South Bend, Ind. - Michigan State's impressive second-half run came to its conclusion on Sunday afternoon, as the Spartans fell at No. 1 Notre Dame, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. MSU concludes its season with a 12-10-1 record.
The Irish got on the board in the 33rd minute. Dillon Powers sent a through ball for Harrison Shipp at the top of the box, and Shipp shrugged off the MSU defender and launched a shot that beat Bennett low to his right. With 1:39 remaining in the half, the Irish doubled their lead, as Ryan Finley finished off a corner play from the right side. Powers had the assist, as the Irish used a short corner and got the ball into the box for Finley, who headed it past Bennett for the 2-0 lead at intermission.
The Irish continued to dominate in the second half, but the Spartan back line stood strong and Zach Bennett was a big factor for the Spartans as well. Things got increasingly physical, culminating in red cards for MSU's Nick Wilson and ND's Luke Mishu with just over 17 minutes to play, putting just 10 men on the field for both teams. Fatai Alashe picked up his second yellow card of the game in the 78th minute, sending him to the bench and further shortening MSU's personnel down to nine players.
In the 80th minute, Max Lachowecki added a third marker for the Irish to cement the victory.
On the afternoon, Notre Dame outshot MSU 17-8, which included a 6-2 margin in shots on goal. The Irish also had a considerable lead in corner kicks (7-3). Bennett finished his afternoon with three saves, while senior keeper Will Walsh made two for Notre Dame.
The game concludes the careers of three Spartan seniors - fifth-year Domenic Barone (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Nick Wilson (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) and Luke Norman (Rochester, Mich.),