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Denver lacrosse struggles with possession disparity to Notre Dame in NCAA semifinals

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PHILADELPHIA — The Denver men’s lacrosse program restored itself as a national title contender this season.

The Pioneers’ second NCAA tournament championship, however, will have to wait for another year.

The fifth-seeded Pioneers struggled to generate possessions as top-seeded Notre Dame pulled away in the second half for a 13-6 victory in the NCAA semifinals before 32,269 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Richie Connell and Michael Lampert each scored twice, and Malcolm Kleban made nine of his 10 saves in the first half for the Pioneers (13-4), who were denied their second national championship game appearance and first since winning the title in 2015.

“I thought we probably needed to have a perfect game today, and that we did not,” first-year coach Matt Brown said. “But over the…

Patrick Stevens

2024-05-25 14:48:52

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