Ryan Hoff notched six points on five goals and an assist in Notre Dame's 13-7 win over Vermont on Saturday.

Hoff Nets Five Goals As Third-Ranked Irish Top Vermont, 13-7

March 21, 2009

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DALLAS, Texas – A five-goal effort from senior attackman Ryan Hoff (Baldwin, Md./Dulaney) paved the way for the No. 3 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team in a 13-7 triumph of Vermont at the 2009 Patriot Cup on Saturday afternoon at Ford Stadium. The win improves the Irish to 6-0 on the season.

Notre Dame exploded with a seven-goal first quarter to take a 7-1 lead after the opening 15 minutes of play. Junior attackman Neal Hicks (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) started the scoring for the Irish just over two minutes into the contest.

After Vermont (3-3) knotted the score with an Andrew Kelleher goal at the 9:33 mark of the first quarter, Notre Dame scored the game’s next eight goals to grab a 9-1 lead by the 13:00 mark of the second quarter. Hoff tallied four of the goals in the surge, while fellow senior Duncan Swezey (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) had two of the scores. Sophomore midfielder David Earl (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School), who had a career-high three goals on the day, and junior Grant Krebs (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) also scored during the run.

The Catamounts answered with four straight goals of their own. Kelleher netted back-to-back tallies to slice the deficit to six (9-3) with 5:56 left on the clock in the second quarter. A goal from Derek Lichtfuss cut the margin to five (9-4) at the intermission.

Vermont’s Ryan Gillette scored the first goal of the second half with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter to make it a four-goal contest (9-5). Notre Dame stopped the Catamount streak as Krebs fed Hoff on a man-up goal with 3:35 left in the third period. The Irish, who were 2-for-6 on man-up opportunities on the afternoon, led 10-5 after three quarters. The Catamounts did not convert on its only man-up chance of the day.

Following Kelleher’s fourth goal of the contest, Earl and Hicks deposited scores to give Notre Dame a 12-6 lead with 8:35 left in regulation. A goal from Vermont’s Parker Bunnell made it 12-7 at the 6:36 mark. Earl finished off his hat trick with 21 seconds left to produce the final margin.

Hoff, Krebs, Swezey, Dan Gibson (Germantown, Tenn./Memphis University School), Adam Felicetti (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Kelly McKenna (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) all collected an assist for the Irish in the win. Senior goalie Scott Rodgers (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) made nine saves to up his record to 6-0 on the season. His counterpart Justin Lubas had 13 stops in the loss. The Fighting Irish out shot the Catamounts 47-30. Notre Dame won 14 of 23 faceoffs as Jake Marmul (Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) went 7-4 and Trever Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich) was 7-5.

Notre Dame will open its Great Western Lacrosse League slate with a home date against Bellarmine on Wednesday, March 25. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m. (ET).

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March 21, 2009 – Patriot Cup – Dallas, Texas
Vermont (3-3) – 1 3 1 2 – 7
#3 Notre Dame (6-0) – 7 2 1 3 – 13

Vermont Scoring (goals-assists):
Andrew Kelleher 4-0, Derek Lichtfuss 1-1, Parker Bunnell 1-1, Ryan Gillette 1-0, Geoff Worley 0-1, Liam Thomas 0-1; Goaltender: Justin Lubas (L, 60:00, 13 saves, 13 GA)

Notre Dame Scoring (goals-assists):
Ryan Hoff 5-1, David Earl 3-0, Duncan Swezey 2-1, Neal Hicks 2-0, Grant Krebs 1-1, Adam Felicetti 0-1, Dan Gibson 0-1, Kelly McKenna 0-1; Goaltender: Scott Rodgers (W, 60:00, 9 saves, 7 GA)