March 12, 2008
Dartmouth vs. #7 Notre Dame
Saturday, March 15 2:00 p.m. (ET)
The Lovett School Atlanta, Ga.
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The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team continues its four-game stretch away from home with a matchup against Dartmouth on Saturday, March 15 in Atlanta, Ga. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. (ET) at The Lovett School. The seventh-ranked Fighting Irish are off to a 4-1 start this season, while the Big Green are 2-1.
ND-DARTMOUTH SERIES NOTES: This will be the seventh meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Dartmouth ... the Fighting Irish hold a 4-2 edge in the series ... the last three encounters have been decided by one goal ... Dartmouth notched a 7-6 home victory over Notre Dame last season ... the first meeting between the two schools occurred in 1996 at Dartmouth ... the Irish prevailed in that meeting, 14-13, and captured a 15-5 win the next season at Notre Dame ... the series resumed in 2004, with the Irish claiming a 10-3 victory at home ... in 2005, Dartmouth registered a 10-9 home win, while the Irish responded with an 8-7 triumph at Moose Krause Stadium in 2006.
ABOUT THE IRISH: Notre Dame carries a 4-1 record into Saturday's contest ... the Fighting Irish started a season 4-0 for just the third time in program history before they fell at No. 4 North Carolina, 8-6, on March 8 ... junior attackman Ryan Hoff leads Notre Dame with 13 goals and total points with 14 ... fellow junior Duncan Swezey has a career-high 10 goals ... senior Alex Wharton has 13 points on five goals and a team-best eight assists ... Notre Dame has defeated two ranked teams this season (#17 Loyola, 7-6 & #13 Albany, 7-6) ... the Irish have used 15 different goalscorers ... Notre Dame is averaging 10.20 goals per game, while holding opponents to just 6.63 a game ... senior goaltender Joey Kemp has played 289:33 of a possible 300 minutes between the pipes ... Kemp, a two-time All-America honoree, has made 56 saves and carries a .636 save percentage ... the Irish are currently ranked seventh in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings and eighth in the USILA coaches poll ... 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 171-93 (.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 DARTMOUTH: The Big Green are 2-1 and coming off a 7-4 win against Vermont on March 7 ... Dartmouth opened the season with a 10-6 victory against Hartford before suffering a 14-9 setback at Fairfield ... Ari Sussman has team-high totals in goals (8) and points (10) ... Brian Koch is second in goals with six, while Jimmy Mullen has five ... Jonathan Livadas leads the team with three assists ... Pat Marshall and Michael Novosel have split time in goal for the Big Green ... Novosel carries a 1-1 record with an 8.30 goals-against average, while Marshall is 1-0 with a 7.72 goals-against average ... Dartmouth returned six starters and 26 letterwinners from last season's squad that posted a 5-10 record ... head coach Bill Wilson is in his fifth season at the helm of the Big Green program ... he has a 31-37 record at the school.
THE LAST TIME: Dartmouth captured a 7-6 victory over Notre Dame last season in Hanover, N.H. ... Brian Hubschmann, a departed senior, notched four points on three goals and one assist for the Irish ... Ari Sussman had three goals for the Big Green, while Nick Bonacci had two goals and two assists ... Joey Kemp made five saves for Notre Dame and Michael Novosel had eight stops for Dartmouth.
ON THE ROAD: Notre Dame is currently in the middle of a four-game trip away from home ... the Irish began the trek with a 16-6 victory at Villanova on March 4 ... Notre Dame then fell at No. 4 North Carolina, 8-6, on March 8 ... following the tilt against Dartmouth in Atlanta, Ga. on March 15, the journey will conclude with the Great Western Lacrosse League opener at Air Force on March 22.
RETURNING HOME:Notre Dame sophomore attackman Neal Hicks will be returning to his alma mater this weekend ... Hicks was a standout at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Ga.
