Senior goalie John Kemp is a three-time All-America honoree.

Four Irish Players Earn USILA All-America Honors

May 23, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the ninth consecutive season the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program has produced multiple United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America honorees. Jim Marlatt (Jr./M) and Matt Miller (Sr./D) were named to the 2013 USILA All-America Third Team, while Matt Kavanagh (Fr./A) and John Kemp (Sr./G) were honorable mention selections.

Marlatt (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) was Notre Dame’s leading midfield scorer as he tallied 20 goals and 12 assists in addition to picking up 43 ground balls. He notched five multiple-goal games, including a career-high five-goal effort in the 13-5 season-opening victory at Duke. Marlatt had two goals and one assist in the 13-12 overtime win at Denver.

This is the second All-America citation for Marlatt, who received honorable mention accolades last season. He is a two-time first team all-BIG EAST honoree.

Miller (Warrenton, Va./Notre Dame Academy) was an anchor on a Fighting Irish defensive unit that was among the nation’s best all season long. Notre Dame finished the year with an 8.31 goals-against average, which currently ranks 10th nationally. Miller picked up 28 ground balls and was named first team all-BIG EAST. The Fighting Irish captain was an honorable mention All-American last season.

Miller recently was named a USILA Scholar All-American and also is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He was selected to play in Friday’s USILA/LAXWORLD North/South Game. The Rochester Rattlers selected Miller in the sixth round (44th overall) of January’s Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Draft.

Kavanagh (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade/Hotchkiss) registered a stellar rookie season with the Irish as he led the team in goals (32) and assists (16). The 32 goals are the most ever for a Notre Dame freshman. Kavanagh combined to post seven goals and three assists in Notre Dame’s two NCAA Championship contests. He had four goals in the first-round win over Detroit (9-7) and then tallied a game-high six points on three goals and three assists in the quarterfinal setback to Duke (12-11).

Kavanagh compiled 11 multiple-goal games this season and notched at least four points in eight contests. He deposited four goals apiece in wins over Duke and North Carolina (10-9 3OT). The rookie scored the overtime game winner against both Penn State and North Carolina. Kavanagh, a first team all-BIG EAST performer, is Notre Dame’s first true freshman All-America honoree since Will Yeatman in 2007.

This is the third All-America nod for Kemp (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep). The goalie copped first team accolades last season after being an honorable mention pick during his sophomore campaign. He is Notre Dame’s first three-time All-America honoree since his brother Joey, who also played in goal, garnered citations in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Kemp earned all 16 (11-5) of Notre Dame’s decisions this season and registered an 8.19 goals-against average and a .539 save percentage. He made 153 saves (9.6 per game) and stopped 10 or more shots in 10 contests, including each of the last three games of the season. Kemp was a Tewaaraton Award nominee and was named first team all-BIG EAST for the second straight season. The Rochester Rattlers picked Kemp with the first selection of the fourth round (25th overall) in the MLL Draft.

Notre Dame has produced at least four USILA All-America honorees in each of the last seven seasons. In 25 seasons under the direction of head coach Kevin Corrigan, the Irish have had 33 different student-athletes earn 60 All-America accolades.

The Fighting Irish posted an 11-5 record this season and earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championship. Notre Dame defeated five top-10 teams and concluded the regular season with the nation’s top RPI before advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth straight season.

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