NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 11/12 Notre Dame welcomes North Carolina to Arlotta Stadium for the regular season finale at noon ET on Saturday, April 20. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and will be available to stream via the WatchESPN app or on WatchESPN.com.
Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Arlotta Stadium
Schedule: Saturday, April 20 — Noon ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Live Stats: UND.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at Sunday’s matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame
NOTRE DAME’S ACC CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDING SCENARIOS
- There are two possible seeding scenarios based on the outcome of Saturday’s game between the Irish and Tar Heels.
- With a Notre Dame win the Irish will take the No. 3 seed in the championship and face Duke, which would finish as the No. 2 seed based on tie-breaker rules, in the semifinals on Saturday, April 27 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
- If the Irish fall to UNC on Saturday then the Irish receive the No. 5 seed in the ACC Championship and would face Duke, which would receive the No. 4 seed based on tiebreaker rules, in the first round on Thursday, Arpil 25 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
CORRIGAN REACHES HISTORIC MILESTONE
- Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA men’s lacrosse Division I history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.
- Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.
- Corrigan has an overall record of 310-159 in his 33 seasons of coaching.
- The head coach is 300-144 in his 31 seasons at Notre Dame.
- Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.
THE UNC SERIES
- Saturday will be the 19th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and North Carolina. The Irish trail the Tar Heels in the all-time series 8-10.
- Notre Dame fell to UNC in Chapel Hill last season by a final score of 10-9.
- The Irish are 3-2 against the Tar Heels when playing in regular-season ACC games.
- The series has featured a lot of close games, as 16 of the 18 meetings have been decided by three goals or fewer.
IRISH IN THE ACC
- The Irish have a combined record of 13-11 in its six seasons of ACC regular season play and 18-14 when ACC Championship games are included.
- Notre Dame has won two ACC Championship titles in its five seasons in the league, winning the 2014 and 2018 championships.
- The Irish went a perfect 4-0 in 2015 to win its first regular-season conference title and followed with a record of 3-1 in 2016 to claim a share of the regular-season championship.
COSTABILE CARRIES THE LOAD
- Junior Byran Costabile leads the Irish in goals this season with 29, just one short of matching his career high for goals in a season.
- The midfielder scored seven goals over the last two games (4 vs. Marquette & 3 vs. Cornell).
- Costabile earned ACC Offensive Player of the Week (4/1/19) honors for his five-goal performance in the Syracuse game.
- The midfielder has scored 76 goals in his career.
- Junior FOGO Charlie Leonard has won 145-of-249 face-offs (58.2%) on the season as the primary FOGO for the Irish and has scored five goals and added an assist.
- Leonard has won the face-off battle in eight of 11games this season and has scooped up 71 ground balls to pace the Irish.
- The junior has won 20 face-offs in a game twice this season, winning 20-of-24 face-offs at Michigan and 20-of-23 versus Cornell.
- Leonard recorded a career-high 16 ground balls against the Wolverines.
ZULLO BETWEEN THE PIPES
- Junior Jack Zullo has started each of the last three games in goal for the Irish, the first three of his career.
- The goalie has made double-digit saves in all three contests and has 39 saves on the season.
- Zullo’s best perforamce came against Marquette, recording 12 saves while allowing just six goals in the victory.
MORIN MAKING HIS MARK
- Connor Morin has been one of Notre Dame’s leading attackmen during the 2019 season, ranking tied for second on the team in points (28), and assists (10) and tied for third in goals (18).
- Connor Morin turned in the best performance of his career at Duke (3/6), scoring four points and adding two assists.
- The six points and four goals are career highs for the sophomore and the two assists tie a personal best.
- Morin’s six-point performance is tied for the most points in a game by an Irish player this season, joining Bryan Costabile’s six-point outburst in the season-opening victory over Detroit Mercy.
- Morin has scored at least one goal in every game this season.
SENSATIONAL SECOND QUARTERS
- The Irish have played their best lacrosse this season in second quarters, outscoring opponents 41-21 over the eight games.
- Notre Dame has allowed just one goal apiece in six of 11 second stanzas this season.
- The team’s best second-quarter performance came at No. 11 Virginia, outscoring the Cavaliers 6-1.
- The Irish have five players with 22 or more points entering Wednesday’s game.
- Junior Bryan Costabile (29G, 3A) leads the team in points with 32 while senior attackman Brendan Gleason (18G, 10A) and sophomore attackman Connor Morin (18G, 10A) are tied for second with 28 points apiece.
- Sophomore attackman Connor Morin (17G, 9A) has 26 points in his breakout sophomore season.
- Sophomore Wheaton Jackoboice (11G, 10A) and junior Brian Willetts (18G, 3A) round out the attack with 21 points apiece.
- Eight Notre Dame players have recorded the first goals of their career in 2019 (Connor Morin, Griffin Westlin, Charlie Leonard, Wheaton Jackoboice, Quinn McCahon, Mo Mirer, John Hallenbeck and Stephen Chase).
- Notre Dame’s dominating defense has picked up right where it left off from 2018 in the first 11 games of the season.
- The defense is allowing just 9.91 goals per game this season, ranking 14th in the country.
- The Irish have held Detroit Mercy (6), Richmond (9), No. 8 Denver (7), Michigan (9) and Marquette (6) to fewer than 10 scores.
- Notre Dame has caused 88 turnovers this season.
- The Irish allowed an average of 8.6 goals per game to rank 18th in the country in 2018, despite facing some of the most potent attacks at the DI level.
- Notre Dame held 10 of its 15 opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 2018.
- The Irish returned all three starting close defensemen from last season’s squad along with their goalkeeper.
The University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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