April 5, 2001
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NOTRE DAME, IND. -- After five straight road games, the No. 7 Notre Dame
men's lacrosse team returns home for the first time since March 4 for a
pair of Great Western Lacrosse League outings. The Irish (6-1, 1-0)
entertain the Denver Pioneers on Sat., April 7 at 4:30 p.m. and then play
host to Air Force on Mon., April 9 at 4:00 p.m. These two games begin a
four-game homestand for the Irish.
Notre Dame is off to its best start since the 1993 campaign when it
began the season 7-0 (its best start in school history). Coach Kevin
Corrigan's squad rebounded from its only loss of the season with a
resounding 13-4 victory at Ohio State in its Great Western Lacrosse League
The Irish have beaten four ranked opponents (all on the road) thus
far in 2001 - Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia and Loyola. Five of Notre
Dame's opponents this season currently are ranked in the United States
Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll. The Irish also are 5-1 on the
road with its only blemish coming in overtime against Hofstra.
RECAP OF OHIO STATE GAME - Senior attack Tom Glatzel (Ellicott City, Md.)
and Jon Harvey (Winchester, Mass.) combined for eight goals and three
assists to lead the Irish to a 13-4 win over Ohio State in its Great
Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) opener. Glatzel finished the contest with
four goals and two assists, while Harvey also scored a season-high four
goals in the contest, in addition to adding an assist. Senior attack David
Ulrich (Baltimore, Md.) added five assists in the game, while junior John
Flandina (West Islip, N.Y.) tallied two goals.
The Irish jumped out to an early 6-1 advantage after the first
period as Glatzel and Harvey scored two goals each. Devin Ryan
(.Kensington, Md.) scored the game's first goal 1:39 into the contest.
After John Cummings tied the game at 1-1 with 12:10 remaining in the first
quarter, the Irish exploded for eight unanswered goals as the Irish held
the Buckeyes scoreless for nearly 20 minutes. Senior Andy Santoriello's
(Westfield, N.J.) first career goal with 58 seconds remaining in the second
quarter gave the Irish a 10-2 halftime advantage.
Glatzel added two third-quarter scores and senior Kevin Dugan
(Avon-by-the Sea, N.J.) notched his first collegiate score and Notre Dame's
final goal of the game with 8:16 remaining.
Senior goalkeeper Kirk Howell (Nashville, Tenn.) made 11 saves in
the contest while playing 49 minutes. Sophomore Nick Antol (Baldwin, Md.)
played a career-high 11 minutes and made a career-high four saves.
HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN - Kevin Corrigan is in his 13th season at Notre
Dame and 15th in the collegiate ranks. The three-time Great Western
Lacrosse League coach of the year earned his 100th career win during the
'99 season in Notre Dame's 10-8 victory over Hobart on March 27 and notched
his 100th win as the Irish head coach in 2000 with his team's 10-5 victory
at Army . He owns a 120-75 (.615) overall ledger and an 110-60 (.647) mark
with the Irish. Corrigan has guided Notre Dame to nine NCAA tournament
appearances in the last 11 years and 10 (either outright or shared)
conference titles. Prior to 1998, he had led the Irish to six straight
tournament berths from 1992-97. Under Corrigan, Notre Dame has been
victorious in the first round of the NCAA tournament on two occasions. In
1995, Notre Dame won its first-ever NCAA tournament game with a 12-10
victory over Duke which propelled the Irish into the quarterfinals for the
first time in school history. Last season, his squad upset fifth-seeded
Loyola (Md.) in 15-13 in the first round for the school's first-ever win
over the Greyhounds. Previous to his tenure at Notre Dame, he served as
head coach at Randolph-Macon during the 1985 and 1986 campaign where his
teams compiled a 10-15 mark.
SERIES RECORD VS. DENVER - Notre Dame has been victorious in all four
meetings between the two teams with the average margin of victory of nine
goals per outing. The Irish earned a 12-8 victory last season in Denver,
Colo, and two years ago handed Denver a 17-9 setback in its first-ever
visit to Notre Dame. The most lopsided win was in the series' inaugural
matchup as the Irish defeated the Pioneers 25-4.
SERIES RECORD VS. AIR FORCE - This will be the 14th meeting in the series
which has been continuous since the first game played between the two
schools in 1988. Notre Dame lost the initial matchup 14-8, but has since
won 12 straight over the Falcons. This will be the seventh time Air Force
will be playing at Notre Dame.
THE POLLS ARE IN - Notre Dame has played as a top 10 team in all but one
game this season. The Irish are ranked seventh in the USILA/STX Poll.
They earned their highest ranking in school history the week of March 19
when they climbed to second for one week before losing to Hofstra on March
24. Previous to that poll, the highest ranking for a Notre Dame team had
been sixth - in both March of 2001 and April of 1996.
CAPTAIN KIRK - Fifth-year player Kirk Howell is in his second year as an
Irish captain. Last season, he served as a team captain along with Patrick
Darcy, Steve Fiamingo and Kevin Higgins. He has the distinction of being
one of just four Irish players to serve as team captain twice during their
careers. Randy Colley, Notre Dame's career goals, assists and points
leader, was the first two-time captain in 1994 and 1995. Alex Cade and
Jimmy Keenan served as captains in both 1997 and 1998.
GWLL WELCOMES FAIRFIELD - The newest member to the Great Western Lacrosse
League in 2001 is Fairfield. The Stags were an independent a year ago.
The Irish played Fairfield for the first time last season and won the game
20-12 on April 22, 2000. They are scheduled to meet the Stags in
Fairfield, Conn. on Sun. April 22.
