Batting for a spot in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship Game, Notre Dame is trailing 5-3 to Loyola (MD) at halftime on Saturday afternoon. The fourth-seeded Fighting Irish are hoping for an upset of the top-seeded Greyhounds at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Notre Dame has never led in the game after Loyola's Eric Lusby scored the first goal a few minutes into the first period. The Irish matched with a goal later in the period to tie the game up, but the Greyhounds proceeded to respond with three unanswered goals to open up a 4-1 advantage.
Later in the second period, the Irish appeared to be making a run after scoring back-to-back goals, which trimmed Loyola's lead to 4-3. But with just seconds left in the period, Loyola's Josh Hawkins got a major opportunity following a Notre Dame turnover and converted to expand the lead to 5-3 at halftime.