Notre Dame Makes Statement

Kevin M. Neibauer

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

When you think of siblings in lacrosse, the names Gait, Thompson, Powell and Merrill come to mind.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish boast the Kavanagh’s, Pat and Chris.

The two youngest of four brothers, the most renowned being Matt who plays in the PLL.with the Redwoods.

Matt was MVP of the 2012 games in Turku, Finland.

So, pedigree is abundant.

Chris and Pat combined for seven points to lead the #9 Irish (6-4, 3-1 ACC) to a commanding victory over #15 University of North Carolina (8-5, 1-4 ACC), 12-5.

To the Contest

A very even opening quarter went back and forth with Pat Kavanagh (1g,3a) opening the scoring with his 20th.

Nicky Solomon (1g) answered a minute later.

Chris Kavanagh set up Jake Taylor (3g) for his first of the day and 18th of the campaign.

The Tarheels ended the first off a Lance Tillman (2g, 1a) tally fueled by Chris Gray.

The Gray helper pushed his scoring streak to 53 games.

Domination Begins

Chris Gray (1g,2a) put UNC in front, 3-2 on a man advantage tally at 10:59….

Jake Taylor notched his 19th off a Pat Kavanagh set up with Chris Kavanagh (2g,1a) hitting an unassisted goal to close the half with the Irish in front, 4-3.

Notre Dame Takes Over

Whether it was ‘Luck of the Irish” or pure offense…probably a bit of both, Notre Dame stretched the lead to 9-3 at the half.

Eric Dobson (4g) at 14:11 and again at 13:31 on the advantage set up by Pat Kavanagh.

Chris Kavanagh must have felt upstaged and buried his 19tn.

Dobson, getting a hat trick in just five minutes followed by Taylor unassisted at 6:04 provided more damage.

It Continued

Fifty three seconds in, Dobson struck again.

Nick Harris recorded his first at 11:39 and, finally after 36:00 Cooper Frankenheiner broke the onslaught with his first career NCAA goal.

Will Andrick (1g) and Tillman with :57 showing, ended the 12-5 blitz.


• Statistically, the game was close. Shots were 46-45 the Irish way with on goal leaning the Notre Dame way, 28-19.

• Turnovers had UNC with 11 and Notre Dame 10.

• Ground Balls went 34-26 for the Irish and Face-offs also went the Irish way, 13-7. Will Lunch went 11 of 17 for Notre Dame

Extra Man Ops had both squads hitting on 2 of 3.

The Tarheels got 11 saves from. Collin Krieg with Liam Entenmann making 14 for the victors.

Notre Dame Makes a Statement.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.