Stateside Scots | Clarks Exit NCAA Tournament as Scottish Challenge Ends

Written by Ian Thomson

Scottish involvement in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I tournaments concluded this weekend as father-and-son duo Bobby and Jamie Clark saw their respective teams eliminated in the Round of 16.

No. 4 seed Louisville beat Bobby’s Notre Dame by 3-1 on Sunday night after Jamie’s University of Washington lost 2-1 at No. 6 seed Denver on Saturday.

Notre Dame was ranked No. 2 in the country in mid-October after clocking up 10 wins, one loss and one tie (10-1-1) through its opening 12 games. A run of four straight defeats saw the Fighting Irish’s ranking slide into the mid-teens before entering the tournament as the No. 13 seed. Clark’s men end the year with a 12-7-2 record.

Former England schoolboys forward Jon Gallagher pulled Notre Dame level at Louisville early in the second half. The hosts regained the lead on 71 minutes before wrapping up a 3-1 win with a counter attack goal in the closing seconds.

Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Clark reaches the end of his current 5-year contract at the end of December having completed his 30th season at the collegiate level. Notre Dame has offered the 71-year-old Glaswegian an extension to keep him in South Bend, Indiana.

Clark led the school to its sole national title in 2013.

Washington’s exit ended their season with a 14-7-0 record. The result also brought the curtain down on Mason Robertson’s college career. Robertson, the son of former Aberdeen and Rangers fullback David, found the net 18 times for the Huskies during his four years at the Seattle-based school.