The Virginia men's lacrosse team could not overcome a 9-3 run by Notre Dame in the fourth quarter, falling to the Fighting Irish Sunday evening at the Loftus Sports Center, 18-9.
“We had too many mistakes across the board,” said Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “Different guys at critical moments. It was no one guy or no one thing. I thought we played well in the third quarter and felt we had some momentum heading into the fourth quarter, but then we had three failed clears, couldn’t pick the ball up and Notre Dame was sharp in this environment. I give them all the credit."
Zed Williams ripped the game’s first goal on a pass from Owen Van Arsdale at the 11:38 mark, but the rest of the first half belonged to Notre Dame.
A goal in the finals seconds of the first quarter by Sergio Perkovic began an 8-1 Notre Dame run, seven of which came in the second period.
Mark Cockerton scored an extra-man goal during the Irish spurt. Ryan Tucker scored an unassisted goal with 15 seconds left in the second period to send UVa into the intermission chasing five goals, 8-3.
UVa finished the third quarter trailing by three goals, 9-6. Cockerton, Pat Harbeson and Greg Coholan all scored during the run.
Notre Dame bounced back, outscoring UVa 9-3 in the final quarter to secure the win. Tyler German, Tucker and Cockerton all scored for UVa, but it wasn’t enough. Cockerton’s final goal secured the senior his 19th career hat trick.
With the loss, the 'Hoos are now 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. UVa returns to action on Saturday when Johns Hopkins comes to Klöckner Stadium.