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Irish Topple Mexico Under-20 National Team, 3-2
April 26, 2013
Junior forward Harrison Shipp (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and sophomore forward Vince Cicciarelli (Peoria, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame) scored less than 13 minutes apart midway through the second half to help the Notre Dame men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over the reigning CONCACAF champion Mexico Under-20 National Team on Friday night before a sellout crowd of 3,007 fans at Alumni Stadium.
Shipp's wonder strike from 25 yards out in the left channel off a pinpoint throw-in by sophomore defender Max Lachowecki (Evansville, Ind./Reitz Memorial), came just before the hour mark to break a 1-1 tie and give the Fighting Irish the lead they would never relinquish.
Cicciarelli, a second-half substitute, added a key insurance goal in the 73rd minute, running down a long outlet pass on the left side, cutting into the penalty area and pulling Mexico goalkeeper Richard Sanchez out of position before scoring into the empty net from 12 yards away. (read more)
Fighting Irish Unveil Challenging 2013 Slate
June 10, 2013
Home dates with defending national champion Indiana and national semifinalist Maryland highlight the Notre Dame men's soccer team's 2013 regular-season schedule. The Fighting Irish, who are entering their first season of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play, will face 12 teams that made last season's NCAA Championship field. (read more)
Senior Trio To Captain Irish During 2013 Campaign
June 27, 2013
Seniors Andrew O'Malley (D), Harrison Shipp (F) and Grant Van De Casteele (D) have been named captains for the 2013 University of Notre Dame men's soccer season. All three are first-time team captains for the Fighting Irish.
O'Malley (West Chester, Pa./Salesianum School) started all 15 matches in which he played during the 2012 campaign. He missed seven games due to injury. (read more)
Former Irish Soccer Coach Dennis Grace Dies At Age 60
July 8, 2013
Former University of Notre Dame men's and women's soccer coach Dennis Grace, who led the Irish to their first NCAA Championship appearance in men's soccer, died Friday at his home in Elkhart, Ind., after a long battle with cancer. He was 60.
Grace served as Notre Dame's second varsity men's soccer coach, heading up the Irish program from 1984-89. He also was the first varsity women's soccer coach in the 1988 and '89 seasons. (read more)
Matt Besler Named MLS All-Star, Added To U.S. Gold Cup Roster
July 18, 2013
FMatt Besler continues to make a name for himself in the professional and international ranks. The former University of Notre Dame All-American has been named an MLS All-Star for the second time and he also has been added to the United States CONCACAF Gold Cup roster for the knockout round. (read more)
Irish To Receive Extensive TV/Internet Coverage During 2013 Season
August 9, 2013
University of Notre Dame men's soccer fans across the globe will have the ability to see the Fighting Irish take to the pitch several times during the 2013 campaign. A minimum of twelve matches can be seen on television or the Internet.
ESPNU will broadcast the Sept. 8 home opener versus North Carolina, which will signify the first official Atlantic Coast Conference contest for any sport at Notre Dame. Road tilts against ACC foes Clemson (Oct. 5), Virginia Tech (Oct. 11) and North Carolina State (Oct. 19) will be broadcast on ESPN3. (read more)
Fighting Irish Find Themselves High In Preseason Rankings
August 16, 2013
Garnering a high preseason ranking is much like scoring a goal with the offsides flag up - neither count in the end. But as the early-season polls continue to trickle out a couple things are very clear - the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team appears very high on most lists as do several Fighting Irish opponents.
Notre Dame debuts at No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, 11th in the College Soccer News rankings and sixth according to BennettRank. Eight Irish opponents appear in the NSCAA poll, including four in the top 10 alone. (read more)
#7 Fighting Irish Fall At #6 Creighton, 1-0, In Exhibition Opener
August 18, 2013
Even though the scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of Creighton, the No. 7 Notre Dame men's soccer team was able to take away some positives from the exhibition-opening setback to the sixth-ranked Blue Jays in front of 3,212 fans Sunday afternoon at Morrison Stadium.
