With 25 goals in two NCAA tournament games, No. 4 seed Notre Dame seems to have found its shooting prowess.
It’s a timely discovery for the No. 4 seed Fighting Irish (13-2), who will meet No. 1 seed Loyola (16-1) in Saturday’s national semifinal at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Notre Dame had wrapped up the regular season scoring on just 25.3 percent of its shots (108-of-427).
Since then, however, the offense has converted 43.1 percent of its attempts (25-of-58). In Sunday’s 12-10 victory over No. 5 seed Virginia, the Fighting Irish scored on three of its first possessions of the contest and then scored on three consecutive shots in the second quarter.
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Coach Kevin Corrigan said he’s not sure how or why the offense has found its shooting touch in the NCAA tournament, but it’s a positive sign for a team that has been more renowned for its defensive foundation.
“I wish I had an answer for you on that,” he said during a conference call Tuesday. “Our guys have done a great job of shooting in the last two games, but if I had that figured out, I think we would not have struggled with shooting the way we have not just this year, but the last couple years. It’s something we’ve struggled to do consistently well, and I hope we’re coming around on that. We’ll see.”