April 1, 2005
#9/6 Notre Dame (5-1) vs. #19/17 Dartmouth (3-2)
Saturday, April 2, 2:30 p.m. â€¢ Scully-Fahey Field
– Real-Time Stats: www.athletics.dartmouth.edu (also linked on und.com)
#9/6 IRISH HEAD TO #19/17 DARTMOUTH ON SATURDAY: The #9/6 University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team (5-1) will play a nationally-ranked team on the road for the fifth time in seven games this season, when it travels to #19/17 Dartmouth (3-2) for a 2:30 p.m. (EST) game on Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover, N.H. The Irish, winners of four straight, are off to their best start since the 2001 season, which saw them advance to the NCAA semifinals and finish 14-2.
REAL-TIME STATS: Live in-game statistics, courtesy of College Sports Online’s GameTracker, will be made available on Dartmouth’s official athletics website, www.athletics.dartmouth.edu, and will be linked via the Notre Dame athletics web site, www.und.com.
SNAPSHOT OF THE IRISH: Notre Dame’s men’s lacrosse program has experienced a wealth of success since the arrival of head coach Kevin Corrigan in 1989. In his 15 seasons, Corrigan has guided Notre Dame to a winning record 13 times, including 10 seasons with nine or more victories, compiling a 144-80 (.643) mark. The Irish have earned 10 berths to the NCAA Championship, including quarterfinal apperances in 1995 and 2000 and a Final Four trip in 2001. Notre Dame has 38 victories over ranked opponents, including nine vs. top-10 teams and holds a 73-23 (.760) overall record at home. Notre Dame has won 12 conference titles (9 Great Western Lacrosse League, 3 Midwest Lacrosse Association Great Lakes Conference) in that span. Since the formation of the GWLL in 1994, the Irish are 42-5 (.894) in conference play — including 23-2 (.920) at home — winning at least a share of the league championship in every season except 1998 and 2004. Notre Dame has had at least one player earn All-America honors in each of the last 12 seasons, a total of 23 honorees since 1994. In addition, the Irish have garnered 85 all-conference honors, highlighted by four GWLL player-of-the-year awards.
The 2005 Irish team returned 17 monogram winners and six starters from last year’s squad that was 7-5, finished second to Ohio State in the GWLL (4-1 record), and finished 12th in the final USILA national rankings, just missing a bid to the NCAA Championship.
Notre Dame had one of the top offenses in all of college lacrosse last year, finishing second in Division I in scoring offense (12.50 goals per game) and first in assists per game (7.9). Back from that team are five of the top seven — and three of the top four — scorers, and the Irish are the top scoring team in Division I (12.29 goals per game) early in 2005, while also ranking first in man-up offense (14-25, .560). Headlining the attack is junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.), who has established himself as one of the nation’s top players in 2005 after being a third-team All-American and one of 15 nominees (seven attackmen, five of whom are back in `05) for the Tewaaraton Trophy (awarded to the top player in collegiate lacrosse) a year ago. After finishing seventh in the nation in scoring in 2004 (3.92 points per game), he entered the week second nationally in scoring (5.40 points per game) and was one of just two players to rank among the top 10 in Division I in both goals per game (9th, 2.80) and assists per game (6th, 2.60) this season. Through six games, Walsh has 14 goals and 17 assists (31 points), and he was named the GWLL Player of the Week for a six-goal (seven-point) performance at #13 Hofstra last weekend that saw him score the game-winner in double overtime. The Irish were slated to have another starter back at attack, as junior A Brian Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton H.S.) — who was preseason honorable mention All-America by Inside Lacrosse — made the move back to his prep position after being a starting midfielder in 2004 (and finishing third on the team in scoring, with 18 goals and 11 assists), but a season-ending knee injury suffered in mid-February will preclude him from seeing action in 2005. As a result, Notre Dame moved junior A Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) from being a starting midfielder to a starter on attack. He was on the first Irish midfield in 2003 and last year ran on the second midfield, mostly in an offensive role. He was the GWLL Player of the Week after missing the Irish record for points in a game by one with an eight-point (5 G, 3 A) performance against Butler on March 19. The final starting slot on attack is filled by senior co-captain A Jim Morrison (Fulton, Md./Mount St. Joseph H.S.), a former walk-on who is Notre Dame’s top creaseman. He was earning major minutes in fall ball as a junior, but then missed all of last season due to injuries. He had played in only five games (1 G) prior to this year, but then became the only player in Irish history ever to start a season with four consecutive hat tricks. Morrison leads Notre Dame in goals with 18 and came into the week 11th nationally in goals per game (2.60), but that was before a five-goal outburst at Villanova on Monday. Senior A Matt Malakoff (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore H.S.), who has been a contributor throughout his career, is Notre Dame’s top reserve at attack. He had two goals against Butler.
In the midfield, Notre Dame is led by its most-experienced player, senior co-captain M Brian Giordano (Princeton, N.J./Hun School), who is back for his fourth year as a starter. He was named first-team all-GWLL in each of the last two campaigns. Giordano, who had multiple goals in six of 10 games in which he played in 2004, was named preseason honorable mention All-America by Inside Lacrosse this season and thus far has 10 points (7 G, 3 A). Also back in a starting role is junior M Matt Ryan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley H.S.), who has been a major contributor in each of the last two seasons. Last year, he led non-seniors in ground balls with 39, and he has 14 points (8 G, 6 A) this season. The final spot on Notre Dame’s top midfield — vacated by Karweck — is filled by freshman M Michael Podgajny (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley H.S.), a strong all-around player who was a prep All-American at Ridley High School. He had a hat trick against North Carolina and has eight points (4 G, 4 A) in his young collegiate career. On Notre Dame’s second midfield are senior M Colin Fatti (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles H.S.), junior M Drew Peters (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon H.S.), and sophomore M Ryan Cunn (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip H.S.). Fatti and Peters have played key roles for the Irish in the past, while Cunn was slated to be a starter in his rookie season before missing all of 2004 with a knee injury. Sophomore M Bill Liva (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Malvern Prep School) had been on the second midfield, but he has missed the last two games due to injury, while sophomores M Lucius Polk (Washington, D.C./St. Albans H.S.) — especially in man-up situations — and M John Greaney (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon H.S.) also have been contributors for the Irish. The top defensive shortstick middies are junior M Brandon Schultheis (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon H.S.) — who was an LSM last year and early in 2005 — and freshmen M Taylor Clagett (Chesapeake Beach, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) and M Anson Fraser (Summit, N.J./Summit H.S.). Clagett, whose brother Steve graduated last year after being a four-year contributor in the Irish midfield, has emerged as not only Notre Dame’s top faceoff man, but one of the best in the nation, winning 64.5% (71-110) thus far. He also leads the team in ground balls (37) and came into the week in the national leaders in both faceoffs (11th, .633) and ground balls (12th, 5.60 per game).
