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Perkovic's Career Day Gives Irish The Victory Over Marquette

April 11, 2017

Final Stats

By Robby Hamman

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 7 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team (6-3) pulled out a last minute 11-10 victory over Marquette (6-4) thanks to a goal from senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic with under 30 seconds left. With the win the Irish improve to 5-0 against the Golden Eagles in series history.

Senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic had one of his best games in his illustrious Irish career on Tuesday, scoring a career-high six goals. Junior attackman Mikey Wynne also finished with multiple goals, scoring twice.

How It Happened

The Irish found the back of the net six times in the opening 15 minutes to build an early four-goal advantage, as the squad led Marquette 6-2 after the first frame. Perkovic and Wynne each scored twice and Brendan Gleason and Bobby Gray both added a goal to get Notre Dame off to a strong start.

Perkovic wasted no time in extending the Irish lead in the second stanza, scoring two more times in the first minute of the quarter to make the score 8-2 in favor of Notre Dame. Facing a six-goal deficit, the Golden Eagles scored three times to finish the first half and managed to cut the Irish lead in half at the break with the score 8-5.

Coming out of the intermission both Notre Dame and Marquette scored twice in the third quarter to move the score to 10-7. Perkovic scored the first goal for the Irish in the third quarter and senior Anthony Marini posted his first goal of the season to keep the Golden Eagles at bay.

Marquette started the fourth frame strong, finding the back of the net two times in the opening three minutes to cut the Notre Dame lead to just one at 10-9. Just over four minutes later the Golden Eagles completed the comeback and tied the game up at 10-10 with 7:56 remaining in regulation. Both teams had opportunities over the next seven minutes to grab the go-ahead goal but the score remained level at 10-10 with one minute to play.

Perkovic once again came up with a huge play against Marquette, scoring the game-winning goal with 25 seconds left on the clock to deliver the Irish the victory and cap his six-goal performance.

Notre Dame Player Of The Game

Perkovic was incredible on Tuesday afternoon, putting on an offensive clinic in front of the Irish faithful. Perkovic’s six goals mark a career high for the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, native. The senior sharpshooter now has 107 goals in his storied career with the Irish, moving up to sixth place in the Notre Dame rankings for career goals.

Notre Dame Stat Of The Game

The Irish could not have asked to a better start to the game, scoring six times in the opening quarter. The six scores are the most Notre Dame has scored in a first quarter all season and are the second most goals the team has scored in any quarter in 2017.

Notre Dame Notes

  • Notre Dame improves to a perfect 5-0 against Marquette in the all-time series.
  • The Irish are now 5-1 in non-conference action in 2017.
  • With six points Perkovic moved into 12th place in program history for career points with 128.
  • Perkovic’s six goals are tie for the most in a game this season by an Irish player, as Ryder Garnsey posted six goals against Georgetown in the season opener.
  • Perkovic now has three hat tricks in 2017 and 17 in his career
  • Wynne’s two goals give him 18 on the season and 91 in his career, ranking second on the team.
  • With a goal and an assists, Gleason now has career highs in both goals (11) and assists (4) for a season.
  • Gleason has scored in eight of nine games this season, including the last five outings.
  • Gray has four goals on the year, all coming in the last five games.
  • Marini scored his first goal of the season and third of his career.
  • Garnsey scooped up a career-high six ground balls.

Up Next

The Irish the weekend off and will return to Arlotta for their final regular season home game at noon on April 22 and will host North Carolina.

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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men’s lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.