Kurt Martin netted both Irish goals in last season's quarterfinal setback at Virginia.

Irish Travel To Wake Forest For NCAA Quarterfinals

Dec. 5, 2007

#10 Notre Dame at #2 Wake Forest
NCAA Championship – Quarterfinals
Saturday, Dec. 8 – 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Spry Stadium – Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Notre Dame will square off against Wake Forest in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. (ET). Notre Dame is seeded 10th in the tournament, while Wake Forest is the second seed. This will be the fourth meeting all-time between the Fighting Irish and the Demon Deacons and the first since 2005. The winner of the match will advance to the semifinals and face either Connecticut or Virginia Tech.

HOW TO FOLLOW: Saturday’s match between Notre Dame and Wake Forest can be followed via live stats on und.com … simply go to the men’s soccer schedule page and find the contest and click on `Gametracker’.

ABOUT THE IRISH: Notre Dame (14-4-5) is making its second straight appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship … it also signifies just the second quarterfinal trip in program history … the Fighting Irish are coming off a 2-0 victory at seventh-seeded Santa Clara in the third round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday (Dec. 1) … Joseph Lapira notched a goal and an assist against the Broncos … that was his second straight three-point match … Dave Donohue added the second Irish goal, while Alex Yoshinaga had an assist … Notre Dame defeated Oakland, 2-1, during the second round of the NCAA Championship … Lapira tallied a goal and an assist in the victory … Yoshinaga scored the first Irish goal of the match, while Ryan Miller also had an assist against the Golden Grizzlies … the Fighting Irish, who shared the BIG EAST Blue Division title with Connecticut, finished as the only undefeated team in BIG EAST regular-season play during the 2007 campaign with a 7-0-4 record … that marked the first time in program history that Notre Dame has ever compiled an undefeated BIG EAST season … the Notre Dame defense has produced 11 shutouts this season, while senior goalkeeper Chris Cahill has nine of them this season and 29 for his career … the Irish have registered at least 10 shutouts in each of the last five seasons … Lapira, a senior forward, leads the Irish in goals (9), assists (10) and points (28) … the assists are a career-high total for the 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner … Lapira also has a school-record six goals in NCAA Tournament play … Notre Dame is averaging 1.49 goals per game, while allowing 0.83 … the Irish returned six starters and 14 letterwinners back from last season’s squad that went 15-6-2 (8-3-0 BE) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in program history … head coach Bobby Clark is in his seventh season with the Irish … he has a record of 94-37-20 (.689) at Notre Dame and an overall mark of 247-100-45 (.688) during his 21 seasons in college soccer.

IRISH IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: This is Notre Dame’s seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Championship and the 11th trip overall in program history … the Irish have a 9-9-1 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament … this is the second trip to the quarterfinals for Notre Dame … last season, the Irish made it to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history … the Irish were the No. 12 seed and knocked off Illinois-Chicago (1-0) and No. 5 Maryland (1-0, 2OT) in the second and third rounds, respectively … the Notre Dame run ended with a 3-2 loss at No. 4 Virginia … the Irish have made the tournament’s Round of 16 on five occasions (1996, 2003, 2005, 2006 & 2007) … this is fourth time that Notre Dame has received a seed in the tournament … the Irish were the No. 5 seed for both the 2003 and 2004 tournaments and the 12th seed in 2006 … Notre Dame owns a 5-1-1 mark at home and a 4-8-0 record on the road in the NCAAs … head coach Bobby Clark carries an 8-5-1 record in the NCAA Tournament during his Notre Dame tenure, which is in its seventh season.

QUARTERFINAL HISTORY: The Fighting Irish are making their second straight trip to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals … those two appearances are the only two in program history … last season, Notre Dame suffered a 3-2 setback at No. 4 Virginia in the quarterfinal round … current senior forward Kurt Martin netted both Fighting Irish goals in the loss to the Cavaliers.

