The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team will play Loyola at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., in the national semifinals of the NCAA Lacrosse Championship. The Irish (13-2) are seeded fourth, while Loyola (16-1) is the top seed in the tournament. Notre Dame is appearing in the championship weekend for the third time, and second time in the last three seasons.
The second semifinal will be played at 5 p.m., pitting No. 3 seed Duke against Maryland. The winners will play for the national title on Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m.
The Fighting Irish were given a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament and defeated Yale 13-7 in the first round. They defeated No. 5 seed Virginia 12-10 to advance to the semifinals.
Loyola defeated Canisius 17-5 in the first round and Denver 10-9 in the quarterfinals.
Notre Dame earned the BIG EAST outright regular-season title after posting a perfect 6-0 record in league play. The Irish fell to No. 4 seed St. John’s in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals.
The Greyhounds hold a 13-6 edge in the all-time series against Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish have won the last four meetings. The two teams have a pair of meetings in the NCAA Championships, with split results.
Sophomore midfielder Jim Marlatt leads the Irish with 30 points on 18 goals and 12 assists, while senior attackman Sean Rogers has a team-high 21 goals and is second on the team with 29 points. Notre Dame’s offense is balanced, with six players recording 20 points or more during the season.
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year John Kemp has logged over 900 minutes in the cage for the Irish, posting a 6.22 goals against average and .636 save percentage. Notre Dame is first in the country in man-down defense (.879) and scoring defense (6.00).
The semifinal games will be televised on ESPN2/ESPN3, with Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra calling the action.