The No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated No.8 Denver 10-7 in the sixth annual Pacific Coast Shootout. Denver wasted no time in scoring, putting the first point on the board just 40 seconds after the opening faceoff. However, the Irish scored the next four goals and never relinquished the lead.
Local favorites Hugh Crance (Corona del Mar ’15; picture above) and Ellis Geis (Foothill ’18) both made important contributions to the game. Crance started at defense and led the Irish with five groundballs. Geis started at attack and kept up his three-points per game average with one goal and two assists. Crance’s former CdM teammate Brett Greenlee saw time for the Pios as did Morrison Mirer (Cathedral ’17).
The Irish controlled the game after Denver’s first score, finishing the first half up 8-3. Denver came out strong in the second half with three unanswered goals to close the gap to 8-6, but they would never get any closer.
Bryan Costabile (3g, 1a) finished off his hat trick to give the Irish a three-goal cushion at 9-6 before Austin French (Danville, CA) recorded Denver’s final point of the game with 9 minutes left to play. Connor Morin later added an Irish insurance goal and closed the books on the scoring.