The Syracuse and Notre Dame men's lacrosse teams lost in the 2011 Men's Lacrosse NCAA Quarterfinals on May 22. Syracuse lost to Maryland 6-5 in overtime at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. before Notre Dame dropped a 7-5 decision to Duke.
Maryland's Grant Catalino scored the game-winner with 32 seconds remaining in the extra session to give the Terps the win over top-seeded Syracuse.
The Orange closed the season with a 15-2 record, and the senior class concluded its tenure with a 60-8 record, the most wins for any four-year group in school history. The loss breaks Syracuse's streak of 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament quarterfinal victories.
Seniors Jovan Miller and Jeremy Thompson led the SU offense with two goals each, including Miller's game-tying tally with 1:05 left to play. Senior goalie John Galloway spearheaded a tremendous defensive effort with 11 saves. Galloway finished his career as the NCAA all-time leader in minutes played (3,776) and his 601 saves rank seventh on SU's all-time saves list.
The game was a defensive battle the entire way and the 11 combined goals were the fewest ever in an NCAA Tournament game featuring Syracuse.
In a rematch of last year's NCAA title game, Notre Dame faced Duke in the quarterfinals and the tilt lived up to the talk surrounding it, heading into the fourth quarter knotted at 4-4. But Duke, which fell to the Fighting Irish earlier this season, was able to out-score Notre Dame 3-1 in the final period to capture the win and head to the semifinals in Baltimore, Md. next weekend.
Notre Dame was led by freshman Westy Hopkins, who had three goals, while junior Max Pfeifer added a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalkeeper John Kemp made eight saves in the loss.
The Fighting Irish finish the 2011 season 11-3.