MU Drops 8-7 Heartbreaker in OT at No. 1 Notre Dame

Liam Byrnes had eight ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
April 13, 2016

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NOTRE DAME, Indiana – No. 19/17 Marquette erased a three-goal deficit at No. 2/1 Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium, but fell 8-7 in overtime on Matt Kavanagh’s fourth goal of the day.

“Credit to our kids for just fighting back, believing in themselves and making some plays down the stretch to get it to overtime,” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “And credit to Notre Dame for making one more play than we did at the end.”

The Golden Eagles (8-2) trailed 7-5 entering the fourth quarter, but scored the only two goals of the frame to force overtime. Junior attackman Kyran Clarke potted his team-best second of the day with 13:32 to play and MU’s leading-scorer Ryan McNamara scored the last goal of regulation unassisted with 8:51 remaining.

“The game went the way we would have hoped, except for the score,” Amplo said. “We knew it had to be a tight game, that it had to be a 7-6 or 8-7 game. Look how far we’ve come. There’s no moral victories and this hurts because we were right there at the end. It was a big one, but I’m just so proud of our kids.”

Freshman midfielder John Wagner had a shot to take the lead with 1:47 remaining, but the ball hit the side of the net and the Irish (9-1) were able to control possession for the remainder of regulation. Notre Dame had a couple of shots sail wide of their mark to end the fourth quarter and Kavanagh’s goal came 30 seconds into overtime after ND coach Kevin Corrigan drew up a play out of a timeout.

In addition to the goals from Clarke and McNamara, Marquette also received goals from Blaine Fleming, Tanner Thomson and the first tallies of the year for Henry Nelson and Griffin Connor.

What was billed as a defensive showdown lived up to its billing as each team recorded its lowest goal output of the year in a game featuring plenty of physical play. BIG EAST Conference Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year Liam Byrnes picked up eight ground balls, caused two turnovers and recorded his first assist of the season. Sophomore goalie Cole Blazer also made nine saves in net for the Golden Eagles.

Marquette struck first against the Irish for the third-straight season as Fleming connected from Andy DeMichiei just under a minute into play. The Fighting Irish went on to score the only other goals in the opening quarter and tacked on the first two of the second for a 4-1 lead.

Clarke ended a 20-minute scoring drought for the Golden Eagles on a strike from about 12 yards out on the left side with just over six to play in the second quarter.

The Golden Eagles shot out in the second half and scored the first three goals of the third quarter to tie things at 5-5 with 8:29 remaining in the frame. Thomson scored the half’s first goal on a dodge from X at the right side of the crease on a shot shoveled in behind him.

Connor, a short stick defensive midfielder scored from almost the exact same spot a little more than two minutes later to pull MU within one before Nelson tied the game 5-5. Connor’s goal was scored as he dove at the edge of the crease and was his first career point.

Marquette all-time leading scorer Conor Gately was called for a push while pursuing a ground ball with around six minutes to play in the first quarter and did not return after limping off the field.

The Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee to host Providence on Senior Day at Valley Fields on Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. Central time. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel WI with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and former MU faceoff specialist Cullen Cassidy on the call.

Marquette will honor its 19-player senior class, the nation’s largest, prior to the game against the Friars.

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