May 18, 2000
#13 NOTRE DAME (10-3) vs. #4 JOHNS HOPKINS (8-3)
2000 NCAA MEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2000
HOMEWOOD FIELD (JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY)
IRISH AND BLUE JAYS MEET FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996 – Today’s NCAA tournament quarterfinal matchup between the 13th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and fourth-ranked John Hopkins Blue Jays is the third ever meeting between the two schools and first since a first round NCAA tournament game in Annapolis, Md. on May 12, 1996. The two teams meet in NCAA tournament competition for the third time today with the Blue Jays holding a 2-0 edge in the series.
NOTRE DAME EARNS SECOND QUARTERFINAL APPEARANCE – Notre Dame’s stunning first-round upset of fifth-seeded Loyola last Sunday earns the Irish their second NCAA tournament quarterfinal appearance in school history. Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA’s for the first time back in 1995 following a 12-10 come-from-behind victory over Duke in Durham, N.C.
IRISH BACK IN THE NCAAs – Notre Dame is making its ninth NCAA tournament appearance and eighth in the last nine seasons. This is the second consecutive year the Irish have been part of the 12-team field. After six consecutive appearances from 1992-97, the Irish missed the NCAA tournament in 1998 after finishing the season with a 5-7 record. Kevin Corrigan, the 12-year mentor for the Irish has led Notre Dame to all nine of its appearances. Corrigan’s squads have posted a 2-8 record in NCAA competition.
NOTRE DAME STUNS GREYHOUNDS IN FIRST ROUND – Tom Glatzel (Ellicott City, Md.) scored four goals and dished off three assists to lead Notre Dame to its second NCAA tournament win in school history as the Irish topped Loyola 15-13. It marked the first win ever for the Irish in 10 previous meetings meetings with the Greyhounds. Notre Dame had a very balanced scoring attack in the game with eleven different players scoring goals. Chris Young (Manlius, N.Y.) was the only other multiple-goal scorer in the contest as he finished with two goals.
David Ulrich (Baltimore, Md.) gave Notre Dame the early lead with a goal 46 seconds into the contest. Loyola answered back with the first of Tim Goettelmann’s seven goals on the day. The Irish then tallied four unanswered goals on scores by Young, Glatzel, Stedman Oakey (Charlottesville, Va.) and John Flandina (West Islip, N.Y.). Bobby Horsey stopped the four-goal Irish scoring run, before Jon Harvey’s (Winchester, Mass.) score with 26 remaining in the first quarter lifted the Irish to 6-2 first-quarter advantage.
Notre Dame scored the first four goals of the second quarter with three consecutive scores coming off the stick of Glatzel. Steve Bishko (West Islip, N.Y.) netted the final Irish goal of the quarter with 2:09 remaining before the intermission. Loyola closed out the first half with three consecutive scores in the final 1:24 and pulled to within 10-4 at the break.
Steve Fiamingo (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Todd Ulrich (Baltimore, Md.) opened the third quarter with back-to-back goals as the Irish jumped out to a seven-goal advantage (12-5) just five minutes into the second half.
Loyola outscored Notre Dame 8-3 in the final 22:50 of the contest and 6-3 in the fourth quarter, but the Irish were able to hold off the Greyhound rally. Kirk Howell (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with 15 saves in the game, which marked the sixth straight game with 10-plus saves.
IRISH RESULTS IN THE NCAAs – Notre Dame earned its first NCAA tourament berth in 1990 and made its second appearance in 1992. From 1992-97, the Irish were one of just six schools to garner an NCAA bid each of those six seasons. Notre Dame’s only tournament win came in 1995 when the Irish stunned the lacrosse world with a 12-10 victory over fifth-seeded Duke. It marked the first, and only, time in NCAA tournament history that a team from the West advanced past the first round.
1990 – lost to Harvard 9-3 (May 16, 1990, Cambridge, MA)
1992 – lost to Johns Hopkins 15-7 (May 10, 1992, Baltimore, MD)
1993 – lost to Virginia 15-9 (May 15, 1993, Charlottesville, VA)
1994 – lost to Virginia 24-4 (May 14, 1994, Charlottesville, VA)
1995 – def. Duke 12-10 (May 13, 1995, Durham, NC),
lost to Maryland 14-10 (May 20, 1995, College Park, MD)
1996 – lost to Johns Hopkins 12-7 (May 12, 1996, Annapolis, MD)
1997 – lost to Loyola 21-5 (May 11, 1997, Towson, MD)
1999 – lost to Georgetown (May 16, 1999, Towson, MD)
2000 – def. Loyola 15-13 (May 14, 2000, Baltimore, MD)
SERIES RECORD vs. JOHNS HOPKINS – This will be the third meeting ever between the Irish and Blue Jays. The two previous matchups occurred in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins met at Homewood Field in 1992 (the second NCAA tournament appearance for the Irish) with the Blue Jays earning a 15-7 first-round victory. The two teams played each other again in the first-round of the 1999 championship in Annapolis, Md., and Loyola came away with a 12-7 victory.
