May 5, 2006
Quinnipiac vs. #18/15 Notre Dame
Saturday, May 6 â€¢ 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Moose Krause Stadium â€¢ Notre Dame, IN
Live Stats: und.com
Notre Dame (9-4, 2-2 GWLL) closes out the regular season this Saturday with a GWLL tilt against conference-newcomer Quinnipiac at Moose Krause Stadium. This is the first-ever meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Bobcats. The Irish are coming off a 10-8 league win over Ohio State on Saturday, while Quinnipiac (7-5, 1-3) defeated Butler 12-9 on Saturday as well. The Irish are currently in third place in the GWLL, while the Bobcats are fifth. Notre Dame will honor its 10-member senior class prior to the game.
SNAPSHOT OF THE IRISH: Notre Dame stands at 9-4 overall (2-2 GWLL) … the Irish are averaging 8.23 goals-per-game, while limiting its opponents to just 7.23 … senior attackmen Brian Hubschmann and Pat Walsh both netted hat tricks to lead the Irish to a 10-8 win over Ohio State … they share the team lead in points with 41, which ties them for first in points per game in the GWLL (3.15) … Hubschmann, who also added three assists to collect a career high-tying six points against the Buckeyes, has a team-high 25 goals … Walsh added two assists in the contest to up his team-leading total to 21 … Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 107-94 … Hubschmann has a team-high nine multiple-goal games this season … senior midfielder Matt Karweck is third on the team with 21 points … freshman Ryan Hoff has chipped in with 15 goals … sophomore Joey Kemp has started every game in goal, posting a 9-4 record … he has allowed 92 goals, while making 133 saves and boasts a .591 save-percentage (10th in NCAA-DI) and a 7.17 goals-against average (9th in NCAA-DI) … he leads the GWLL in both of those categories … Walsh has scored a goal in a team-best seven straight games … Walsh’s two assists against the Buckeyes moved him into second place in program history with 101 career assists … Walsh also moved into third place on the Notre Dame list for career scoring with 183 points … Hubschmann is the only player to collect a point in every game this year for Notre Dame.
ABOUT QUINNIPIAC: The Bobcats clinched their first winning season since 2001 with a 12-9 win over Butler on Saturday … Quinnipiac is now 7-5 on the year heading into the season finale on Saturday at Notre Dame … the win was also Quinnipiac’s first-ever in GWLL action … in Saturday’s action, the Bobcats led 7-5 at the half and, after Butler had tied the game at 7-7 early in the second half, scored five of the final seven goals of the contest to secure the win … junior goalie C.J. Squires earned the starting nod on Saturday against Butler and responded with a 19 save effort, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter … he earned GWLL Player of the Week honors for his performance … seniors Eddie Morley, Josh Murray and Eric Trama each had five points in the win over the Bulldogs … Trama leads the team with 36 points (25 G, 11 A) on the season … Murray now has 108 career points at Quinnipiac (68 goals, 40 assists) … Trama needs six points against Notre Dame to reach 100 for his career … he currently has 94 points … Qunnipiac is 0-3 on the road this season.
ND-QUINNIPIAC SERIES NOTES: This will be the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and Quinnipiac on the lacrosse field … the Fighting Irish and Bobcats do not have much of a history in any sport although Notre Dame did defeat Quinnipiac in men’s basketball, 79-62, during the 2003-04 season.
OHIO STATE RECAP: Notre Dame opened up an early 5-1 lead and would hold on down the stretch to defeat Ohio State 10-8 Saturday at Moose Krause Stadium … Hubschmann and Walsh both netted hat tricks, while sophomore Joey Kemp collected 12 saves for the 15th-ranked Fighting Irish … Hubschmann collected a total of six points on the day, which tied a career high, as he also dished out three assists, including the first one of the day on a Lucius Polk goal that put Notre Dame up 1-0 at the 6:18 mark of the first quarter … a man-up goal from Matt Karweck on a feed from Hubschmann would put Notre Dame up 2-1 with 2:17 left in the first … the Irish led the rest of the way … the Irish increased their lead to 5-1 with an unassisted goal from Matt Ryan and back-to-back scores from Hubschmann … Ohio State sliced the Irish lead to two (5-3) at the half … three unanswered goals early in the second half put the momentum back on the side of the Irish … Michael Podgajny netted a man-up tally with just 42 seconds elapsed in the period on a pass from Walsh and then the senior scored one of his own with 9:02 left in the third … Hubschmann gave Notre Dame its largest lead of the game at 8-3 with a goal 33 seconds later … the Buckeyes notched back-to-back scores to make it an 8-5 contest with 6:46 left in the third period … the high-scoring third stanza continued as Walsh and Hubschmann hooked up again, this time with Walsh collecting the goal after Hubschmann intercepted a pass and fed it ahead to Walsh, who beat the Buckeye goaltender one-on-one … an Ohio State score less than four minutes into the fourth quarter cut the Irish lead to two … Walsh then stepped up to give Notre Dame some breathing room with an unassisted goal with 6:08 remaining to make it 10-7 … a late score by the Buckeyes made it a 10-8 final.
