No. 5 Notre Dame defeated host Ohio State, 8-7, on Wednesday. Senior midfielder Max Pfeifer scored two goals for the Fighting Irish, and goalie John Kemp made 17 saves.
Notre Dame (5-1) never trailed in the contest en route to its fourth straight victory. After the Buckeyes trimmed the Irish lead to 7-6 with 2:22 remaining in regulation, Notre Dame's Liam O'Connor won the faceoff and scored to push the Irish lead back to two.
Ohio State (3-5) made it a one-goal game with 19 seconds remaining on a goal from Reegan Comeault. The Buckeyes then won the faceoff, but Kevin Randall forced a turnover and his teammate Tyler Andersen picked up the ground ball to preserve the Irish victory.
This was Notre Dame's fifth straight one-goal decision. The Irish are 4-1 in those contests. It is the first time in program history that Notre Dame has played five consecutive one-goal games.
"We just kind of scraped this one out today," Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said. "We got two goals from our third midfield, one from our faceoff guy and one from a long-stick. We survived and played a lot of defense. John Kemp was terrific today in goal."
The Irish grabbed their largest lead of the day (7-4) on sophomore Tyler Brenneman's first career goal, which came with 10:42 left in regulation.
No. 7 Syracuse 10, Providence 6: The host Orange (4-2, 2-0 Big East) had nine players score in its win over the Friars (1-4, 0-2). Tommy Palasek was the team's only multi-goal scorer, with two goals in the first quarter. He also had an assist to finish with a team-best three points.
Palasek gave the Orange a 1-0 advantage less than a minute into the game. After Providence tied the score on an extra-man goal by Robert Flemming, Marasco reclaimed the lead for Syracuse, scoring on a running jump shot with 8:39 left in the first period.
Marasco's goal sparked a 5-0 Orange run that resulted in a 6-1 halftime advantage.
No. 13 North Carolina 13, Dartmouth 10: Marcus Holman and Thomas Wood combined for 11 points to lead the Tar Heels (6-3) over the visiting Big Green (2-3).
Holman had a career-high five assists and matched his career high with six points while Wood scored four goals, the most he has scored in a game in almost two years.
North Carolina outshot the Big Green 58-32 overall, including a 22-8 edge in the second quarter when the Tar Heels outscored Dartmouth 8-4.
No. 12 Georgetown 11, No. 9 Penn 9: The host Quakers (4-2) narrowed their deficit to 10-9 with 5:44 to play, but Sophia Thomas' sixth goal of the game with 3:05 to play provided insurance for the Hoyas (4-3).
Meredith Cain had four goals for Penn and Maddie Poplawski added a pair. .
No. 16 Virginia 13, James Madison 9: Josie Owen (Severn) set a career high with six goals and freshman Sloan Warren added five goals to help the host Cavaliers (5-4) beat the Dukes (4-4) for the first time in three games.
Virginia scored the first goal 18 seconds into the game when Owen was fouled heading toward the goal and converted the ensuing free-position attempt at the 29:42 mark. The Dukes scored six first-half goals, but the Cavaliers were able to keep their two-goal cushion and led 8-6 at halftime.
No. 17 Massachusetts 12, No. 13 Albany 11, OT: Nina Sacrona scored the winning goal for the Minutewomen (8-1) in the first overtime against the host Great Danes (6-2).
UMass gained a 3-1 lead at 23:12 with Katie Ferris' second in the game, but Albany answered with five consecutive goals to take a 6-3 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the first period.
The Minutewomen scored two goals in 16 seconds to tie the game at 8 with 23:16 on the clock. The game was tied two more times throughout regulation.
The Minutewomen secured the win with Sacrona's goal with 16 seconds left in the first three-minute overtime period.
No. 20 Boston College 7, Harvard 5: The visiting Eagles (5-4) took an early lead, as Kristin Igoe and Sam Taylor scored back-to-back goals in the first three minutes. The Crimson (2-4) got onto the board with a goal from Danielle Tetreault, but Boston retaliated with three straight goals to make it 5-1 with 15:31 left in the first half.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun