April 18, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Notre Dame senior midfielder David Earl has been named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for men’s lacrosse, while sophomore goalie John Kemp garnered the league’s defensive player of the week honor. The duo was instrumental in Saturday’s 10-7 win over St. John’s.
Earl registered season-high totals in goals (3) and points (4) in the victory over the Red Storm. All four of his points came in the second half as the Irish held an 8-2 scoring advantage in the stanza. Earl’s first two goals of the night both gave Notre Dame a one-goal lead (7-6 & 8-7). He tallied the game’s final goal to complete the sixth hat trick of his career.
Earl is the third Irish player to be named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week this season. Senior midfielder Zach Brenneman (Feb. 21) and junior attackman Sean Rogers (March 28) also received the honor. Earl has been named to the league’s weekly honor roll twice this season, including last week.
Sophomore goalie John Kemp
Kemp made 11 saves in the win over the St. John’s to improve his record to 9-0 this season. The Fighting Irish defense kept the Red Storm off the scoreboard for the final 16:38 of the contest en route to the victory. Kemp made five saves during that stretch. He also matched a single-game career-high total with four ground balls. The sophomore ranks second nationally in both goals-against average (6.22) and save percentage (.624).
This marked the second straight week that Kemp has earned the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week accolade. Notre Dame senior defenseman Kevin Ridgway also received the distinction (Feb. 28). Kemp has been named to the league’s weekly honor roll twice this season.
The top-ranked Fighting Irish (9-0, 4-0) will return to action on Saturday at Providence. The BIG EAST showdown is slated to start at noon (ET).