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Daily Dish - 9.21.11

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4721381.jpeg - The women's golf team battled gusty winds and a tough course on Tuesday afternoon on the way to a 23-over par mark of 311 during the second round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge ... Notre Dame will enter Wednesday morning's final 18 holes, trailing first-place Oregon by 12 strokes as the Ducks moved into first place with the low round of the day, a 16-over mark of 34 ... Ashley Armstrong is Notre Dame's top golfer after 36 holes after rounds of 73-77 for a six-over 150 ... that puts her in a tie for 14th place, seven strokes behind the leaders.

- Former football standouts Dave Casper and Rocky Bleier will be among the honorees tonight at the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at Hawthorne Race Course ... a delegation of Notre Dame athletic administrators will be in attendance.

- The men's lacrosse team will take part in a "barnstorming" trip to central Indiana this Saturday ... the Fighting Irish will hold a practice/intrasquad scrimmage at Carmel High School in Carmel, Ind., to help energize the growth of lacrosse in the Indianapolis area.

- Much has been made of the 13 turnovers by the Notre Dame football team through its first three games combined ... interestingly enough, the 1977 Irish team had 14 turnovers through three games - and went on to win the national championship ... the 1966 and 1973 Notre Dame teams, both national title winners, both had 10 turnovers through three games.

- The football team ranks 10th nationally in third-down defense - permitting only 10 conversions on 40 third-down attempts ... over the last seven games combined Notre Dame's defense has give up an average of only 90.9 rushing yards per contest ... Tommy Rees is the first Irish quarterback to lead his teams to wins over USC and Michigan State and win a bowl game (Miami in Sun Bowl) since Kevin McDougal did that in 1993.

Keeping the 'Student' In 'Student-Athlete'

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Daily Dish - 9.19.11

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Weekly Sports Schedule - 9.19-9.25

- Melissa Henderson posted her second hat trick of the season and fifth of her stellar career, leading No. 12/14 Notre Dame to a clinical 4-1 BIG EAST Conference women's soccer win at Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 1,400 fans at Gettler Stadium ... Henderson netted two goals less than nine minutes apart midway through the first half after the Fighting Irish spotted the Bearcats an early lead ... she then completed her three-goal day with a key insurance score in the 65th minute ... Lauren Bohaboy opened her goal-scoring account with a tally in the final three minutes, while Elizabeth Tucker dished out two assists.

- A goal from Harrison Shipp in the 54th minute was all the 16th-ranked men's soccer team needed to defeat Michigan State, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium ... Notre Dame now has a four-game unbeaten streak, which includes three straight victories ... Shipp had a game-high three shots on goal ... Will Walsh made five saves for Notre Dame to earn his second shutout of the season ... Walsh has all seven decisions this season for the Irish.

- Notre Dame stayed focused in front of a raucous crowd of 3,410 at the Wisconsin Field House to sweep the host Badgers, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-23), in volleyball action Saturday night ... the win was the first ever for the Irish volleyball program on Wisconsin's home floor and snapped the Badgers' six-game winning streak heading into the contest ... Notre Dame was led by InnTowner Invitational MVP Kristen Dealy, who connected for eight kills and a pair of solo blocks with nine digs in the finale ... Hilary Eppink (nine kills) and Frenchy Silva (14 digs) were named to the all-tournament team.

- The men's golf team jumped two more spots on the final day of the Olympia Fields Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago, Ill., finishing Sunday in a tie for eighth amongst a deep 15-team field ... the Irish closed with a final day 294 (+14) to conclude the 54-hole tournament at 883 (+43) ... Stanford held on for the tournament title, finishing up the event with a score of 849 (+9) for a full 16-shot victory over both Auburn and Oklahoma State who finished tied for second at 865 (+25) ... in addition, with Notre Dame's tie for eighth, the Irish posted victories over three teams which appeared in last season's NCAA Championship final four: Augusta State, Duke and Ohio State.

- The men's tennis team managed a pair of singles victories in a rain-shortened final day at the Illini Invitational in Chicago on Sunday ... Casey Watt earned his first victory of the weekend, taking down California's Riki McLachlan in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 ... Blas Moros closed out the weekend with a 2-2 singles record after dropping Alabama's Stuart Kenyon, 6-3, 6-4.