Defense will be a key factor in Notre Dame’s fortunes this year, as it came in as a relatively-inexperienced unit. Junior D D.J. Driscoll (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep School) is the lone returning starter, but he figures to be one of the top defensemen in the nation this year. He set a Notre Dame freshman record for ground balls (61) in 2003 and last year developed into the team’s top on-ball defender. This season, he is second on the team in ground balls (25) and was the GWLL Player of the Week after holding North Carolina’s Jed Prossner — a 2004 first-team All-American and one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy — to just one goal, one assist, and four turnovers in ND’s 9-7 win over Carolina on March 12. He is joined down low by sophomore D Joey Rallo (Cockeysville, Md./Boys’ Latin H.S.) — who was the top Irish reserve defenseman in 2004 — and freshman D Ross Zimmerman (Utica, Mich./Brother Rice H.S.), who has started four of the first six games of his career. Sophomore J.R. Stahl (Sparks, Md./Boys’ Latin H.S.) started against North Carolina and Butler, but missed the last two games due to injury. Senior co-captain LSM Chris Richez (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport H.S.) is back for his second year as Notre Dame’s top longstick midfielder after switching from shortstick middie midway through his career. He is backed up by freshman D Sean Dougherty (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep School), who started the season as a defenseman.
The final line of defense figures to be a strength for the Irish, who boast two capable players at the position. Freshman G Joey Kemp (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep School), who is expected to be a future star, made his first collegiate start against North Carolina and notched 13 saves and was named the game’s MVP, becoming the first Irish goalie ever to beat a top-10 team in his starting debut. He is 4-0 this season with a 6.76 goals-against average (9th in the nation) and .649 save percentage (8th). Fifth-year senior G Stewart Crosland (Bethesda, Md./Landon School) had started 30 consecutive games in goal prior to that, and he is the backup.
LAST TIME ON THE FIELD: Notre Dame picked up a pair of big road victories over Easter weekend, first topping #13 Hofstra 9-8 in double overtime on Saturday and then beating Villanova 11-7 on Monday. Junior All-American A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.), a native of Long Island, scored his sixth goal of the game to win Saturday’s contest at Shuart Stadium. The Irish led nearly the entire game – going up by as many as four – but saw the Pride score twice in the final two minutes to force extra sessions. Junior M Matt Ryan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley H.S.) created what would be the decisive turnover in the game, giving Notre Dame possession midway through the second overtime. The ball was on Walsh’s stick following an Irish timeout, and the junior moved from the left wing to behind the net and then reversed his momentum. He made a dodge, dove toward the crease and scored to hand Notre Dame its first-ever double-overtime victory. Senior M Brian Giordano (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) was the only player besides Walsh to notch multiple points, as he had both a goal and an assist. The Irish led by four on two occasions, first late in the second half (6-2) before a last-minute Pride score. Even though Notre Dame trailed for just 2:52 the entire game, Hofstra was up in a number of the statistical categories. The Pride had a 42-26 advantage in shots and a 39-27 edge in ground balls. The Irish did win 11 of 20 faceoffs, but Hofstra took five of seven in the fourth quarter and overtimes combined. Notre Dame freshman M Taylor Clagett (Chesapeake Beach, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) won nine of 17 faceoffs and shared the team lead — with junior A Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) — with five ground balls.
Senior A Jim Morrison (Fulton, Md./Mount St. Joseph H.S.) scored a career-high five goals to lead Notre Dame past Villanova. The Irish jumped out to an 8-2 lead en route to snapping the Wildcats’ 14-game home winning streak. In addition to Morrison, Notre Dame got four assists from Walsh, as well as two goals apiece from senior M Colin Fatti (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles H.S.) and Ryan, a Philadelphia-area native. Plus, Clagett won 14 of 20 faceoffs (.700), collected a team-high and collegiate-high nine ground balls, and notched a goal and an assist. The Irish defense held the Wildcats to just seven goals – none in the final 18:19 – despite Villanova holding a 40-37 shot advantage over the Irish. It was 15-7 in the final quarter, but Notre Dame netted the only goal. At the intermission, Notre Dame was up 23-14 in shots, 20-14 in ground balls, and 11-5 in faceoffs. But Villanova played a strong second half, which allowed it to hold an edge in shots and ground balls (31-30) at the conclusion. Thanks in large part to Clagett, Notre Dame still held a 15-7 advantage in faceoff victories.
HEAD COACH Kevin Corrigan: Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is in his 17th season at the helm of the Notre Dame program. He has led the Irish to a 144-80 (.643) mark, while holding a 154-95 (.618) overall record in 18+ seasons. Corrigan’s Notre Dame teams have earned 10 NCAA tournament berths since 1990, highlighted by quarterfinal appearances in 1995 and 2000 and a Final Four trip in 2001. Only six other Division I schools have as many postseason appearances in that span, while Corrigan and Princeton’s Bill Tierney are the only two mentors in the country to have led their current teams to 10 NCAA tournaments since `90. Corrigan’s teams have had 13 winning seasons, including 10 with nine or more victories. He has had at least one player earn All-America honors in each of the last 12 seasons for a total of 23 honorees since 1994. In addition, 85 players have garnered all-conference mention under Corrigan. The Irish also have claimed at least a share of 12 league titles (9 Great Western Lacrosse League, 3 Midwest Lacrosse Association Great Lakes Conference). In a three-year playing career as a midfielder at Virginia, Corrigan helped the Cavaliers to the NCAA final in 1979. He previously was an assistant at Notre Dame in 1983 and served as head coach of Randolph-Macon College for two years (1985-86).