CLARK IN QUARTERS: Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark has guided three different men’s soccer programs to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals … this will be his sixth trip to the `Elite Eight’ … Clark led Notre Dame to its first-ever quarterfinal appearance last season and the Irish have made a return trip this year … he took Dartmouth to the quarters in 1990 and 1992 and then led Stanford there in 1998 and 2000 … the Cardinal finished as the tournament’s runner-up in 1998.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS WAKE FOREST: This will be the fourth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Wake Forest … the Demon Deacons have won all three previous encounters with the Irish … Notre Dame is 0-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C. … this is the first time the two schools have met in the NCAA Championship … the last meeting occurred at the 2005 adidas/IU Credit Union Classis in Bloomington, Ind. … Wake Forest won that match 1-0 in overtime … in 1994, the Demon Deacons captured a 1-0 decision in Davidson, N.C. … the first showdown was in 1982 and Wake Forest registered a 2-1 home victory … here is a list of the prior meetings …

Date      Site                  Score10/30/82  Winston-Salem, N.C.   WF 2, ND 19/28/94   Davidson, N.C.        WF 1, ND 09/4/05    Bloomington, Ind.     WF 1, ND 0 (OT)

SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS: Wake Forest (19-2-2) defeated West Virginia, 3-1, in the third round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday (Dec. 2) … sophomore forward Cody Arnoux scored two goals in the victory … Arnoux leads Wake Forest in goals (15) and points (37) … Marcus Tracy and Zack Schilawski both have eight goals … Austin da Luz has a team-high 13 assists … goalkeeper Brian Edwards has a 17-2-1 record with a 0.53 goals-against average and a .831 save percentage … the Demon Deacons are averaging 2.61 goals per game, while allowing 0.55 … Wake Forest, the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, defeated Furman, 1-0, in the second round … the Demon Deacons spent nine weeks as the No. 1 team in the Soccer America poll this season … last season, Wake Forest produced a 18-3-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals before being eliminated by eventual national champion UC Santa Barbara on penalty kicks, 4-3, following a scoreless draw … the Demon Deacons returned eight starters and 24 letterwinners from that squad … head coach Jay Vidovich is in his 14th season at the helm of the Wake Forest program.

CLARK COMMENTS: Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark discusses his team’s upcoming match against Wake Forest in the NCAA quarterfinals …

“The Wake Forest game is another huge task for our team. They are certainly one of the best teams in the country, plus we’ll be playing at their place. It’ll be a tall order. We are looking forward to the challenge. We’ve got an opportunity to take the program somewhere it has never been before. It’s not every day that you have a chance to make history. This is an opportunity for us to do so.”

ELITE COMPANY: Notre Dame and Wake Forest are the only two schools to have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship in each of the past two seasons.

DOUBLE SUCCESS: Notre Dame is the only school to have a team in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship and a team in the semifinals of the women’s NCAA Championship.

POSTSEASON PLAYER: Senior forward Joseph Lapira has totaled six points on two goals an two assists so far in this season’s NCAA Championship … Lapira is the Notre Dame record holder with six NCAA Tournament goals … Lapira recorded a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Oakland in the second round and did the same in a 2-0 triumph of Santa Clara in the third round … last season, Lapira scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Illinois-Chicago in the second round before notching a golden goal in a double-overtime victory at Maryland (1-0) … Lapira recorded goals in NCAA wins over Western Illinois (2-0) and Indiana (2-0) in 2005.

PLAYING THE BEST: When Notre Dame takes the field against Wake Forest it will mark the Irish’s third top-three ranked foe in the past four matches … Wake Forest, Connecticut and Santa Clara finished as the top three teams, respectively, in the final NSCAA/adidas rankings, which came out on Nov. 13 … Notre Dame fell to Connecticut, 2-0, in the BIG EAST tournament title game on Nov. 18 … the Irish topped Santa Clara, 2-0, in the third round of the NCAA Championship on Dec. 1 … Notre Dame is 2-2-1 against top-10 teams this season.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Notre Dame and Wake Forest have three common opponents this season (Louisville, Maryland, West Virginia) … the Irish topped Louisville 2-1 and the Demon Deacons bested the Cardinals 1-0 … Notre Dame defeated West Virginia 1-0, while Wake Forest took down the Mountaineers 3-1 in the third round of the NCAA Championship … the Fighting Irish fell to Maryland 3-0 and the Demon Deacons beat the Terrapins 2-0.

