John Heisler | February 28, 2017
The Big Ten Conference had not been shy about trumpeting its combined 23-0 men's lacrosse record as of Sunday morning--with Michigan one of four league teams at a perfect 4-0 as the Wolverines headed to South Bend scoring 14.5 goals per game.
Meanwhile Notre Dame had in mind protecting the reputation of the Atlantic Coast Conference after three of its members--third-ranked North Carolina, sixth-rated Syracuse and seventh-ranked Virginia--lost Saturday.
And maybe Michigan fans retained at least a glimmer of hope of extending that conference streak when Wolverine senior midfielder Mikie Schlosser scored 70 seconds into the third period to cut Notre Dame's lead to 7-5.
That's when the Irish lowered the boom.
Seven straight goals last weekend to enable Notre Dame to run away from Georgetown? Kevin Corrigan's squad was two better than that Sunday with nine consecutive goals to end the game in a 16-5 triumph for the fourth-ranked Irish.
Ten different players scored goals, 11 players scored points (Brendan Collins added a pair of assists), three freshmen notched goals for the home team on a sunny but blustery 46-degree day at Arlotta Stadium--and the Irish peppered Michigan goalie Tommy Heidt to the tune of 54 shots.