Duncan Swezey notched five points on four goals and an assist against Dartmouth on Saturday.

Fighting Irish Roll To 19-7 Win Over Dartmouth In Home Opener

Feb. 28, 2009

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 8 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 15-5 lead by halftime en route to a 19-7 win over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon inside the Loftus Sports Center. Senior attackman Duncan Swezey (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) led the way with four goals and an assist for the Irish in their home opener.

Notre Dame (3-0) used a 10-0 run that began in the second quarter and ended in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Senior midfielder Peter Christman (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School) and junior midfielder Grant Krebs (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) both notched three goals and an assist for the Fighting Irish, who used 10 goal scorers in the win. The 19 goals were the most for Notre Dame since a 19-7 win over Bellarmine on March 29 of last season.

Krebs, who matched a career-high output with three goals on the day, put the Irish on the board first with a man-up tally just 35 seconds into the contest. Swezey followed to make it 2-0 with 11:12 remaining in the first period. The four goals and five total points from Swezey tied a career-high total for a single game.

Dartmouth (1-2) responded with goals from Tim Daniels and Ari Sussman (man-up) to knot the score with 9:14 left in the first quarter.

Notre Dame regained the momentum with a 5-0 run in a span of 1:36. Christman started the surge at the 8:38 mark of the first quarter. Swezey scored, on an assist from Ryan Hoff (Baldwin, Md./Dulaney), with 8:17 on the clock and Krebs followed 15 seconds later. Sophomore midfielders Zach Brenneman (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) and Jake Marmul (Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic Centeral) finished off the run to give the Irish a 7-2 lead with 7:32 left in the opening quarter.

The Big Green sliced the Irish advantage to three (7-4) on goals from Kip Dooley and Colin Delaney. Brenneman put the Irish back up by four (8-4) by the end of the opening quarter.

Following a Dartmouth goal from Dooley, the rest of the second quarter belonged to the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame scored seven straight goals to end the first half. Swezey scored first and then assisted on a goal from Hoff. Following a Christman tally, Matt Ciambella (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) netted a man-up goal off a feed from Neal Hicks (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School). Hoff then scored, with the assist going to Christman, to make it 13-5 with 6:39 left in the first half. Goals from Krebs and Swezey produced the 10-goal advantage at the intermission. David Earl (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School) assisted on Swezey’s final goal of the stanza.

The Irish uprising continued with goals from Kelly McKenna (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) and Christman in the third quarter. Brenneman assisted on Christman’s score. The hat trick from Christman was the first of his career. Notre Dame led 17-5 after three periods.

Notre Dame enjoyed its largest lead of the day (13) when Dan Gibson (Germantown, Tenn./Memphis University School) deposited a goal with just over two minutes elapsed in the final stanza. A Dooley goal stopped the bleeding temporarily with 11:43 left in regulation. Irish freshman Nicholas Beattie (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) put the Irish back on top by 13 as he scored his first goal of the season with the assist going to Kevin Cullinane (Southport, Conn./Fairfield Prep). A goal from Dartmouth’s Dennis Lally produced the final result.

Senior goalie Scott Rodgers (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) improved to 3-0 on the season by making eight saves in 50:42 of play. Junior Brendan Moore (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) played the final 9:18 between the pipes and surrendered one goal.

The Fighting Irish held a 48-24 advantage in shots on the afternoon. The Notre Dame faceoff unit combined to go 21-for-30. Junior Trever Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich) won 13 of his 17 attempts, while Marmul went 8-for-13. Hoff, Marmul and senior defenseman Regis McDermott (Amityville, N.Y./Chaminade) all picked up a game-high five ground balls for the Irish.

Big Green starting goalie Michael Novosel was pulled after allowing seven goals in the first 7:28 of the contest. He made three saves. Pat Marshall played the rest of the way and made 13 stops, while giving up 12 goals.

The Fighting Irish are back in action with a home tilt against North Carolina on Sunday, March 8. The game is slated for a 1:00 p.m. (ET) start inside the Loftus Sports Center.

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Feb. 28, 2009 – Loftus Sports Center – Notre Dame, Ind.
Dartmouth (1-2) – 4 1 0 2 – 7
#8 Notre Dame (3-0) – 8 7 2 2 – 19

Dartmouth Scoring (goals-assists):
Kip Dooley 3-0, Ari Sussman 1-0, Tim Daniels 1-0, Dennis Lally 1-0, Colin Delaney 1-0, Jimmy Mullen 0-1; Goaltender: Michael Novosel (7:28, 3 saves, 7 GA), Pat Marshall (L, 52:32, 13 saves, 12 GA)

Notre Dame Scoring (goals-assists):
Duncan Swezey 4-1, Grant Krebs 3-1, Peter Christman 3-1, Ryan Hoff 2-1, Zach Brenneman 2-1, Dan Gibson 1-0, Kelly McKenna 1-0, Jake Marmul 1-0, Matt Ciambella 1-0, Nicholas Beattie 1-0, Neal Hicks 0-1, Kevin Cullinane 0-1, David Earl 0-1; Goaltender: Scott Rodgers (W, 50:42, 8 saves, 6 GA), Brendan Moore (9:18, 0 saves, 1 GA)

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