IRISH UP TO 6TH IN INSIDE LACROSSE MEDIA POLL, STILL 9TH IN USILA LISTING: For the second week in a row, Notre Dame moved up in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, this time to sixth in the latest edition, but remained ninth in the Geico/STX Coaches Poll, presented by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). The Irish defeated #13 Hofstra 9-8 in double overtime on the road last weekend, which moved them ahead of Georgetown (which slid from fifth to ninth). Notre Dame was 14th in the first USILA poll of the year (released March 7) after being 12th in the final listing of the 2004 campaign, released prior ot the NCAA Championship. The Irish have been ninth in each of the last three USILA polls. Of Notre Dame’s 11 opponents, 10 of them — #11 Cornell, #14 Hofstra, #17 North Carolina, #19 Dartmouth, Denver (listed 21st), Fairfield (listed 25th), Villanova (listed 26th), Penn State (listed 30th), Ohio State (listed 31st), and Air Force (listed 33rd) — are in either in the the Inside Lacrosse poll or receiving votes.
NOTRE DAME ATOP LAXPOWER.COM COMPUTER RATINGS: Notre Dame enters this weekend #1 in the latest edition of computer ratings on www.laxpower.com. The Irish have a score of 99.90, while Virginia is second at 99.82, and Johns Hopkins is third at 98.89. For the full listing of all 57 Division I teams, as well as an explanation of the ratings, see http://laxpower.com/update05/binmen/rating01.php.
IRISH-BIG GREEN SERIES NOTES: Notre Dame and Dartmouth will meet for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall, with the Irish having won each of the previous meetings, by an average of 6.0 goals per game. This will be just the second trip to Hanover, N.H., for the Irish, but their initial visit was by far the closest game in series history, as 11th-ranked Notre Dame escaped with a 14-13 win over #20 Dartmouth in 1996. A year later at home, the Irish won 15-5 at home. After a six-year hiatus, the series resumed in 2004, with the Irish prevailing 10-3 at Moose Krause Stadium. This will be the fourth time in as many meetings that Notre Dame is the higher-ranked team and the second with both teams among the nation’s top 20. Dartmouth is one of eight teams to have played the Irish more than twice and remain winless, joining Lake Forest (ND leads series 11-0), Kenyon (10-0), Denver (8-0), Radford (6-0), Wittenberg (6-0), Canisius (4-0), and Mount Union (4-0).
LAST YEAR’S ND-DARTMOUTH GAME: Senior G Stewart Crosland (Bethesda, Md./Landon School) made 12 saves (.923) and allowed just one goal in leading a strong defensive effort, as 13th-ranked Notre Dame snapped Dartmouth’s five-game winning streak in a 10-3 decision on April 4, 2004, at Moose Krause Stadium. The Irish, who had eight players score goals and six register multiple points, held a 10-1 lead when Crosland left with 4:18 remaining in the game. Notre Dame’s defensive effort held the Big Green nearly 10 goals below its previous season average of 12.67 (seventh in NCAA). Notre Dame also allowed Dartmouth to successfully clear the ball just 17 times in 32 tries (.531), while shutting down the Big Green EMO, ranked 15th in the nation, on all three of its chances. For the third game in a row, Notre Dame got off to a quick start, outscoring the Big Green 4-0 in the first quarter and holding a 15-4 advantage in shots. Both senior A Dan Berger and sophomore M Brian Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton H.S.) scored twice for the Irish, while sophomore All-American A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) notched a game-high four points (one goal, three assists), while also having two goals waived off as crease violations. Three Notre Dame players — senior A Matt Howell, sophomore M Matt Ryan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley H.S.), and freshman M John Greaney (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon H.S.) — had a goal and an assist each. Notre Dame held a 14-1 shot advantage at one point in the first quarter and ended up taking 15 more attempts than the Big Green (49-34), despite a 16-12 Dartmouth margin in the final quarter. The Big Green dominated in ground balls in the middle two quarters, but Notre Dame’s 22-10 fourth-period advantage allowed the Irish to corral more on the day, 49-47. Crosland and senior D Brennan Creaney led the Irish with five apiece. Dartmouth won 10 of 17 faceoffs, on the strength of a nine-for-13 performance from senior M Geoff Colla.
THE LAST TIME ND VISITED DARTMOUTH: Freshman A Chris Dusseau scored his third goal of the game with just 1:22 remaining to give #11 Notre Dame a 14-13 victory against #20 Dartmouth on Memorial Field on April 8, 1996. It capped a comeback that saw the Irish score five times in the fourth period after trailing 5-2 after one, 8-5 at the half, and 11-9 after three. After Dartmouth goalkeeper Ned Hazard stopped several Notre Dame chances from in close, Dusseau drove from behind to the right side of the goal, beat his defender and fired a shot over Havard’s head into the goal. Notre Dame had set up the situation by scoring four goals — all from different players — in a span of 3:24 to take its first lead, 13-12. The Big Green’s Tom Scott tallied to tie the game with 6:41 to play. Sophomore M Jimmy Keenan led the Irish with four points (2 G, 2 A), while junior M Tony Reid joined Dusseau in registering a hat trick. Darmouth was led by Scott Hapgood, who had three gaols and an assist, while Scott finished with four points, as well (2 G, 2 A). Hazard made 16 saves, while Irish sophomor G Alex Cade had 15. Notre Dame outshot the Big Green 49-26, but Dartmouth held a 44-37 ground-ball advantage.
