NOTRE DAME – No. 12/12 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1 ACC) dominated No. 8/8 Syracuse (5-3, 1-2 ACC) in the first half, building an eight-goal advantage over the first 30 minutes en route to a 13-10 victory on Saturday afternoon inside Arlotta Stadium. The Irish have now defeated three top 10 opponents this season.
Junior Bryan Costabile carried the Irish offense, scoring five goals, which matched his career high, to lead the attack. Senior Brendan Gleason also notched a hat trick with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Wheaton Jackoboice added two goals and two assists in the winning effort.
The Irish defense caused 10 turnovers with senior Hugh Crance and freshman Jose Boyer each recording two to pace the unit. Junior Jack Kielty managed to scoop a career-high seven ground balls.
How It Happened
The Irish could not have asked for a better start to Saturday’s game, jumping out to a 6-1 lead after the opening 15 minutes. Costabile and Gleason each beat the Syracuse defense twice in the first frame and sophomore Connor Morin and Jackoboice each added one score for the Irish.
Notre Dame carried its momentum into the second stanza, firing in the first three goals of the quarter to push its lead to 9-1. The 7-0 run between the first and second quarters was capped off by Jackoboice’s second goal of the day. Both the Irish and Orange tacked on two more goals before the half, as the Irish took an 11-3 lead into the break.
Syracuse came out refocused to start the second half and was able to trim the Notre Dame lead to two goals at 11-9 with 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
After a penalty gave the Irish an extra-man opportunity, Notre Dame cashed in with Costabile’s fourth goal of the game to stop the visitor’s run and reestablish a three-goal lead at 12-9. The junior then buried his fifth goal of the game just minutes later to put the Irish on top 13-9 with six minutes left in the game.
Syracuse managed to score its 10th goal of the game with just under two minutes left but the Irish saw the rest of the game out to capture its fifth win of the season.
Notre Dame Player Of The Game
Costabile was locked in from the opening face-off on Saturday, living up to his reputation as one of the top shooters in college lacrosse. The midfielder scored all five goals on shots from range, ripping the Syracuse nets throughout the contest. The junior matched his career high for goals with five and now has 21 goals on the season, including eight over the last two games.
Notre Dame Stat Of The Game
The Irish were excellent on extra-man opportunities, scoring on 4-of-6 chances. Gleason and Costabile did all the damage, each scoring two goals. Notre Dame’s most important goal of the game came during an extra-man opportunity as Costabile scored to stop the Syracuse run and help the Irish secure the win.
Notre Dame Notes
- The Irish now have three wins over teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of the game, defeating No. 2 Maryland (14-13), No. 8 Denver (10-7), and No. 8 Syracuse (13-10).
- Notre Dame has won four of the last six matchups against Syracuse.
- The victory gives Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan win number 299 at Notre Dame and 309 for his career.
- The six goals in the opening 15 minutes were the most Notre Dame has scored in a first quarter this season.
- Jackoboice has now recorded three or more points in each of his last five games.
- Costabile posted his fourth hat trick of the season and 10th of his career.
- Gleason’s three goals gave the senior his third hat trick of 2019 and 10th of his career.
- The Irish defense forced 10 turnovers against the Orange and have now caused double-digit turnovers in three games this season.
The Irish hit the road for an ACC clash with Duke at noon ET on Saturday, April 6 at Koskinen Stadium. The game will air on ESPN and the game can be streamed on the WatchESPN app or WatchESPN.com.
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