Final Stats

BRADENTON, Fla. – Rob Pannell scored all three of his goals during the decisive first half as Team USA defeated Notre Dame, 16-11, in a men’s lacrosse exhibition as part of the Team USA Spring Premiere at IMG Academy Field here Sunday.

Ryan Brown and Matt Danowski also tallied a team-high three goals each in game played by Federational of International Lacrosse rules in front of 1,867 fans.

After Joe Walters and Sergio Perkovic traded goals to start the game, Pannell scored back-to-back unassisted markers to give Team USA a lead it would not relinquish. Notre Dame’s Mikey Wynne scored the first of his team-high three goals with 8:13 remaining in the first quarter on a feed from Robert Walter, but Brown and Kyle Hartzell answered to put the Americans in control after one quarter, 5-2.

Pannell converted a Joe Nardella feed to quickly begin another 5-2 quarter for Team USA. Danowski would score twice in the second as part of a 4-0 run before Notre Dame’s Ryder Garnsey scored just before the half to bring the Fighting Irish within six.

Both teams appeared somewhat rusty, combining for 25 turnovers in the first half, but the Americans would win 17 of 29 faceoffs to control play throughout. Team USA got off 41 shots compared to Notre Dame’s 27.

The Fighting Irish would rally somewhat, getting goals from four players in the third before an extra-man rocket from Perkovic, courtesy of an assist from Thomas McNamara, to start the fourth quarter brought Notre Dame within 13-9. Team USA would not permit much else and restored its six-goal advantage when Ned Crotty fed Mike Chanenchuk at 12:36 and Drew Snider scored unassisted at 7:25.

Garnsey, a sophomore, finished as the high-point man for Notre Dame with two goals and three assists. He joined Perkovic and Drew Schantz as two-goal scorers for the Irish. Owen Malloy got the start in goal and made three saves, while Shane Doss played the second half and stopped seven. John Travisano won five of eight faceoffs, but Americans Brendan Fowler (7 of 10) and Nardella (5 of 8) mostly got the best of their counterparts.

John Galloway, Adam Ghitelman and Jack Kelly played roughly equal minutes in goal for Team USA.