NOTRE DAME-DARTMOUTH CONNECTIONS: Notre Dame has had four New Hampshire natives play on its men’s lacrosse team, including current freshman A/M Sloan Smith (Concord, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy). The first Granite State products to suit up for Notre Dame were a pair of Amherst natives and graduates of Souhegan High School: A Paul Chen (1996-97) and M Brad Owen (1996-99). Three-time winner Owen, who played in 36 games and finished his career with 34 points (31 G, 3 A) and 48 ground balls, was the first New Hampshire native to earn a monogram, while Chen saw action in eight career games (1 G, 5 GB). More recently, A Brian Boyle, a Derry native and Pinkerton Academy grad, was Notre Dame’s top reserve attackman last year (12 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 4 GB) before transferring to Penn State. In addition, Winchester, Mass., native A Jon Harvey (1998-2001) — a three-year monogram winner who played in 46 games and finished with 65 points (59 G, 6 A) and 58 ground balls — played his high-school lacrosse at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.
IRISH OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2001: Notre Dame is off to its best start since opening the 2001 campaign with a 5-1 record en route to advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship and posting a program-best 14-2 record. It is the sixth time in the last 13 years — and seventh in Irish history — that Notre Dame has won at least five of its first six contests. The top start ever was done by the 1993 squad, which won its first eight en route to an 11-3 mark. Five other teams — 1988, `94, `96, `97, and 2001 — started 5-1.
ND 3-1 IN ROAD GAMES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Notre Dame’s 5-1 record has come against a schedule that has featured five road games, with four of those coming against nationally-ranked opponents. The Irish have beaten #21 Penn State, #10 North Carolina, and #13 Hofstra away from home, while their lone defeat came against #10 Cornell in an 11-10 decision. Notre Dame also registered a road victory over Villanova, which had been ranked earlier in the year, but was only receiving votes at the time of the game.
SEVEN GAMES, SEVEN CITIES: Saturday will be the seventh game of the 2005 season for Notre Dame, and Hanover, N.H., will be the seventh different city to see the Irish play this season. Notre Dame, which will finally play its second home game of the campaign next Thursday against Great Western Lacrosse League rival Denver, has visited five different states, as well, previously playing games in University Park, Pa.; Ithaca, N.Y.; Carson, Calif.; Notre Dame, Ind.; Hempstead, N.Y.; and Villanova, Pa.
CORRIGAN READY FOR 250th GAME AS A HEAD COACH: Saturday will mark the 250th game in which Notre Dame’s Kevin Corrigan has participated as a head coach. He holds a 154-95 (.618) record in 18+ seasons. Corrigan was 10-15 in two years (1985-86) at Randolph-Macon, and has compiled a 144-80 (.643) mark in the last 17 seasons with the Irish.
KEMP LOOKS TO BECOME FIRST ND GOALIE EVER TO START 5-0: Freshman goaltender Joey Kemp (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep School), who took over the starting job in the season’s third game (March 12 vs. #10 North Carolina), holds a 4-0 collegiate record and is seeking to become the first Notre Dame goalie ever to be victorious in his first five decisions. Two other Irish players began their collegiate careers 4-0, but they were both defeated in their next appearances. In 1989, freshman Tom Duane notched wins against Wooster (8-7), Kenyon (14-7), Lake Forest (14-1), and Denison (8-5) before falling to Ohio Wesleyan (18-5) in his fifth game as the top Irish goalie. Sophomore Ryan Jewell registered wins against Canisius (21-5), Hobart (15-14, OT), Butler (22-11), and #15 Georgetown (13-10) in 1993 before losing 13-7 at #9 Duke. This year, Kemp has wins vs. #10 North Carolina (9-7), Butler (22-6), #13 Hofstra (9-8, 2OT), and Villanova (11-7). He ranks among the top 10 in Division I in both goals-against average (9th, 6.76) and save percentage (8th, .649).
GETTING ON THEM EARLY: Notre Dame has made a habit of jumping out to early leads, as it has outscored its opponents 26-9 in the first quarter in six games this season (4.33-1.50). The Irish have held a first-quarter advantage in every game this season and have not trailed after 15 minutes of play in more than a year, since being down 5-1 at #16 Loyola on March 20, 2004, en route to a 13-7 defeat. Since then, Notre Dame has led after one period in 13 games and was tied once (1-1 at #3 Maryland in 9-8, 2OT loss on May 1, 2004).
WALSH FIRST ND PLAYER EVER TO SCORE SIX GOALS AGAINST A RANKED TEAM: Junior All-American A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) scored six goals (to go with one assist), including the game-winning tally 2:05 into the second overtime to lead Notre Dame to a 9-8 double-overtime triumph at #13 Hofstra on March 26. It was the first time in the 25-year history of the Irish program that any player found the net six times against a nationally-ranked Division I squad. Walsh was the first Irish player to score six in a game against any team since Jon Harvey did so vs. Villanova in 2000. Walsh tied the Notre Dame record for goals in a road game, as it was the eighth time in program history that an Irish player scored six goals in an opponent’s stadium. It was last done by Chris Dusseau against Massachusetts in 1999.
IRISH END VILLANOVA’S 14-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK: Notre Dame’s 11-7 victory against Villanova on Monday ended the Wildcats 14-game home winning streak. It was the first home defeat for VU since a 13-10 loss to Towson on April 12, 2003. The Wildcats finished that year with two victories, then went 9-0 at home last year, and started 2005 with three consecutive home victories.
A MULTITUDE OF WEAPONS: Notre Dame’s offense, which came into the week ranking first in the nation in both goals per game (12.80) and man-up efficiency (.560), has seen a player score five or more goals in each of the last three games, with different Irish attackmen doing it on each occasion. Junior A Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) had five goals (plus three assists) against Butler on March 19, and his classmate, All-American A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.), notched six goals and an assist against Hofstra on March 26, before senior co-captain A Jim Morrison (Fulton, Md./Mount St. Joseph H.S.) scored five times vs. Villanova two days later.
