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Cornell falls to Notre Dame in high-scoring affair

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  • Kyle Evans 

It went all the way down to the wire on Long Island in front of 7,480 fans, the third-largest crowd in college lacrosse this season. The Fight Irish, trailing by one with 2:46 remaining, found the net to tie things up at 17. The Big Red defense did all it could, holding Notre Dame scoreless until 6.4 seconds remained. The Irish found the goal it needed, lifting #1/#1 Notre Dame over #10/#8 Cornell men’s lacrosse, 18-17, on Sunday afternoon at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville, N.Y.

With the loss, Cornell falls to 7-4 (3-1 Ivy) and Notre Dame improves to 8-1 (2-0 ACC).

Not even midseason second-team All-American Liam Entenmann could stop CJ Kirst, who led the Big Red attack with eight points on five goals and three assists. Senior attackman Michael Long followed with seven points on two goals and five apples. Freshman Ryan Goldstein posted his fourth hat trick of the year and matched his goal total with three assists for six points. Hugh Kelleher added a hat trick for the Big Red. Willem Firth tacked on two goals, and Spencer Wirtheim rounded out multi-point scorers with a goal and an assist. Marc Psyllos and Angelo Petrakis each went .500 at the faceoff X, combining for 19 wins. Psyllos led the Big Red with nine points ground balls. Junior netminder Wyatt Knust tallied 14 saves in the contest.

The Fighting Irish had 13 different players tally a point. Pat and Chris Kavanagh led the way with four points each. Pat went for two goals and two assists, while Chris notched a goal and three assists. Eric Dobson and Jake Taylor followed with a hat trick apiece. Jeffery Ricciardelli and Reilly Gray put up two goals each, and Jordan Faison rounded out Notre Dame’s double-digit scorers with a goal and an assist. Colin Hagstrom went 12-for-21 at the faceoff. Liam Entenmann tallied 11 saves in his worst outing of the season.

FIRST QUARTER

  • The Big Red got on the boards first when Kirst picked out Goldstein for the goal 30 seconds into the contest.
  • Notre Dame responded with three goals. Wirtheim connected with Firth for Cornell’s second with 4:43 remaining, but again The Irish had a three-goal answer.
  • Kirst put away a solo goal to drop the deficit to 6-3 at the end of the first.

SECOND QUARTER

  • Cornell outscored Notre Dame 2-1 in the first five minutes of the second quarter, but the teams traded goals until 2:18 left in the quarter.
  • Notre Dame tacked on one extra with 2:02 to build a four-goal lead at 11-7 heading into halftime.

THIRD QUARTER

  • Cornell came out hot in the second half, netting the first two goals of the half in the first two minutes of action.
  • Notre Dame was held off the boards until the 7:51 mark. when the Irish found the net to make its lead three once more, 12-9.
  • Cornell netted four unanswered to take its first lead since the first goal of the first quarter, 13-12, But Notre Dame put two more away to retake the lead and close out the third with a 14-13 lead.

FOURTH QUARTER

  • One goal each in the first two minutes kept the status quo, but back-to-back points from Long (an assist and a goal), gave the Big Red a 16-15 lead with 5:14 on the clock.
  • Notre Dame tied things up at 16 at 4:01, but Kelleher completed the hat trick a minute later to retake the Cornell lead.
  • The Irish connected for the tying goal once more with 2:45 left on the clock. Cornell’s defense held strong for the next two minutes and change, but no clear Big Red offensive possessions came, and with 6.4 seconds left of the clock, Notre Dame buried the winning goal.

BIG RED NOTABLES

  • Cornell’s 17 goals are tied for the most surrendered by the Irish since the 2004 season, when Notre Dame allowed 19 goals in a loss to Syracuse on March 11, 2004.
  • Entenmann’s .393 save percentage marks his worst of the season.
  • Long’s five assists tie him at eighth all-time in the Cornell record books with 82 career assists. He is tied with Al Rimmer ’71. The assist number is also the most since Billy Coyle dropped six at #8/#8 Yale last season.
  • The Irish allowed only one other one-goal game this season, falling 11-10 to Georgetown in overtime earlier this year.
  • Kirst’s eight points mark the 23 times in his career with five or more points.

UP NEXT

Cornell returns to Ivy action next weekend when it hosts #15/#16 Harvard for senior day on Saturday, April 20. Action will go down on Schoellkopf Field with faceoff set for 12 p.m. The game will be streamed live via ESPN+.