Feb. 26, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame Attackman Matt Howell (Huntington, N.Y.) was named Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week after his one-goal, five-assist performance in the 10-9 Irish win over Penn State in the season opener on February 23. Howell’s five assists were a career high after recording only one assist in his previous two years. Howell’s performance also marked the first five-assist game by an Irish player since David Ulrich accomplished the feat against Butler on April 18, 2001.
Howell, a junior, missed most of last season with an injury and played in just three contests. He played in eight games during his freshman campaign and totaled six points over the course of his first two seasons. Howell made up for lost time by getting into the scoring column early this year, registering the second Irish goal of the contest in the second period against Penn State. After breaking the ice with a goal, Howell continued his impact on the Irish offense by adding a career-high five assists, for a total of six points in the game.
Howell and the No. 17 Irish men’s lacrosse team continue the season with their home opener on March 1 against Pennsylvania in Loftus Center at 1:00 p.m.