IRISH END EIGHT-YEAR OVERTIME DROUGHT: When the sixth goal of the game by junior All-American A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) handed the Irish a 9-8 double-overtime win at #13 Hofstra on March 26, Notre Dame snapped a six-game losing streak in overtime affairs and earned its first extra-session triumph since a 10-9 win against #12 Hobart on March 29, 1997. The Irish, now 9-8 all-time in overtime affairs, had previously also been defeated in their only other double-OT games, having lost 7-6 to #3 Loyola in 2002 and 9-8 against #3 Maryland last year.
WALSH, KARWECK, DRISCOLL, CROSLAND ALREADY NAMED GWLL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Through five weeks of the 2005 season, Notre Dame has boasted the Great Western Lacrosse League’s top player four times already this spring. Fifth-year senior G Stewart Crosland (Bethesda, Md./Landon School) was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week after helping Notre Dame to a season-opening 14-6 win at #21 Penn State on Feb. 27. The Landon School product stopped 73.9% of the shots he faced, making 17 saves to help the Irish to their largest-ever margin of victory in a road game against a nationally-ranked opponent. Crosland anchored an outstanding defensive performance that held the Nittany Lions scoreless in the final 25:17 of the contest, opening the door for Notre Dame’s offense to put the game out of reach with six unanswered goals. This week, it was junior D D.J. Driscoll (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Preparatory School) who earned conference accolades after he was a major factor in Notre Dame’s 9-7 upset of #10 North Carolina on March 12 at The First 4 invitational in Carson, Calif. Driscoll had the task of guarding UNC attackman Jed Prossner, a first-team All-American and one of five Tewaaraton Trophy finalists in 2004 (when he had 6 goals and 2 assists against ND), and he held the Carolina star to just one goal and one assist on seven shots. Prossner also committed a game-high four turnovers, while Driscoll led all players with six ground balls. It was just the third time in the last three years that North Carolina was held to fewer than eight goals in a game. Junior A Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) then notched five goals and three assists in Notre Dame’s 22-6 victory over Butler on March 19, which was good enough to earn him league player-of-the-week accolades. He notched a career high in goals, matched his personal-best in assists, and doubled his previous collegiate-high total in points, ending up just one shy of the Irish record for points in a game. Karweck scored on all but one of his shots in helping Notre Dame to its highest scoring output since 1993. Junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) was the most-recent honoree, after he had six goals — including the game-winner in double overtime — and an assist in helping the Irish to a 9-8 road win against #13 Hofstra on March 26. He scored on all but two of his shots and registered a career high in goals in his return to Long Island.
IRISH OFFENSE TOPS IN DIVISION I IN SCORING AND MAN-UP EFFICIENCY: The Notre Dame offense entered the week ranked first in Division I in both major offensive categories tracked by the NCAA: scoring and man-up offense. The Irish were averaging 12.80 goals per game, with Virginia right behind at 12.71. (After an 11-goal performance at Villanova on Monday, ND enters the weekend at 12.29.) Notre Dame was the only team scoring on more than half of its extra-man opportunities, having converted 13 of 24 (.542). After scoring on their only opportunity Monday against Villanova, the Irish have now been successful on 56.0% of their EMOs (14-25). North Carolina is second nationally at 50.0% (14-28). In 2004, Notre Dame finished second in scoring (12.50) and 14th in man-up offense (.358).
WALSH ONE OF JUST TWO PLAYERS IN NATIONAL TOP 10 IN BOTH GOALS AND ASSISTS: Junior All-American A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) is one of just two players that appeared among the top 10 in the NCAA Division I statistical leaders in both goals per game and assists per game this week. Walsh, who entered the week second in points per game (5.40, Bucknell’s Chris Cara was first at 5.57), ranked sixth in assists (2.60) and ninth in goals (2.80). The only other player in the top 10 in both major offensive categories is UMBC junior Brendan Mundorf, who is tied for third in goals (3.17) and tied for 10th in assists (2.17). He ranks third in points (5.33).
KARWECK JUST MISSES ND RECORD FOR POINTS IN A GAME: Junior A Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) had five goals and three assists in Notre Dame’s 22-6 victory over Butler on Saturday, falling just one shy of the school record for points in a game. He notched a career high in goals, matched his personal-best in assists, and doubled his previous collegiate-high total in points. He was one off the record of nine points in a game, which has been done eight times, but not since 1995. John Olmstead accomplished the feat twice in 1988, while Mike Sullivan did it in ’90 and ’91, and all-time scoring leader Randy Colley turned in four nine-point games from ’93-95. Karweck also was one off the record for most goals in a home game. Three players – Joe Franklin in 1986, Mike Quigley in 1990, and Jon Harvey in 2000 – have netted six in front of the home fans Karweck – who had just three goals and four points combined in the first three contests of 2005 – scored on all but one of his six shots and also picked up one ground ball. Heading into the game, his career high in points was four, which he had done on four occasions, including in the opening game of the season, at #21 Penn State (3 G, 1 A). His goal and point totals were the most by an Irish player since Matt Howell registered five goals and three assists against Fairfield last year. Karweck also tied the Loftus Center record for points in a game, done last by North Carolina’s Jed Prossner in 2004, when he had six goals and two assists.
MORRISON BECOMES FIRST ND PLAYER EVER TO OPEN SEASON WITH FOUR STRAIGHT HAT TRICKS: Senior co-captain A Jim Morrison (Fulton, Md./Mount St. Joseph H.S.) registered three goals and one assist against Butler on Saturday to become the first Notre Dame player ever to begin the season with four consecutive hat tricks. Morrison – who matched his career high in points (he also had 3 G, 1 A vs. Cornell this year) – also had hat tricks in each of the first three contests of the ’05 campaign, a feat which had been done just once previously in the 25-year history of the Irish program, by first-team All-American Tom Glatzel at the beginning of the 2001 campaign. The last Irish player to have four consecutive hat tricks – at any point in a season – was Jon Harvey in that same ’01 campaign. He did it five straight, against Ohio State (4), Denver (3), Air Force (3), Army (3), and Butler (3). The current Irish senior, who joined the team as a walk-on and had just one career goal in five games played prior to this season, has 18 goals on the season, which leads the teams.
