March 28, 1998
No. 18 Notre Dame Drops Third Straight
Irish Lose to No. 15 Hobart, 11-7
ROCHESTER, Ind. --- The 18th-ranked Notre Dame men's lacrosse team dropped its third straight contest as the Irish lost an 11-7 decision on the road to 15th-ranked Hobart. It was the first win for the Statesmen over Notre Dame in five previous meetings and marks the first time since the 1992 campaign that the Irish, who fell to 3-3 on the season, have lost three consecutive games.
The last two meetings between Hobart and Notre Dame were decided in overtime. With the win, the Statesmen are now 3-0 in 1998, marking the first time since 1990 they have started the season 3-0. It is also the first time since moving to Division I four years ago that the Statesmen have won three straight over ranked opponents.
Hobart used a strong defensive performance throughout the entire contest to hold the Irish in check. The Statesmen held leading scorer Dave Ulrich, a freshmen who had been averaging more than four points a game, scoreless for the first time this season.
Hobart jumped out to a quick start, scoring twice in the first two minutes of the game on goals by freshman Jason Ouellet and Rich Schwanke. Stephen Taylor cut the deficit to 2-1 at 5:33 in the first quarter to get the Irish on the scoreboard, but the Statesmen scored back-to-back goals to take a 4-1 lead with 6:13 remaining in the quarter. Jimmy Keenan scored the first of his two goals with just over three minutes left to trim the Statesmen lead to 4-2.
Hobart held Notre Dame scoreless in the second quarter and netted just one goal of its own as the Statesmen owned a 5-2 advantage at the half. The Statesmen, however, scored twice in the first five minutes of the third quarter on goals by Nathan Roost and Jared Bebee. Ben Savage scored at 6:52 to make it a 7-3 game, but Hobart closed out the quarter with a goal by Schwanke, his third of the afternoon.
Hobart built its biggest lead of the game (9-3) when Roost scored 1:48 into the final quarter. Back-to-back goals by Notre Dame's Dame Dan Butler and Stedman Oakey nine seconds apart cut the lead to 9-5. The Statesmen responded with a pair of goals by Alex Mitchell and Roost.
Roost finished the game with a game-high four goals, while Schwanke netted three times for the Statesmen an also dished off an assist.
Irish goalkeeper Alex Cade finished the contest with a season-high 20 saves.
Notre Dame returns to action on Thursday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m. when the Irish host Ohio State at Moose Krause Stadium.