March 8, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The honors keep pouring in for Notre Dame men's lacrosse senior defenseman Garrett Epple, as he has been named the USILA Defensive Player of the Week and the NCAA Lacrosse Player of the Week after he helped lock down No. 1 Maryland's offense in the 5-4 win on Saturday at Arlotta Stadium.
The Cockeysville, Maryland, native has received back-to-back ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors. Epple also garnered Preseason All-ACC accolades in 2017 and was an honorable mention All-American after his sophomore season.
Epple led the Notre Dame defense to one of the most impressive performances of the season in Saturday’s victory over Maryland, as the Irish held the Terrapins to just four goals. The senior disrupted the Maryland attack all game, as he tied his career high in caused turnovers with four and also led the Irish in ground balls with six.
The defenseman played a major role in holding Maryland's prolific attackman Matt Rambo without a goal for the first time all season.
The four goals are the fewest Maryland has scored all season with its previous season low being 10 goals in a game. The four goals are the lowest total Notre Dame has allowed this season and the fewest since defeating Maryland last season by a score of 9-4 on March 5, 2016 in Costa Mesa, California. The Notre Dame defense is tied for first in the ACC in goals allowed per game, giving up an average of just 6.33 over the course of three games.
Epple currently leads the ACC and ranks third in the nation in turnovers caused per game with an average of 2.67.
The top-ranked Irish travel west for another marquee matchup. Notre Dame squares off with No. 4 Denver at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 12 in Denver. The game will be broadcast on Altitude TV.
The University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men's lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor's degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master's degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.