The top-ranked Irish battled No. 4 Denver in a top 5 matchup on Sunday, March 12 at Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Notre Dame fell in an 11-10 heartbreaker, as the Pioneers scored in the game's final second to grab the win. Sophomore Ryder Garnsey led the team with six points off two goals and a career-high four assists.
For the second straight week the Irish were in a dogfight, as Notre Dame and Virginia battled to a score of 10-10 through 60 minutes of play to force overtime. Ryder Garnsey played the role of the hero, as senior defenseman Garrett Epple raced up field and found Garnsey with a pass. Garnsey then unleashed a shot while falling to the ground that beat the Cavalier goalie to deliver the Irish the 11-10 victory.