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    FIGHTING IRISH Senior midfielder Matt Ryan ranks third on the team with four assists.
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    Senior midfielder Matt Ryan ranks third on the team with four assists.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    March 28, 2006

    NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE NOTES PACKET

    Brown vs. #11/12 Notre Dame

    Wednesday, March 29 • 3:30 p.m. (ET)

    Moose Krause Stadium • Notre Dame, IN

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    The 11th-ranked Fighting Irish return home to Moose Krause Stadium, following a three-game road trek, to face Brown on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. This will mark the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and Brown on the lacrosse field. The Irish went 2-1 on the road swing and carry an overall mark of 4-2 into Wednesday's contest, while Brown has a 2-4 record on the season. The game will be aired live on Comcast Local.

    SNAPSHOT OF THE IRISH: Notre Dame had its three-game win-streak snapped with a 13-5 setback at Hofstra on Saturday ... the Irish opened the season with an 8-4 victory over No. 14 Penn State before falling to No. 8 Cornell, 9-6 ... the Fighting Irish then captured three straight victories against North Carolina (9-7), Villanova (10-7) and Bellarmine (8-2) ... Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 46-42 ... senior attackman Brian Hubschmann leads the team in points (20), goals (13) and is tied with Pat Walsh for the team-lead in assists (7) ... Hubschmann has registered five straight multiple-goal games ... sophomore goaltender Joey Kemp has logged every minute in goal ... he has allowed 42 goals, while making 62 saves and boasts a .596 save-percentage and a 7.00 goals-against average ... Walsh, a three-time All-America honoree, is second on the team with 13 points, coming on six goals and seven assists ... Notre Dame hosts Dartmouth on April 2 before hitting the road for four straight, including the GWLL opener on April 8 at Butler.

    ABOUT BROWN: Brown carries a 2-4 mark into Wednesday's match-up against the Irish ... the Bears dropped a 9-7 decision to Ohio State on Saturday (March 25) ... Brown is 1-2 away from home this season ... the Bears have been outscored 51-46 ... senior midfielder Will McGettigan leads the team in scoring with 15 points coming on a team-high 11 goals and four assists ... fellow senior midfielder Kyle Wailes has 13 points (9G, 4A) and junior attackman David Madeira has 11 (10G, 1A) to join McGettigan in double-figure scoring for the Bears ... Nick Gentilesco has started all six games in goal and has a 8.64 goals-against average and a .528 save percentage ... it's been a season of streaks for the Bears as they opened the season with two losses (UMBC 6-4, Hofstra 14-4), then won the next two contests (Hartford 13-3, Bellarmine 9-6), and have since lost two straight (UMass 13-9, Ohio State 9-7).

    ND-BROWN SERIES NOTES: Notre Dame and Brown have never meet in men's lacrosse ... however, the two schools have met in other athletic venues ... the Irish are 9-0 against the Bears in men's soccer ... Notre Dame also has a 1-0 record against Brown in three sports, men's ice hockey, women's basketball and men's basketball ... the Irish baseball team is 0-1 against the Bears all-time.

    COMMON OPPONENTS: Notre Dame and Brown have faced two common opponents so far this season ... the Irish downed Bellarmine 8-2, while the Bears defeated the Knights 9-6 ... Notre Dame fell to Hofstra 13-5 as did Brown, 14-4.

    IRISH VS. THE IVY LEAGUE: Notre Dame owns a 12-12 mark all-time versus the Ivy League ... the Irish fell to Cornell, 9-6, in their only other match-up versus an Ivy League team so far this season ... Notre Dame will host Dartmouth on Sunday in its final meeting with an Ivy League team during the 2006 regular season.

    FIRST-TIMERS: The Irish have three first-time opponents on the 2006 ledger, including Brown ... Notre Dame defeated Bellarmine, 8-2, in the first-ever meeting between the two Midwest schools on March 18 ... the Irish will have their inaugural showdown with GWLL newcomer Quinnipiac on May 6.

    BACK HOME AGAIN ... FOR NOW: Notre Dame returns to Moose Krause Stadium on Wednesday following a three-game stretch away from home ... the Irish will also host Dartmouth this coming Sunday before hitting the road for four straight games ... Notre Dame has a 2-0 mark this season at home, with one win coming in the Loftus Center versus Penn State and the other coming against North Carolina at Moose Krause Stadium.

