SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Unfazed by a four-goal deficit late in the second quarter, Notre Dame rattled off six unanswered goals in less than eight minutes as the top-seeded Irish defeated Towson 12-10 in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship at Arlotta Stadium on Saturday. Senior attackman Conor Doyle scored three goals and dished off two assists in leading Notre Dame to its straight NCAA Championship quarterfinal appearance.The Irish (11-2) will face Albany (16-2) in the quarterfinals next Saturday, May 16 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The contest will be a rematch of a quarterfinal game between the two schools in Hempstead, New York in 2014. Last year, Notre Dame rallied in that contest to defeat the Great Danes in a 14-13 overtime thriller.
"It is like I said to the team right after the game, you don't get to play the game you had hoped to play," head coach Kevin Corrigan said. "You have to play the one you are in. Certainly that wasn't the way we hoped to start the game, but a lot of credit goes to Towson. I thought they played very well, particularly in the first half.
Towson (12-6) came into the game riding a three-game win streak and grabbed the momentum early to jump out to 6-2 advantage with 2:50 remaining in the second quarter. Winners of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship, the Tigers advanced to the first round after defeating High Point on Wednesday night at home in a play-in game.
In all, Notre Dame had eight different goal scorers on the afternoon. The experience and balance of the Irish proved to be the deciding factor in the win.
"I think it speaks to the guys on our team," Will Corrigan said. "We have a lot of experienced guys. Nick [Ossello], Conor [Doyle] and I have played in basically every game of our careers. We have a lot of seniors and juniors who have played a lot of meaningful minutes. That comes up big. We have been in a lot of situations where we go down and we have to scrap back.
"Knowing that we have been in that position and knowing that we can pull through is important."