IRISH EXTEND WIN STREAK TO SEVEN – Notre Dame’s win over Loyola was the seventh straight for the Irish and is the longest since its seven-game win streak in 1996. During that campaign in which Notre Dame finished with a 9-4 mark, the Irish rattled off wins over UMBC, Villanova, Air Force, Butler, Hobart, Harvard and Dartmouth. The Irish won seven straight on just one other ocassion in 1989 when they finished with a 7-6 mark. The last time Notre Dame won eight straight was during the 1993 campaign when the Irish finished with a school-record 11 victories in recording an 11-3 record. The school record for consecutive wins is nine established by the ’92 squad which finished with a 10-5 mark.
COMMON OPPONENTS – Four of Notre Dame’s opponents – Hofstra, Ohio State, Villanova and Loyola – also appeared on Johns Hopkins’ schedule this season. The Irish were 3-2 versus those teams as they posted wins over Ohio State (13-4), Villanova (17-9) and Loyola (15-13 in the NCAA tournament), while suffering setbacks to Loyola (12-2) and Hofstra (8-7). The Blue Jays recorded victories against all four of those teams – Hofstra (12-6), Villanova (17-7), Ohio State (12-7) and Loyola (16-12).
IRISH 10-GAME WINNERS FOR FOURTH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY – Notre Dame’s 10 wins this season are just one shy of the school record of 11 set during the ’93 season when head coach Kevin Corrigan’s squad produced an 11-3 record. This is just the fourth 10-win season in the program’s history (and first since 1994), and only fifth time since the inaugural 1981 campaign that a Notre Dame team has won 10 or more games. The Irish also produced 10-win seasons in 1988 (10-4), 1992 (10-5) and 1994 (10-2).
GLATZEL CLAIMS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS – Junior attack Tom Glatzel’s performance against Loyola in which he scored four goals and dished off three assists earned him national-player-of-the-week honors by Warrior/Inside Lacrosse. Glatzel, a Great Western Lacrosse player-of-the-week honoree during the 2000 campaign, talled all four of his goals in the first half as he accounted for nearly half of Notre Dame’s 10-goal output in the second half. Two of his three assists in the contest also came in the first 30 minutes of the contest.
HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN – Kevin Corrigan is in his 12th season at Notre Dame and 14th in the collegiate ranks. The three-time Great Western Lacrosse League coach of the year earned his 100th career win during the ’99 season in Notre Dame’s 10-8 victory over Hobart on March 27. He owns a 114-73 (.610) overall ledger and an 104-58 (.642) mark with the Irish. Corrigan has guided Notre Dame to nine NCAA tournament appearances and nine (either outright or shared) conference (GWLL) titles. Prior to 1998, he had led the Irish to six straight tournament berths from 1992-97. Under Corrigan in 1995, Notre Dame won its first-ever NCAA tournament game with a 12-10 victory over Duke which propelled the Irish into the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Previous to his tenure at Notre Dame, he served as head coach at Randolph-Macon during the 1985 and 1986 campaigns where his teams compiled a 10-15 mark.
CORRIGAN GETS 100TH WIN AT NOTRE DAME – Notre Dame’s 10-5 win over Army proved memorable for Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan as he notched his 100th win at Notre Dame. Corrigan, who is in his 13th season with Irish, owns a 104-58 mark as head coach and is only the second coach in the program’s history. Rich O’Leary was head coach for eight seasons (1981-88) and produced a 64-42 mark for a .604 winning percentage.
THE CAPTAINS – The four captains for the 2000 campaign are Patrick Darcy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Steve Fiamingo (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kevin Higgins (Wilton, Conn.) and Kirk Howell (Nashville, Tenn.).
A BALTIMORE HOMECOMING – This weekend’s game in Baltimore, Md., marks a homecoming for several Irish players from the area for the second consecutive week – Nick Antol (Baldwin, Md./Loyola Blakefield), Tom Glatzel (Ellicott City, Md./Boys’ Latin), Devin Ryan (Kensington, Md./Gonzaga), David Ulrich (Baltimore, Md./Boys’ Latin), Todd Ulrich (Baltimore, Md./Boys’ Latin), Travis Wells (Severna Park, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) and Travis Wells (Timonium, Md./Loyola).
SEEING DOUBLE – Juniors David and Todd Ulrich are the first twin brothers to play on the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team. David plays attack, while Todd is in the midfield. They are one of three Boys’ Latin graduates on the Irish team (the other is junior attack Tom Glatzel).
NOTRE DAME SCORING BARRAGE – The 20 goals scored against Fairfield in the 20-12 win were the most by an Irish squad since a 20-7 road win at Ohio State on May 3, 1997 and the most in a home contest since a 22-11 victory over Butler on May 29, 1993.
IRISH TOUGH ON THE ROAD – Notre Dame has a 6-1 record on the road this season (5-1 in away games and 1-0 in neutral contests). The Irish lost their first road game of the 2000 campaign, but now have won six straight. The six consecutive road victories are the most since the the 1996 campaign when that Irish team won six straight games and posted a perfect 6-0 road record that season en route to a 9-4 overall record. The most road wins by a Notre Dame team is seven set by the 1988 Irish squad which finished with a 10-4 mark.