IRISH PUT UP 22 AGAINST BUTLER: Notre Dame scored six times in the first 6:14 and led 12-0 midway through the second quarter en route to a 22-goal explosion against Butler on Saturday. The 22 goals stand as the most by any Division I school this season (Denver’s 20 against Lafayette on March 5 are next) and were the most by an Irish team in 12 years, since a 22-11 win over Butler on March 29, 1993, in the Bulldogs’ first season as a varsity program. It was the highest scoring output ever by any team in the Loftus Sports Center, as well as the largest margin of victory (16) for the Irish since a 21-5 win against Canisius on Feb. 27, 1993. The eight goals in both the first and third quarters are the most ever in a single period by any team in the facility. The 13 first-half tallies also are the most in a half in the Loftus Center.
BIG CROWD FOR BIG OFFENSIVE DAY vs. BUTLER: A crowd of 1,089 — the largest on record for an Irish home game — took in Notre Dame’s 22-6 victory over Butler on March 19 in the Loftus Sports Center. The previous high was 927 on March 14, 2004, when #9 North Carolina topped the fifth-ranked Irish 14-11 in Loftus.
IRISH OPEN GWLL SEASON IN STYLE … AGAIN: By beating Butler 22-6 on March 19, Notre Dame opened Great Western Lacrosse League play with a victory for the 11th time in 12 years since the conference was formed in 1994. The Irish, who have won nine conference championships, hold an all-time 43-5 (.897) record in GWLL action, including a 24-2 (.922) mark at home. The Irish, who finished second to Ohio State in 2004, were picked by Inside Lacrosse as the favorites to win the league title this season.
IRISH CAN’T COMPLETE COMEBACK AGAINST CORNELL: Notre Dame, which held a 6-3 second-quarter lead but then gave up seven straight goals to trail #10 Cornell by four with 11 minutes remaining, nearly came all the way back to beat the Big Red, scoring four of the game’s final five tallies in an 11-10 road loss on March 5. The Irish comeback began with back-to-back goals by junior M Matt Ryan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley H.S.) to make the score 10-8 with 8:40 left. Cornell won the faceoff and ran nearly three minutes off the clock before getting a goal from sophomore A David Mitchell to make the margin three again. Notre Dame then converted on a man-up opportunity, as senior M Brian Giordano (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) scored off an assist from junior All-American A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) with 2:43 left. The Cornell lead was shaved to only one, when senior A Jim Morrison (Fulton, Md./Mount St. Joseph H.S.) scored what would prove to be the final goal of the game, again off a Walsh pass, with 44 seconds remaining. Notre Dame senior M Frank Matarazzo (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Bergen Catholic H.S.) won the ensuing faceoff, and Morrison had a shot to tie the score, but his effort sailed wide, and the Big Red picked up the ground ball and ran out the clock.
RYAN RAISING HIS OFFENSIVE GAME: After starting all 11 games in which he appeared and finishing with 17 points (7 G, 10 A) in 2004, junior Matt Ryan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley H.S.) has become more of an offensive threat early this season, as he is fourth on the team in scoring, with 14 points (8 G, 6 A). After having just one multiple-goal game in his first two collegiate seasons (25 games played), Ryan scored twice in both of Notre Dame’s first two contests in 2004. He also had a pair of assists against #21 Penn State and then added another at #10 Cornell before matching his career high with three more vs. #10 North Carolina. Ryan’s scores against the Big Red came in a 2:10 span in the fourth quarter, igniting an Irish rally.
CLAGETT GETTING FACEOFF WINS: Freshman M Taylor Clagett (Chesapeake Beach, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) has established himself as Notre Dame’s top faceoff man and turned the area into a strength for the Irish, reversing a recent trend. The rookie — the brother of four-year regular in the Irish midfield and 2004 graduate Steve Clagett — has won 64.5% (71-110) of the faceoffs he has taken to rank seventh in Division I in the category. He has Notre Dame — which has not won more than half of the faceoffs in a season since 2001 and won just .440 in `04 — ninth nationally with a .612 (60-98) team success rate. The Irish have won more than half of the faceoffs in all four games this season, after doing that just twice in all of 2004. Clagett also leads the team in ground balls (23) and ranks 12th in Division I (5.75 per game).
WALSH’S SIX POINTS IN OPENER MAKE HIM SECOND-FASTEST TO 100 CAREER POINTS: Junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) opened up the second half of his career with six points (3 G, 3 A) against #21 Penn State on Feb. 27. That brought his career point total to 105, making him the second-fastest Irish player ever to reach 100 career points, doing it in his 27th game. The quickest was all-time leading scorer Randy Colley (1991-95), who did it in 21 games en route to finishingwith 273 points (173 G, 100 A). The previous second-fastest to 100 was John Olmstead, who did it in 34 games and finished his career in 1989 with 146 points.
SHUTOUT STREAKS: Notre Dame has already put together three streaks of holding opponents scoreless for stretches of greater than 20:00. The first covered the final 25:17 of the season opener at #21 Penn State, allowing the Irish to score the game’s final six goals. Against Butler on March 19, Notre Dame held the Bulldogs without a goal in the initial 24:51 of the game, jumping out to a 12-0 lead. The Irish later pieced together another streak of 20:59 without giving up a goal against Butler from the latter part of the second quarter to early in the fourth. A year ago, Notre Dame had four shutout streaks of longer than 25 minutes.
GOOD D: Dating back to last year, Notre Dame’s defense has held its opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 11 of the last 13 games, allowing just 7.08 goals per game over that span, while posting a 10-3 record. The lone exceptions were on April 11, 2004, when the Irish won 14-12 at #17 Denver and last weekend at #10 Cornell, an 11-10 defeat. Notre Dame’s other losses during that stretch both came by 9-8 scores, against #17 Ohio State and at #3 Maryland (double overtime) in 2004.