IRISH AND THE ACC: This marks the third straight season that Notre Dame will meet up with an Atlantic Coast Conference foe in the NCAA Championship … in 2005, the Irish fell at Clemson, 1-0, in the Round of 16 … last season, Notre Dame faced two ACC schools in the tournament … Notre Dame topped Maryland, 1-0 in double-overtime, before dropping a 3-2 decision at Virginia in the quarterfinals.

ROAD WARRIORS: The 2-0 win at No. 7 seed Santa Clara marked the third straight season that Notre Dame has posted a road upset in NCAA Championship play … in 2005, the Fighting Irish downed third-seeded Indiana, 2-0, on its home turf … last season, Notre Dame traveled to Maryland and topped the No. 5 seed 1-0 in double-overtime.

CAHILL COMING UP BIG: Senior goalkeeper Chris Cahill has a program-record four shutouts in NCAA Championship play … this season, Cahill blanked No. 7 seed Santa Clara in a 2-0 victory in the third round … in 2006, Cahill collected a shutout in a 1-0 win over UIC … he posted shutouts in identical 2-0 victories over Western Illinois and Indiana in 2005 … Cahill started a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Maryland during the 2006 tournament, yet was removed due to injury in the first half.

NOT MISSING OUT THIS TIME: Due to a collarbone injury Alex Yoshinaga missed the majority of the 2006 campaign, which included the first trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the Irish … the senior midfielder is back in the fold this season and has already chipped in three points in NCAA play as Notre Dame is back in the quarterfinals … he scored the first Irish goal in a 2-1 win over Oakland in the second round and followed that up with an assist on the first Notre Dame tally in the a 2-0 victory over Santa Clara in the third round.

IRISH AGAINST THE NCAA FIELD: Notre Dame faced a total of nine teams during the regular season and BIG EAST Championship that made this year’s NCAA Championship … the Fighting Irish own a 4-4-2 mark against those squads … Notre Dame faced UConn, the third seed, twice and went 0-1-1 (T, 3-3; L, 2-0) against the Huskies … the Irish squared off against three other seeded teams, No. 4 Indiana (L, 3-2), No. 13 Maryland (L, 3-0) and No. 15 West Virginia (W, 1-0).

BIG EAST BIDS: For the third straight year, the BIG EAST Conference has placed seven schools in the field of 48 teams in the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship … since the 2001 season, the BIG EAST has averaged six teams per year in the NCAA Championship … the BIG EAST put more squads in this year’s field than any other conference.

NOTRE DAME IN BIG EAST PLAY: Notre Dame owns an overall record of 76-48-16 (.600) in BIG EAST regular-season play since joining the conference in 1995 … the Irish have posted seven straight winning seasons within the conference, including this year … last season, the Irish went 8-3-0 in league play … that marked the second time that the Irish posted a program-record eight BIG EAST victories … Notre Dame won its only regular-season BIG EAST title prior to this season in 2004 with an 8-1-1 record … the Fighting Irish captured BIG EAST Tournament crowns in 1996 and 2003.

BIG EAST ACCOLADES: A total of seven Notre Dame student-athletes garnered all-conference recognition at the annual BIG EAST men’s soccer awards banquet on Thursday, Nov. 15 … that mark was one off the program record of eight, established in 2003, for all-league honorees … the Irish boasted two student-athletes on each of the three all-conference teams in addition to one honorable-mention selection … Joseph Lapira (Sr./F) and Ryan Miller (Sr./D/M) were named to the first team, while Matt Besler (Jr./D) and Chris Cahill (Sr./GK) were second-team picks … Kurt Martin (Sr./F) and Jack Traynor (Jr./D) were third-team members and Matt Armstrong (Fr./M) earned honorable mention distinction.

