SOUTH BEND, Ind. –– The Michigan men's lacrosse team pulled off its biggest win in program history, a 13-12 win over No. 4 Notre Dame Wednesday at Notre Dame's Arlotta Stadium. It marks the Wolverines' first win over a top five opponent in school history.
Junior midfielder Brent Noseworthy led the way for the Wolverines with five goals and an assist for six points in a contest that Michigan never trailed and saw zero lead changes and seven ties.
The teams traded goals in the opening five minutes before Michigan (6-2) notched back-to-back scores from a pair of freshman attackmen, Kevin Mack (9:10) and Alex Buckanavage (6:32), to give the Wolverines a 3-1 lead. Notre Dame's (4-2) Bryan Costabile brought the score to 3-2 at 4:35 of the opening quarter, where it would stay as the Wolverines led by a goal after the first quarter.
Noseworthy and classmate Decker Curran each recorded goals in the second quarter. Notre Dame's Mikey Wynne and Ryder Garnsey scored in the quarter as well to trim Michigan's lead to 5-4 at the end of the half, keyed by eight saves from senior goalie Tommy Heidt in the opening half.
The Fighting Irish evened the score a minute into the third on an extra-man goal from Costabile, but the Wolverines outscored the Irish 3-1 the rest of the quarter. Noseworthy scored twice and senior Chase Young also chipped in with a score.
Leading 8-6, Michigan surrendered a pair of goals to John Sexton and Costabile less than 1:30 into the final quarter to tie the score at 8-8, and the two teams traded scores once again to make it 10-10 with 7:42 to play. Mack and DeCaprio then scored to extend the lead to 12-10.
Following Garnsey's fourth goal of the day with 3:20 remaining to cut the U-M advantage to one goal, Curran iced the contest with his second of the day on a feed from Noseworthy to extend the lead to 13-11 before Garnsey brought it to 13-12 with 1:16 to go.
On the ensuing crucial faceoff, freshman Connor Cronin, who went 15-of-27 at the dot on the day and 12-of-18 in the second half, won the clamp as Notre Dame was called for a push. The Michigan defense held strong over the final minute of play and held on for the victory.
Heidt was stellar in goal, finishing the contest with 10 stops, while junior close defender Michael Borda had three ground balls and two caused turnovers to help hold the Fighting Irish offense to 12 goals.
The win for Michigan is the first in program history over a top-five opponent, its first road win over a ranked opponent and the second overall win over a ranked opponent.
Michigan will continue its two-game road trip on Saturday, when it travels to Baltimore, Maryland, to take on UMBC at 3 p.m.