A goal from Carlos McCrary, which was assisted by Marvin Iskra, in the 87th minute was the difference as the Blue Jays topped the Irish in Sunday's first game. The two squads played to a scoreless draw during the day's second match, which was 60 minutes in length. (read more)
A New Era For Men's Soccer
August 21, 2013
Every season presents new challenges and excitement, but the 2013 Notre Dame men's soccer campaign brings obstacles on multiple fronts for a squad that is coming off one of the top seasons in team history.
The Fighting Irish will look to replace two first team All-Americans, who were among a solid group of experienced veterans, all while navigating their first season in arguably the nation's top conference - the ACC.
Notre Dame's 2012 resume is an impressive one. The Fighting Irish captured the most wins since 1988 (17-4-1), won the program's third BIG EAST Championship crown and garnered the top seed in the NCAA Championship for the first time. (read more)
#7 Notre Dame Opens Season With 0-0 Draw Against #9 UCLA
August 30, 2013
Friday's men's soccer showdown between No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 9 UCLA that kicked off the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic ended in a scoreless draw at a hot and humid Bill Armstrong Stadium. The match was the season opener for both squads.
The stat sheet clearly belonged to the Fighting Irish as Notre Dame outshot UCLA 18-9, including 10-4 in the opening half.
Both teams had five shots on goal. The Irish had 12 corner kicks compared to five for the Bruins. (read more)
#4 Notre Dame Draws #1 North Carolina, 1-1, In ACC Opener
September 8, 2013
Just when it appeared the Notre Dame men's soccer team might enter Atlantic Coast Conference play on the wrong end of the result with No. 1 North Carolina, senior forward Leon Brown deposited the equalizer in the 79th minute and the two teams ended deadlocked, 1-1, following two overtime periods Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. (read more)
#4 Notre Dame Tops #25 Syracuse, 3-0, To Notch First ACC Win
September 14, 2013
There was no bad luck on this Friday the 13th for the fourth-ranked Notre Dame men's soccer team as the program picked up its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory with a 3-0 triumph over No. 25 Syracuse at a damp and chilly SU Soccer Stadium.
It also was a night of firsts for two Fighting Irish players. Sophomore midfielder Evan Panken and senior central defender Andrew O'Malley both netted their first career goals, while Patrick Hodan had the third tally to help the Irish (2-0-2, 1-0-1) remain undefeated this season.
Hodan, a sophomore midfielder, also had an assist as did senior forward Harrison Shipp. (read more)
#1 Notre Dame Remains Undefeated With 3-0 Win Over Michigan
September 18, 2013
The University of Notre Dame men's soccer team began Tuesday finding out they are the new No. 1 in the Soccer America poll and they finished the day living up to the ranking by topping Michigan 3-0 at Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame (3-0-2) needed two saves from senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall in the opening minute, but once the Irish got the ball on their end of the pitch they converted on their first shot of the match.
The attempt came from senior forward Harrison Shipp in the fourth minute when dribbled around the Wolverine defense and tucked his shot into the lower left corner of the netting from 10 yards away for his first goal of the season. (read more)
#1 Notre Dame Draws At Boston College, 1-1
September 22, 2013
The No. 1 Notre Dame men's soccer team fell behind Boston College 1-0 in the 17th minute but responded 12 seconds later on a goal from senior forward Harrison Shipp and the match ended as a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening at Newton Campus Field.
The tie keeps Notre Dame unbeaten on the season with a 3-0-3 mark. The Fighting Irish move to 1-0-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The Irish held a 17-5 overall shot advantage, yet both teams had three shots on goal. (read more)
#2 Notre Dame Scores Twice Late To Take 3-1 Victory Over Duke
September 27, 2013
No. 2 Notre Dame scored twice in the final three minutes of the match to come away with a 3-1 victory over Duke in Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer action on Friday evening in front of a capacity crowd of 3,007 at Alumni Stadium.
It was better late than never for the Fighting Irish as sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan put the team up 2-1 in the 88th minute when he placed the ball into the upper left corner from 22 yards away for his first goal of the season.
