Oct. 19, 2012
PROVIDENCE (3-8-2, 1-4-0)
#7 NOTRE DAME (11-3-0, 3-2-0)
Saturday, Oct. 20 Noon (ET)
Alumni Stadium Notre Dame, Ind.
Notre Dame leads series 14-2-1
#7 IRISH HOST PROVIDENCE ON SATURDAY
No. 7 Notre Dame (11-3-0, 3-2-0) will play host to Providence (3-8-2, 1-4-0) on Saturday in a BIG EAST Blue Division showdown. Kickoff is slated for noon (ET) at Alumni Stadium.
There is free admission to the match. Fans that are in town for Saturday's Notre Dame-BYU football game are encouraged to check out the action at Alumni Stadium.
Saturday will be Senior Day for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame's 10 seniors will be honored prior to the game.
The match will be streamed for free on UND.com. Live stats via GameTracker will also be available on UND.com.
The Irish are coming off a 6-1 win at Seton Hall last Saturday.
Notre Dame is 6-0 at home this season.
FIGHTING IRISH VS. THE FRIARS
Saturday will be the 18th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Providence. The Irish lead the series 14-2-1, which includes a four-game win streak and an 11-game unbeaten streak against the Friars.
Notre Dame captured a 2-1 win at Providence last season. The last three encounters have been one-goal Irish victories.
The Fighting Irish are 7-0 all-time at home against the Friars. The last meeting in South Bend was a 2-1 Irish win in 2010.
The last Friar win over Notre Dame was a 3-1 decision during the 2000 season in Providence.
Head coach Bobby Clark is 10-0-1 against Providence during his Notre Dame tenure.
The Friars will bring a 3-8-2 record into Saturday's match. Providence is 1-4-0 in BIG EAST play. The Friars fell to Georgetown, 1-0, on Wednesday.
The Providence offense is averaging 1.0 goal per game, while the defense is allowing 1.54 goals per game.
Junior Wilder Arboleda has team-high totals in goals (6) and points (13). Sophomore goalkeeper Keasel Broome has a 2-6-2 record with one shutout. He has a 1.35 goals-against average and a .659 save percentage. Senior Byron Regester is 1-2-0 in goal with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .545 save percentage.
Providence went 11-8-1 last season. The Friars were 5-3-1 in BIG EAST play and finished tied for fourth along with Notre Dame and Georgetown in the Blue Division. Providence fell at UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Head coach Craig Stewart is in his first season at Providence.
THE LAST TIME
The Fighting Irish notched a 2-1 victory at Providence last season. Brendan King gave the Irish a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute and Harrison Shipp made it 2-0 in the 80th minute. Marc Cintron scored for Providence with 39 seconds left in the match.
Irish goalkeeper Will Walsh made four saves in the win.
IRISH THIRD IN RPI
Notre Dame is third in this week's RPI rankings. Six Fighting Irish opponents appear in the top 11 of the RPI. Those squads are Connecticut (2), Georgetown (4), Indiana (5), Akron (6), Louisville (10) and Marquette (11). Notre Dame will face Marquette twice during the regular season.
Nine BIG EAST squads are in the top 30 of the RPI.
Maryland currently is No. 1 in the RPI.
Bobby Clark NOTCHES 300TH CAREER WIN
Saturday's win at Seton Hall was the 300th career victory for Bobby Clark as a college head coach. Clark, who is in his 12th season with the Irish, has a 147-67-34 record at Notre Dame. He was 71-21-12 at Stanford (1996-2001) and 82-42-13 at Dartmouth (1985-93).
Clark is the 14th active Division I men's soccer head coach to reach the 300-win milestone.
HAT TRICK FOR HARRISON
Junior forward Harrison Shipp registered his first career hat trick in the 6-1 victory at Seton Hall. It was the first hat trick for a Notre Dame player since Bright Dike netted three goals in a 5-0 win over Michigan on Sept. 1, 2009.
Shipp was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performance against the Pirates.
ROOKIE ON THE RISE
Freshman midfielder Patrick Hodan was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday. He tallied five points on two goals and one assist in two matches last week. He registered a career-high three points on one goal and one assist in the 6-1 victory at Seton Hall.
Hodan netted the lone Irish goal in the 2-1 setback at Northwestern.
The freshman midfielder has played in every match this season, including one start, and has 11 points on four goals and three assists. The goal and assist totals are tied for third on the team and the point total is fourth.
Notre Dame has scored 16 goals in its last three BIG EAST games. The Irish topped Seton Hall 6-1 last Saturday after combining for 10 goals in wins over Pittsburgh (7-1) and Georgetown (3-0) the previous week.
The seven-goal output against Pittsburgh was the largest for the Irish since a 7-1 win over Western Michigan on Oct. 14, 1997. The seven goals were the most scored by the Irish against a BIG EAST opponent.
The 10 combined goals versus Pittsburgh and Georgetown are the most ever for the Fighting Irish in consecutive BIG EAST games. It was the first time the Irish combined for 10 goals in two games since 1995. That season, the Irish scored 10 goals in consecutive matches against Valparaiso (7-0) and Syracuse (3-0).
The Irish have not been shutout this season. It is the first time since the 1987 campaign that Notre Dame has not been blanked in the first 14 matches of a season.
This is just the fourth time in the 36-year history of the Notre Dame program that the Irish have not been shutout in the first 14 contests of a season.
Notre Dame is 10-0 this season when scoring first.
