Notre Dame cruises past UMBC, 11-2

Notre Dame's touring lacrosse team came to UMBC yesterday in search of its first win of the season.

The Irish were so impressive in winning, 11-2, that it made one wonder how they had lost to Penn State. And it stopped one from wondering how they were able to give North Carolina an 11-8 battle a week ago.


"We're not a bad team," said Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan, who is in his seventh year. "We were 10-1 and 11-2 the last two years. What we want to do is make people stop thinking of us as just the team from the Midwest. When we come here and beat a good team like this, I think it shows that Notre Dame plays good lacrosse."

The outstanding player for the winners was Randy Colley, a fifth-year senior attackman from Wilton, Conn., who had three goals and two assists. Brian Gilfallon also had three goals for the Irish (1-2). Defensively the Irish were led by 6-2, 200-pound senior Mike Iorio, a two-time All-American defenseman from Chester, N.J.


Notre Dame scored first on a goal by Gilfallon, then ran the score to 8-1 before UMBC got its second goal -- by sophomore Matt Shearer -- two minutes into the fourth period.

The game would have been even more one-sided if it had not been for the sensational play of UMBC goalie Chris Brown, who had 19 saves. Brown, out of St. Mary's High in Annapolis, was an All-American junior-college goalie last year at Anne Arundel Community College.

Although Notre Dame had a big edge in experience -- UMBC (1-3) has only one senior and 17 newcomers on its squad -- Retrievers coach Don Zimmerman refused to use youth as an excuse.

"We lacked heart today," said Zimmerman, who is in his second year at UMBC. "I don't care if you're a freshman or senior, you've got to go hard. Too many of our players didn't go after ground balls. Brian Belford is one exception I'd point to."

Zimmerman didn't want to use experience as an excuse, but Notre Dame's Corrigan said his team was a tough matchup for the Retrievers.

"This group has been together for a while," said Corrigan, who is the son of Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Gene Corrigan. "For the first time in our program's history, our best players are also our most experienced players."

The Irish will get a tougher test Wednesday when they play defending NCAA champion Princeton at Gilman School at 3 p.m.

"We enjoy playing against the best," said Corrigan. "I hope we can give Princeton a good game. It'll be a good experience for us."