IRISH REGISTER LARGEST-EVER VICTORY MARGIN IN ROAD GAME AGAINST RANKED FOE: Notre Dame’s eight-goal (14-6) win at #21 Penn State in the season opener marked the largest-ever margin of victory for the Irish in a road contest against a nationally-ranked opponent. Previously, the largest margin for Notre Dame in that situation was five, done against #17 Army in 2000 (10-5) and #18 Rutgers in 2001 (9-4). The Irish also notched a five-goal victory (12-7) in a neutral-site game against #10 Bucknell in the opening round of the 2001 NCAA tournament.
ALL THREE IRISH ATTACKMEN NOTCH HAT TRICKS vs. PENN STATE: Notre Dame’s starting attack unit, which lost two starters to graduation after last season, began the 2005 season in a big way, as all three attackmen — senior Jim Morrison (Fulton, Md./Mount St. Joseph H.S.) and juniors Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) and Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) — registered hat tricks in Notre Dame’s 14-6 victory at #21 Penn State. Walsh tallied a game-high six points, also adding three assists, while Karweck had four points in his first collegiate game at the position (he moved there less than two weeks before the season following two seasons in the midfield). Morrison, who missed all of the 2004 campaign and had seen action in just five career games beforehand (1 goal), scored each of Notre Dame’s first three goals of the contest.
STREAKS: The following streaks are active heading into this weekend:
– ND has won four consecutive road games in Great Western Lacrosse League play (last loss: 11-5 at #19 Ohio State, 4/6/03)
– ND has been leading or tied after the first quarter in 14 consecutive games (last time trailing: 5-1 in 13-7 loss at #16 Loyola, 3/20/04)
– ND has lost five consecutive games when being tied or behind after the first quarter (last win: 13-4 vs. Air Force, 4/12/03, after trailing 2-1)
– ND has lost 20 consecutive games when trailing after three quarters (last win: 9-8 vs. Harvard, 5/1/99, after trailing 8-6)
– ND has lost seven consecutive games against top-five opponents (last win: 13-9 vs. #3 Johns Hopkins, 5/20/01, NCAA quarterfinals)
– Junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) has at least one point in 18 consecutive games (last pointless: 5/3/03 vs. #4 Maryland)
IRISH LOSE PRESEASON HONORABLE-MENTION ALL-AMERICAN HUBSCHMANN FOR SEASON: Junior A Brian Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton H.S.), tabbed preseason honorable-mention All-America by Inside Lacrosse, will miss the entire 2005 campaign after suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice on Feb. 16, just nine days prior to the opening game. He was slated to be a starter at attack — where he played while helping Delbarton High School win the 2002 New Jersey state championship — after being a regular in the Irish midfield in his first two collegiate seasons. Hubschmann started all 11 games in which he played in 2004, finishing third on the team in scoring wiith 29 points (18 G, 11 A). Hubschmann, a second-team all-conference pick, led Notre Dame in both shots (88) and shots on goal (48) and ranked fifth in the Great Western Lacrosse League (T-48th nationally) in points per game (2.64) and seventh in assists per game (1.00; 50th in Division I). In response to the injury, the Irish moved junior Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) from midfield to attack and inserted freshman M Michael Podgajny (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley H.S.) into the first midfield.
WALSH ON TEWAARATON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) was one of 37 players named to the watch list for the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top player at the conclusion of the season. The award will be presented at a banquet in Washington, D.C. on June 3. Walsh, who was one of 15 nominees for the award last year, is the only Irish player ever named the to watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is in just its fifth year, though A Tom Glatzel and A David Ulrich were nominees for the award in 2001.
FOUR EARN PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA MENTION: Four Irish players were mentioned on the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America lists. Junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) led the way as a second-team selection, while junior D D.J. Driscoll (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep School) was on the third team, and senior M Brian Giordano (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) and junior A Brian Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton H.S.) were honorable-mention selections.
TOUGH SLATE: Notre Dame will face a difficult road to the 2005 NCAA Championship. This year’s Irish schedule features 11 games, with eight of those opponents listed in the Inside Lacrosse preseason coaches’ top 25, while the other three were receiving votes. Additionally, Notre Dame will have just three home games in 2005.
TV STARS: The 2005 season figures to be one of the most-televised ever for the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team. The Irish last weekend were shown live by College Sports Television to a national audience, as they knocked off #10 North Carolina 9-7 in The First 4 invitational at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Additionally, Notre Dame’s final two home games, April 7 vs. Denver and April 10 vs. Air Force, will be televised by Comcast Sports Local on a tape-delayed basis in Michigan and the South Bend area. The Butler game also was slated to be televised, but the move indoors precluded that from becoming a reality.
ROAD WARRIORS: Notre Dame will play eight of its 11 games away from home this season. The Irish will have just three home dates (March 19 vs. Butler, April 7 vs. Denver, April 10 vs. Air Force), in matching the 1987 season for the fewest home tilts in a campaign since the varsity program was established in 1981. Notre Dame began the year with away contests against Penn State and Cornell and then will take on North Carolina in Carson, Calif., in The First 4. The last time the Irish opened the season with four straight games away from home was 1989, when they lost at Stony Brook and against Georgetown in Hempstead, N.Y., before falling at Penn State and then beating Lehigh in University Park, Pa. The home opener that season was a 17-4 win over Hartford on March 25.
IRISH WELL REPRESENTED IN INSIDE LACROSSE SEASON PREVIEW ISSUE: Notre Dame was mentioned on numerous occasions in the season preview issue (Dec. 15, 2004) of Inside Lacrosse. The Irish were picked ninth in its Division I listing of the top 16 squads, as well as listed as one of four “Dark Horses” to reach the NCAA semifinals (along with Duke, UMass, and Army). Notre Dame’s game at GWLL rival Ohio State on April 29 also tabbed one of the six “Prime Time” games of the 2005 season. In addition to the Irish midfield being ranked #7 among Division I teams, junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) was one of four listed in the “Next in Line” category of IL’s Tewaaraton Trophy preview, which listed five favorites, meaning Walsh is among the magazine’s top nine candidates for the award given to the top player in the country. Walsh also was on the magazine’s list of both “Wheels” and “Anklebreakers”.