Nine different Fighting Irish players have scored at least one goal this season.
FINLEY HAS FIREPOWER
Senior forward Ryan Finley has tallied 12 points in the last four matches. He netted two goals in both the Pittsburgh and Georgetown contests. He has 11 career multiple-goal games, including three hat tricks. He has three two-goal games this season.
He is the first Notre Dame player to record back-to-back multiple-goal games since Joseph Lapira in 2007. Lapira scored twice against both Connecticut (Oct. 13) and Indiana (Oct. 17) that season.
Finley notched a goal and two assists in the 6-1 victory at Seton Hall last Saturday. The two assists matched a single-game career-high total.
Finley leads the Irish in goals (11) and points (25) this season. Last season, his first with the Irish after transferring from Duke, he had team-high totals in goals (7) and points (16).
Senior midfielder Dillon Powers has a team-high five assists this season. His goal (4) and point (13) totals rank third among all Irish players.
SECOND HALF SUCCESS
Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 22-3 in the second half and overtime this season.
OWNING THE STAT SHEET
The Fighting Irish have outshot their competition 270-142 this season, which includes a 114-43 advantage in shots on goal. The Irish also have earned 25 more corner kicks (86-61) than their opponents.
TAKING DOWN TOP-10 FOES
The Fighting Irish are 3-1 against top-10 competition this season. The wins have come against No. 3 Georgetown (3-0), No. 4 Akron (3-1) and No. 10 Indiana (1-0). The Irish fell at No. 2 Connecticut (2-1).
Notre Dame has reached the 10-win mark in 11 of head coach Bobby Clark's 12 seasons with the Irish. The Fighting Irish have already surpassed their win total (9) from last season.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
Notre Dame has posted six shutouts this season. The Irish are allowing just 0.86 goals per game.
Fifth-year senior Will Walsh and junior Patrick Wall have split time in goal. Walsh has a 5-2 record with three shutouts, a 1.00 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage. Wall is 6-1 with three shutouts, a 0.71 goals-against average and a .773 save percentage.
Senior midfielder Dillon Powers has played in a team-best 65 straight games, including 52 consecutive starts. The only five games he has missed during his Fighting Irish career were during his freshman season when he played for the U.S. at the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
Senior central defender Grant Van De Casteele has started 52 straight matches. He did not play during the 2009 campaign, but has not missed a game since.
Junior forward Harrison Shipp has appeared in all 52 matches during his Irish career.
NOTRE DAME IN BIG EAST PLAY
Notre Dame owns an overall record of 105-60-19 (.622) in BIG EAST regular-season play since joining the conference in 1995. The Irish have posted 11 straight winning campaigns within the league, including last season's 5-3-1 mark.
The most wins for Notre Dame in BIG EAST play is eight, which occurred in 2004 (8-1-1), 2006 (8-3) and 2009 (8-3).
The Irish have three regular-season BIG EAST titles. Notre Dame won the championship outright in 2004 and 2008 (Blue Division) and shared the Blue Division trophy with Connecticut in 2007. The Fighting Irish captured BIG EAST tournament crowns in 1996 and 2003.
POWERS A SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST
Midfielder Dillon Powers has been named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award in the men's soccer division. The Fighting Irish standout is among 10 student-athletes up for the prestigious honor.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates that were announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 19 (once daily per computer). Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men's College Cup, which will take place December 7 and 9 in Hoover, Ala.
Nine of Notre Dame's 14 matches this season have been decided by one goal. The Irish are 6-3 in those contests.
Prior to the double-overtime victory at Michigan, Notre Dame's last overtime triumph was a 2-1 decision over Michigan last season at Alumni Stadium. Both games took place on Sept. 16.
BEST IN THE BERT
The Fighting Irish won the 11th annual Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament by besting Oregon State (1-0) and Akron (3-1). It was the fifth time (`03, `05, `08, `10) that the Irish captured the event, which is named after the former Notre Dame coach. Akron was the runner up, while Indiana and Oregon State finished third and fourth, respectively.
Leon Brown (Jr./F), Max Lachowecki (So./D), Dillon Powers (Sr./M) and Grant Van De Casteele (Sr./D) represented Notre Dame on the all-tournament team. Brown was the tournament's offensive MVP, while Van De Casteele was the defensive MVP. Junior Patrick Wall and senior Will Walsh were the goalkeeping co-MVP honorees.
BEASTS IN BLOOMINGTON
The Irish have a 3-0 record in Bloomington, Ind., this season. Notre Dame won the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) by posting wins over San Diego State (3-2) and Clemson (2-1).
It was the second time in 13 appearances that Notre Dame won the IU Classic. The Irish also captured the 1993 tournament.
The win over Indiana on Sept. 26 gave the Irish their first-ever three-game unbeaten streak against the Hoosiers. Notre Dame is 2-0-1 in its last three matches against Indiana, including two straight victories in Bloomington.
HAULING IN THE HARDWAREv Notre Dame has played in both the Indiana Classic and the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons and this year marks the first time the Irish have won both events in the same season.
Freshman midfielder/defender Michael Shipp has joined his older brother, Harrison, this season on the Irish roster. Harrison is a junior forward.
Midfielders Dillon Powers and Michael Rose will serve as Notre Dame team captains during the 2012 campaign. Powers, a senior, will be serving as captain for the second straight season, while Rose, a fifth-year senior, is a first-time captain.
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