- Former Irish assistant football coach Urban Meyer will be one of the color commentators on ABC Sports Saturday for the noon Notre Dame-Pittsburgh telecast ... he'll join Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman.

- Former Irish baseball player Steve Sollmann is back on campus working as an academic counselor in the Academic Services for Student-Athletes department ... Sollmann played second base and was a 10th-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 ... he had a .360 career average at Notre Dame and earned All-America honors in 2003 and was a two-time Academic All-American.

- Notre Dame fans are lining up to attend winter sports ... led by a near 300 percent increase in hockey sales, all three winter sports season (hockey, men's and women's basketball) ticket sales are on pace to exceed their 2010-11 season-ticket totals.

- Brian Kelly comments from his Sunday media teleconference included these tidbits:

"I think right now he (Aaron Lynch) shows himself very well as a guy that can get after the quarterback. He's relentless and he's very, very physical. He doesn't beat you with speed off the edge, he beats you with power."

"I got a chance to shake hands with every one of the 1966 players (in town for the national championship team's 45th reunion) as they came off the stage for our pep rally on Friday and our team got a chance to interact with them as well. It was a great way to mix our team with Ara Parseghian and his championship team."

"If we can control the line of scrimmage, take care of the football, play better pass coverage, especially at the end of the game, we're probably sitting here with a different record."

"They're not going to forget the fact that they've let two games slip away. You want that feeling of: We're not going to let this happen again. Enough is enough. If that's what they do the rest of the year that's a good place to be."

- Kicker David Ruffer is Notre Dame's 2011 nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete program ... offensive lineman Chris Stewart was a winner of that award a year ago ... Ruffer was a first-team Academic All-American in 2010 with his 3.9 GPA.

- The connection Saturday with NASCAR driver Kurt Busch attending the Notre Dame-Michigan State football game is former Irish football walk-on defensive back Chris Ham, who works with Busch in the marketing area ... a 1995 Notre Dame graduate in business, Ham lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., and is president of his own consulting form as well as director of motorsports for Lennox Motorsports.

- Army quarterback Trent Steelman, Notre Dame cornerback Robert Blanton, and Notre Dame running back/kick returner George Atkinson III have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games through Sept. 17 ... Blanton was instrumental in Notre Dame's inaugural win of the season, a 31-13 home decision over No. 15 Michigan State ... Blanton thwarted a late Spartan rally when he secured an interception deep in Notre Dame territory and returned it 82 yards, setting up a game-sealing field goal for the Fighting Irish ... Atkinson tallied 142 yards on four kickoff returns, highlighted by an 89-yard scoring scamper, in Notre Dame's win over Michigan State ... Atkinson is the first Fighting Irish freshman to return a kickoff for score since Raghib Ismail in 1988.

- Quarterback "hurries" are an inexact football statistic since they are not kept routinely in college press boxes and are not considered official by the NCAA ... still, Aaron Lynch's six hurries Saturday against Michigan State are more than any single Irish player had in all of 2010.

- Notre Dame's fall slate for men's lacrosse includes an Oct. 8 home game against Air Force (10 a.m. at Arlotta Stadium on the morning of the Notre Dame-Air Force football game) and an Oct. 15 road date at Navy (noon at Miller Field in Annapolis, Md.).

- Michael Floyd's 31 receptions after three games (10.33 per game) rank him fourth nationally (USC's Rob Woods has 33) ... Floyd also is fourth in receiving yards per game at 132.33 each.

- Notre Dame's football schedule this week ranks 28th by the NCAA in degree of difficulty, with Irish opponents standing 15-9 (.625) ... Irish opponents still unbeaten include South Florida, Michigan, USC and Stanford.

- Looking way ahead to Notre Dame's next home football game Oct. 8 vs. Air Force - the featured event of the weekend will be dedication of the Dan Devine sculpture.

- Tickets remain on sale to the public through the Purdue ticket offices for the Oct. 1 Notre Dame-Purdue football game in West Lafayette.

- The women's tennis team and head coach Jay Louderback have announced their 2011-12 schedule.

Rodgers Joins Marquette Lacrosse Staff

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v13i10_Rodgers.jpg GoMarquette.com - Marquette has announced the addition of volunteer assistant coach Scott Rodgers to its coaching staff.