WALSH ON PACE TO BREAK IRISH RECORD FOR CAREER ASSISTS PER GAME: Though he still has nearly half of his career left, junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) has an excellent chance to break the Notre Dame record for assists per game. Thus far, he has notched 70 assists in 30 career games, an average of 2.33 per game. The top mark in Irish history is 1.96, done by all-time assist leader Dave Ulrich (1998-2001), who had 110 in 56 contests.
GWLL DOMINANCE: For the 12th year in a row, the Irish will compete in the Great Western Lacrosse League, along with Air Force, Butler, Denver, Fairfield, and Ohio State. Notre Dame has won nine GWLL titles and holds a 42-5 (.893) all-time record in league play, including 23-2 (.920) at home. Last year, the Irish lost 9-8 to the Buckeyes and finished 4-1 in conference action, second in the standings behind OSU.
CROSLAND AMONG THE TOP GOALTENDERS IN IRISH HISTORY: Fifth-year senior Stewart Crosland (Bethesda, Md./Landon School) places high on a number of Irish career statistical lists. See the below chart for a summary of his positions:
Category Stat Rank Next Up All-Time Leader
Save Percentage .6228 4th 3rd-Pat Poletti (1982-84), .6232 Tim Michels (1981), .677 [5th-Alex Cade (1995-98), .621]
Goals-Against Average 8.111 4th 3rd-Alex Cade (1995-98), 8.107 Nick Antol (2001-03), 7.98
Victories 18 5th 4th-Matt McQuillan (1985-88), 22 Kirk Howell (1998-2001) & Alex Cade (1995-98), Saves 388 6th 5th-Chris Parent (1990-93), 416 Rob Simpson (1982-85), 623
Minutes Played (goaltender) 1738:17 3rd 2nd-Kirk Howell (1998-2001), 2578:28 Alex Cade (1995-98), 2804:50
Games Started (goaltender) 31 5th T-3rd-Rob Simpson (1982-85) & Alex Cade (1995-98), 50 Chris Parent (1990-93), 38
Ground Balls (goaltender) 74 5th 4th-Chris Parent (1990-93), 77 Alex Cade (1995-98), 208
WALSH CLIMBING IRISH CAREER CHARTS: Even though he is just into the second half of his career, junior A Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh H.S.) already is climbing Notre Dame’s career offensive charts. See below a summary of his positions:
Category Stat Rank Next Up All-Time Leader
Points 130 9th 8th-Robbie Snyder (1991-94), 142 Randy Colley (1991-95), 273
Points Per Game 4.06 2nd 1st-Randy Colley (1991-95), 4.96 Randy Colley (1991-95), 4.96 [3rd-Bob Trocchi (1983-85), 3.76]
Goals 55 18th T-15th-Sutton/Linehan/Harvey, 59 Randy Colley (1991-95), 173
Goals Per Game 1.72 8th 7th-Robbie Snyder (1991-94), 1.73 Randy Colley (1991-95), 3.14 [9th-Mike Sullivan (1989-92), 1.67]
Assists 75 4th 3rd-Mike Sullivan (1989-92), 88 David Ulrich (1998-2001), 110
Assists Per Game 2.34 1st [2nd-David Ulrich (1998-2001), 1.96] David Ulrich (1998-2001), 1.96
IRISH IN OVERTIME: Should the game be tied at the end of regulation, Notre Dame will try to win its second overtime game of the season. On March 26, the Irish snapped a six-game losing streak in overtime affairs with a 9-8 double-OT win at #13 Hofstra. The previous Irish overtime win was a 10-9 result at home against #12 Hobart on March 29, 1997. Notre Dame has a 9-8 all-time record in overtime games in the 25-year varsity history of the program. The Irish have played just three double-overtime games, losing in 2002 to Loyola and in `04 to Maryland before beating the Pride. Notre Dame has played overtime games against three teams on the 2005 schedule. The Irish lost to Penn State 10-9 at home in the 2002 season opener, beat Ohio State 11-10 in 1983 in Columbus, and had previously lost a pair at Hofstra (10-9, 1999; 11-10, 2001).
IRISH ADD SEVEN FOR NEXT SEASON: Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan recently announced that seven players have signed national letters of intent to join his squad for the 2006 season. Below are the newest members of the Irish. For more information, see www.und.com. Name Pos. Hometown High School Peter Christman A Simsbury, CT Westminster H.S. Dan Gibson A/M Germantown, TN Memphis University School Ryan Hoff A Baldwin, MD Dulaney H.S. Regis McDermott D Amityville, NY Chaminade H.S. Davey Melera M Lutherville, MD Boys’ Latin H.S. Scott Rodgers G Wantagh, NY MacArthur H.S. Duncan Swezey A Ambler, PA Hatboro Horsham H.S.
MEN’S LAX GOLD GAME TO BE APRIL 7 vs. GWLL RIVAL DENVER: On Thursday, April 7, at 4 p.m., the two teams picked by Inside Lacrosse to be the best in the Great Western Lacrosse League this year will face off at Moose Krause Stadium. It will be the men’s lacrosse “Gold Game” this season. That distinction was created by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council to encourage the entire Notre Dame community to attend designated contests, each determined to be the most significant home event of the season for the respective team. The contest also will be televised by Comcast Sports Local.
KEVIN WHITE RADIO SHOW: A weekly radio show featuring Notre Dame athletics director Kevin White airs at 7 p.m. (Central time) each Thursday on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago (1000 AM in Chicago, www.espnradio1000.com). Now in its fifth season, “The Kevin White Show” can be heard in 35 states. White welcomes to the show a series of guests and prominent figures associated with college athletics, including administrators, coaches and media members.
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