May 30, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Five Notre Dame men’s lacrosse players have earned All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Senior Brian Hubschmann, juniors Joey Kemp, Sean Dougherty and Michael Podgajny along with freshman Will Yeatman were all honorable mention All-America selections.
The five honorees ties a school record that was established in 2001 when Notre Dame had a selection on each of the three All-America teams along with two honorable mention selections. The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program has now had at least one student-athlete claim All-America honors in every season dating back to 1993, a string of 15 years.
Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton), a midfielder, was second on the Irish this season with 27 goals, while his 39 points tied him for third on the team. The co-captain started all 15 games and was a second-team all-Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) selection. Hubschmann scored a goal in each of the first six contests this season and notched four five-point games. In his final collegiate game, he registered a hat trick, to go along with two assists, in an 11-10 overtime loss to eventual national champion Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kemp (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep), a goaltender, earned honorable mention All-America honors from the USILA last season. This season, he started all 15 games in goal and posted an 11-4 record en route to earning GWLL Player of the Year honors. He ranked fourth nationally with a 6.78 goals-against average and fifth with a save percentage of .614. The junior posted a career-long scoreless stretch of 55:08, which spanned parts of the Denver and Lehigh games this season. Kemp, a team co-captain, was tabbed the GWLL Player of the Week on two occasions this season.
Dougherty (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep), a defenseman, was a key force behind Notre Dame’s dominant defense that held opponents to just 6.67 goals per game, a mark that ranked fourth nationally. The junior was a starter in all 15 games and was named to the all-GWLL first team. Dougherty and the Fighting Irish defense held opponents to five goals or fewer on six occasions, including five times during Notre Dame’s eight-game winning streak heading into the NCAA Tournament. He picked up 33 ground balls, which ranked in a tie for fifth on the team. Dougherty netted the first goal of his career in an 11-3 win over Brown.
Podgajny (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley), a midfielder, finished second on the team with 13 assists, while his 26 goals were the third most on the Irish and his 39 points tied him for third. His team-best nine man-up goals were a big reason why the Irish ranked third nationally with a .500 man-up conversion percentage. He played in all 15 games, while making 11 starts, and tied for the team-lead with 63 ground balls. Podgajny, a second-team all-GWLL selection, was the only Irish player to score a goal in every game this season. He finished the season with a career-high tying four goals against Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament.
Yeatman (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), an attackman, made an instant impact on the Irish as he led the team in points with 46 and assists with 25. His 21 goals ranked fourth on the team and helped the Irish boast the nation’s fourth-best scoring offense by averaging 11.67 goals-per game. Yeatman started all 15 games and notched at least one point in every contest. He was named the GWLL Newcomer of the Year along with earning first-team all-conference accolades. Yeatman also won the LaxPower Rookie of the Year Fan Award, which was voted on by the fans.
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