    HUBSCHMANN BACK IN ACTION: Senior attackman Brian Hubschmann, who is back in the Irish lineup after missing all of last season to injury, is leading the team with 20 points ... he has notched five straight multiple-goal games, including a three-goal effort versus Hofstra, which was the fourth hat-trick of his career ... he collected a career-high tying four goals against Villanova ... he also notched an assist against the Wildcats ... prior to the Villanova game, Hubschmann scored two goals and assisted on two others against both Cornell and North Carolina ... for his career, he has seven games with four or more points ... Hubschmann was a 2005 Inside Lacrosse preseason honorable mention All-America selection ... as a sophomore in 2004, he totaled 29 points on 18 goals and 11 assists and copped all-GWLL second team honors.

    SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Seniors occupy the top four spots on the Irish point-leaders list ... Brian Hubschmann leads with 20 (13G, 7A), while Pat Walsh has 13 (6G, 7A), Matt Karweck (8G, 1A) and Matt Ryan (5G, 4A) both have nine.

    STREAKING: Junior midfielder Bill Liva had his career-best and team-leading five-game point streak snapped versus Hofstra ... Brian Hubschmann holds the longest current Fighting Irish streak of six games.

    HOFSTRA RECAP: No. 5 Hofstra used a 6-0 run in the third quarter to pull ahead of No. 11 Notre Dame and go on to win 13-5 on Saturday, March 25 at James M. Shuart Stadium ... senior Brian Hubschmann led the Irish with three goals, while Athan Iannucci and Chris Unterstein both netted four goals for Hofstra ... with the game all knotted up at four early in the second half, Hofstra tallied six straight third quarter goals to make it a 10-4 contest entering the final period ... Iannucci tallied two of his goals during that span, which began after Hubschmann tied the game at 4-4 with just 39 seconds gone by in the half ... Hubschmann would then put an end to the Hofstra run with his third goal of the day just 19 seconds into the fourth quarter ... the hat trick is his second of the season and the fourth of his Irish career ... the Pride erased any hopes of a Fighting Irish comeback as they tallied three straight goals, including two by Unterstein, to make it a 13-5 final ... Hofstra jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter ... the Pride's Ryan Lucas put in an unassisted tally with less than five minutes gone by in the opening period ... Iannucci would then notch back-to-back goals to up the Hofstra lead to three ... Notre Dame responded behind consecutive tallies from Matt Karweck ... the senior midfielder's first score came with 1:09 left in the quarter on a Peter Christman assist and he would net his second just 39 seconds later on a pass from Pat Walsh ... with the Fighting Irish trailing 3-2 early in the second quarter, Hubschmann took a pass from Matt Ryan and tied the contest with 8:22 left on the clock ... the Pride would take a 4-3 lead into the half on an unassisted goal from Unterstein with 1:49 remaining in the stanza.

    THREE IN-A-ROW: The Irish had their three-game win streak ended against Hofstra last Saturday ... Notre Dame's 8-2 victory over Bellarmine on March 18 marked the third straight victory for the Irish ... Notre Dame has won at least three games in-a-row in 23 of 26 varsity seasons ... the only years that the Irish failed to win three consecutive was during the first varsity campaign in 1981 then again in 1983 and 1991.

    IRISH D: The Notre Dame defense held Bellarmine to just two goals on March 18 ... the two tallies were the fewest allowed by an Irish defense since a 12-2 victory over Air Force during the 2004 season.

    SECOND HALF SHUTOUT: The Fighting Irish defense held Bellarmine scoreless during the second half on March 18 ... that marked the first time a Notre Dame defense held a team scoreless in a half since the first half against Butler during the 2003 campaign ... the Irish would go on to win that contest 9-2.

    RUNNING: Notre Dame put together key 5-0 runs in wins over North Carolina and Villanova ... against North Carolina, the Fighting Irish used a 5-0 spurt to break open a 3-3 contest and take an 8-3 lead early in the third quarter ... the Tar Heels would make a run of their own to cut the margin to one (8-7), yet that is as close as they would get before falling 9-7 ... in the Villanova tilt, the Irish trailed 3-2 before running off five unanswered goals to take a 7-3 lead right before halftime ... the Wildcats made a surge to make in an 8-7 contest, however the Irish would prevail 10-7 ... on the year, the Irish have put together runs of three or more goals in five of six games.

    DOUBLE DIGITS: The Fighting Irish tallied 10 or more goals for the first time this season when they did so in the 10-7 win over Villanova on March 14 ... Notre Dame scored in double-figures in seven of its 11 games one season ago ... five of those games were wins.

