FOXBOROUGH - The No. 1 seed Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team held off a late two-goal run by No. 4 seed Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium to advance to its first NCAA Championship game since 1990 with a 7-5 victory over the Fighting Irish.
Graduate student Eric Lusby led the way with five goals for the second-straight game, while he tacked on an assist for a game-high six points. Junior Davis Butts and classmate Josh Hawkins notched one goal each to account for Loyola’s other two scores.
Behind three goals and an assist by Lusby, the Greyhounds jumped out to a 4-1 advantage by the 10:47 mark of the second quarter. Notre Dame cut its deficit to one with back-to-back goals, but Hawkins scored as time expired to give Loyola a 5-3 halftime advantage.
Lusby tallied the lone two goals of the third quarter, at 14:39 and 11:40, to give Loyola a 7-3 advantage, but the Irish responded with two-straight scores in the fourth quarter. The goals wouldn’t be enough though, as the Greyhounds held on for the 7-5 victory.
Defensively, sophomore Jack Runkel turned back a career-high 15 saves in goal, while sophomore Joe Fletcher had a game-high seven ground balls.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Monday when it plays the winner of the No. 3 seed Duke vs. unseeded Maryland in the NCAA Championship game. The last time Loyola played for a national title, head coach Charley Toomey was a goalkeeper for the Greyhounds. Faceoff on Monday is set for 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.
Loyola vs. Notre Dame