DENVER - 11 NOTRE DAME - 10
Both teams returns to Championship Weekend for the second straight season.
Irish lacrosse headed back to Championship Weekend for the second straight year.
Notre Dame, making a 10th straight NCAA appearance, faces the Tigers at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.
Irish junior attackman one of five finalists for the award.
USATSI photos Notre Dame vs. Denver Men's Lacrosse on Saturday, May 23, 2015
Photos - action and postgame celebration - from Notre Dame 14-11 NCAA Quarterfinal vs. Albany (May 16, 2015; Denver, CO).
NCAA Lacrosse Championship
Notre Dame vs. Maryland (USATSI)
Notre Dame beat Villanova 13 goals to 9 on Saturday, April 20th in Arlotta Stadium.
AS A JUNIOR (2015): With the compliation of his junior campaign, Kavanagh ranks fifth on Notre Dame's list of all-time point earners (175) ... a Tewaaraton Award finalist ... First Team USILA All-American ... All-ACC Team ... became one of six players in Notre Dame history to score 100-plus points ... Kavanagh topped the team in scoring for the second consecutive season with 27 goals and a team-leading 25 assists for 52 points ... registered five hat tricks ... secured a season-high four goals against Denver, North Carolina and Army ... recorded three or more points in 10 of 15 games ... picked up 39 ground balls ... posted a season-high seven points (two goals; five assists) in a 20-5 win over Dartmouth (February 28) ... surpassed the five-point mark on the road vs. Michigan, earning six points on three goals and three assists (February 21) ... dropped four goals with a pair of assists against Denver (March 7) ... again contributed four goals, this time in a thrilling 15-14 victory over North Carolina in the regular season finale (April 18) ... totaled two points in Notre Dame's three-game run in to the NCAA semifinal (one goal; one assist) ... earned his third monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): Compiled one of the top seasons in program history ... USILA All-America Second Team ... a Tewaaraton Award nominee ... selected to the All-ACC Team ... tallied 42 goals and 33 assists ... established Notre Dame single-season records for points (75) and assists (33) ... became the first Notre Dame player to notch 30 goals and 30 assists in a season ... finished the 2014 campaign ranked 10th nationally in points per game (4.17) ... scored three or more goals in eight games ... his seven goals in the 13-7 win at Ohio State (March 25) tied the program's single-game record ... three man-up goals ... picked up 41 ground balls ... registered three goals and four assists in the 19-7 season-opening victory at Jacksonville ... the four assists were a career high ... compiled three goals and two assists in the 8-7 setback to Penn State ... also had three goals and two assists in the 11-10 come-from-behind victory at North Carolina in the ACC opener ... went for four goals and two assists in the 18-9 besting of Virginia ... two assists in the 11-10 setback at Syracuse ... assisted on three goals in the 12-7 win at Marquette ... registered one goal and three assists in the 15-5 victory over Robert Morris ... posted two goals and matched a career-high total of four assists in the regular-season clash with Maryland ... scored the game-winning goal with just seven seconds remaining in the 6-5 triumph over Maryland in the semifinals of the ACC Championship ... tallied four goals and two assists in the 15-14 victory over Syracuse in the title game of the ACC Championship ... was named the MVP of the ACC Championship ... had two goals and two assists in the 18-17 victory over Army ... deposited two goals and assisted on three others in the 13-5 victory over Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Championship ... registered a hat trick, which included the overtime game-winner, in the 14-13 come-from-behind triumph of Albany in the NCAA quarterfinals ... also matched a season-high total of four ground balls against the Great Danes ... tallied five goals and two assists in the 11-6 victory over Maryland in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship ... compiled two goals and one assist in the 11-9 setback to Duke in the NCAA title game ... selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team ... earned his second monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Produced a stellar rookie campaign as he led the Irish in goals (32) and assists (16) ... the 32 goals were the most ever for a Notre Dame freshman ... started all 16 games ... earned honorable mention All-America honors from the USILA ... first team all-BIG EAST ... appeared on the Tewaaraton Award watch list ... 11 multiple-goal games, including three four-goal efforts ... 25 ground balls ... had quite the debut as he tallied four goals and one assist in the 13-5 season-opening win at Duke ... was named the Cascade National Rookie of the Week for his performance versus the Blue Devils ... scored the overtime game winner in the 10-9 triumph at Penn State ... in the next contest against North Carolina, he scored with 11 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and then netted the game winner in the third overtime period in the 10-9 Irish victory ... finished with four goals and two assists against the Tar Heels en route to being selected as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week ... started a season-best nine-game goal streak with a goal in the 13-12 overtime win at Denver ... assisted on the goal that forced overtime against the Pioneers ... two goals and two assists in the 9-4 victory over Ohio State ... found the back of the net twice in a 7-6 win at Rutgers ... compiled two-goals and two assists in back-to-back games against St. John's and Marquette ... one goal in the 13-8 victory at Providence ... registered two goals and an assist in a 10-8 besting of Georgetown ... scored two goals and assisted on two others in a 13-9 win over Villanova ... two goals in a 10-4 setback to Syracuse at the Big City Classic ... all four of his goals in the 9-7 win over Detroit in the first round of the NCAA Championship occurred in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter ... six points on three goals and a season-high three assists in the 12-11 setback to Duke in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship ... picked up a season-high four ground balls against both Detroit and Duke ... earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Ranked as the top post-graduate recruit for the class of 2012 by Inside Lacrosse ... won gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championships in Turku, Finland during the summer of 2012 ... was named tournament MVP and most outstanding attackman at the U-19 world championships in addition to being on the all-tournament team ... lead Team USA with 20 goals, in addition to 11 assists, at the U-19 tournament ... Under Armour Underclassman All-American ... spent a post-graduate year at Hotchkiss ... team MVP at Chaminade during his senior campaign ... led Chaminade in scoring during his junior and senior seasons ... attackman of the year in New England West 1 ... Newsday First Team All-Long Island ... MSG Varsity First Team All-Tri State ... Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Attackman of the Year as a senior in addition to earning CHSAA all-league honors as a junior and senior ... played Junior A hockey for NY Applecore in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) ... son of Kevin and Mary Kavanagh ... has four brothers (Kevin, Brendan, Patrick and Christopher) and one sister (Colleen) ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a film, television and theatre major.