    HELPING HAND: Pat Walsh was involved in six of Notre Dame's nine goals in the victory over North Carolina on March 11 ... the senior attackman collected five assists and scored a goal ... the five assists tied a career-high for a single game, which he also accomplished versus Denver as a freshman in 2003 ... he now has nine games with six or more points during his Fighting Irish career ... his high-point mark is eight, which came against Harvard in 2003.

    MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior attackman Pat Walsh is currently fourth all-time in school history with 87 assists ... he is one assist shy from the third spot, 13 away from second and is 23 assists away from tying David Ulrich's (1998-2001) program record of 110 ... Walsh is also sixth in program history with 155 points coming on 68 goals and 87 assists ... he is 26 points away from making it into the top-three all-time in school history ... Randy Colley (1991-95) is the school record holder with 273 career points (173 G, 100 A).

    WALSH POINT-LESS: In Notre Dame's 8-2 win over Bellarmine, Pat Walsh was held without a point for just the third time in his collegiate career ... he was also held point-less in a 9-6 loss at Denver last season and in a 10-4 setback to Maryland in 2003.

    GOING FOR TWO: Notre Dame has had two players score multiple goals in every game so far this season ... overall, the Irish have had multiple players score at least two goals in a game in 12 straight contests dating back to last season ... the last game that did not happen was in a 9-8 overtime win at Hofstra on March 26, 2005 ... freshmen Peter Christman and Ryan Hoff did the honors with two goals apiece in this year's season-opener versus Penn State ... Brian Hubschmann and Pat Walsh both netted two against Cornell ... Hubschmann, Walsh and Matt Karweck all notched a pair versus North Carolina ... Hubschmann and Walsh struck again with four and two goals, respectively, against Villanova ... Hubschmann, Karweck and Lucius Polk all notched two goals against Bellarmine ... Hubschmann netted three and Karweck added two more in this year's Hofstra contest.

    FRESH FACES: The two-goal performances by Peter Christman and Ryan Hoff against Penn State marked the first time two freshmen had scored multiple goals in a game for the Irish since the 2003 season as current seniors Pat Walsh and Drew Peters both netted three goals versus Hartford.

    SAVING THE DAY: Sophomore goaltender Joey Kemp boasts a .596 save percentage on the year ... he has made 62 saves, while allowing 42 goals ... Kemp led the nation with a .652 percentage in 2005, making 131 saves and giving up 70 goals ... he also has a 7.00 goals-against average so far this season.

    CLEARING THE WAY: Notre Dame has a .798 clear percentage while the Irish have held opponents to a .700 percentage ... last season, the Irish had a .763 clear percentage and their opponents had a mark of .771.

    FAN SUPPORT: The Irish have played in front of crowds of at least 1,000 people in 10 contests over the past two seasons ... the Notre Dame-Cornell game in Lisle, Ill. on March 4, which was technically a home game for the Irish, drew 3,523 fans ... ... the Notre Dame-Hofstra contest drew 4,363 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium on March 25 ... the Fighting Irish and Bellarmine played in front of 2,700 fans at Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky. on March 18 ... last year's meeting with North Carolina in the First 4 invitational drew 7,182 fans into the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. ... that was the largest crowd ever for a lacrosse contest west of the Mississippi River.

    NOTRE DAME IN THE POLLS: Notre Dame debuted in the Lacrosse magazine preseason rankings at No. 10, while the Irish were No. 12 in the Inside Lacrosse/Faceoff Yearbook preseason poll ... the Irish are No. 12 in the most recent Inside Lacrosse media poll, which was released on March 27 ... the latest USILA coaches poll (March 27) has the Irish 11th.

    PLAYING THE BEST: Notre Dame faced defending NCAA champion Johns Hopkins to conclude fall ball and then opened spring exhibition play versus national runner-up Duke and Bucknell in Durham, N.C. ... the Fighting Irish have three teams that appear in the latest USILA coaches poll on their 2006 ledger ... Notre Dame fell to current No. 2 Cornell, 9-6, on March 4 and current No. 4 Hofstra, 13-5, on March 25 ... the Irish will have a Great Western Lacrosse league match-up at No. 16 Denver on Apr. 14.

