Feb. 28, 2008
#13 Albany at #6 Notre Dame
Saturday, March 1 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Loftus Sports Center Notre Dame, Ind.
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The sixth-ranked Notre Dame men's lacrosse team will take its 2-0 record into a home showdown against No. 13 Albany on Saturday, March 1 inside the Loftus Sports Center. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. (ET). The Fighting Irish are coming off a 15-9 victory over Penn State, while Albany fell to No. 1 Johns Hopkins, 10-5, in its season opener. This will be the first ever meeting between the Fighting Irish and Great Danes.
HOW TO FOLLOW: Saturday's contest can be followed via live stats and a live broadcast on the Internet ... simply go to und.com and find the `Men's Lacrosse' page and click on `Schedule' ... once there, find the Albany game and there will be links to both `Gametracker' for live stats and a `Watch' link that will show the game for free ... you can also sign up for `Irish Alert', a text messaging service designed to give fans up-to-the-minute game updates for all 26 varsity sports at Notre Dame.
ND-ALBANY SERIES NOTES: Saturday will mark the first ever meeting between Albany and Notre Dame in men's lacrosse.
ABOUT THE IRISH: Notre Dame is off to its second straight 2-0 start ... the Irish topped No. 17 Loyola, 7-6, during the season-opener in Baltimore, Md. (Feb. 16) and followed it up with a 15-9 victory against Penn State last Sunday (Feb. 24) in the Loftus Sports Center ... the Irish have had 11 different goalscorers this season ... junior attackman Ryan Hoff leads the Irish with seven goals, which includes a six-goal performance against Penn State ... Hoff was named the Great Western Lacrosse League player of the week for his effort against the Nittany Lions ... Hoff's seven points tie him for the team lead with senior attackman Alex Wharton, who has two goals and a team-high five assists ... Notre Dame is averaging 11.00 goals per game, while allowing 7.50 goals a game ... senior goaltender Joey Kemp has played all 120 minutes between the pipes ... Kemp has made 23 saves and carries a .605 save percentage ... the Irish are currently ranked sixth in the USILA coaches poll along with being 10th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings ... Notre Dame returned seven starters and 17 letterwinners from last year's team that posted an 11-4 record and captured the Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) title with a perfect 5-0 conference mark ... that was the 10th GWLL crown for the Irish since the league was founded in 1994 ... in 2007, Notre Dame made its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the 12th trip in program history ... the Irish fell to eventual national champion Johns Hopkins, 11-10, in overtime during the tournament's first round ... Kevin Corrigan is in his 20th season as the head coach of Notre Dame ... he has a record of 169-92 (.648) during his Fighting Irish tenure ... Corrigan was named the 2007 GWLL coach of the year ... that marked the fourth time he has received that honor.
ABOUT ALBANY: The Great Danes enter Saturday's contest with a 0-1 record after falling to No. 1 Johns Hopkins, 10-5, on Saturday (Feb. 23) ... Albany was scheduled to face Siena on Tuesday, Feb. 26, yet the contest was postponed due to inclement weather ... senior midfielder Jordan Levine scored two goals against the Blue Jays, while seniors Mike Ammann and Steve Ammann along with freshman Joe Pompo all chipped in one goal apiece ... Brett Queener made six saves in goal ... Albany is currently ranked 13th in both the USILA coaches poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings ... the Great Danes are coming off a 15-3 campaign, which featured a trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals where they fell to Cornell in overtime, 12-11 ... head coach Scott Marr is in his eighth season at Albany and he carries an overall record of 65-44 with the Great Danes.
HOME SWEET HOME: Notre Dame has won a program-record 14 straight games at home ... the current streak stems back to a 14-13 overtime win against Air Force on April 10, 2005 ... Notre Dame's last loss at home was a 9-6 setback to Denver on April 7, 2005 ... the Irish went a perfect 6-0 at home during the 2006 campaign and followed it up with a 6-0 mark at home during the 2007 season ... three of the games during the streak have been played in the Loftus Sports Center, while the other 11 have taken place outside at Moose Krause Stadium ... Notre Dame owns an overall home record of 116-35 (.768) during the 28 years of varsity lacrosse at the University.
GOING FOR THREE: With a win on Saturday, Notre Dame will start a season 3-0 for the first time since the 2003 campaign ... this season marks the 10th time, and second straight, in the 28-year history of varsity lacrosse at Notre Dame that the Irish have started out 2-0 ... Notre Dame has begun a season 3-0 on four occasions.