WELCOME HOME - Notre Dame is playing at home for the first time since Mar.
4 when the Irish defeated Pennsylvania 10-8. Coach Corrigan's squad has
played six of its seven games on the road. Four straight home games await
the Irish with only one road game scheduled for the remainder of the
regular season - at Fairfield (Mar. 22).
ULRICH A FINALIST FOR TEWAARATON TROPHY - Senior attack David Ulrich is
among 15 finalists for the inaugural Tewaaraton Trophy to be presented by
the University Club of Washington, D.C., in conjuction with the Tewaaraton
Award Foundation. The award will be presented annually to the top male and
female lacrosse players in the United State. The first-ever honorees will
be awarded the trophy on June 7, 2001.
STINGY DEFENSE - Notre Dame's defense has been nothing short of spectacular
this season as the Irish are seventh nationally in scoring defense allowing
just 7.14 goals per game. Only one opponent (Hofstra) has scored more than
10 goals against the Irish when Notre Dame dropped an 11-10 overtime
decision to the Pride. The Irish have held two opponents - Rutgers and
Ohio State - to just four goals in their wins over the Scarlet Knights
(9-4) and Buckeyes (13-4). All seven Irish foes this season have scored a
combined 50 goals for a 7.14 goals per game average which ranks Notre Dame
seventh nationally in that category. This has been Notre Dame's most
productive defensive team since 1996 when that Irish squad allowed just 42
goals in its first seven games of the season.
ROAD TESTED - Notre Dame has a 5-1 road mark this season after playing six
of its first seven games on the road. The Irish will play five of its
remaining six games at home in the friendly confines of Moose Krause
Stadium. Notre Dame won its first four road games before losing to Hofstra
in overtime, but rebounded last weekend by posting a 13-4 decision at Ohio
State in its GWLL season opener. The last Notre Dame team to win four
straight road games was the 1996 squad which finished with a perfect 5-0
mark playing on the home field of its opponent. That team was 6-1 overall
that season including games played on neutral sites. The team did not lose
until the first round of the NCAA tournament against Johns Hopkins when it
dropped a 12-7 decision at the Naval Academy.
HOME SWEET HOME - Notre Dame has an impressive .759 winning percentage at
home since 1981 in the program's inaugural season as a varsity sport as the
Irish teams have compiled an 85-27 record. Head coach Kevin Corrigan's
squad lost two games at home in 2000 in posting a 4-2 mark. During the
past seven-plus seasons, the Irish have compiled a 32-7 (.821) mark and
have had three undefeated season - 1994 (5-0), 1995 (5-0) and 1997 (6-0).
SEEING DOUBLE - Seniors David and Todd Ulrich are the first twin brothers
to play on the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team. David has been a three-year
starter at attack for the Irish, while Todd was a starter in the midfield
during the 1999 and 2000 campaigns.
CLOSING IN ON THE ASSIST RECORD - For the fourth straight year, senior
attack David Ulrich is leading the team in assists. The Baltimore, Md.
native has 12 this season and needs just eight more to become the school's
all-time career assist leader. Ulrich has 88 career assists after his
five-assist performance against Ohio State. He moved ahead of Mike
Sullivan an into second place on the all-time career assist list.
Sullivan, who played for the Irish from 1989-92, finished his career with
88 assists. Randy Colley (1991-95), Notre Dame's career scoring leader,
tops the Irish career assist chart with 100. Ulrich has had 30-plus
assists in each of the last two seasons. In 2000, he tied the Irish
single-season mark when he dished off 32 assists during the season.
Ulrich's 152 career points places him fourth on the all-time career scoring
list. He needs four points to move ahead of Joe Franklin (1983-86) who
collected 113 goals and 42 assists for 155 points during his four-year
MOVING UP THE RANKS - The numbers registered by Tom Glatzel have been
staggering as the Irish senior has scored 23 goals and dished off four
assists through the first seven games of the season. He is averaging 3.29
goals per game and 4.29 points per game. Most impressive, are his numbers
over the past two seasons. As a freshman, he scored just one goal and
dished off an assist, but since that season, he has scored 88 goals and
dished off 40 assists in 35 games. He has scored 89 goals and dished off
41 assists during his career. His 130 career points places him eighth on
the career scoring list.
MAKING A FIRST IMPRESSION - Freshman defense Mickey Blum (Garden City,
N.Y.) became the first Irish rookie to start a game this season when he
earned his first career starting assignment against Ohio State. The OSU
contest also was a game in which senior midfield players Andy Santoriello
and Kevin Dugan tallied their first collegiate goals.
STOP GAP - Senior goalie Kirk Howell has been outstanding for the Irish
this season as he has registered a .634 save percentage and 7.09 goals
against average. He has allowed just 48 goals and made 83 saves while
playing 406:24 of a possible 422.24.
HARVEY BUSTS OUT - Senior attack Jon Harvey, who was the second-leading
goal scorer for the Irish a year ago with 28 goals, had been somewhat quiet
up until Sunday's four-goal outburst against Ohio State. Harvey had scored
just three goals prior to the contest in the first six games of the season.
He has career totals of 36 goals and five assists (41 points).
IRISH IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS - Two Irish players -Tom Glatzel (4th in
goals per game and 8th in points per game) and Kirk Howell (8th in goals
against average and 10th in save percentage) - are ranked among the
national leaders. As a team, Notre Dame is 4th in winning percentage, 7th
in scoring defense, 8th in man-up offense and 14th in scoring margin.