protection I needed to start cleaning”. “You can’t believe”, mumbled John. Oh yes John. We believe.
We are big on thanking parents for pitching in each week in the blog. John and Michelle go to the head of the class for their sterilization of the boy’s house. Everyone in attendance at today’s gathering thanks you.
Speaking of thank you’s, Jane Marlatt organized the Easter feast. A big thank you to Jane.
Former ND laxers Adam Felecitti, Sean Rogers and Zach Brenneman were also on hand for Saturday. All three played key roles in Notre Dame’s improbable run to the finals in 2010. Oh yeah, that team finished the regular season with a record of 7-6. Just saying.
Adam is in graduate school at ND while Sean and Zach were in from Chicago and New York respectively. Both easily mingled with the current team Saturday after the game and into the evening. Just another special part of being part of this fraternity.
On to Philadelphia. Many of us have looked forward to this lone game in the northeast this season. Did I say game? I meant to say games. Win Friday night and play in the finals Sunday afternoon.
Notre Dame plays Maryland at 7:30 PM at Philadelphia’s beautiful PPL Park. Overlooking the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester, PA, it is my all time favorite venue. We last played there in 2012, a quarter final win against Virginia and birth into the final four. Let’s hope the good vibes continue. We’ll need them.