March 31, 2006
Dartmouth vs. No. 11/12 Notre Dame
Sunday, April 2 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Moose Krause Stadium Notre Dame, IN
The No. 11 Notre Dame men's lacrosse team returns to the field to battle Dartmouth on Sunday, April 2 at Moose Krause Stadium. This will be the fifth meeting all-time between the Irish and the Big Green, with the Irish holding a 3-1 edge. Dartmouth defeated Notre Dame 10-9 last season in Hanover, N.H. The Fighting Irish topped Brown 11-5 on Wednesday to improve to 5-2 on the season, while Dartmouth has a 4-3 record entering Sunday's contest. The game will be aired live on CSTV.
SNAPSHOT OF THE IRISH: Notre Dame stands at 5-2 overall following Wednesday's 11-5 victory over Brown ... eight different players notched a goal for Notre Dame in the win ... the 11 goals marked the largest scoring output of the season for the Fighting Irish ... Notre Dame is averaging 8.14 goals-per-game, while limiting its opponents to just 6.71 ... the Irish opened the season with an 8-4 victory over No. 14 Penn State before dropping a 9-6 decision to No. 8 Cornell ... the Fighting Irish then captured three straight victories against North Carolina (9-7), Villanova (10-7) and Bellarmine (8-2) before falling to No. 5 Hofstra (13-5) ... Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 57-47 ... senior attackman Brian Hubschmann leads the team in points (22) and goals (14) ... senior Pat Walsh has a team-high nine assists and has moved into third-place in Notre Dame history with 89 career assists ... Hubschmann has five multiple-goal games this season ... sophomore goaltender Joey Kemp has started every game in goal and has a 5-2 record ... he has allowed 45 goals, while making 72 saves and boasts a .615 save-percentage and a 6.59 goals-against average ... Walsh, a three-time All-America honoree, is second on the team with 16 points, coming on seven goals and nine assists ... following the Dartmouth tilt, the Fighting Irish will hit the road for four straight games, including the GWLL opener on April 8 at Butler.
ABOUT DARTMOUTH: The Big Green has a 4-3 mark on the season ... Dartmouth is coming off a 12-9 win over No. 15 Albany on March 27 ... prior to that victory, the Big Green had dropped three straight contests (Penn State 11-10, Air Force 13-8 and Maryland 14-2) ... Dartmouth opened the season with three victories (Providence 15-12, Vermont 13-6 and Fairfield 14-12) ... the Big Green has been outscored 52-46 on the year ... Nick Bonacci leads Dartmouth in scoring with 30 points off of 11 goals and 19 assists ... Jamie Coffin has a team-high 16 goals to go along with 11 assists ... Coffin garnered USILA honorable mention All-America honors last season and is a 2006 Inside Lacrosse third team preseason All-American ... he was also named to the Tewaaraton Trophy `Watch List' ... goaltender Pat Marshall has all seven decisions and carries a .506 save-percentage and an 11.03 goals-against average.
ND-DARTMOUTH SERIES NOTES: Sunday will mark the fifth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Dartmouth, with the Irish holding a 3-1 edge in the series ... the Fighting Irish fell to the Big Green 10-9 last season in Hanover, N.H. ... the first contest between the two schools occurred in 1996, a 14-13 Notre Dame victory at Dartmouth ... the Irish would also win the next two meetings by scores of 15-5 (1997) and 10-3 (2004) ... Notre Dame has outscored Dartmouth 48-31 in the series.
COMMON OPPONENT: The Irish and Big Green have faced one common opponent so far this season ... Notre Dame defeated Penn State 8-4, while Dartmouth fell to the Nittany Lions 11-10.
IRISH VS. THE IVY LEAGUE: Notre Dame owns a 13-12 mark all-time versus the Ivy League, including a 1-1 mark so far this season ... the Irish fell to Cornell, 9-6, on March 4 and then defeated Brown, 11-5, this past Wednesday.
HAT TRICKS: Freshman Ryan Hoff netted the first hat trick of his college career in the 11-5 win over Brown ... the last Irish freshman to register a hat trick was current sophomore Michael Podgajny in the 2005 regular season finale at Ohio State ... joining Hoff with a hat trick for the Irish this season is Brian Hubschmann ... Hubschmann had a four-goal effort against Villanova and a three-goal game versus Hofstra.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Notre Dame had eight different players score at least one goal in the 11-5 win over Brown on Wednesday ... scoring for the Irish was Ryan Hoff (3), Matt Karweck (2), Pat Walsh (1), Duncan Swezey (1), Brian Hubschmann (1), Michael Podgajny (1), Drew Peters (1) and Bill Liva (1) ... the last time Notre Dame had at least eight players score in a game was the 2005 regular season finale at Ohio State as 12 different Irish players notched a goal.
BACK HOME AGAIN ... FOR NOW: Notre Dame returned to Moose Krause Stadium on Wednesday to face Brown 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 3-0 mark this season at home, with one win coming in the Loftus Center versus Penn State and the other two coming against North Carolina and Brown 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 22 points on 14 goals and eight assists ... he has notched five multiple-goal games, including a career-high tying four-goal effort versus Villanova on March 14 ... for his career, he has seven games with four or more points ... he also netted a hat trick against Hofstra ... 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 22 (14G, 8A), while Pat Walsh has 16 (7G, 9A), Matt Karweck has 11 (10G, 1A) and Matt Ryan has nine (5G, 4A).