With just under a minute left in regulation Harrison Shipp was taken down in the box and he converted a penalty kick to ice the game away. (read more)
Harrison Shipp's Golden Goal Lifts #2 Irish Past #13 Clemson, 2-1
October 5, 2013
A two-goal effort, including the game winner in overtime, from senior forward Harrison Shipp propelled the second-ranked Notre Dame men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at No. 13 Clemson Saturday evening in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Riggs Field.
The Fighting Irish (6-0-3, 3-0-2) seemed on their way to victory in regulation, but Clemson's Ara Amirkhanian netted the equalizer in the 88th minute.
It didn't take Shipp long to end the match as he deposited a turnaround shot from 15 yards away less than two minutes into overtime.
Shipp currently has a career-best seven-game point streak and he leads the Irish this season in goals (5) and assists (5). (read more)
#2 Notre Dame Draws With #5 Maryland, 1-1
October 8, 2013
Vince Cicciarelli gave No. 2 Notre Dame the lead in the 59th minute, yet Patrick Mullins netted the equalizer in the 72nd minute for No. 5 Maryland and the Irish and Terrapins finished deadlocked, 1-1, in Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer action on Tuesday evening at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame (6-0-4, 3-0-3) controlled much of the match and held a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. (read more)
#2 Notre Dame And #13 Northwestern Play To 1-1 Draw
October 15, 2013
Notre Dame saw its 1-0 halftime lead disappear less than five minutes into the second half and the second-ranked Fighting Irish wound up in a 1-1 draw with No. 13 Northwestern in men's soccer action on Tuesday evening at a soggy Alumni Stadium.
The match, which featured a steady rain for most of the first half, started out slowly and neither team produced a solid scoring chance until the 37th minute when Irish left back Max Lachowecki deposited his second goal of the season. (read more)
#2 Irish Claim 2-1 Come-From-Behind Victory At NC State
October 19, 2013
The second-ranked Notre Dame men's soccer team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with second-half goals from Patrick Hodan and Max Lachowecki to claim a 2-1 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday evening at Dail Soccer Stadium.
The win keeps the Irish undefeated this season. Notre Dame (8-0-5, 5-0-3) is tied with Wake Forest for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Both squads are 5-0-3 in league play.
The Irish threatened in the 19th minute when forward Leon Brown sent a shot off the post, but it was North Carolina State (4-4-4, 1-4-3) that struck first in the 20th minute on a Danny DiPrima goal, which was assisted by Alex Martinez. (read more)
Second-Ranked Irish Fall At Home To #19 Virginia, 2-0
October 26, 2013
Virginia's Darius Madison scored three minutes before halftime and again two minutes into the second half to give the No. 19 Cavaliers a 2-0 win over No. 2 Notre Dame in Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
It was the first setback of the season for Notre Dame (8-1-5, 5-1-3) and the Irish currently reside in second place in the ACC standings, just one point behind leader Wake Forest.
The Fighting Irish will square off against the 14th-ranked Demon Deacons at 7 p.m. (ET) next Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. (read more)
Harrison Shipp And Patrick Hodan Named First Team Academic All-District
November 1, 2013
Not only are Harrison Shipp (Sr./F) and Patrick Hodan (So./M) the top two point scorers this season for the Notre Dame men's soccer team, they also are very successful in the classroom and the two student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District V First Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Fighting Irish duo now will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America™ Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. (read more)
#2 Notre Dame Downs #12 Wake Forest, 3-1, To Move To Top Of ACC
November 2, 2013
In a match that had major Atlantic Coast Conference implications, the No. 2 Notre Dame men's soccer team came out the victor with a 3-1 triumph of No. 12 Wake Forest on Saturday evening in front of nearly 4,000 spectators at Spry Stadium.
Notre Dame (9-1-5, 6-1-3) is now tied with Maryland atop the ACC standings with one league match left to play for both teams. The Irish conclude conference play on Friday with a home tilt against Pittsburgh, while Maryland finishes at Virginia Tech that same day. Wake Forest fell to third place with the loss. (read more)
#1 Notre Dame Captures 2-0 Win At #18 Michigan State
November 5, 2013
On the day the Notre Dame men's soccer team reclaimed the top spot in the national polls, the Fighting Irish lived up to the ranking with a 2-0 victory at No. 18 Michigan State on Tuesday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium.
