Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Playing in its first NCAA game since 2006, a sloppy performance by the Penn men's lacrosse team could have been expected.
Despite an uneven offensive performance through most of the first half, the Quakers were still in a position to make fourth-seeded Notre Dame sweat as the teams went to the halftime break. However, the Irish were completely dominant after that point, and the Quakers had no answer. In the end, Penn lost to ND, 13-6.
Notre Dame -- which spent a few weeks toward the end of the season ranked No. 1 nationally -- advances to next weekend's quarterfinal round in Foxboro, Mass. The Quakers, meanwhile, finish the 2011 season 8-7 and will look to build on their best Ivy League finish since 1989 and their first NCAA appearance since 2006.
Notre Dame was an NCAA finalist last year, and the Irish showed every bit of its postseason experience on Saturday. They outshot Penn 41-24 and won 17 of the game's 23 faceoffs to keep possession most of the day.
Only a standout performance by the Quakers' freshman goalie,, kept this game from getting completely out of hand. He had eight saves alone in the second quarter, and finished the game with 14.