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Irish Insights


Notre Dame earns spot in NCAA lacrosse tournament

The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team drew sixth-seeded Princeton for the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

The Irish (7-6), who are unseeded, will travel to Princeton, N.J., to face the Tigers (11-4) at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The winner of the Notre Dame-Princeton game will take on the winner of the Maryland-Hofstra game in the quarterfinal round May 22 in Princeton, N.J.

Notre Dame is in the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in a row and 15th overall. The Irish are 5-14 in the tournament.

The Irish average 9.5 goals and give up 8.1 goals per game. Junior midfielder Zach Brenneman (leads the Irish in goals with 23, while his 12 assists tie him for the team lead with senior attackman Neal Hicks. Senior goalie Scott Rodgers (6-4) has an 8.29 goals-against average and a .568 save percentage.

Princeton averages 10.2 goals and gives up 8.7 per game. Junior attackman Jack McBride leads the Tigers goals (33) and points (46). Sophomore goalie Tyler Fiorito (11-4) has an 8.62 goals-against average with a .568 save percentage.

The 16-team NCAA championship field is comprised of six automatic-qualifying teams and 10 at-large teams. Only the top eight squads in the field are seeded.