Earlier today, the Irish (9-5) faced off against Army (5-8) on senior day at Arlotta Stadium, defeating the Black Knights by a score of 17-5. The 12 point victory was Notre Dame’s largest margin of victory of the season.
Notre Dame opened the scoring 3:33 into the game when Mikey Wynne scored his ninth goal of the season for the 1-0 lead. With 8:46 left to go in the opening quarter, Nick Stinn recorded his first goal of the year to extend Notre Dame’s lead to 2-0. John Sexton scored with two minutes left in the first to make it 3-0 Irish.
After Army scored with under a minute left in the first quarter, Ryder Garnsey found the back of the net for his 25th goal of the season just 57 seconds into the second for a 4-1 Notre Dame lead. Two and a half minutes later, Brendan Gleason made it 5-1 Irish with his 16th goal of the season.
After Army scored their second goal of the game, Notre Dame went on a 7-0 scoring run to break the game open. The Irish goals came from Brendan Gleason, who scored three during the run, Brendan Collins, who scored two during the run, Thomas McNamara, and Bryan Costabile, who each recorded one.
After Army’s Matt Manown scored the Black Knight’s third goal of the game, Jordan Walter made it 13-3 Notre Dame with his third goal of the season. With 7:19 left in the game, Peter Gayhardt scored on the man-advantage to make it 14-3 Irish.
Following Army’s fourth goal of the game, Michael Fay and Keaton Komatz just 1:12 apart to make the score 16-4 with 4:11 to go. Komatz scored again with just 2:55 to go for Notre Dame’s 17th goal of the game.
Brendan Gleason recorded four goals and two assists on the afternoon. Keaton Komatz scored two goals and one assist, while Brendan Collins finished with two goals.
12 different Notre Dame players netted at least one goal. Fay, Gayhardt, Komatz and Stinn each recorded the first goals of their career. Notre Dame goaltender Matt Schmidt finished with seven saves on 10 shots against.
Notre Dame is certainly playing their best lacrosse at the right time of the season. They will learn their NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday, May 6 during the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Selection Show, which will be televised at 9 p.m. eastern time on ESPNU.