HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh scored with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left in overtime to lift sixth-seeded Notre Dame to a 14-13 win over Albany in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University on Saturday.
Kavanagh’s third goal of the game completed a run in which Notre Dame rallied from a 12-7 deficit to tie the score at 13-13 at the end of regulation. The Fighting Irish won the opening faceoff of overtime and Kavanagh and freshman midfielder Sergio Perkovic played a two-man game with two defenders falling just slightly toward Perkovic along the right wing. That brief opening was all Kavanagh needed to fire from the high slot a left-handed sidearm shot that sneaked past Great Danes sophomore goalkeeper Blaze Riorden and into the right side of the net.
“I guess my defender hedged toward Sergio and drew a switch onto a short stick,” Kavanagh said. “They kind of doubled it for a little bit, and I popped out a little bit, and they kind of fell off. So I just re-attacked and went right up the middle.”
The win prevented Albany and its masterful attack of brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson and their cousin Ty Thompson from reaching the program’s first Final Four.
Lyle Thompson, a junior, led all scorers with three goals and three assists. Already the NCAA’s single-season leader in points with 128, Thompson tied the record for most assists in a year of 77 set by former UMBC attackman Steve Marohl in 1992.
Miles Thompson, a senior, added three goals and one assist. Second in points only to his younger brother Lyle with 119, Miles Thompson tied the NCAA single-season mark for goals of 82 established by former Yale midfielder Jon Reese in 1990.
“I just think you could take this loss in two ways.” Lyle Thompson said. “You can hang your head or look back and think positive. I know I gave it my all, I played my best, and we all did. Playing with Miles and Ty, in the end, I just hate to see our team hang our head. We went out there and we did our best, and just like Coach said, we’ve got to accept the outcome.”