Oct. 21, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - It did not take Dillon Powers long to make an impression in Major League Soccer. The former Notre Dame All-American recently was named MVP of the Colorado Rapids for his stellar rookie campaign.
The Rapids selected Powers with the 11th overall pick in January's MLS SuperDraft and the midfielder has played in 30 games, including 29 starts, this season and has tallied five goals and six assists. Both of those offensive figures are tied for second among all Colorado players.
Powers is one of the top MLS Rookie of the Year candidates. He has helped lead the Rapids to a 14-10-9 record and they are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth with one match left to play in the regular season.
Powers received first team All-America accolades from the NSCAA during his senior season at Notre Dame. The two-time team captain played in 78 matches, including 64 starts, during his Fighting Irish career (2009-12). Powers registered 42 points on 10 goals and 22 assists in an Irish uniform. He was a three-time all-BIG EAST pick.
Happy Birthday And Happy Return For Hodan
It was a happy 20th birthday on Saturday for Fighting Irish sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan as he tallied a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win at North Carolina State. Hodan entered the match at the beginning of the second half after missing the previous two games with an injury. He scored the equalizer in the 54th minute and assisted on Max Lachowecki's game winner in the 65th minute. Hodan has four goals and three assists this season.
Max On The Mark
Junior left back Max Lachowecki tallied five points on two goals and one assist in helping the Irish post a win and a tie last week. He also was a key part of the Fighting Irish defense that limited its opponents to two goals in 200 minutes of action in those two matches.
Lachowecki gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute of Tuesday's 1-1 draw with No. 13 Northwestern. He notched a career-high three points in Saturday's 2-1 win at North Carolina State. The junior assisted on the equalizer in the 54th minute and then scored the game winner in the 65th minute.
And Then There Were Three
Notre Dame (8-0-5) is just one of three undefeated teams left in NCAA Division I men's soccer this season. California (10-0-2) and Washington (10-0-3) are the other unbeaten squads.
This is the third time in 37 seasons as a varsity program that Notre Dame has been without a loss following the first 13 matches of a season. The feat also occurred in 1981 (10-0-3) and 1987 (12-0-1).
Fighting Irish In First
Notre Dame is tied with Wake Forest for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Both teams are 5-0-3 in ACC play with three conference games remaining. The Fighting Irish and Demon Deacons will square off Nov. 2 in Winston-Salem, N.C. That will be the second-to-last ACC match for both squads.
Busy Stretch Ends For Irish
Saturday's match at North Carolina State was Notre Dame's sixth game in the last 18 days. The Irish went 4-0-2 in those contests. Notre Dame now enters a stretch of playing four matches in 20 days to close out the regular season.
-- Sean Carroll, Assistant Athletic Media Relations Director