STREAKING: Brian Hubschmann is riding a seven-game point streak ... Notre Dame has won its past three games at Moose Krause Stadium, including 9 of its last 12 ... senior attackman Pat Walsh has started all 44 games during his Fighting Irish career.
BROWN RECAP: Freshman Ryan Hoff netted his first career hat trick to help lead the 11th-ranked Fighting Irish to an 11-5 victory over Brown in men's lacrosse action at Moose Krause Stadium on Wednesday, March 29 ... senior midfielder Matt Karweck also added two goals to help Notre Dame record its largest scoring output of the season ... Notre Dame broke open the game with a 5-0 spurt to take a 7-1 lead with 11:28 remaining in the third quarter ... sophomore Michael Podgajny opened the run with a goal off a pass from freshman Duncan Swezey with 13:06 left in the second quarter ... Fighting Irish would then take control of the game by netting three tallies in the final four minutes of the first half ... Karweck scored his first of the day at the 3:47 mark and then Hoff would find the back of the net just 46 seconds later with the assist going to Swezey, who would add a goal to his total later in the game to give himself a three-point afternoon ... Karweck made it a 6-1 contest at halftime by taking a pass from Pat Walsh and notching his 10th goal of the season ... the Irish capped off the run with a goal from senior attackman Brian Hubschmann on an assist from Walsh ... Hubschmann now has a team-high 14 goals, while the assist gave Walsh his team-leading ninth of the season and moved him into third-place at Notre Dame with 89 career assists ... Brown's Mike Bernard would make it a 7-2 contest with 4:59 remaining in the third period ... A pair of freshmen then hooked up for the Irish as Peter Christman sent a pass to Hoff, who tallied his second goal of the game to give Notre Dame an 8-2 advantage after three quarters of play ... after a man-up tally by Walsh, via a Hubschmann pass, and Swezey's goal, the Fighting Irish were in double figures for the second time this season ... Hoff's third goal was sandwiched in between two scores from Brown's Alex Buckley as the Irish led 11-4 with 7:30 left to play ... Notre Dame senior co-captain D.J. Driscoll notched his first point of the season by assisting on Hoff's tally ... Will McGettigan recorded a man-down goal with just 30 seconds remaining to give the Bears their fifth score of the game ... the Irish opened the contest strong as senior co-captain Drew Peters registered his first goal of the season, off a Lucius Polk pass, to put Notre Dame on top 1-0 with 11:24 left in the first quarter ... junior Bill Liva netted his fourth goal of the year at the 5:57 mark of the opening period to put the Irish up 2-0 ... sophomore goaltender Joey Kemp had a solid day in net for Notre Dame as he stopped 10 shots, while allowing only three goals ... Brown's Nick Gentilesco gave up all 11 goals and made 13 saves ... Notre Dame held a 40-36 edge in shots and a 42-31 advantage in groundballs ... the Irish also won 11 of 20 faceoff attempts.
DOUBLE DIGITS: The Fighting Irish have tallied 10 or more goals twice this season ... the first time was in a 10-7 win over Villanova on March 14 ... the Fighting Irish had their largest scouring output of the season in an 11-5 win over Brown on March 29 ... Notre Dame scored in double-figures in seven of its 11 games one season ago ... five of those contests were wins.
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 13 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.
RUNNING: Notre Dame has put together key 5-0 runs on three occasions this season ... 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 ... Notre Dame broke open a 2-1 game versus Brown to take a commanding 7-1 lead en route to an 11-5 victory ... on the year, the Irish have put together runs of three or more goals in six of seven games.
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 is allowing just 6.71 goals-per-game ... the Irish 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.
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 third all-time in school history with 89 assists ... with his two-goal effort against Brown, he passed Mike Sullivan into third on the list ... he is 11 assists shy from second and is 21 assists away from tying David Ulrich's (1998-2001) program record of 110 ... Walsh is also sixth in program history with 157 points coming on 69 goals and 89 assists ... he is 23 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.
FIRST-TIMERS: The Irish have three first-time opponents on the 2006 ledger ... Notre Dame defeated Bellarmine, 8-2, in the first-ever meeting between the two Midwest schools on March 18 ... the Irish also topped Brown 11-5 in their first-ever clash ... Notre Dame will have its inaugural showdown with GWLL newcomer Quinnipiac on May 6.
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 .615 save percentage on the year ... he has made 72 saves, while allowing 45 goals ... Kemp led the nation with a .652 percentage in 2005, making 131 saves and giving up 70 goals ... he also has a 6.59 goals-against average so far this season.
CLEARING THE WAY: Notre Dame has a .791 clear percentage, while the Irish have held opponents to a .699 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) ... through the first seven games of the 2006 season, Notre Dame is averaging 8.14 goals-per-game.
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 44 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.
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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 was carried on Comcast Local as will the Butler tilt on April 8 ... the Irish home match against Dartmouth on April 2 will be carried by College Sports Television (CSTV) ... a road tilt at Denver on April 14 will be broadcast 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.