Goals from forwards Harrison Shipp and Vince Cicciarelli just 37 seconds apart in the second half propelled the Irish to their 10th victory of the season.
The scoring surge began in the 60th minute when midfielder Robby Gallegos played the ball to Shipp, who tucked his shot into the far post from the top of the penalty box for his team-best seventh goal of the season. (read more)
#1 Notre Dame Wins Share Of ACC Regular-Season Title
November 8, 2013
It didn't take the Notre Dame men's soccer team long to make an impact in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The top-ranked Fighting Irish defeated Pittsburgh, 2-0, Friday evening at Alumni Stadium to lock up a share of the ACC regular-season title in just their first season in the league. Notre Dame finished tied with Maryland atop the conference standings.
The Fighting Irish (11-1-5, 7-1-3) now will shift their focus to the postseason. Notre Dame is the No. 2 seed for the ACC Championship and will play host to Duke on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. (read more)
#1 Notre Dame Edges Duke, 1-0, In ACC Quarterfinals
November 12, 2013
A magnificent set piece that resulted in a Patrick Hodan goal in the 59th minute made the Notre Dame men's soccer team's Atlantic Coast Conference Championship debut a successful one as the top-ranked Fighting Irish bested Duke, 1-0, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday evening at a frigid Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame (12-1-5) will face No. 12 Virginia Friday in the league semifinals at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. The match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast on ESPN3. Virginia handed Notre Dame its only setback of the season, a 2-0 decision on Oct. 26 at Alumni Stadium.
The first half of Tuesday's affair didn't feature much offense as the Fighting Irish recorded the only three shots of the stanza. (read more)
Harrison Shipp And Bobby Clark Cop ACC Awards
November 14, 2013
The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday announced its men's soccer awards and all-conference teams and it was a major haul for league-newcomer Notre Dame.
Senior forward Harrison Shipp was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Bobby Clark was selected as ACC Coach of the Year and six Fighting Irish players garnered all-conference accolades. (read more)
#1 Notre Dame Falls To #10 Virginia In Penalty Kicks, 4-3
November 15, 2013
Two Virginia goals in the final six minutes of regulation sent Friday's Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship semifinal match against Notre Dame to overtime and the Cavaliers would prevail in penalty kicks, 4-3, following the 3-3 draw at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The back and forth match featured several shifts in momentum. No. 1 Notre Dame (12-1-6) went up 3-1 in the 81st minute on an Andrew O'Malley goal and No. 10 Virginia used goals in the 85th and 87th minutes to take the momentum back and force the extra sessions. (read more)
Fighting Irish Earn #3 Seed For NCAA Championship
November 18, 2013
The unveiling of the NCAA Championship bracket can cause different emotions depending on the team, but the only angst for the Notre Dame men's soccer squad on Monday was finding out where it would be seeded and who it would potentially host in the second round.
Having notched a 12-1-6 pre-NCAA tournament record, a share of the ACC regular-season title and a solid RPI, the Fighting Irish knew they were in great position for a high seed in the 48-team field. (read more)
Irish Get Offensive In 4-0 Win Over Wisconsin In NCAA Second Round
March 10, 2013
Natalie Achonwa's stellar performance means Notre Dame will keep playing. Achonwa had 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead the second-ranked Irish to a 75-66 win over South Florida on Sunday in the Big East women's tournament quarterfinals.
"Achonwa's numbers were record setting at Notre Dame - 20-20 is a phenomenal accomplishment," coach Muffet McGraw said.
It was the first 20-20 in Big East tournament play since Rebecca Lobo did it in 1993. (read more)
Dillon Powers Named MLS Rookie Of The Year
November 25, 2013
Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers has been named Major League Soccer's AT&T Rookie of the Year, the first time a Colorado player has earned the honor.
The 22-year-old out of the University of Notre Dame finished his first professional season with five goals and six assists, both good for second on the team, while leading the team's offense from his central attacking midfield position.
