No. 7 Notre Dame made its argument Tuesday for why it still belongs in discussions about the best men's lacrosse team in NCAA Division I.
One day removed from falling out of the top spot in The Baltimore Sun's rankings, the Fighting Irish (7-2) rolled to a 17-5 neutral-site victory over a less-experienced Golden Eagles (2-5) squad at Loyola Academy's Hoerster Field in Wilmette, Ill.
The Golden Eagles, who started seven underclassmen — including a half-dozen freshmen — kept things close early after a fairly pedestrian first quarter in which both sides tried to control the tempo by being selective on the attacking end.
Co-captain Ben Dvorak got Marquette on the scoreboard with 40 seconds left in the opening quarter to tie the score at 1. It didn't stay even for long, however, as Notre Dame's John Scioscia ended the first quarter with the first of his six goals on the day.
The score remained that way until near the midway point of the second quarter. Notre Dame then got on a roll, adding its third goal at the 8:22 mark. The Irish never looked back from there, outscoring Marquette 6-0 in the quarter to grab an 8-1 halftime lead.
Notre Dame scored nine unanswered goals while holding the Golden Eagles scoreless for nearly 22 minutes that stretched from near the end of the first quarter until the 8:55 mark of the third.
No. 17 Yale 13, Providence 6: The Bulldogs (5-3) took care of business at home, edging the Friars (7-4) in a nonconference matchup.
Providence opened the game with a goal from freshman midfielder Brendon McGuire, who buried a feed from senior JTWeber at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter. In a back-and-forth quarter, goals by sophomore Greg FitzMaurice and Blair gave the Friars a 3-2 edge over Yale headed into the second quarter.
Yale went on a 5-0 run to start the second quarter to jump to a 7-3 lead with 7:18 remaining to play. Junior midfielder Andrew Barton (St. Paul's) ended the Bulldogs' run when he notched his 21st goal of the season at the 5:44 mark.
Yale added a goal from Kirby Zdrill with 2:10 left in the half to give the Bulldogs the 8-4 advantage. Blair scored his second goal of the game with two seconds remaining in the half on a feed from Weber. Yale carried an 8-5 lead at the midway mark.
No. 12 Navy 19, Longwood 9: Senior Jasmine DePompeo and sophomore Loren Generi had standout performances for the second straight game as the Midshipmen (12-1) earned a road win against the Lancers (7-5).
Navy broke open a 3-3 tie with a 7-0 run in a five-minute span and held a large advantage in possession by tying an NCAA single-game record with 25 draw controls to Longwood's five.
DePompeo equaled a Navy school record with 13 points on three goals and a school-record 10 assists while becoming Navy's career scoring leader with 300 points. DePompeo's 10 assists are tied for the second-best single-game performance in NCAA history and the 13 points rank 10th.
Generi, for the second straight game, tied the Navy single-game record of eight goals and also had 10 draw controls. Generi took a career-high 15 shots and 14 were on goal.
Generi had eight goals and a school-record-tying 11 draw controls against UC Davis in Navy's previous game, and DePompeo, the nation's leading scorer, had a then-career high 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the 19-11 victory.
Longwood opened the game's scoring Tuesday just 38 seconds in on a goal by Sarah Butler before Navy responded with a free-position goal by Generi. Navy then got a second goal from junior attacker Aimee Gennaro, which was assisted by DePompeo.
The Lancers tied the game at 2 on Jamie Brentlinger's goal at 26:56 before DePompeo scored at 25:04. Longwood tied the game at 3 at 22:35 when Mary Barondess scored on a free-position shot.
The Mids then went on a 7-0 run in a five-minute span, which included a stretch of three goals in 53 seconds. Navy also controlled eight straight draws during the stretch to maintain possession.
The run began with a goal by senior Kathy Young at 21:54, and DePompeo scored just 29 seconds later. Gennaro converted a feed from DePompeo 24 seconds after that. DePompeo then assisted on a goal by Generi. Generi scored to cap the run, once again off a feed from DePompeo.
Catholic 16, St. Mary's 10: Caroline DiBartolomeo scored six goals and Madeline Nowakowski totaled seven points (three goals, four assists) to help lead the Cardinals (5-5) to a home win over the Seahawks (5-7).
With the teams tied at two early in the first half, Catholic scored three straight goals and led the rest of the way en route to its second straight win.
No. 13 Virginia 16, American 4: The No. 13 Cavaliers (7-6) ended the host Eagles' five-game winning streak.
Virginia dominated the first half, taking a 9-0 halftime lead. In the first 15 minutes of the game, Virginia outshot the Eagles (5-7) 11-1. The Cavaliers also won the first nine draw controls.