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Irish Face Pioneers For An Opportunity To Go To The NCAA Semifinals

May 18, 2017

By Robby Hamman

Notre Dame Game Notes | Notre Dame Tournament Central

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame takes on Denver in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals on Saturday, May 20 for a chance to punch its ticket to the final four the following weekend. The showdown will take place at Shuart Stadium on the Hofstra campus in Hempstead, New York. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Mike Corey and Matt Ward on the call.

For an all-encompassing look at the Irish in the 2017 NCAA Championship, check out the Notre Dame NCAA Championship Central page here.

Game Details

Location: Hempstead, New York | Shuart Stadium
Schedule: Saturday, May 20 — 2:30 p.m. ET
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Postseason Success

  • Notre Dame and Maryland are the only two programs to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field in each of the last 12 seasons.

  • Notre Dame is the only program to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in each of the last eight campaigns.

  • Notre Dame is 14-7 over the last eight NCAA Championships.

  • Notre Dame owns a 19-21 record in its 22 trips to the NCAA Championship.

  • This is the 10th time overall–and ninth time in the last 10 seasons–the Irish have earned one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Championship.

  • Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Championship final weekend in 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and played in the title game in 2010 and 2014.

The Denver Series

  • Saturday will be the 23rd meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Denver. The Irish lead the all-time series 14-8.
  • The last installment between the two sides came earlier this season in Denver on March 12. The Pioneers escaped with an 11-10 victory, scoring the game-winning goal with no time left on the clock.
  • Five of the last seven meetings have gone into at least one overtime session.
  • Seven of the last eight installments in the series have been decided by one goal.
  • This weekend’s matchup will be the second between the two sides in an NCAA tournament. Denver won the first game in the 2015 NCAA semifinals in overtime by a score of 11-10. Sergio Perkovic scored a remarkable five fourth quarter goals to help send the game into overtime before Denver prevailed.
  • The last Irish victory in the series came during the 2013 season, as Notre Dame won by a final score of 13-12 in overtime.

Out Of The Gates

  • Notre Dame has scored 44 goals in the first quarter this season, the most of any of the four frames.
  • The first quarter also represents the widest scoring margin of any of the four, as Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 44-28.
  • The Irish are 8-1 when holding a lead after the opening 15 minutes of play.

The 100 Club

  • Perkovic became just the seventh player in Notre Dame history to reach the 100-career goal milestone against Duke on April 8. Perkovic scored two goals in the game.
  • Twenty of Perkovic’s goals have come in NCAA Championship games and he has 17 hat tricks in his career.
  • Wynne is just the eighth player in program history to surpass the 100-goal mark, as he scored three times against Army on May 6 to reach the milestone.
  • For the first time in Notre Dame program history the Irish have two 100-plus goal scorers on the same team in Perkovic and Wynne.


  • Junior attackman Mikey Wynne was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week on April 24 after his impressive offensive performance in the 14-13 win over North Carolina (4/22).
  • Wynne scored a season-high five goals on just seven shots against the Tar Heels.
  • The junior has a team-high 30 goals on the season for the Irish and 103 for his career.
  • Wynne is the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-goal milestone.
  • The junior has recorded five hat tricks on the season and has scored multiple goals in five of his last six outings.
  • Wynne leads the team in shot percentage with a mark of 0.492, ranking second in the ACC and sixth in the country for the stat.

3, 4, 5…

  • Sophomore Brendan Gleason is playing the best lacrosse of his career over his last three games.
  • The attackman has set career-highs in goals in each of his last three games, scoring three against North Carolina in the ACC tournament title game, four in the regular season finale at Army and five goals in the NCAA first round clash with Marquette.
  • The three consecutive hat tricks mark the first three of his career.
  • The sophomore tied the Notre Dame record for most goals in an NCAA Championship game with five against Marquette.
  • Gleason is third on the squad in points with 31, consisting of 25 goals and six assists.
  • Gleason has led the Irish in goals five times this season, including in each of the last three games. He scored three goals, marking the first hat trick of his career and was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team.

Closing Time

  • The Irish are 9-0 when leading at the half during the 2017 season.

One-Goal Games

  • The Irish have played a lot of close games in 2017, as eight of their 14 contests to date have been decided by one goal, including four of the six against ACC opponents.
  • Notre Dame has a 5-3 record in one-goal decisions, pulling out victories over Maryland (5-4), Virginia (11-10), Marquette (11-10), North Carolina (14-13) and Duke in the ACC semifinal (7-6).
  • The team’s three losses by one goal have come at the hands of Denver (11-10), Syracuse (11-10) and Army (10-9).

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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men’s lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.