Kavanagh potted five goals and five assists from 10 points. He also surpassed his brother Matt as Notre Dame’s all-time single-season assists leader with 34. Matt had 33 helpers in 2014.
Kavanagh was a force to be reckoned with this season. He’s also had nine-point games against Robert Morris and Syracuse earlier in the year.
In a game featuring the number 4 ranked Notre Dame against the number 9 ranked Syracuse, one would think this would a close match, and it was for about 15 minutes of play.
Syracuse kept the game close through the first quarter as the game was tied 3-3 after the first frame. But it would only go downhill from there.
Peter Dearth would give Syracuse a 4-3, but the Fighting Irish would go on a four-goal run with markers from Charles Leonard, Reilly Gray, Thomas McNamara and Eric Dobson.
Jamie Trimboli temporarily stopped the bleeding for the Orange, yet a six-goal run by Notre Dame would give the Irish a 13-5 advantage. Dearth would add one more with three seconds left in the half to make the score 13-6.
Syracuse was left off the scoresheet in the third, with two goals from Wheaton Jackoboice, two from Quinn McCahon and singles from Kavanagh and David Lipka as Notre Dame pulled away 19-6.
The onslaught would continue right into the fourth quarter as the Irish outscored the Orange 3-2 to make the final 22-8.
The Fighting Irish will now wait to find out who they will be in the playoffs, while Syracuse will host Robert Morris on Friday, May 7.
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.