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Irish Open 2018 Season At Home On Sunday Against Detroit

Feb. 9, 2018

By Robby Hamman

Notre Dame Game Notes

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 6 Notre Dame will open the 2018 season on Sunday against Detroit in a non-conference game inside Loftus Sports Center. Faceoff is slated for 1 p.m. (ET).

The game will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra/ESPN3 and can be found on the WatchESPN app or at Juan Jose Rodriguez and David Korzeniowski will be on the call.

For a more in-depth look at the Irish, check out the position previews for the attack, midfield and defense.

Game Details

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Loftus Sports Complex
Schedule: Sunday, Feb. 11 — 1:0 p.m. ET
TV: ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at Sunday’s matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

Owning The Openers

  • Notre Dame is 30-7 all-time in season openers, including a 24-5 record in the Kevin Corrigan era.

  • The Irish have won a program-record 15 straight season openers.

  • Last season, Notre Dame opened with a 16-10 win over Georgetown on February 18 in Frisco, Texas, at the Ford Center at The Star.

  • The Irish last dropped a season opener in 2002, a 10-9 overtime setback at home against Penn State.

  • In home openers the Irish are 33-4 in program history and 26-3 under Corrigan.

The Detroit Series

  • Sunday will be the third meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Detroit. The Irish are 2-0 in the series.

  • The Irish and Titans last met in February 2016, as Notre Dame strolled to a 14-5 win. Mikey Wynne recorded a career-high seven points on six goals and an assist in the nine-goal victory.

  • Notre Dame edged Detroit in a 9-7 decision in the first installment of the series, which came in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship.

Fantastic Februarys

  • Notre Dame is 25-1 in its last 26 games played in February dating back to the 2006 season. Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 33-5 in the month of February during his Notre Dame tenure.

  • Last season the Irish picked up a pair of wins in February, defeating Georgetown 16-10 at The Star in Frisco, Texas, and Michigan 16-5 in the home opener.

The Attack Is Back

  • The Irish return 80.4 percent of its scoring output from the 2017 season, as 127 of the team’s 158 goals scored last season came from players on the 2018 roster.

  • Eighty-two of the goals came from Mikey Wynne (33), Brendan Gleason (25), Ryder Garnsey (20) and Brian Willetts (4), all of whom played in the attack last season.

Irish Indoors

  • Notre Dame has excelled when playing inside the last three seasons, going 7-0 when playing indoors since the start of the 2015 season.

  • The Irish opened the 2017 season playing inside the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, defeating Georgetown 16-10.

Moving Up In The Ranks

  • Senior attackman Mikey Wynne ranks tied for seventh in program history in career goals with 106. (Full rankings on page 4).

  • Wynne is just the eighth player in program history to surpass the 100-goal mark, as he scored three times against Army in the final regular season game of the 2017 season on May 6 to reach the milestone.

13 And Counting

  • The Irish have had at least one defensemen selected as a USILA All-American (either first team, second team or honorable mention) in each of the last 13 seasons.

  • Former Notre Dame standout Garrett Epple kept the streak award last season, earning first team status.

The Toughest Schedule In The Country

  • Lacrosse Reference released its estimated strength of schedule for each team and determined the Irish have the toughest upcoming 2018 schedule.

  • Nine of Notre Dame’s 2018 opponents opened the season ranked in at least one of the national polls.

  • Seven of the teams on the upcoming schedule made the NCAA Championship field last season, including three of the four semifinal teams.

  • The Irish take on the defending national champion Maryland on March 3 in College Park, Maryland.

— ND —

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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.