Robby Hamman | May 1, 2018
The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team captured its second Atlantic Coast Conference Championship title on Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 11 Virginia by a final score of 17-7 at Klöckner Stadium.
The Irish are matched only by Syracuse in ACC tournament success since Notre Dame joined the league, as both teams have two championships in the five-year span. The Irish have reached three finals in five appearances.
After posting a season-high 14 goals in the win over Duke in the semifinal round, the Irish offense was even better in the title game against Virginia. The Notre Dame attack exploded, scoring 17 goals, the most the program has scored since winning 17-7 at Syracuse during the 2015 season.
Six different players registered multiple goals, as sophomore and tournament MVP Bryan Costabile, junior Ryder Garnsey and sophomore Brian Willetts each scored three goals. The senior trio of Mikey Wynne, Brendan Collins and Pierre Byrne each scored twice and junior Timmy Phillips and senior Jordan Walter each added a goal.
As impressive as the attack was in the championship game the defense was every bit as good, locking down the potent Virginia attack the entire game. The Notre Dame defense pressured the Cavaliers into 25 turnovers, the most in a game this season. The Irish held Virginia to just seven goals in each of the two meetings this season, both the fewest the Cavaliers have scored all season.