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2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament, Virginia Vs. Notre Dame Recap: Fighting Irish Eliminate Defending Champions

Using a strong fourth quarter in which they outscored their opponent 6-4, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish eliminated the defending champion Virginia Cavaliers with a - win in the National Quarterfinals in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The score was close for much of the game, with Notre Dame pulling out to a 6-4 lead at the half. The Cavaliers would tie the game at 6-6 heading into the fourth quarter, thanks to a stellar defensive effort in the third quarter in which they shut out the Irish. Notre Dame would respond with a 6-2 scoring run in the fourth to pull ahead. Virginia would not go quietly, scoring two goals to bring the score to 12-10 late, but it would not be enough.

Max Pfeifer was the star of the day for the Fighting Irish, scoring his first-hat trick of the season and adding one assist to pace the offense. Steele Stanwick, Rob Emery, Colin Briggs and Chris Bocklet each recorded two goals for the Cavs, but it was not enough.

Notre Dame will play Loyola (Md.) in the National Semifinals on May 26 in Foxboro, Mass.

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