RECAPPING PENN STATE: Ryan Hoff scored six goals to lead fifth-ranked Notre Dame past Penn State, 15-9, on Sunday, Feb. 24 inside the Loftus Sports Center ... Duncan Swezey added two goals for the Irish, while Alex Wharton had one goal and a career-high four assists ... Notre Dame jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the 14:48 mark of the second quarter ... Michael Podgajny started the Irish surge as he scored with just 37 seconds elapsed in the contest ... Colin Igoe, Neal Hicks and Swezey followed with unassisted tallies to give the Irish a 4-0 advantage with 10:04 left in the opening period ... Hoff notched back-to-back goals with the assists going to Wharton and Dan Gibson to produce a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter ... for the second straight game, the Notre Dame defense held its opponent scoreless during the first quarter of play ... with 12 seconds gone by in the second period, Grant Krebs scored a man-up goal on an assist from Igoe ... Penn State put a halt to the Irish streak with a 3-0 run ... Colby Rhodes put the Nittany Lions on the board with 14:39 left in the second quarter ... Chris Hogan and Brian Shea also netted scores to make it a 7-3 contest with 4:52 remaining in the half ... the Fighting Irish man-up unit would strike again as Wharton fed Hoff with 3:25 left on the clock ... following a Davey Malera goal that gave Notre Dame a six-goal advantage, it was Wharton to Hoff once again to make it a 10-3 Notre Dame lead at the intermission ... the Nittany Lions struck first in the second half on a Rob Forster goal ... Wharton responded off a pass from Krebs to make it 11-4 with 7:13 left in the third period ... Charley Henneghan and Max VanArsdale registered back-to-back goals for Penn State to slice the lead to five (11-6) by the 6:28 mark of the third quarter ... Notre Dame put the game out of reach with four straight goals ... Wharton connected with Hoff for the fourth time on the day to ignite the run ... Hoff then scored his sixth goal off an assist from Malera to make it 13-6 in favor of the Irish after three quarters ... defenseman Mike Creighton recorded an assist on a goal from Swezey to put Notre Dame up by eight (14-6) ... Zach Brenneman completed the Irish scoring with 7:27 remaining in the contest ... Penn State scored the game's final three goals ... the Fighting Irish out shot the Nittany Lions, 47-31, while Notre Dame also held an edge in faceoffs, winning 15 of 27 ... goaltender Joey Kemp made 10 saves for the Irish, while his counterpart, Drew Adams, had 15 stops.
10 STRAIGHT: The win over Penn State marked Notre Dame's 10th straight regular-season victory ... the last loss in the regular season for the Irish came on March 17, 2007, a 7-6 setback at Dartmouth.
HOFF STAYING HOT: Ryan Hoff's six goals against Penn State were just one shy of the school record that he shares with Randy Colley (class of 1995) ... Hoff, a junior attackman, netted seven goals in a 16-5 win over Drexel last season ... the junior attackman led the Irish with 40 goals one season ago.
CAREER DAY FOR WHARTON: Senior attackman Alex Wharton notched career-highs in assists with four and total points with five in the 15-9 victory over Penn State on Feb. 24 ... all of his assists were on Ryan Hoff goals.
FAST STARTS: Through the first two games of the season, Notre Dame has out scored its opponents 9-0 during the first quarter of play.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: The Fighting Irish have had 11 different players notch at least one goal through the first two games of the season ... in the season-opener, Notre Dame produced seven goals from seven different players in a 7-6 win over Loyola ... the Irish used nine different goalscorers in a 15-9 triumph of Penn State last Sunday.
IRISH DEFENSE: The Irish are surrendering just 7.50 goals per game through the first two contests this season ... Notre Dame boasted the nation's fourth-best scoring defense in 2007 by allowing a school-record 6.66 goals per game ... several key components to the Irish defense are back this season, including goaltender Joey Kemp in goal and starting defensemen Sean Dougherty, Ross Zimmerman and Regis McDermott.
SAVING THE DAY: Senior goaltender Joey Kemp ranks third in Notre Dame history with 28 career victories ... the two-time All-America honoree carries an overall record of 28-11 ... Kemp ranked fourth nationally in both goals-against average (6.78) and save percentage (.614) last season en route to being named the 2007 Great Western Lacrosse League player of the year ... he is currently first in school history with a 7.44 goals-against average.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: In 2007, Notre Dame averaged 11.65 goals per game, which ranked the Irish fourth in the nation ... so far this season, the Fighting Irish are averaging 11.00 goals a game.