TAKING DOWN A TOP-10: Notre Dame has defeated a top-10 team in each of the past eight seasons, including two this season … the Irish took down top-ranked UCLA, 2-1 in overtime, in this year’s lid lifter back on Aug. 31 … Notre Dame defeated No. 3 Santa Clara, 2-0, in the third round of the NCAA Championship … Notre Dame took down three top-10 teams last season … the Irish topped both Creighton (4-1) and Indiana (5-4, OT) when those squads were ranked eighth nationally … Notre Dame bested No. 7 Maryland, 1-0, in double-overtime during the third round of the NCAA Tournament … that marked the first time the Irish beat three top-10 teams in a season since 2002.

IRISH LEADERS: Senior forward Joseph Lapira leads the team in goals (9), assists (10) and points (28) … Lapira has led Notre Dame in goals and points in each of the past two seasons … he had 19 points and seven goals in 2005 … last season, Lapira produced nation-leading numbers in points (50) and goals (22) … senior goalkeeper Chris Cahill, a three-year starter, has an 13-3-5 record this season with a 0.79 goals-against average and a .815 save percentage to go along with nine shutouts.

NEXT UP: The winner of the Notre Dame/Wake Forest match will advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships … the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup Weekend will be held at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Dec. 14 & 16.

LAST TIME OUT: A second straight three-point match from Joseph Lapira gave No. 10 seed Notre Dame a 2-0 triumph of seventh-seeded Santa Clara in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Round of 16 on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Buck Shaw Stadium … Notre Dame broke through in the 68th minute as Alex Yoshinaga pressured from the right side and dished a pass to Lapira, who put the ball into the back of the net … in the 72nd minute, Lapira spearheaded the Irish offense once again as he attacked from the right side and sent a cross to Dave Donohue and the sophomore finished the play with his third goal of the season … Fighting Irish defense negated a couple late attempts from the Broncos to advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for just the second time in program history … senior goalkeeper Chris Cahill made five saves to earn his 11th shutout of the season … the starting goalkeeper for the Broncos, Kevin Klasila, had to be replaced in the 47th minute by Joseph Buttitta after suffering an injury … Klasila made two saves on the night, while Buttitta had one stop … Santa Clara totaled 17 shots compared to 10 from Notre Dame, while the Broncos held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks … the loss was just the second of the season for the Broncos and it snapped their 18-game unbeaten streak.

SHUTTING DOWN THE COMPETITION: Notre Dame has posted 11 shutouts this season … that signifies the fifth-straight season in which the Fighting Irish have posted double-digit shutout figures … senior Chris Cahill has nine shutouts to his credit, while junior Andrew Quinn has one … both Cahill and Quinn saw action in a 3-0 win over Rhode Island … Quinn picked up the shutout against Marquette (1-0), while Cahill and the Irish defense held Rutgers (2-0) and Villanova (1-0) without a goal … Cahill notched a shutout against No. 16 Michigan in a 3-0 victory by making a season-high seven saves … he followed that with another blanking in a 1-0 win over No. 13 West Virginia … Cahill picked up his fifth shutout in a 2-0 triumph of Seton Hall and then he and the Irish defense held Pittsburgh scoreless in a 3-0 victory … Cahill made two saves in a 0-0 draw at Georgetown … in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship, Cahill did not have to make a save in the 1-0 win over St. John’s … Cahill made five saves in a 2-0 win over seventh-seeded Santa Clara in the third round of the NCAA Championship.

FIT TO BE TIED: Notre Dame has played to five ties this season … that marks the most draws for a single season in the 31-year history of the Fighting Irish program … Notre Dame has had a total of six games go to overtime … the Irish defeated then-No. 1 UCLA, 2-1, with a golden goal in the 94th minute during the season opener on Aug. 31.

ANOTHER DOZEN: Notre Dame has claimed at least 12 wins in all seven seasons of the Bobby Clark era, including this year’s 14-4-5 mark … the most wins under Clark was 16 in 2003 … Notre Dame posted 15 victories last season and have followed it up with 14, to date, this season … the Irish claimed 13 wins in 2004 … the Irish have finished with 12 victories three times during Clark’s tenure (2001, 2002 & 2005).