THE SENIORS: Notre Dame’s 10-member senior class consisting of D.J. Driscoll, Daniel Hickey, Brian Hubschmann, Matt Karweck, Steve Panos, Drew Peters, Matt Ryan, Brandon Schultheis, James Severin and Pat Walsh have compiled a 32-18 record over the course of their four years … they are 13-6 in the GWLL and 16-4 at home, including a perfect 5-0 mark so far this season … the group helped the Irish win a share of the 2003 GWLL title … they have also been instrumental in helping the Irish be ranked among the national top-10 in each of the past four seasons and posting 10 victories against nationally-ranked teams.
SELECTION SHOW: The 2006 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Selection Show will be aired live this Sunday, May 7 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNews.
GWLL HISTORY: Notre Dame is 46-9 (.836) all-time in GWLL play with nine league titles in 12 seasons … the Irish went 3-2 in conference play last season to finish third.
SECOND QUARTER SCORING: Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 34-16 during the second quarter this season.
NCAA RANKINGS: Joey Kemp is ninth nationally with a 7.17 goals-against average and 10th in Division I with a .590 save percentage … Kemp led the nation with a .652 save percentage last season … Pat Walsh is averaging 1.62 assists per game, which places him 14th in the NCAA this season … as a team, Notre Dame is tied for seventh in scoring defense nationally as the Irish are allowing just 7.23 goals per game … the Irish are second in man-down defense (.806) and 16th in faceoff percentage (.553).
UPPING THEIR TOTAL: Notre Dame collected a season-high three man-up goals versus Ohio State … the Irish are 10-46 (.217) in man-up opportunities on the year, while limiting their opponents to a 6-31 (.194) mark (2nd NCAA-DI).
HAT TRICKS: Three different Irish players have notched hat tricks this season … Brian Hubschmann leads the team with four hat tricks on the year … Hubschmann had a career-high tying four-goal effort against Villanova to go along with three-goal efforts versus Hofstra, Air Force and Ohio State … Pat Walsh has three hat tricks on the season … he scored three times against Butler and he registered a four-goal effort against Lehigh and also produced a three-goal performance against Ohio State for his 12th career hat trick … with Walsh and Hubschmann both netting hat tricks against Ohio State, that marked the first time two Irish players collected hat tricks in the same game since Brian Giordano and Matt Malakoff did so last season versus Air Force … freshman Ryan Hoff recorded the first hat trick of his college career in the 11-5 win over Brown on March 29 … the last Irish freshman to register a hat trick prior to Hoff was current sophomore Michael Podgajny in the 2005 regular season finale at Ohio State.
HUBSCHMANN BACK IN ACTION: Senior attackman Brian Hubschmann, who is back in the Irish lineup after missing all of last season to injury, is tied for the team lead in points with 41 … he has a team-high 25 goals to go along with 16 assists … he has notched nine multiple-goal games this season, including a career-high tying four-goal effort versus Villanova on March 14 … he also tied a career-high with six points against Ohio State (3 G, 3 A) … for his career, he has nine games with four or more points … he also netted hat tricks against Hofstra and Air Force … Hubschmann was a 2005 Inside Lacrosse preseason honorable mention All-America selection … as a sophomore in 2004, he totaled 29 points on 18 goals and 11 assists and copped all-GWLL second team honors.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Seniors occupy the top three spots on the Irish point-leaders list … attackmen Pat Walsh and Brian Hubschmann are tied for the lead with 41 apiece … Walsh has 20 goals and 21 assists, while Hubschmann has 25 goals to go along with 16 assists … Matt Karweck is third with 21 points (17 G, 4 A) … senior Matt Ryan (7 G, 8 A) and freshman Ryan Hoff (15 G) are next on the list with 15 points apiece.
STREAKING: Brian Hubschmann is riding a 13-game point streak … senior Pat Walsh has scored a goal in seven straight games … Walsh has started all 50 games during his Fighting Irish career … Notre Dame has won its past five games at Moose Krause Stadium, including 11 of its last 14.
