CHESTER, Pa. -- Andrew O'Malley capped the end of his soccer career with a homecoming for a lifetime.
O'Malley's header off a Harrison Ship free kick in the 60th minute provided the difference in Notre Dame's 2-1 win over Maryland in the NCAA College Cup championship Sunday at PPL Park.
It was the first NCAA men's soccer title for third-seeded Notre Dame, which finished 17-1-6. Fifth-seeded Maryland, which has won three NCAA crowns, ended the year 17-4-5.
The two Atlantic Coast Conference teams played to a 1-1 draw during the regular season.
A defender who started all 24 games for Notre Dame, O'Malley is from West Chester, Pa. It was his third goal of the season.
As for Shipp, the all-American, it continued his dominance in this tournament and throughout his career. In Friday's 2-0 win over New Mexico, he had assists on both goals.
After O'Malley's goal, Maryland continued to apply the pressure, but the Fighting Irish survived.
Notre Dame had a chance to put the game away in the 81st minute, but Leon Brown, who scored his team's first goal, kicked a shot wide from in front of the net.
Notre Dame had the first major scoring chance in the first half when Ship's turnaround shot from 22 yards out was stopped on a diving save by Zack Steffen in the 11th minute.
Maryland's Patrick Mullins, the NCAA's leading scorer, got the Terps on the board with a goal in the 35th minute.
The play started on a corner kick by Tsubasa Endoh. With a scramble in the box, Maryland's Alex Shinsky sent a shot on goal that was blocked by Notre Dame midfielder Patrick Hodan. (No hand ball was called.) Notre Dame couldn't clear the ball and Mullins got possession and shot from 12 yards out for his 19th goal of the season and 47th in his career.
The Fighting Irish tied it up on a goal by Brown in the 40th minute. Teammate Luke Mishu started the play with a throw-in to Nick Besler, who headed it to Brown. Stationed in front of the goal at an angle, Brown one-timed it in for his fifth of the season.
In the 41st minute, Notre Dame keeper Patrick Wall was forced to make a diving save on a header by Shinsky.
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