April 2, 1998

Strong Defensive Outing Lifts 19th-Ranked Men's Lacrosse Team to Victory

NOTRE DAME, Ind. The 19th-ranked Notre Dame men's lacrosse team used a strong defensive performance and a balanced scoring attack to snap a three-game losing streak as the Irish posted a 12-2 victory over Ohio State.

Notre Dame, which improved to 4-3 on the season, beat the Buckeyes, who fell to 1-4 in 1998, for the ninth straight time and held the visitors scoreless for the final 37:19 of the contest. The two goals allowed by the Irish were the fewest since an 8-2 victory over Villanova during the 1996 campaign.

Senior midfielder Jimmy Keenan scored twice and added two assists, while Chris Dusseau, Dan Butler and Todd Ulrich each netted two goal in the win. For Ulrich, the twin brother of Notre Dame's leading scorer David Ulrich, it was the first two goals of his collegiate career. He also added an assist in the game.

Sophomore Stedman Oakey finished with three assists in the game.

Ohio State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with 11:44 remaining in the first quarter when Todd Miller scored off a Steve Gloeckner feed. Brad Owen tied the game up with 8:46 left in the quarter off a Keenan assist.

Less than three minutes later, Butler scored the first of five unanswered goals for Notre Dame as the Irish built a 6-1 lead with 8:13 left in the second quarter when junior Revere La Noue scored. Ohio State managed its final goal of the game with 7:19 left before halftime with Buddey Lange scoring off an Eric Mooney assist. Notre Dame scored once before the half on Dusseau's second goal of the game as the Irish led 7-2.

Notre Dame three times in the third quarter and twice in the fourth for the final 12-2 count.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Cade played three quarters and finished with 10 saves.

The Irish return to action on Sunday, April 5 when they travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to face Butler in a 2:00 p.m. contest.

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