May 19, 1997
Six Notre Dame Lacrosse Players Earn Great Western League Honors
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Six Notre Dame men's lacrosse players topped the list of 1997 Great Western Lacrosse League honorees. Claiming first-team honors were CHRIS DUSSEAU (Columbus, Ohio), JIMMY KEENAN (Floral Park, N.Y.), TODD RASSAS (Northfield, Ill.), DAVE CASHEN (Chester, N.J.) and ALEX CADE (North Potomac, Md.), while BURKE HAYES (Chevy Chase, Md.) was a second-eam honoree.
DUSSEAU, KEENAN, RASSAS and CADE were first-team selections for the second consecutive year, while CASHEN and HAYES were first-time GWLL honorees.
DUSSEAU, a sophomore on at attack, was the leading goal scorer for the Irish for the second consecutive year as he finished with 29 goals, which equaled his goal-scoring production of a year ago. He was the third leading scorer as he also dished off five assists for 34 points.
KEENAN, a two-year starter in the midfield, was Notre Dame's second-leading scorer as a junior. He finished the '97 campaign with 12 goals and 28 assists (40 points). His 28 assists set the Irish mark for single-season assists by a midfield player and ranks sixth nationally in assists per game. KEENAN earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore.
RASSAS, one of the nation's top defenders and a third-team USILA All-America honoree last season, led an Irish defense that allowed just 8.91 goals per game. He also finished second on the team with 68 ground balls.
CADE, ranked in the top five nationally in goals against average (8.86) as he played 663 of a possible 720 minutes. In 12 games, he allowed 98 goals and made 133 saves for a .576 save percentage.
CASHEN had his best season in helping anchor the Irish defense. A two-year starter, the senior, along with KEENAN, CADE and senior WILL DeRISO (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) served as a captain this season. He had 31 ground balls and finished with 86 for his career.
HAYES, a junior in the Notre Dame midfield, enjoyed a stellar season as he registered 23 goals (second best on the team) and dished off three assists (23 points).
Notre Dame won its sixth straight GWLL title and earned a sixth consecutive NCAA tournament berth. The Irish finished ninth in the final USILA poll (its highest final ranking in school history) and complete the season with a 9-3 mark.