May 20, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame seniors Peter Christman and Ryan Hoff will take part in the 68th United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) North/South Games that will be played at Harvard Stadium this Friday (May 22). The Division III game will be played at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and the Division I/II game will be played at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Boston Cannons game versus the Denver Outlaws at 7:30 p.m.
Christman (Simsbury, Conn.) and Hoff (Baldwin, Md.) will compete with the North squad, which will be coached by Bryant University head coach Mike Pressler and assisted by Kevin Cassese, the head coach at Lehigh University. The Division I/II South team will be coached by Rutgers University head coach Jim Stagnitta and assisted by Jason Basso, an assistant coach at Rutgers.
The senior duo helped the Fighting Irish to one of the top seasons in program history during the 2009 campaign. Notre Dame finished with a 15-1 mark, which established program records for wins and winning percentage for a single season. The Irish posted the first undefeated regular season in team history and captured their second consecutive Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) tournament title in addition to making their fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance.
Hoff led the Fighting Irish in goals this season with 32. He concluded his stellar collegiate career ranked second on Notre Dame’s all-time goals list with 134 tallies. Hoff led the Irish in goals scored in each of his final three seasons. The three-time All-GWLL first-team honoree collected honorable mention All-America accolades from the USILA last season. Hoff was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award along with being named to the Tewaaraton Trophy watch list this season.
Christman produced 33 points on 15 goals and 18 assists as a senior. The team captain also picked up 26 ground balls. Christman was named to the All-GWLL first team in addition to being a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate. For his career, Christman registered 85 points on 40 goals and 45 assists.
Christman and Hoff never missed a game during their Notre Dame careers en route to playing in a school record 63 contests. Hoff started 60 of those games, while Christman had 36 starts.