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A shut-down performance

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Odd things happen in the NCAA lacrosse tournament.

But it isn’t often a higher seeded team’s offense gets snuffed out at home.

That’s what happened yesterday at Notre Dame, where the seventh-seeded Fighting Irish were silenced against Maryland.

It marked only the third time in tournament history that a higher seeded team scored three goals or less at home; the others were 1984 Virginia (a fourth seed that lost 11-2 to fifth-seeded North Carolina) and 1992 Navy (an eighth seed that fell 9-3 to unseeded Yale).

There is another instance of a home team getting almost entirely shut down. Seventh-seeded Duke was forced to play at unseeded Hobart in 2000, then promptly eviscerated the Statesmen 13-1.

One more interesting note: All three of those teams with impressive defensive stands lost in the next round.

Patrick Stevens

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