Notre Dame men upend Maryland to win first national championship

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Notre Dame completed a brilliant season with a 2-1 win over Maryland in the 2014 College Cup on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The match had its fair share of controversy, as a clear but uncalled handball against the Irish could’ve had them playing with 10 men for the majority of the match. Maryland star and potential No. 1 MLS Superdraft pick Patrick Mullins scored on the handball’s rebound for the Terrapins only goal.

Leon Brown scored in the 40th minute and Andrew O’Malley finished the comeback in the 60th minute to give Notre Dame the lead they’d protect for the final half-hour.

Brown’s goal came off a headed pass from Nick Besler, who joins his brother, Sporting KC defender and fellow ND alum Matt Besler, in lifting top team honors in 2013.

Notre Dame’s only hiccup in a 10-game run to end the season was a PK loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament, as they beat Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Michigan State and New Mexico in the lead-up to the final.

Maryland keeper Zack Steffen, a Philadelphia Union homegrown player, was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player of College Cup, while Chicago Fire homegrown product Harrison Shipp of Notre Dame was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player.