April 6, 2015
#15 MARQUETTE (9-2)
#1 NOTRE DAME (7-1)
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 4 p.m. (ET)
Arlotta Stadium – Notre Dame, Ind.
SETTING THE STAGE
– No. 1 Notre Dame (7-1) will be aiming for its fifth straight victory when the Fighting Irish play host to No. 15 Marquette (9-2) Tuesday at Arlotta Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 4 p.m. (ET).
– The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Nick Beattie (analyst) on the call. Live stats will be available on UND.com.
– Notre Dame is coming off a 15-10 win at Duke on Saturday, while Marquette topped St. John’s, 14-12, that same day.
– The Golden Eagles are the sixth straight ranked opponent Notre Dame has faced.
– This is the third meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Marquette. The Fighting Irish have won the first two encounters. Notre Dame won in Milwaukee, 12-7, last season and the Irish topped the Golden Eagles, 17-5, in 2013 in Wilmette, Illinois.
IRISH DOWN DUKE WITH FOUR HAT TRICKS
– A quartet of hat tricks propelled No. 1 Notre Dame to a 15-10 win over No. 7 Duke on Saturday at Koskinen Stadium.
– Conor Doyle, Matt Kavanagh, Nick Ossello and Mikey Wynne all netted three goals for the Fighting Irish, who captured their third win over a top-10 opponent this season. Doyle also had a career-best four assists, while Kavanagh had two. Sophomore goalie Shane Doss made a career-high 17 saves in the win.
– The Irish victory snapped Duke’s 21-game home winning streak, which was the longest active streak in the nation.
NOTRE DAME NOT USED TO TRAILING
– The Fighting Irish have only trailed for 11:06 the entire season. In the last six games Notre Dame has been behind for just 1:10.
– The Fighting Irish have outscored their opponents 32-9 in the first quarter and 60-24 in the first half this season.
– Notre Dame has led after the first, second and third quarters in every game this season.
– Nine of Notre Dame’s 11 regular-season opponents currently appear in both the USILA (coaches) and Cascade/Maverik (media) polls, including five in the top 10.
– The Fighting Irish are 5-1 against those ranked teams so far this season.
NOTRE DAME AT NO. 1
– After beating No. 1 Syracuse on March 28, Notre Dame moved to the top of the USILA (coaches) and Cascade/Maverik (media) polls.
– The Irish remained in the top spot this week after Saturday’s 15-10 win at Duke. This is the sixth week in the history of the Fighting Irish program that they have been No. 1 in both polls.
Here are Notre Dame’s previous appearances at No. 1:
April 18 – May 2, 2011 (USILA & media polls – 2 weeks)
March 25 – April 1, 2013 (USILA & media polls – 1 week)
April 22 – April 29, 2013 (USILA & media polls – 1 week)
DOSS GETTING IT DONE
– Sophomore goalie Shane Doss is sixth nationally in save percentage (.596) and 11th in goals-against average (8.01). Doss leads the ACC in both of those categories.
– Doss made a career-high 17 saves in Saturday’s win at Duke. He has made 10 or more saves in six of his seven starts this season.
– He was named the USILA Division I Defensive Player of the Week and the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after the Irish shut out Ohio State, 9-0, on March 21.
– Doss has a 6-1 record this season and an 11-4 career mark.
GETTING OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE
– Notre Dame ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense (13.6 gpg.) and 13th in scoring defense (8.4 gpg.).
KAVANAGH PRODUCING POINTS
– Matt Kavanagh has compiled three or more points in seven of eight games this season. He ranks eighth nationally in assists per game (2.38) and 14th in points per game (4.50).
– The junior attackman has notched six or more points in three games this season and in 11 games during his career.
– Kavanagh’s career 3.79 points-per-game average is fourth among all active Division I players.
– Kavanagh currently has a team-best 17-game goal streak, which is the longest of his career.
– Notre Dame boasts the nation’s third-best man-up offense (.550). The Fighting Irish are 11-of-20 in extra-man opportunities this season. Mikey Wynne has a team-best four man-advantage goals, while Matt Kavanagh has three man-up tallies.
– The Fighting Irish rank third nationally in shooting percentage (.368). Individually, Mikey Wynne is fifth in the nation in shooting percentage (.511), while Conor Doyle is 13th (.467) and Nick Ossello is 15th (.458).
CONSISTENCY FROM Conor Doyle
– Senior attackman Conor Doyle has a 29-game point streak, which ranks 12th nationally and is the longest on the team.
– Doyle has produced 81 points (50g, 31a) during the streak.
– Doyle notched seven points on three goals and four assists in Saturday’s win at Duke. The point and assist totals were career-high marks.
FIGHTING IRISH SPURTS
– Notre Dame has produced significant scoring runs in each of the last seven games.
– The Irish netted seven of the game’s first nine goals in Saturday’s 15-10 victory at Duke.
– The Fighting Irish extended their 5-3 halftime lead against Syracuse with four straight second-half scores to claim a six-goal advantage (9-3) before going on to win 13-12 in double-overtime.
– Notre Dame scored every goal in the 9-0 win over Ohio State on March 21.
– The Fighting Irish scored the first seven goals in the 11-9 victory at Virginia.
– Notre Dame surrendered the first goal to Denver before scoring five straight times, but the Irish would suffer an 11-10 overtime setback.
– After Dartmouth tied Notre Dame, 2-2, the Fighting Irish rattled off 14 consecutive tallies in the 20-5 victory.