MANNING UP: Notre Dame has converted on 4-of-10 man up opportunities this season ... last season, the Fighting Irish converted on 50-percent (29-of-58) of their man-up opportunities ... that conversion percentage ranked Notre Dame second among all NCAA Division I teams.
IRISH-ALBANY CONNECTION: Albany junior goaltender Dan McKeon is the nephew of former Fighting Irish attackman Brian McKeon, a 1985 Notre Dame graduate.
NOTRE DAME IN THE POLLS: Notre Dame is currently sixth in the USILA coaches poll and 10th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings.
QUALITY COMPETITION: The Fighting Irish will face five teams that appear in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll ... Notre Dame opened the campaign against current No. 14 Loyola ... the Irish will host No. 13 Albany on Saturday ... Notre Dame takes on No. 8 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on March 8 ... a Great Western Lacrosse League showdown against No. 16 Denver will take place on April 5 in Chicago ... the Irish will conclude the regular season at home against No. 20 Ohio State on April 27.
KEMP ON TEWAARATON WATCH LIST: Senior goaltender Joey Kemp was named to the 51-man watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top player ... this marks the second season that Kemp has been named to the award's watch list.
IRISH EARN PRESEASON HONORS: Seven Notre Dame players earned preseason All-America recognition from Inside Lacrosse Magazine and its Face-Off Yearbook ... headlining the group for the Fighting Irish were second-team honorees Taylor Clagett (M/FO), Sean Dougherty (D), Joey Kemp (G) and Will Yeatman (A) ... joining the quartet of second-team picks for the Irish was third-team member Michael Podgajny (M) and honorable mention selections Ryan Hoff (A) and Ross Zimmerman (D).
IRISH TABBED TO WIN GWLL: Notre Dame was selected to win its second straight Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) title according to Inside Lacrosse ... the GWLL head coaches selected the preseason order of finish within the league ... Ohio State, Denver, Air Force, Quinnipiac and Bellarmine followed Notre Dame in the voting.
FOUR IRISH PLAYERS AMONG IL TOP 50: Four Irish athletes were named to the Inside Lacrosse top-50 players list for the 2008 season ... senior goaltender Joey Kemp was the highest-ranked Fighting Irish player as he was 13th overall and the second-ranked goaltender on the list ... sophomore attackman Will Yeatman was 15th, while senior defenseman Sean Dougherty and senior midfielder Michael Podgajny were 35th and 37th, respectively.
KEMP AND WHARTON NAMED `08 IRISH CAPTAINS: Seniors Joey Kemp and Alex Wharton have been named captains for the 2008 season ... Kemp was one of three captains for the Fighting Irish last season, while this will mark Wharton's first year as a co-captain ... Kemp, a goalkeeper, is a two-time All-America honoree ... he was named the 2007 Great Western Lacrosse League player of the year, in addition to being selected as an honorable mention All-American ... Kemp has started 39 straight games in goal during his stellar career ... last season, he ranked fourth nationally in goals-against average (6.78) and save percentage (0.614) ... Wharton, an attackman, is coming off a career-best season ... in 2007, Wharton notched career-high totals in goals (8), assists (10) and points (18) ... he played in 14 games with eight starts last season ... Wharton has seen the field in 28 career games, including 12 starts ... his career totals feature 12 goals, 17 assists for 29 points.
FOLLOW ALL ND HOME GAMES ONLINE: All five of Notre Dame's true home games will feature livestats available through und.com, the official web site of all 26 varsity athletic programs at the University ... simply go to the men's lacrosse page and click on `Schedule' at the top of the page and find the game that is being played that day and click on `Gametracker' to follow the game for free.
SIGN UP FOR IRISH ALERT TEXT MESSAGE SERVICE: Go to und.com to sign up for Irish ALERT, a text messaging service designed to give fans up-to-the-minute game updates for all 26 varsity sports at Notre Dame.
KEEPING UP WITH ND MEN'S LACROSSE: For results of Notre Dame men's lacrosse games, call the Notre Dame Sports Hotline at (574) 631-3000 and choose #5 and #1 ... the hotline provides schedules and result information for all 26 varsity sports and serves as a supplement to the match recaps and weekly releases provided on the official athletic website, www.und.com ... in addition, media members and fans may be added to the sports information e-mail release list by contacting assistant sports information director Sean Carroll at Carroll.email@example.com ... all requests for story ideas, interview access, match credentials, and further information on Irish men's lacrosse should similarly be directed to Carroll ... credential and interview requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance.