SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Two of the nation’s preeminent defenses were on display Saturday as #4 Notre Dame outlasted #1 Maryland, 5-4, in South Bend, Ind.
Junior goalkeeper Dan Morris was excellent in net for the Terps (4-1), making a career-high 13 saves. Ten of Morris’ saves came in the first half.
Connor Kelly scored his second goal of the game with 18 seconds remaining to draw Maryland within one, 5-4, but the comeback effort fell just short.
After a scoreless first quarter, it was the Terps who broke through first when deadlock when Colin Heacock fed Dylan Maltz on the doorstep for an easy finish just under 20 minutes into the game.
Maryland’s defense held the Irish scoreless for the first 24:01 of the game, before Notre Dame finally scored at the 5:59 mark of the second quarter to tie the game, 1-1. The Irish added another goal just a minute later to take a 2-1 halftime lead.
The Terrapins came out of the halftime break and took advantage of a key 6-on-4 opportunity. Maryland stayed patient throughout the EMO, before Matt Rambo fed Heacock to tie the game, 2-2. Notre Dame answered less than a minute later, however.
After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless action in the third, Maryland knotted the game at three on an unassisted goal by Connor Kelly. The Irish quickly answered again though, taking the 4-3 lead just 22 seconds later.
Notre Dame then opened the first two-goal lead of the game with 12:33 to play.
Sophomore defender Curtis Corley finished the game with three caused turnovers, while senior Isaiah Davis-Allen had three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Rambo extended his point streak to 44 consecutive games and took over sole possession of seventh place on Maryland’s career points list with 193. Heacock extended his point streak to 22 games.
The Terrapins return to action next Saturday when they travel north to take on Albany.