    IRISH O: Notre Dame boasted the nation's fourth highest-scoring offense last season (11.91 goals-per-game) and this year's squad hopes to duplicate that success ... All-American attackman Pat Walsh is back for his senior season after leading the Irish in scoring his first three campaigns ... last year, Walsh posted 43 points on 21 goals and 22 assists ... ND did lose leading goal-scorer Jim Morrison (25 G) to graduation, yet the return of senior attackman Brian Hubschmann from an injury that kept him out all of last season should help to pick up the scoring slack ... Hubschmann notched 29 points (18 G, 11 A) as a sophomore in 2004 ... other factors in the Irish offense will be seniors Matt Karweck (26 pts. in '05) and Matt Ryan (21 pts. in '05).

    FINE LINE: Close losses past two seasons have kept Notre Dame out of NCAA tournament ... five of Notre Dame's last six losses entering this season had been by one goal, including three in overtime ... the Irish hope a stronger and more seasoned defense will make the difference this season and return them to the field of 16 ... Notre Dame's last NCAA tournament berth back in 2001 culminated with the program's first-ever appearance in the national semifinals ... the Irish have yet to play a one-goal contest in 2006.

    DRISCOLL AND PETERS NAMED `06 IRISH CAPTAINS: Seniors D.J. Driscoll and Drew Peters have been selected as co-captains for this year's Fighting Irish squad ... Driscoll was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year and was tabbed as a STX/USILA honorable mention All-American last season ... he was also selected as a 2006 Inside Lacrosse preseason third team All-American ... Peters, a three-time monogram winner, has played in all 43 games during his Notre Dame career ... he will help to anchor the Fighting Irish midfield again this season.

    IRISH EARN PRESEASON HONORS: Four Fighting Irish players received preseason All-America honors by Inside Lacrosse and Face-Off Yearbook with senior Pat Walsh (A) leading the way as he was tabbed as a second-team selection ... fellow senior D.J. Driscoll (D) was selected to the third-team, while sophomores Taylor Clagett (M) and Joey Kemp (G) received honorable mention distinction ... Walsh is a three-time All-America honoree ... last year, he earned STX/USILA honorable mention All-America honors along with Driscoll ... Driscoll was tabbed as the 2005 Great Western Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year, while Kemp was named the GWLL Rookie of the Year ... Clagett led the Irish with a .612 face-off percentage last season.

    WALSH NAMED TO TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST: For the third year in a row, senior attackman Pat Walsh has been listed among the 53 players on the `Watch List' for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the top player in college lacrosse at the end of the season ... Walsh is the only Irish player ever named the to watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is in its sixth year, though attackman Tom Glatzel was a finalist for the award in 2001 ... Walsh has gone on to be listed as a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee the past two seasons.

    IRISH ADD NINE FOR NEXT SEASON: Head coach Kevin Corrigan has announced the commitment of nine student-athletes who will join the program next season ... the Irish will finalize their 2005-06 recruiting class during the late signing period in April ... log onto und.com for more information.

    NAME          POSITION          HIGH SCHOOL
    Sean Callinan Defense Deerfield Academy (Mass.) Matt Ciambella Attack Orchard Park (N.Y.) Mike Creighton Defense Malvern Prep (Pa.) Adam Felicetti Midfield Central Bucks East (Pa.) Neal Hicks Attack Lovett School (Ga.) Grant Krebs Midfield St. Mary's (Md.) Chip Lanser Defense Dulaney (Md.) Kelly McKenna Midfield Penfield (N.Y.) Brett Vecchio Midfield Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)

    ND ON THE TUBE: The Irish will appear on television five times during the 2006 regular season ... Notre Dame's contest at Hofstra on March 25 was aired on Fox Sports New York ... the Notre Dame-Brown game at Moose Krause Stadium on March 29 will air on Comcast Local ... the Irish home match against Dartmouth on April 2 will be carried by College Sports Television (CSTV) ... road contests at Butler on April 8 and Denver on April 14 will be carried by Comcast.

    FOLLOW ALL ND HOME GAMES ONLINE: All Notre Dame 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.

    NOTRE DAME ANNOUNCES IRISH ALERT TEXT MESSAGE SERVICE: The University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics, in conjunction with Centenntial Wireless and Notre Dame Sports Properties, has announced a new service for Fighting Irish fans. Irish ALERT, a text messaging service designed to give fans up-to-the-minute game updates, will cover four varsity sports this spring - baseball, softball, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse ... this is a FREE trial program that will run until the completion of each sport's 2006 season ... log onto und.com to sign up.

     

     

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