Feb. 11, 1997

Lacrosse Players Named To USA Preseason All-America Team

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Junior goalkeeper ALEX CADE (North Potomac, MD), who has the led the nation in goal against average the last two seasons, was among four Notre Dame men’s lacrosse players chosen for preseason All-America honors by College Lacrosse USA.

In addition to CADE, a first-team preseason honoree, junior midfielder JIMMY KEENAN (Floral Park, NY), junior defenseman TODD RASSAS (Northfield, Ill.) and sophomore attackman CHRIS DUSSEAU (Columbus, Ohio) were selected for honorable mention honors.

CADE, a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) honorable mention All-America selection in ’96, finished last season with 7.16 goals against average as he led the nation in that category for the second consecutive year. He helped the Irish to a 9-4 record giving up just 88 goals and making 169 saves for a .658 save percentage. CADE also garnered Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) first-team honors.

KEENAN, also a USILA honorable mention All-America honoree, led the Irish in scoring last season with 15 goals and a team-high 19 assists (34 points). In addition, he was named to GWLL first-team.

RASSAS was a USILA All-America selection and first-team GWLL choice. DUSSEAU also garnered first-team GWLL as he finished the ’96 campaign with 29 goals and 2 assists. His 29 goals set the Irish single-season freshman mark.

Notre Dame opens up the 1997 campaign at Penn State on February 28.