Liam O’Connor controlled the face off X
Notre Dame came from behind to defeat #2 North Carolina yesterday in a cool but sunny matinée in Chapel Hill. With the victory, the Irish move to 2-1 and notch their first top 10 win of the season.
As for the game, to quote about dozen emails and texts received from well wishers and friends of ND lax after the game – WOW.
Down 8-3 early in the third quarter, the Irish methodically climbed back into the game with what eventually would become 5 unanswered goals to even the score early in the 4th. Some of the formula was familiar, some not. Frequently used my roster card (many thanks to Joy Hopkins) because I don’t remember a game where the coaches ran so many kids in and out. This team is both deep and talented. Senior Liam O’Connor controlled the face off X throughout the game. Freshman Shane Doss recorded 10 saves in front of a defense led by Steven O’Hara that stiffened throughout the game. Matt Kavanagh had 3 goals and 2 assists to lead the offense while in a twist defensive midfielders Jack Near and Tyler Brenneman chipped in with a goal each. And Sergio Perkovic powered home a man up goal with four minutes left that proved to the game winner. It was, to use an overused expression, a total team effort.
The game replay, by the way, is still available on ESPN3. Photos of yesterdays game can be found in several spots including:
Whew. Get some rest because our western matchup with Denver next week looms large.
Speaking of rest, the parents did what we do best (everyone on this team has a role). Several of us gathered at a local sports bar in Chapel Hill on Friday evening for dinner and all told we had 49 signed up for the morning tailgate. We had a terrific turnout and the usual party ensued. Jean Cotter organized the festivities and was supported by the family Collins and made it look easy – in spite of their parent leader’s oblivious interference. ”Where exactly is the tailgate”, Tim asked Saturday morning in muted panic. ”In the spot spelled out on Our Tailgate” was the reply. What? Who set up this system? So I’m supposed the follow the system I set up?
Regular readers know we celebrate both current and parent alumni in this blog. The Pfeifer’s (Max 2012) were a welcome surprise at the morning tailgate – old friends Donna, Phil and Adrianne. Asked between slurps when he last had a bloody mary at 10 AM, Phil replied “last year’s Penn State game!”
Must admit I think of Phil every time I wear the same clothing to a lacrosse game, or change my seat when we are losing at half time, or any number of mindless things I do in attempt to alter the outcome of an event my kids are playing. The “Illusion of Control” is the phenomena according to Dr. P. Illusion? I’ll have you know the hat I wear MATTERS.
Hugged it out with Peg and Chuck Creighton, decked out in North Carolina blue in support of son Ryan, prior to the game. ND lax alum Mike Creighton was also reportedly in attendance. I remember sitting in the stands of the 2010 National Championship game with Ryan decked out in ND gear in support of brother Mike. Now its Mike’s turn.
The family Corrigan, led by patriarch Gene, used the visit for something of a reunion and were a fixture in the hotel lobby on Friday evening. Family is big around here.
Strange but true: Rob Kelly and Terry Doss were “introduced” at the hotel bar Friday night and figured out that they had grown up in the same neighborhood in Philadelphia and knew each other when they were kids.
Several parents took advantage of the trip to bring along younger kids to tour the research triangle schools.
And next up on our party schedule is a trip to LA. Yes we are going to the Oscars, er, the Pacific Coast Shootout where we will be matched up against the always tough Denver Pioneers. GW Mix has been working night and day to put the event together and now he and Mary will have about 72 children descending on Newport Beach. And that doesn’t count the lacrosse players!
After the winter we have had in the east, and staring at yet another storm this evening, Newport Beach is a treat for all of us. Many thanks in advance to GW and Mary for hosting. REALLY looking forward to it.