RECAPPING NORTH CAROLINA: A five-goal effort from Ben Hunt helped propel No. 4 North Carolina over No. 5 Notre Dame, 8-6, in a showdown between two undefeated teams on Saturday, March 8 at Fetzer Field ... Michael Podgajny paced the Fighting Irish with two goals ... North Carolina jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the 14:14 mark of the third quarter, yet Notre Dame would mount a rally that fell just short ... Hunt opened the game's scoring with a man-up goal at the 5:45 mark of the first quarter ... he struck again just over a minute later to give the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period ... his third goal made it 3-0 with 8:06 left in the opening half ... Rob Driscoll added a goal with 41 seconds remaining in the half to put the hosts up by four at the intermission ... with 36 seconds elapsed in the second half, Hunt deposited another goal to make it 5-0 ... Notre Dame would then score four of the game's next five goals ... Podgajny put the Fighting Irish on the board with a man-up score off a pass from Grant Krebs with 12:51 left in the third quarter ... Notre Dame made it 5-2 just over a minute later as Podgajny used a feed from Peter Christman to net his second straight goal ... the Tar Heels answered back with a score from Sean Delaney with 9:45 remaining in the third period ... Notre Dame responded once again with back-to-back man-up tallies ... Ryan Hoff scored off an assist from Christman before Podgajny found Alex Wharton, who made it a 6-4 contest with 4:24 left on the clock in the third quarter ... goals from Delaney and Hunt would give North Carolina an 8-4 lead at the end of the third stanza ... the only scoring in the final period would come from Notre Dame, yet the Irish could only muster two goals ... sophomore Mike Creighton registered his first career goal off a Davey Malera pass with three minutes gone by in the quarter ... Duncan Swezey then produced the final score as he found the back of the net with 2:08 left in regulation ... the Fighting Irish held a 41-29 advantage in shots ... Notre Dame goaltender Joey Kemp made 11 saves, while Grant Zimmerman made 18 stops for the Tar Heels ... Taylor Clagett dominated the faceoff X for the Irish by winning 13-of-16 attempts ... Notre Dame's man-up unit was 3-of-6, while North Carolina went 2-for-6 in that category.
STREAKING: Junior attackman Duncan Swezey has a team-best five-game goal streak ... senior midfielder Michael Podgany has scored at least one goal in the past 19 games in which he has played ... the only game he missed during that stretch was this season's opener against Loyola ... Podgajny missed the contest due to an injury ... Ryan Hoff has notched a goal in 13 of the last 14 games dating back to last season ... the junior attackman was held without a goal in a 7-6 win over Albany on March 1 ... that snapped his team-best 11-game goal streak.
STREAK SNAPPED: Notre Dame's 8-6 loss at North Carolina on March 8 snapped a 12-game regular-season win streak for the Irish ... that mark is a program record ... prior to that, the last loss in the regular season for the Irish came on March 17, 2007, a 7-6 setback at Dartmouth ... Notre Dame ended the 2007 campaign with eight straight wins before falling at Johns Hopkins, 11-10 in overtime, during the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... the previous record streak was 11 games, which spanned parts of the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
HOME SWEET HOME: Notre Dame has won a program-record 15 straight games at home ... the Irish are 2-0 at home this season ... 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 ... four 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 117-35 (.770) during the 28 years of varsity lacrosse at the University.
FAST STARTS: Notre Dame has out scored its opponents 18-3 during the first quarter of play this season ... the Fighting Irish held opponents scoreless in the first quarter in the first three games of the season (Loyola, Penn State, Albany).
HOFF STAYING HOT: Ryan Hoff's six goals against Penn State (Feb. 24) 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 ... Hoff also notched a five-goal game this season in a 16-6 triumph of Villanova (March 4) ... he leads the Irish with 13 goals after pacing the team with 40 goals one season ago.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: The Fighting Irish have had 15 different players notch at least one goal this 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 on Feb. 24 ... Notre Dame had 10 players score a goal in a 16-6 victory over Villanova on March 4.
IRISH DEFENSE: The Irish are surrendering just 6.63 goals per game this season ... the Irish have held opponents to six goals three times ... 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 30 career victories ... he is two wins shy of tying the program record of 32 established by Kirk Howell (1998-2001) and Alex Cade (1995-98) ... Kemp, a two-time All-America honoree, carries an overall record of 30-12 ... 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 7.34 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 10.20 goals a game.
MAN UP: Notre Dame has converted on 12-of-27 (.444) 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.
NOTRE DAME IN THE POLLS: Notre Dame is currently seventh in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings and eighth in the USILA coaches poll ... the Fighting Irish peaked in the polls this season at No. 5 in the USILA poll on March 3 and No. 7 in the Inside Lacrosse rankings that same date.
QUALITY COMPETITION: The Fighting Irish have five teams on their 2008 schedule that appear in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll ... Notre Dame opened the campaign with a 7-6 victory against current No. 17 Loyola ... the Irish topped then No. 13 Albany, 7-6, on March 1 ... Notre Dame fell at current No. 3 North Carolina, 8-6, on March 8 ... Notre Dame will host No. 14 Drexel on March 25 ... a Great Western Lacrosse League showdown against No. 20 Ohio State will take place on April 27 at home.
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 straight 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 were 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 the league's head coaches ... Ohio State, Denver, Air Force, Quinnipiac and Bellarmine followed Notre Dame in the voting, which appeared in Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook.
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 44 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 31 career games, including 15 starts ... his career totals feature 15 goals, 20 assists for 35 points.
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KEEPING UP WITH FIGHTING IRISH 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.firstname.lastname@example.org ... 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.