The Thrill Fest That Was the NCAA Division 1 Quarterfinals

The thrill fest that was the NCAA Division 1 Quartetfinals continued with a third straight overtime game, 14-13. The #6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4) looked to end the undefeated season of the #3 Maryland Terrapins. (14-0). Yet another classic unfolded at Arlotta Field on the Campus of Notre Dame. It saw the Irish take Maryland to extra time before falling on an Anthony DeMaio game clincher.

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To the Action

Wheaton Jackoboice (4g) notched the only Notre Dame marker in the first quarter. The Terps respond when Griffin Brown (2g,1) picked up his 12th. He was complimented by Teewaaraton Candidate, Jared Bernhardt picking up his first of the five he would net. Anthony DeMaio (1g,3a) got the helper on a man-up tally from Brown who netted number 13 for the season.

The Terps added a second Bernhardt goal with 1:32 taming to close the first stanza with a 5-1 lead. Will Yorke (2g), Jackoboice, a pair from Sean Leahey (2g), followed by Griff Westlin (1g,3 helpers) countered Maryland run before Bernhardt nailed his 62nd and 63rd only to be answered by Jackoboice to close the run filled half at 7-7. Bernhardt converted a Brown feed. Notre Dame went back on the offensive when Eric Dobson (2g,1a) scored less than a minute apart with David Lipka (1g) adding a solo to put it to a 10-8 Irish lead.

Logan Wisnauskas (3g,1a) put an end to the ensurgance with Pat Kavanagh (1g,2a) ending the third with Maryland down by a pair, 11-9. Yorke made it a three-goal game with his 29th and the Irish gaining confidence. That euphoria would be short-lived. Wisnauskas, Kyle Long (1g) with Daniel Maltz (1g,1a) chipping in before Wisnauskas added his 34th, and with 6:52 remaining,

The Finale

Maryland showed why they have not lost a game and took a 13-12 lead. Notre Dame is not known as the Fighting Irish for no reason. Jackoboice, said simply, “hold my beer” and notched the game-tying goal to force overtime. It would take :39 seconds for DeMaio to score the biggest goal of his career with a conversion of a Wasnauskas set up to set up Maryland for a date with Duke in the 27th Semi-Final Maryland appearance. Let’s hope for some more thrill fest style games.

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