GOING FOR TWO: Notre Dame has had at least two players score multiple goals in 12 of 13 games this season.
DOUBLE DIGITS: The Fighting Irish have tallied 10 or more goals four times this season and they have won all four contests … the first time was in a 10-7 win over Villanova on March 14 … the Fighting Irish had their largest scouring output of the season in an 11-5 win over Brown on March 29 … the Irish notched a 10-7 win over Lehigh on April 23 and a 10-8 decision against Ohio State on April 29 … Notre Dame scored in double-figures in seven of its 11 games one season ago … five of those contests were wins.
RUNNING: Notre Dame has registered runs of three or more goals in 12 of 13 games this season … the Irish used key 5-0 runs in back-to-back hard fought wins over North Carolina and Villanova earlier in the season … another 5-0 run was used to break open the Brown contest, which the Irish won 11-5 … Notre Dame scored four of the first five goals against Ohio State en route to a 10-8 victory.
THREE IN-A-ROW: The Fighting Irish have put together two three-game winning streaks this season … Notre Dame has won at least three games in-a-row in 23 of 26 varsity seasons … the only years that the Irish failed to win three consecutive was during the first varsity campaign in 1981 then again in 1983 and 1991 … if the Fighting Irish defeat Quinnipiac, it will mark the team’s third three-game winning streak of the season … that has never happened in the history of the Notre Dame program.
SECOND HALF SHUTOUT: Notre Dame’s second half shutout against Bellarmine marked the first time a Fighting Irish defense held a team scoreless in a half since the first half against Butler during the 2003 campaign … the Irish would go on to win that contest 9-2 … the two tallies versus Bellarmine were the fewest allowed by an Irish defense since a 12-2 victory over Air Force during the 2004 season.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior attackman Pat Walsh is currently second all-time in school history with 101 assists … he is nine assists away from tying David Ulrich’s (1998-2001) program record of 110 … Walsh is also third in program history with 183 points coming on 82 goals and 101 assists … he is two points away from making it into the top-two all-time in school history … Randy Colley (1991-95) is the school record holder with 273 career points (173 G, 100 A).
WALSH POINT-LESS: In Notre Dame’s 8-2 win over Bellarmine, Pat Walsh was held without a point for just the third time in his collegiate career … he was also held point-less in a 9-6 loss at Denver last season and in a 10-4 setback to Maryland in 2003.
FIRST-TIMERS: The Irish have three first-time opponents on the 2006 ledger … Notre Dame defeated Bellarmine, 8-2, in the first-ever meeting between the two Midwest schools on March 18 … the Irish also topped Brown 11-5 in their first-ever clash … Notre Dame will have its inaugural showdown with GWLL newcomer Quinnipiac this Saturday.
FRESH FACES: The two-goal performances by Peter Christman and Ryan Hoff against Penn State marked the first time two freshmen had scored multiple goals in a game for the Irish since the 2003 season as current seniors Pat Walsh and Drew Peters both netted three goals versus Hartford … both Hoff and Christman are enjoying solid rookie campaigns … Hoff is fourth on the team with 15 points (15 G), while Christman has eight points (4 G, 4 A) … fellow freshman Regis McDermott has played every game this season in the Irish defense, while his classmate Duncan Swezey has appeared in 10 contests, collecting two goals and two assists.
SAVING THE DAY: Sophomore goaltender Joey Kemp boasts a .591 save percentage on the year, which places him 10th nationally … he has made 133 saves, while allowing 92 goals … Kemp led the nation with a .652 percentage in 2005, making 131 saves and giving up 70 goals … he also has a 7.17 goals-against average on the season, which ranks him ninth in the country.
CLEARING THE WAY: Notre Dame has a .788 clear percentage, while the Irish have held opponents to a .695 percentage … last season, the Irish had a .763 clear percentage and their opponents had a mark of .771.
FAN SUPPORT: The Irish have played in front of crowds of at least 1,000 people in 11 contests over the past two seasons … the Notre Dame-Cornell game in Lisle, Ill. on March 4, which was technically a home game for the Irish, drew 3,523 fans … … the Notre Dame-Hofstra contest attracted 4,363 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium on March 25 … the Fighting Irish and Bellarmine played in front of 2,700 fans at Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky. on March 18 … Notre Dame’s largest crowd for a `true’ home game this season was 1,563 fans versus Ohio State on April 29 … last year’s meeting with North Carolina in the First 4 invitational drew 7,182 fans into the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. … that was the largest crowd ever for a lacrosse contest west of the Mississippi River.
