**Notre Dame’s Championship Win: A Tribute to the Real Heroes**
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame secured a thrilling victory in the 2023 NCAA men’s lacrosse championship. Pat Kavanagh, the injured player, shared the inspiring story of a former Navy SEAL hero that motivated him throughout the game, ultimately highlighting the true champions of our nation – the American armed forces.
The Notre Dame lacrosse team won thanks to a courageous rally, defeating Duke Blue Devils with a 13-9 victory. Brothers Chris and Pat Kavanagh paid their respect to the armed forces during an ESPN interview. Pat Kavanagh, suffering from a hamstring injury, spoke of the inspiration he drew from the story of Douglas “Mike” Day, a former Navy SEAL with a Silver Star, who miraculously overcame severe injuries on the battlefield.
Day courageously fought on despite receiving 27 gunshots, 11 of which struck his body armor, and shrapnel from a grenade explosion during a perilous mission in Fallujah in 2007. Displaying exceptional gallantry, Day killed three enemy personnel, saving many lives without causing harm to nearby women and children. For his heroism, Day received numerous awards, including a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart.
In his interview, Kavanagh expressed his pride and gratitude towards the troops, emphasizing the significance of Memorial Day. Although he made errors recounting Day’s story, his moving tribute demonstrated that the true heroes of our nation are the men and women of the armed forces.
**A Breathtaking Victory and a Fitting Tribute, Notre Dame Champions Salute the Armed Forces**