– The Irish overturned a 1-0 deficit at Michigan with nine straight goals en route to the 17-8 victory.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
– Notre Dame has had at least six different goal scorers in seven of eight games this season.
– Notre Dame had a season-high 10 goal scorers in wins over Dartmouth and Michigan. The Irish had a season-low four goal scorers in the win at Virginia.
WHAT A START FOR WYNNE
– Freshman attackman Mikey Wynne has a team-high 24 goals this season.
– Wynne has posted two or more goals in six of eight games this season. He ranks 10th nationally in goals per game (3.0).
– Wynne scored six goals versus Georgetown in his collegiate debut.
PERKOVIC A PLAYMAKER
– Sophomore Sergio Perkovic is Notre Dame’s leading midfield scorer this season with 14 goals and four assists.
– Perkovic has 14 multiple-goal games during his career (five this season), including four games of three-plus tallies.
– He tied a career-high mark of five points with three goals and two assists against Georgetown in the season opener.
– Perkovic netted 28 goals last season, including five in the national title game. The 28 goals were the most ever for a freshman midfielder at Notre Dame.
KAVANAGH IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOK
– Junior attackman Matt Kavanagh’s 159 career points (91g, 68a) rank seventh in the Notre Dame record book.
– Kavanagh’s 91 goals are the eighth-most in school history and the 68 assists are the fifth most.
– Kavanagh produced Fighting Irish single-season records for points (75) and assists (33) in 2014.
– Kavanagh’s 42 goals last season were the most for a Notre Dame player since Randy Colley netted a school-record 49 goals in 1995.
– Kavanagh is the only player in Notre Dame history to register 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season (42g, 33a in 2014).
– He has 28 multiple-goal games during his career (15 with three-plus goals).
– Kavanagh matched a school record with seven goals in last season’s win at Ohio State.
OSSELLO ON A ROLL
– Senior midfielder Nick Ossello has registered a career-high three points in each of the last three games. He scored three goals against Ohio State and then tallied two goals and one assist versus Syracuse. Ossello deposited three goals at Duke. That was the fifth time during his career that he recorded five points in a game.
ACC DEFENSIVE HONORS FOR THE IRISH
– Junior defenseman Matt Landis has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season (March 16 & March 30), while sophomore goalie Shane Doss received the honor on March 23.
NOTRE DAME NAMED NCAA.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK
– The Fighting Irish were named the NCAA.com Men’s Lacrosse Team of the Week last week for the win over top-ranked Syracuse.
– It was the first time in program history that Notre Dame defeated a top-ranked opponent. The Irish had been 0-4 all-time against No. 1 teams.
NOTRE DAME BLANKS THE BUCKEYES
– Notre Dame posted the second shutout in program history with the 9-0 blanking of No. 15 Ohio State on March 21 at Arlotta Stadium.
– Notre Dame sophomore Shane Doss started between the pipes and stopped 11 Buckeye shots, while senior Conor Kelly came off the bench to play the final 4:25 of the game and made two saves to preserve the shutout. Notre Dame’s only other clean sheet in program history came in a 15-0 win over Mt. Union on April 10, 1984.
– Notre Dame’s man-down defensive unit halted all five of Ohio State’s man-up chances.
FOUR ON TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
– Matt Kavanagh (Jr./A), Matt Landis (Jr./D), Jack Near (Sr./M) and Sergio Perkovic (So./M) are among 50 players who recently were named to the 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
– Kavanagh was a Tewaaraton Award nominee last season.
FIVE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
– Five Notre Dame players garnered preseason All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse. Junior attackman Matt Kavanagh was selected to the first team, while sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic was placed on the second team. Junior defenseman Matt Landis earned a third-team citation and Garrett Epple (So./D) and Jack Near (Sr./M) both were honorable-mention picks.
VETERAN TRIO TO CAPTAIN THE IRISH
– Seniors Jim Marlatt, Conor Doyle and Jack Near have been named team captains for the 2015 campaign. Marlatt, a fifth-year senior, is a two-time team captain, while Doyle and Near are in their first year in the leadership position.
KAVANAGH IS CLUTCH
– Matt Kavanagh has three overtime game-winning goals during his career. He netted the deciding goal in last season’s triumph over Albany in the NCAA quarterfinals. During his freshman campaign, he scored in overtime against Penn State and North Carolina (3ot).
GAME CHANGERS AWARD
– Members of the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference/United Way “Game Changers” and were honored during the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament. The “Game Changers” initiative was introduced this year as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s unique and longstanding partnership with United Way. It seeks to recognize and highlight specific ACC team involvement with its local United Way chapter.
– Notre Dame and Duke are the only two schools to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in each of the last five campaigns.
– Notre Dame and Maryland are the only two programs to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field in each of the last nine seasons.
– The Fighting Irish are 10-5 in the NCAA tournament over the last five seasons.
IRISH ATHLETICS TO HONOR FATHER HESBURGH
– The University of Notre Dame athletics department will commemorate the legacy of long-time University president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., in a number of ways. Father Hesburgh died February 26 at age 97. He served as University president from 1952-87.
– Notre Dame athletic teams will wear “Fr. Ted” patches or stickers on some combination of their uniforms, warm-ups or helmets.
– Moments of silence will be observed prior to home events in each of Notre Dame’s 26 varsity sports.
– In the near future, there will be commemorative signage created for each Notre Dame home athletic venue–to be featured either on the field or court itself or displayed elsewhere at the facility.