May 5, 2016
— #7/#6/#5 NOTRE DAME (9-3, 3-1 ACC) at ARMY WEST POINT (10-6, 5-3 Patriot League)
— Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Noon EDT
— Arlotta Stadium – Notre Dame, Indiana
Rankings are Inside Lacrosse (media)/USILA (coaches)/Lacrosse magazine
Notre Dame (9-3) closes out its regular season against Army West Point (10-6) with a final Arlotta Stadium stop for a senior class that has produced a combined four-season record of 44-17, played in three previous NCAA Championships (one national runner-up finish, one semifinal appearance and one quarterfinal appearance) and won six postseason games to go with an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 2014 and ACC regular-season first-place finishes in 2015 and 2016. The senior class includes a veteran cast led by 2016 regulars Matt Kavanagh, Eddy Lubowicki, Trevor Brosco, Matt Landis and Eddy Glazener. Kavanagh, Landis and Glazener serve as captains of the 2016 squad, along with reserve goaltender Conor Kelly.
Streamed live on ESPN3 (Mike Monaco, Brian Benedict)
NCAA DIVISION I COMMITTEE RATES IRISH FOURTH
The NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee April 29 issued the second of two top-10 rankings and listed Notre Dame number four (included games through April 24). The top three teams were Maryland, Brown and Denver-and following the Irish were Albany, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Navy, Duke and Loyola. Notre Dame had been rated number one in the first committee rankings issued April 23. The NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Selection Show is set for 9 p.m. EDT May 8 on ESPNU.
2016 NOTRE DAME SCHEDULE AND SCORES (9-3, 3-1 ACC)
IRISH AND THE 2016 RANKINGS
The Irish have spent nine weeks in 2016 ranked number one in at least one of the three major polls-including nine weeks atop the Nike/Lacrosse magazine poll, eight in the top spot of the Cascade/Maverik/Inside Lacrosse media poll and two in first place according to the USILA (coaches) listing.
THE ARMY SERIES
Notre Dame leads it 5-1, including wins in 2014 (South Bend) and 2015 (West Point). Army’s lone victory came in 2002, an 11-8 triumph at West Point. — Home 3-0, Away 2-1
Two years ago in Army’s last visit to South Bend, the two teams took part in a wild shootout-with the Irish finally winning it 18-17 on Conor Doyle’s goal with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth period. The Black Knights scored four straight times in the second period to grab a 7-5 lead and managed five straight goals in the third period for a 14-11 advantage. The Irish took a 15-14 lead early in the fourth period on consecutive Sergio Perkovic goals. Army rebounded to go on top 16-15 at the 4:14 mark before Kevin Corrigan’s crew scored three of the final four goals (the last two for the Irish by Doyle). John Scioscia led Notre Dame with six goals and two assistsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦. A year ago at West Point, top-rated Notre Dame staked itself to a 6-0 lead after one period and rolled to a 17-8 victory. The Irish built a 9-2 halftime advantage and then scored the first three goals of the third period to assume control. Matt Kavanagh had four goals and an assist, while Conor Doyle had three goals and four assists.
The Atlantic Coast Conference May 3 honored two Notre Dame standouts-senior defenseman Matt Landis and rookie attackman Ryder Garnsey-with a pair of its major awards. Landis’ stellar defensive play won him his second straight ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. The Irish captain also in 2015 was named the top defensive player nationally by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The conference named Garnsey the 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year.
— Landis (Pelham, New York) helped the Irish capture a share of the ACC regular-season crown en route to its current 9-3 record and No. 6 ranking (USILA). An ACC Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season after Notre Dame’s victory over Maryland, he also is among 25 nominees (along with teammates Matt Kavanagh and Sergio Perkovic) for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour. Landis has led a Fighting Irish defensive unit that has yielded just 7.75 goals per game this year to rank seventh nationally. He has started all 12 contests, collected 27 ground balls and caused a team-leading 15 turnovers. He also is a CoSIDA Academic All-America nominee.
— Garnsey (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire) rates third on the Irish goal-scoring list in 2016 with 19-as well as second in assists (eight) and fourth in scoring (27 points). He stands 19th nationally (and fourth in the ACC) in shooting percentage at .422. He had five goals in the Irish win at Syracuse and three versus Duke in the ACC Championship semifinal.
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