Men's Lacrosse


Freshman- Ulrich Leads Irish Past Penn State

Mar. 1, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind.- Freshman attack David Ulrich (Baltimore, Md./Boys' Latin HS) had five goals and two assists as the #13-ranked Notre Dame lacrosse team opened its season with a 14-9 victory over #14 Penn State at the Loftus Sports Center.

Ulrich's five goals and seven points are the most ever scored by a Notre Dame freshman in his first Division I game, in the 18-year history of Irish lacrosse. The previous freshman record was held by Robbie Snyder, who scored four goals in the 1991 opener vs. Canisius (14-8). Sophomore Randy Colley had four goals and four assists in his first game with the Irish, a 23-4 win over. St. Bonaventure in 1992, after missing all of his freshman season ('91) due to injury.

Six players combined to score the other nine Notre Dame goals, including two each by junior attack Chris Dusseau, senior midfielder Burke Hayes and junior midfielder Brad Owen. Irish senior Alex Cade made 13 of his 17 saves in the second half while allowing just four goals in the final 30 minutes.

Penn State (0-1) scored on its first two shots to claim a 2-0 lead just 1:46 into the game. But the Irish responded with five of the next six goals and built their lead to 10-5 at halftime. After a low-scoring third quarter, the Irish scored the first two goals of the fourth to stretch ahead 13-7.

Senior attack Chris Killoran led PSU with three goals and an assist while junior midfielder Chris Schiller and junior attack John Chescavage both scored two goals. Junior Kevin Keenan opened in the net for PSU but was replaced by freshman Matt Vallone with 1:51 left in the second quarter and the Irish leading 10-5. Both PSU goalies made six saves.

Notre Dame owned the edge in shots (40-37), faceoffs won (14-10) and groundballs (40-28). The Irish were 2-for-11 on man-up chances while PSU was 2-for-6.

Hayes put the Irish ahead 11-5 early in the third quarter but PSU answered with a goal by Chescavage (11:22). Both teams then failed to score on several man-up chances and the game went nearly 11 minutes before a man-up goal by PSU freshman middle Ted Holmes made the score 11-7.

That goal was preceded by a memorable play from Irish senior defenseman Todd Rassas, who laid a bone-crushing hit on PSU's Todd Korte as Rassas was exiting the penalty area. Rassas was whistled for an illegal check and Holmes converted with eight seconds left on the ensuing man-up chance (0:45).

PSU opened the scoring 1:38 into the game, seconds after an Irish penalty had expired. Killoran scored off a feed from Don Mayerhofer and Chescavage then scored an unassisted goal eight seconds later, after PSU had won the faceoff.

Ulrich put the Irish on the board with 10:06 to play in the first, on a shot from the right that squeezed through Keenan's legs, and Hayes tied the game moments later on a shot from the left side of the crease (8:31). Ulrich then set up Jimmy Keenan's high shot from the right side (5:47) and PSU's Tim Eldridge tied the game two minutes later.

The Irish took the lead for good with two goals in the final three minutes of the opening quarter. Ulrich sent home a low shot from the right side (2:55) before Owen took a pass from Hayes, sprinted into the PSU zone and fired home a shot from the left side, as he was falling to the turf (0:40).

The Irish opened the second quarter with goals from Owen and junior middie Revere La Noue and later stretched to a 10-4 lead after consecutive goals from Ulrich (4:33) and junior middie Stephen Taylor, whose outside shot tucked inside the far right post (4:06).

The game remained 11-7 for much of the final quarter before goals by Ulrich and Dusseau pushed the Irish to a 13-7 lead with 8:15 left to play.

NOTES: Notre Dame's top-two midfield lines were Keenan-Hayes-Owen and Taylor-junior Revere La Noue-freshman Chris Young ... Dussea was joined by junior Ben Savage and sophomore Stedman Oakey as the starting attacks ... the starting defensemen were Rassas, junior Laurence Galli and junior Dave Biddison.

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