No. 15 Notre Dame wraps up its three match road swing with its second matchup against a Big Ten side this season traveling to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State. The Irish and Spartans are scheduled to square off at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The match will be broadcast on FS1 and also available to stream live via the Fox Sports app (subscription required).
No. 16 NOTRE DAME at Michigan State
Location: East Lansing, Michigan | DeMartin Soccer Complex
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Game Notes: vs. MSU
THE MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
• Notre Dame and Michigan State will square off on Tuesday evening for the 30th time in series history. The Irish are 16-7-6 against the Spartans in the all-time series.
• The Irish have dominated the series in recent memory, going 6-2-1 in the last nine matchups.
• Notre Dame fell to Michigan State in the last meeting between the two sides on Sept. 15, 2018 by a final score of 1-0 at Alumni Stadium.
• Twelve of Notre Dame’s 16 wins in the series have come by way of a shutout.
LYNN IN TOP FORM
• Sophomore striker Jack Lynn has started the 2019 season brightly, scoring a goal in four of his first six matches.
• Lynn’s four goals are the most by any player on the team.
• After scoring goals in wins over Seattle and Denver the sophomore was named the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament MVP.
• Lynn has already surpassed his goal tally from last season (three goals).
• Felicien Dumas has already scored two goals and added two assists this season off set pieces.
• The graduate student has free kick goals against Seattle and Clemson and has assists against Saint Louis and Seattle.
• Dumas scored the goal of the season for the Irish in 2018, curling an effort into the top right corner in a 3-2 win over Syracuse.
• Dumas is the active leader for career assists with 16.
• The Irish have scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of matches this season.
• In the season opener Notre Dame scored a goal in the second minute (1:12) of play, marking the quickest goal to start a season in program history.
• Freshman Mohammad Abualnadi scored the first goal off a rebound from a Felicien Dumas free kick.
• The goal scored at 1:12 is tied for the second fastest goal scored to open a match since 1995.
• The Irish have scored first in four of six matches this season.
ASCHIERIS, CASEY & DUMAS NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS
• Graduate students Ian Aschieris and Felicien Dumas along with senior Jack Casey will wear the captains armbands for the Irish in 2019.
• The trio of captains played a large role in Notre Dame’s success last season. The three players combined to play in 61 matches during the 2018 campaign, earning 54 starts.
ONE OF THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULES IN THE COUNTRY
• The Irish have never shied away from playing a challenging slate of opponents and the 2019 schedule looks to be no different.
• Notre Dame has or will play four of the top 10 ranked teams in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll in No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Virginia, and No. 7 Clemson.
• Seven of the 16 teams on Notre Dame’s regular-season schedule are currently ranked in the top 20
• Ten of the sides the Irish are scheduled to face qualified for the 2018 NCAA tourney.
BERTICELLI MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
• The Irish won the Berticelli Memorial Tournament last weekend after defeating Seattle (4-2) and Denver (1-0).
• The Irish have claimed the tournament championship nine times: 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
• Notre Dame improved to 24-3-5 (.828) all-time in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.
RILEY MAKES INSTANT IMPACT
• In head coach Chad Riley’s first season the Irish reached their first NCAA quarterfinal since 2013, finishing the season with a record of 11-7-3, defeating six ranked opponents.
• Riley became the first head coach in program history to reach the NCAA quarterfinals in his debut season after earning the No. 7 overall seed in the tournament.
• The program spent the 2019 spring break in England, touring the country.
• The 10-day trip consisted of three matches against formidable club teams, attending three matches, touring stadiums and training facilities and learning about the English culture.
• The Irish went an unbeaten 1-0-2 on the trip, defeating a strong Brentford Reserve side and earned draws against Derby County U-18s and Players Centre.
• The team attended matches at Southampton, Mancherster City and West Ham.