NOTRE DAME IN THE POLLS: Notre Dame debuted in the Lacrosse magazine preseason rankings at No. 10, while the Irish were No. 12 in the Inside Lacrosse/Faceoff Yearbook preseason poll … the Irish are No. 15 in the most recent Inside Lacrosse media poll, which was released on May 1 … the latest USILA coaches poll (May 1) has the Irish 18th.
PLAYING THE BEST: Notre Dame faced defending NCAA champion Johns Hopkins to conclude fall ball and then opened spring exhibition play versus national runner-up Duke and Bucknell in Durham, N.C. … the Fighting Irish have four teams that appear in the latest USILA coaches poll on their 2006 ledger … Notre Dame opened the season with an 8-4 victory over No. 14 Penn State … Notre Dame fell to current No. 4 Cornell, 9-6, on March 4 and current No. 2 Hofstra, 13-5, on March 25 … the Irish dropped an 8-5 decision at No. 15 Denver on April 14.
DRISCOLL AND PETERS NAMED `06 IRISH CAPTAINS: Seniors D.J. Driscoll and Drew Peters have been selected as co-captains for this year’s Fighting Irish squad … Driscoll was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year and was tabbed as a STX/USILA honorable mention All-American last season … he was also selected as a 2006 Inside Lacrosse preseason third team All-American … Peters, a three-time monogram winner, has played in all 50 games during his Notre Dame career … he will help to anchor the Fighting Irish midfield again this season.
IRISH EARN PRESEASON HONORS: Four Fighting Irish players received preseason All-America honors by Inside Lacrosse and Face-Off Yearbook with senior Pat Walsh (A) leading the way as he was tabbed as a second-team selection … fellow senior D.J. Driscoll (D) was selected to the third-team, while sophomores Taylor Clagett (M) and Joey Kemp (G) received honorable mention distinction … Walsh is a three-time All-America honoree … last year, he earned STX/USILA honorable mention All-America honors along with Driscoll … Driscoll was tabbed as the 2005 Great Western Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year, while Kemp was named the GWLL Rookie of the Year … Clagett led the Irish with a .612 face-off percentage last season.
WALSH NAMED TO TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST: For the third year in a row, senior attackman Pat Walsh has been listed among the 53 players on the `Watch List’ for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the top player in college lacrosse at the end of the season … Walsh is the only Irish player ever named the to watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is in its sixth year, though attackman Tom Glatzel was a finalist for the award in 2001 … Walsh has gone on to be listed as a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee the past two seasons.
IRISH ADD NINE FOR NEXT SEASON: Head coach Kevin Corrigan has announced the commitment of nine student-athletes who will join the program next season … the Irish will finalize their 2005-06 recruiting class during the late signing period in April … log onto und.com for more information.
NAME POSITION HIGH SCHOOL
Sean Callinan Defense Deerfield Academy (Mass.)Matt Ciambella Attack Orchard Park (N.Y.)Mike Creighton Defense Malvern Prep (Pa.)Adam Felicetti Midfield Central Bucks East (Pa.)Neal Hicks Attack Lovett School (Ga.)Grant Krebs Midfield St. Mary's (Md.)Chip Lanser Defense Dulaney (Md.)Kelly McKenna Midfield Penfield (N.Y.)Brett Vecchio Midfield Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)
ND ON THE TUBE: The Irish will appear on television five times during the 2006 regular season … Notre Dame’s contest at Hofstra on March 25 was aired on Fox Sports New York … the Notre Dame-Brown game at Moose Krause Stadium on March 29 was carried on Comcast Local as will the Butler tilt on April 8 … the Irish home match against Dartmouth on April 2 was carried by College Sports Television (CSTV) … a road tilt at Denver was broadcast on Comcast-Denver.
FOLLOW ALL ND HOME GAMES ONLINE: All Notre Dame home games will feature livestats available through und.com, the official web site of all 26 varsity athletic programs at the University … simply go to the men’s lacrosse page and click on `Schedule’ at the top of the page and find the game that is being played that day and click on `Gametracker’ to follow the game for free.
NOTRE DAME ANNOUNCES IRISH ALERT TEXT MESSAGE SERVICE: The University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics, in conjunction with Centennial Wireless and Notre Dame Sports Properties, has announced a new service for Fighting Irish fans. Irish ALERT, a text messaging service designed to give fans up-to-the-minute game updates, will cover four varsity sports this spring – baseball, softball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse … this is a FREE trial program that will run until the completion of each sport’s 2006 season … log onto und.com to sign up.