SPREADING THE WEALTH: A total of 12 different players have scored a goal for Notre Dame this season … senior Joseph Lapira leads the team with nine goals, while fellow senior Ryan Miller is second with six … senior Alex Yoshinaga and sophomores Justin Morrow and Dave Donohue are next in line with three tallies each … Kurt Martin, Matt Besler, Jeb Brovsky and Michael Thomas all have two goals, while three players have scored once … a total of 16 players have tallied at least one point … Lapira has a team-best 28 points, which includes a team-high 10 assists.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Notre Dame’s three goals against Pittsburgh on Oct. 24 matched a season-high outburst for the Irish … Notre Dame has scored three times on four occasions this season … the three first-half tallies versus the Panthers marked the third time this season that Notre Dame has scored three goals in one half … the Fighting Irish scored three times in a 3-0 win over No. 16 Michigan on Oct. 3 … Notre Dame netted three second-half scores in a 3-3 tie with No. 1 Connecticut on Oct. 13.

STARTING STREAK: Ryan Miller, a defender/midfielder, has started 88 straight matches for the Fighting Irish … his 88 consecutive games played ties the record established by Greg Dalby (2003-06) … as a freshman, Miller earned his first start during the second game of the season yet suffered an injury that kept him out the rest of the campaign … he started the first game of the following season in 2004 and has not left the starting lineup since.

MILLER EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA STATUS: Ryan Miller earned second-team Academic All-America honors from ESPN the Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) … Miller became the fifth player in program history to be selected as an Academic All-American from CoSIDA … Miller graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in May of 2007 with an accounting degree and a 3.409 cumulative grade-point average … he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in accounting … this season, Miller has experienced his top collegiate campaign … he has posted career-best numbers in goals (6) and points (16) … his six goals are the second most on the team … for his career, Miller has 25 points on seven goals and 11 assists.

LAPIRA NAMED A M.A.C. HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALIST: Joseph Lapira is a semifinalist for the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy … the trophy is presented annually to the top men’s soccer player in the United States … Lapira won the award last season as he led all NCAA Division I men’s players with 22 goals and 50 points … he became the first Notre Dame men’s player to receive the award … a panel of coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) compiled the list of 15 semifinalists … Lapira will try to become the first back-to-back recipient of the most prestigious award in college soccer since Virginia’s Claudio Reyna took home the Hermann Trophy in 1992 and 1993 … the trophy winner will be announced on January 11, 2008.

FACING #1, AGAIN: The 3-3 draw with Connecticut on Oct. 13 marked the second time this season that Notre Dame had squared off with a team ranked No. 1 at the time of the meeting … Notre Dame topped then-No. 1 UCLA, 2-1, in overtime during the season opener on Aug. 31 … the Fighting Irish are 1-5-1 when facing a top-ranked team since the 1990 season.

SHOOTING STARS: Notre Dame has out shot its opponents 371-267 this season … the Irish own a 184-101 advantage in shots during the first half and a 172-148 edge in the second period … Notre Dame has been out shot 18-15 in overtime periods.

CORNERING THE MARKET: The Fighting Irish have a 132-82 advantage in corner kicks over their opponents, including a decisive 66-31 margin in first-half play … Notre Dame owns a 59-47 edge in the second half, while the Irish have out cornered the opposition 7-4 in overtime.

TOUGH TO KEEP DOWN: Notre Dame has only been shut out four times in the past 37 contests … the Irish are currently riding an 18-game streak without being shut out at home.

NO LOSING STREAKS: Notre Dame has not lost back-to-back games since the end of the 2001 campaign … that season, the Irish fell to St. John’s, 1-0, in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship before suffering a 1-0 setback to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament … Notre Dame followed up this season’s first loss, a 3-0 setback against Maryland, with a 3-0 win over Rhode Island … the Irish then responded after a 1-0 loss to Michigan State with a 3-3 draw against No. 1 Connecticut … following a 3-2 loss against No. 12 Indiana, Notre Dame defeated Seton Hall, 2-0.