"We are incredibly proud of Dillon for this accomplishment, though it's clear that both he and (his teammate) Deshorn (Brown) would be worthy Rookie of the Year winners," said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. (read more)
#3 Irish Down #14 Demon Deacons 4-2 To Reach NCAA Quarterfinals
December 1, 2013
FIt was a heavyweight fight with both teams exchanging blows and No. 3 Notre Dame came out with the 4-2 victory over No. 14 Wake Forest in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Round of 16 Sunday evening at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame (14-1-6) will play host to Michigan State at 7 p.m. (ET) Saturday in the tournament's quarterfinal round. (read more)
Harrison Shipp Named A MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
December 3, 2013
Last week Harrison Shipp was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year™ for Division I men's soccer and now he can add Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy semifinalist to his impressive resume. Shipp (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) is among 15 student-athletes up for the player-of-the-year award, which is presented annually during a January banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Shipp is one of six semifinalists still alive in the NCAA Championship. (read more)
Fighting Irish College Cup Bound For The First Time
December 7, 2013
For the first time in program history the Notre Dame men's soccer team is headed to the College Cup. The third-ranked Fighting Irish used goals from sophomores Evan Panken and Patrick Hodan to defeat No. 11 Michigan State 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship on Saturday evening at a frigid Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame (15-1-6) will face No. 7 New Mexico at 5 p.m. (ET) Friday in the national semifinals at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Maryland and Virginia will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the other semifinal. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPNU. (read more)
#3 Irish Face #7 Lobos In First College Cup Appearance
December 10, 2013
No. 3 Notre Dame (15-1-6) will face No. 7 New Mexico (14-5-2) Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. The match is slated for 5 p.m. (ET) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
This is Notre Dame's first appearance in the College Cup.
The match will be aired live on ESPNU/WatchESPN with Glenn Davis (play-by-play) and Taylor Twellman (analyst) calling the action. Live stats will be available via Gametracker on UND.com. (read more)
Harrison Shipp And Grant Van De Casteele Named All-Americans
December 13, 2013
The National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) on Friday released its All-America teams and two Notre Dame student-athletes were among those honored.
Senior forward Harrison Shipp was named to the first team, while fifth-year senior Grant Van De Casteele, a central defender, appeared on the third team.
Shipp (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) leads the Fighting Irish in goals (12) and assists (8) this season and on Thursday was named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Last month, Shipp was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and he was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. (read more)
Hodan Helps Fighting Irish Reach College Cup Final
December 13, 2013
The University of Notre Dame men's soccer team now is just one step away from winning the program's first national title. A two-goal performance from sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan propelled No. 3 Notre Dame past No. 7 New Mexico 2-0 on Friday evening in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship at PPL Park.
Notre Dame will face No. 5 Maryland, who topped Virginia 2-1 in the second semifinal, on Sunday in the national title game.
The match is slated for 3 p.m. (ET) at PPL Park and it will be broadcast on ESPNU and WatchESPN. The Fighting Irish and Terrapins played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 8 at Notre Dame. Both squads shared this season's ACC regular-season title. (read more)
Fighting Irish To Face Terps For NCAA Title
December 14, 2013
No. 3 Notre Dame (16-1-6) will meet No. 5 Maryland (17-3-5) Sunday in the title game of the NCAA Championship. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Notre Dame topped New Mexico 2-0 in Friday's first semifinal, while Maryland bested Virginia 2-1 in the second match.
The Fighting Irish are making their first appearance in the national title game. This is Notre Dame's first-ever trip to the College Cup. (read more)
Irish Down Terps To Win NCAA Title, 2-1
December 15, 2013
Confetti rained down, the Notre Dame fight song "Victory March" blasted on the loudspeakers and everyone on the Fighting Irish's soccer team ran to one side of the field to celebrate.
For the first time in the school's proud athletic history, Notre Dame was on top of the men's college soccer world.
Led by goals from Andrew O'Malley and Leon Brown, and another big game from College Cup co-Most Outstanding Player Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame won its first men's soccer title with a 2-1 victory over Maryland on Sunday at PPL Park. The Fighting Irish finished the season 17-1-6. (read more)