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Notre Dame plays Yale in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs starting in a few minutes. The game is on ESPNU or you can follow along here for live updates.
Senior scorer Sean Rogers gets Notre Dame on the board first. He scores with a little more than 13 mintues left in the first quarter on a feed from sophomore Jim Marlatt.
2-0 Notre Dame with about nine minutes left in the quarter. Sophomore Westy Hopkins gets wide open in front of the cage and scores easily.
Notre Dame isn't known for its offense. The Irish have the No. 1 ranked defense in the country, but they are giving themselves a really nice cushion early. Freshman Conor Doyle just scored his first of the game to stretch the lead to 3-0.
4-1 now as Yale gets on the board with a good play by Matt Gibson to set up his teammate Deron Demptser. Notre Dame freshman Jack Near bounces one past Yale goalie Jack Meyer a few minutes earlier.
Brandon Mangan makes it 4-2 with a big goal. Yale is having trouble setting their defense early but a few quick goals has them back in the game.
Great game. Its 5-3 Irish on top.
Both teams add a goal in the first five minutes of the second quarter. Yale's been piling up double digit goals in the postseason thus far and you can see why with the way senior Matt Gibson distributes. He picked up his second assist on Yale's second quarter goal.
At halftime Notre Dame leads 6-4. Sean Rogers ended a 12:30 scoring drought for the Irish with less than 10 seconds left in the half. The combination of Dempster and Gibson is keeping Yale alive. Dempster has a hat trick already. He has scored 36 goals through 13 games this season.
7-4 now as junior Ryan Foley becomes the fifth different Irish player to score. about 11 minutes to go in the third quarter.
All-Big East selection Jim Marlatt makes No. 6 for Notre Dame scorers and the Irish lead 8-4 with 7 minutes left in the quarter. Yale hit a post on a man-up opportunity earlier in the quarter, but hasn't generated much offense otherwise this half.
Working with a two-man advantage after a pair of Yale penalties, Marlatt got his second goal of the game. Notre Dame has some breathing room now with a 9-4 lead.
Down to about 6:30 left in the game. Yale's Brandon Mangan adds a goal, but the Irish still have a comfortable 10-6 lead.
Nice way for to Nick Beattie, Notre Dame's captain, to get back in the action with a late goal here. Beattie missed much of the season after going down with an injury against Duke in February. ... A minute later Marlatt picks up his second career hat trick to make it 12-6 with 5:15 to go.
The Irish hang on for a 13-7 lead. Nine different players scored fro Notre Dame on the day. Check back to the home page later for reaction from the team and a full write-up.
Here's a link to the game story...
Nine different players scored for Notre Dame Sunday as the Irish advanced to the quarterfinals with a 13-7 victory over Ivy League champion Yale.
I am so ready for football season it's ridiculous. Good job though fellas, way to represent.
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