ROOKIE IMPACT: The Irish have had a significant impact from its 2007 freshman class … Jeb Brovsky has totaled five points on two goals and one assist … Matt Armstrong has started every game in the midfield and has notched one assist … Armstrong has filled the shoes of two-time first-team All-American Greg Dalby, who had a stellar four-year career with the Irish … Armstrong earned honorable mention all-BIG EAST honors this season … Josh Thiermann and Steven Perry have combined to play in 22 games and have been valuable sparks off the bench … Theirmann scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over St. John’s in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship.

HIGH MARKS: Notre Dame was ranked No. 2 in all four major polls (Soccer America, NSCAA, Soccer Times, College Soccer News) during the week of Sept. 24 … that marked the highest ranking in program history.

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Joseph Lapira opened the season with a three-point match in a 2-1 overtime win against No. 1 UCLA … he gave the Irish a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute and then assisted on Alex Yoshinaga’s golden goal in the 94th minute to give Notre Dame the victory … Lapira led all NCAA Division I men’s soccer players with 22 goals and 50 points last season.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior forward Joseph Lapira is currently in fifth place on Notre Dame’s all-time goals list with 41 tallies … Kevin Lovejoy (1978-80) is the program record-holder with 67 goals … Lapira’s 105 career points also rank him fifth in program history … Lovejoy has that mark as well with 153 points.

BIG EAST PRESEASON HONORS: Joseph Lapira was named the preseason BIG EAST offensive player of the year and junior defender Matt Besler joined Lapira on the all-BIG EAST preseason team … Lapira was the 2006 BIG EAST offensive player of the year.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Joseph Lapira had an eventful summer of 2007 … in May, Lapira trained with the Ireland National Team while the squad was in the United States … Lapira earned his first cap in a match against Ecuador on May 23 in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. … when he entered the match in the 86th minute, he became the first amateur to play for Ireland since 1964 … the game ended as a 1-1 draw … the Louisiana native was able to participate with the Ireland team since he has dual-citizenship because his mother is a native of the country … later in the summer, he went to Europe and trained with the Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League and with Derby County of the English Premier League.

NOTRE DAME PICKED SECOND IN BLUE DIVISION: Notre Dame was selected to finish second in the BIG EAST Blue Division for the 2007 season … the Irish garnered 102 points in voting by the league’s head coaches, while Connecticut received 105 points … Connecticut garnered 10 first-place votes in the Blue Division, while Notre Dame had four and West Virginia totaled three … St. John’s was tabbed to win the league’s Red Division followed by Rutgers and South Florida.

COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS WATCH LISTS: Joseph Lapira was selected to the College Soccer News Pre-Season All-America first team … the senior was not the only Irish student-athlete honored by the publication, as two incoming freshmen were named to the `100 Freshmen to Watch’ list for the 2007 season … (M) Matt Armstrong and (F) Josh Thiermann were selected to the list and are part of a very talented seven-man freshman class for the Irish.

FRESHMAN CLASS NATIONALLY RANKED: Notre Dame’s seven-man freshman class was ranked 15th nationally by College Soccer News … (M) Matt Armstrong, (M) Jeb Brovsky, (D) Bilal Duckett, (M) Greg Klazura, (F) Andrew Luttrell, (F) Steven Perry and (F) Josh Thiermann make up the talented crop of Fighting Irish rookies.

IRISH ON THE SMALL SCREEN: Notre Dame had five of its regular-season matches televised … the Fighting Irish played Rutgers on Fox Soccer Channel on Sept. 21 in Piscataway, N.J. … Notre Dame played at Marquette on Time Warner Cable … two Irish home games were also televised … Notre Dame and Michigan appeared on Comcast Local on Oct. 3 as did the Irish’s tilt against Indiana on Oct. 17 … a match at Providence on Oct. 28 was carried by Cox Sports Television.

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