Notre Dame advanced to its first NCAA final with a 12-7 win against No. 7 seed Cornell. A quick look at how the Irish pulled off the upset:
How the game was won:
The game was won in the goal by Notre Dame. Irish goalkeeper Scott Rodgers was simply the man. Cornell could not get inside on the Irish. The Big Red started second-guessing shots and were never able to get into a groove.
When Cornell cut it to two goals before the half, I thought we'd see a game, but Notre Dame came out in the third quarter fired up and reclaimed the momentum early.
Notre Dame's defense pulled together and kept Cornell star Rob Pannell from playing his game. That was a team effort, and while Rodgers gets a ton of credit, those boys shook up the Cornell offense as a unit.
Player of the game:
I'll say it again -- Scott Rodgers came up huge Saturday. He will need to continue his hot play Monday, as Virginia or Duke will put the heat on!
Brett Hughes is a former Virginia All-American, Major League Lacrosse All-Star and current LXM pro player, as well as the co-founder and vice president of Lacrosse the Nations. You can check out the group's work here.