Feb. 25, 2001
State College, Pa. -
The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team opened its season today with a 10-8 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Heading into the season, Notre Dame was ranked 11th, while Penn State held the 18th spot.
Senior attack Tom Glatzel scored the last five Irish goals after adding an assist in the first period. He had a hat trick in the third quarter. Eric Wood led Penn State with five goals.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 3-3. Penn State's Wood scored first with 10:01 remaining and then twice more before the quarter was finished.
John Flandina opened the scoring for the Irish with 7:35 remaining in the half. Senior midfielder Todd Ulrich's man-up goal brought the Irish within one at 3-2 before David Ulrich scored the last goal of the quarter.
Sixteen seconds into the second period, senior middie Chris Young started the scoring for the Irish on another man-up goal. Jon Harvey scored again for Notre Dame, before Wood answered for the Lions, bringing the score to 5-4 at the half.
Both teams emerged from halftime on a mission. Penn State opened the half with three consecutive goals, putting the Irish down 7-5. The Irish responded with three Glatzel goals in less than 3:30. Flandina added an assist on Glatzel's second score.
After allowing another Penn State goal to tie the game at 8-8, the Irish reasserted their dominance. David Ulrich assisted on the fourth Glatzel goal of the afternoon with 9:53 left in the game, putting the Irish up for good. Glatzel brought the score to 10-8 with 3:57 remaining, sealing the victory for the Irish
The win brings Notre Dame's season record to 1-0 and drops Penn State to 0-1. The Irish resume action at noon on Sunday, March 4, at home against Pennsylvania.