Rodgers, who will primarily be working with Marquette's goalies as well as helping out with the team's strength and conditioning, played his collegiate career at Notre Dame and is currently a member of the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse and the Minnesota Swarm of the National Lacrosse League.

During his time at Notre Dame, Rodgers played in 38 games, including 31 starts and posted a 6.77 goals-against average and a .642 save percentage in his career. In 2010, he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship game after a 15-save performance in a 6-5 overtime loss to Duke in the national championship.

Rodgers, a two-time All-America honoree for the Fighting Irish, lead the nation in save percentage twice (2009 and 2010) and in goals-against average in 2009. He left Notre Dame with a 24-6 career mark in between the pipes.

In addition to receiving national recognition for his on-field performance, Rodgers was also a finalist for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community. Rodgers graduated Notre Dame with a degree in Sociology.

Rodgers was selected seventh overall in the 2010 Major League Lacrosse draft by the Hamilton Nationals and 15th overall by the Minnesota Swarm. The Wantagh, N.Y., native played in eight games for the Nationals and helped the team to a championship appearance in his rookie season.

"I am really excited to be working with Marquette University's men's lacrosse team, because it is an up and coming division I team, starting from the ground up," said Rodgers. "To get my career off in strength and conditioning and in the lacrosse coaching world is a great opportunity offered by Coach Amplo, so I just appreciate it."

Notre Dame Partners With Maverik Lacrosse

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laxglove.jpg Maverik Lacrosse announced Tuesday a multi-year partnership with the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team. With this agreement, Maverik is now the official equipment supplier of the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame will receive custom designed Maverik gloves, shoulder pads and elbow guards. Additionally, they will have a vast arsenal of Maverik equipment to choose from including the new Spider 1 and Flight heads, as well as the Boost, H2 and Wonderboy shafts. Maverik will also provide the Irish with everything needed for on-field play from chest protectors to Maverik game balls.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Maverik for all our lacrosse equipment needs. Maverik has proven to be smart, innovative and committed to the growth of the game. Most importantly, I believe they are a great fit for us because we share the same values and goals for the sport and for our program. They are committed to helping us provide the best experience for our student-athletes," said Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan.

In recent years, Notre Dame has had tremendous success under the guidance of Corrigan and his staff. Most notably in 2010, the Irish battled their way to an NCAA Division I National Championship Game and fell in the final. In 2011, Notre Dame ascended to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history and again returned to the NCAA Championship weekend where its season came to an end in the quarterfinals.

All signs point to the Fighting Irish making an even bigger showing in 2012.

"Notre Dame is the most recognized university in the world because of its top academics and athletic department. Coach Corrigan has done an outstanding job building Notre Dame's program into a title contender," said John Gagliardi, president and founder of Maverik Lacrosse. "We are proud to be partners with an elite program like the Notre Dame lacrosse family."

Christmas In September

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Notre News - 8.31.11

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Event Calendar

September 27
12:00 PM
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
September 27
L, 1-0
vs Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

WatchND
September 27
L, 3-0
vs No 17 Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN3
WatchESPN
September 27
All Day
vs Crimson Tide Four in the Fall
Tuscaloosa, Alabama (University of Alabama Tennis Stadium)
September 29
7:00 PM
vs Marquette
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

WatchND
October 2
TBA
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
October 2
8:00 PM
at Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Cobb Stadium)

ESPN3
October 2
2:00 PM
vs Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Notre Dame Golf Course)
October 2
7:00 PM
vs Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN3
October 3
8:00 PM
at Clemson
Clemson, S.C.

ABC
Game Week Central
October 3
TBA
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
October 3
11:30 AM
at Towson
Towson, Md.
October 3
All Day
vs ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 3
All Day
at Tar Heel Invitational
Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC Finley Golf Course)
October 4
TBA
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
October 4
2:15 PM
vs Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
October 4
4:30 PM
vs Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
October 4
1:00 PM
at North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Soccer Stadium)

ESPN3
October 4
9:00 AM
vs Duke
College Park, Md.
October 4
10:00 AM
at Maryland
College Park, Md.
October 4
12:00 PM
vs Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN3
October 4
1:00 PM
vs Penn State
College Park, Md.
October 4
All Day
vs ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
at Tar Heel Invitational
Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC Finley Golf Course)
October 5
All Day
vs ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 5
All Day
at Chip-N-Club Invitational
Country Club of Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.

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