May 14, 2000
BALTIMORE -- The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team shocked the
lacrosse world Sunday by upsetting the fifth-seeded Loyola Greyhounds 15-13
in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It is just the second win for
the 13th ranked Irish in nine NCAA tournament appearances and the first win
over the Greyhounds in 11 meetings.
This is the second time the Irish have stunned the collegiate
lacrosse world in the NCAA tournament. In 1995, the Irish upset
fifth-seeded Duke 12-10 to become the first-ever team from the West to
advance past the first round of the tournament. Notre Dame also avenges
their worst loss of the 2000 season when the Greyhounds beat the Irish 12-2
at Moose Krause Stadium, March 18.
"We felt there was a certain script to this game," Notre Dame head
coach Kevin Corrigan said after the game. "We didn't put too much stock in
that first meeting. We wanted to get Loyola out of their rhythm and that is
what we were able to do."
In Sunday's game, Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead just 46
seconds in the game when junior David Ulrich (Baltimore, M.D.) scored his
second career NCAA tournament goal to put the Irish in the lead 1-0. Loyola
would answer back when Tim Goettelmann scored the first of his seven goals
on the day to tie the game 1-1.
The Irish then ripped off four straight goals by four different
players, starting with junior Chris Young (Camillus, N.Y.) scoring his
first-ever NCAA point. Classmate Tom Glatzel (Ellicott City, M.D.), who
would score an Irish NCAA tournament record seven points on the day (4
goals, 3 assists), tallied his first goal of the contest in the run as well
as senior Stedman Oakey (Charlottesville, M.D.) and sophomore John Flandina
(West Islip, N.Y.). The scoring burst gave Notre Dame a lead they would
Loyola's Bobby Horsey stopped the Irish streak with his first of
two goals on the day. Junior Jon Harvey (Winchester, Mass.) then took a
Flandina pass to score his first and only goal of the contest for the Irish
with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Irish held a 6-2 lead
when the buzzer sounded to end the quarter.
Glatzel took over the second quarter for the Irish, scoring three
straight goals and assisting on junior Steve Bishko's (West Islip, NY)
second career NCAA goal. Bishko's score finished a five- goal run and the
Irish led 10-2 with two minutes remaining in the half.
Glatzel completed an impressive turn-around from the first meeting
with the Greyhounds, when he did not score a point.
"I took better shots today than in the first game," Glatzel said.
"That loss earlier in the season was a motivating factor. We felt they
underestimated us. We are a good team and we showed that today."
Loyola gained some momentum by scoring three unanswered goals over
a 1:24 span to end the half. Goettelmann scored twice and David Mascarella
added one during the spurt.
Notre Dame was able to answer the Loyola run at the beginning of
the second half. Senior Steve Fiamingo (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Todd
Ulrich (Baltimore, M.D.) scored in the first five minutes of the third
quarter to stretch the Irish lead to 12-5.
"We knew they were going to make a run," Corrigan said. "You don't
win 47 games over the last four seasons without having the ability to put a
scoring run together."
Loyola would make a run at the end of the game, but the Irish
defense and senior goaltender Kirk Howell (Nashville, Tenn.), who had 13
saves in the game, would enable the Irish to hold their lead.
Loyola's Gunnar Goettelman, Tim Goettelman, Bobby Horsey and Mike
Battista combined to score eight goals in the final 20 minutes of the game
to close the gap. Loyola took 15 shots in the fourth period, but Howell,
who had five saves in the quarter, and the Irish defense kept the Irish
"The defense played well today," Corrigan said. "Mike Adams did a
good job on (Tim) Goettelman. There was no defense for some of the shots he
was making. He played an outstanding game."
Fourth quarter goals by Irish junior Mike Adams (Wilton, Conn.),
and Kevin Higgins (Wilton, Conn.), along with Chris Young's second of the
game put the game out of reach. Eleven different players scored for the
Irish on the day, helping solve the Greyhound defense that only allowed two
goals in the first meeting.
"The difference in the game is that we are a much better team than
when we played Loyola the first time," Corrigan said. "That first game was
the turning point of our season."
Sunday's win is the seventh straight this season for the Irish who
will head to the second round of the NCAA tournament for just the second
time in school history. Notre Dame will meet fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins
Sunday, May 21 on their home field for the right to advance to the