March 21, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame senior goalie Kirk Howell (Nashville, Tenn.), who has helped the Irish men’s lacrosse team to a 5-0 record and No. 2 ranking in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/STX Poll (its highest ranking in school history), has been named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week after leading the Irish to two wins last week over Virginia and Loyola. Howell earns the honor for the second time in his career. It also marks the third week an Irish player has been recognized for the award.
Howell had 14 saves in Notre Dame’s 11-8 road win over the then seventh-ranked Cavaliers -its first-ever win in two previous meetings. He then tied his career-high with 18 saves in a 10-7 win at fifth-ranked Loyola. That victory was the second straight for the Irish over the Greyhounds and their first-ever in 10 previous meetings during the regular season.
Howell has made 59 saves in five games this season and has not allowed more than eight goals in any contest. He owns a 7.00 goals against average and .626 save percentage.
The Irish are on the road for the fourth straight game and fifth time six outings when Notre Dame travels to Hempstead, N.Y. to face Hofstra at 2:00 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 24 at 2:00 p.m.