Feb. 18, 2017
By: Robby Hamman
FRISCO, Texas - No. 4/4 Notre Dame (1-0) put on an impressive offensive display in the season opener, defeating Georgetown by a final of 16-10 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore attackman Ryder Garnsey posted a career-high six goals and added two assists for a personal best eight points. Junior attackman Mikey Wynne found the back of the net four times, while senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic and freshman midfielder Bryan Costabile each scored twice.
How It Happened
Notre Dame got off to a great start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes of play. Wynne scored the first Irish goal of the season just under six minutes in. Garnsey and Costabile also recorded first quarter goals to propel Notre Dame to the strong start. Georgetown rebounded in the second quarter, outscoring the Irish 5-3 to cut Notre Dame's lead to 6-5 at the halftime break.
The Irish offense erupted in the third quarter, scoring seven times to put the team in control, as Notre Dame led the Hoyas 13-6 after 45 minutes of action. Garnsey scored the first goal of the second half and then Wynne added two goals in a span of 18 seconds. Georgetown managed to cut the Irish lead to four with 6:55 left in the game at 14-10 but goals from Irish Costabile and Garnsey put the game away at 16-10.
Notre Dame Player Of The Game
Garnsey turned in the game of his career, recording a personal best eight points on six goals and two assists. The sophomore attackman had a hand in half of Notre Dame's goals. The six goals are the most by a Notre Dame player since Wynne also scored six goals against Detroit last season on February 27, 2016.
Stat Of The Game
Notre Dame peppered the Georgetown goal and put the Hoya defense under pressure the entire 60 minutes, as the Irish outshot the opposition 48-29 on the day. The Irish recorded double-digit shots in all four quarters of play and scored seven goals off 14 shots in the third quarter.
Notre Dame Notes
- With the win the Irish are now 9-7 against the Hoyas and have won six straight in the series.
- Notre Dame improves to 24-5 in season openers under Baumer Family Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan and 30-7 in program history.
- The Irish improve to 30-5 in games played in the month of February during Corrigan's tenure.
- Notre Dame did not allow a single shot on goal in the first quarter.
- The Irish won the faceoff battle by claiming 17-of-29. Senior P.J. Finley led the team by going 14-of-23
- Garnsey recorded the fifth hat trick of his career with the six-goal performance.
- With his four goals, Wynne recorded the 16th hat trick of his career and his sixth game with four-plus goals.
- In his first career game Costabile scored two goals for the Irish.
- Junior midfielder Pierre Byrne and freshman attackman Brian Willets each recorded two assists.
- Sophomore midfielder Brendan Gleason and junior midfielder Brendan Collins each opened up their 2017 accounts with a goal apiece.
The Irish come home for the season opener at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, as Notre Dame hosts Michigan in a non-conference showdown. The game is scheduled to air on ACC Network Extra.
The University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men's lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor's degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master's degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.