GOALS A PLENTY – Notre Dame is 10-0 this season when the Irish score 10 or more goals. Corrigan’s squad is averaging 14.0 goals per game in their last six outings and 11.23 in the 13 games they have played. In the three losses the Irish have suffered in 2000, they have averaged just 5.33 goals per game.
DOUBLE DUTY – Junior midfield Chad DeBolt (Waterloo, N.Y.), who has played in all 27 games during his career, is also a member of the Irish football team as a walk-on defensive back. DeBolt did not participate in fall lacrosse practices with the Notre Dame lacrosse team because of his involvement with football. He missed spring football practice due to his commitment to lacrosse, but plans on rejoining the team in the fall.
CHAD THE PIPER – The Notre Dame tradition of a having a player lead the team onto the playing field before warm-ups playing Scotland the Brave on the bag pipes is unique to all of college lacrosse. The tradition was started at the start of the ’96 campaign by Sean Meehan, a 1999 graduate and four-year member of the lacrosse team. This season, sophomore Chad DeBolt has taken over that duty. DeBolt learned to play the bag pipes last summer and throughout the 1999-2000 school year, receiving lessons from Meehan and the Notre Dame Bag Pipe Club.
SPREADING THE WEALTH – Notre Dame used 11 different goal scorers against Loyola in its 15-13 win over the Greyhounds, and only two of those players were multiple-goal scorers. In their 20-12 win over Fairfield in the regular-season finale, 10 different players scored in the games. Of the 10 scorers, only five tallied two or more goals. The Irish also had balanced scoring in its season opener against Penn State, a 10-4 victory, as eight different players tallied goals in that game.
STINGY DEFENSE – Notre Dame has given up 112 goals in 13 games for a goals per game average of 8.62, the lowest since the 1996 campaign when that Irish team allowed just 7.23. In six of Notre Dame’s 13 games, Corrigan’s squad has limited opponents to under 10 goals. The four goals given up by Notre Dame in its 10-4 win over Penn State in the first game of the season were the fewest allowed by an Irish team in a season opener since the 1992 campaign when they beat Saint Bonaventure 23-4 on March 1. The fewest goals allowed by an Irish team in a season opener was three when Notre Dame beat Stony Brook 12-3 on March 16, 1987.
IRISH DEFENSE GETS OFFENSIVE – Two of Notre Dame’s 15 goals in the win over Loyola were scored by members of the defense. Senior captain Steve Fiamingo notched his second goal of the season (and his career) in the game, while Mike Adams (Wilton, Conn.) tallied his third goal in 2000.
HIGGINS COLLECTS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON – Senior midfield Kevin Higgins tallied his first goal of the season (and second of his career) on Sunday against the Greyhounds. Higgins, who leads the team in ground balls with 66, has scored two goals in his career. He also has two assists this season and seven during his four seasons.
HARVEY TIES SCHOOL RECORD – Junior Jon Harvey’s career-high six goals tied the single-game record for goals scored by an Irish player in a home game. Harvey, who is the team’s third-leading scorer with 24 goals, tied the mark held by Joe Franklin (vs. Denison in 1986) and Mike Quigley (vs. Canisius).
HOWELL BECOMES A SCORING MACHINE – Senior goalkeeper Kirk Howell became just the second Irish goalkeeper in school history to score a goal (the other being Ryan Jewell versus Air Force in a 20-8 win in 1994). Howell’s first collegiate score came this season via a shot from the restraining line after an Irish player cleared the ball to him. Howell moved up the restraining line to try to clear the ball to a teammate, but when the Fairfield goalkeeper came out of the goal to pick up one of the Irish players to prevent the clear, he shot it from the restraining line and it landed into the net.
GWLL DOMINANCE – With its 12-11 win over Butler on April 8, Notre Dame completed an undefeated season and wrapped up its second straight Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) title. The Irish, who shared the league crown with Ohio State and Butler a year ago, have won or shared the championship in nine of head coach Kevin Corrigan’s 12 seasons.
FIAMINGO HONORED AS TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETE – Senior Steve Fiamingo (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the top men’s lacrosse scholar-athlete April 4, at the Academic Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Joyce Center. Fiamingo plays defense and is one of four captains for the Irish this season. He has started all 11 games for Notre Dame in 2000.
GLATZEL HAS THE RANGE – Junior Tom Glatzel leads the team in scoring with a team-high 37 goals and 17 assists (54 points). The 37 goals are a single-season personal best for Glatzel and the seventh most by an Irish player in a season. His 17 assists also mark a personal best in that category as well. Glatzel has nearly doubled his goal-scoring output of a year ago when he tallied 16 goals in ’99. A year ago, he scored 26 goals and dished off 15 assists. Since the 1998 season in which he scored just two goals and dished off an assist, Glatzel has ranked among the team’s top scorers with 63 goals and 32 assists in 27 games for an average of 3.52 points per game over the past two seasons.
DISHING IT OUT – For the third straight campaign, junior David Ulrich leads the team in assists. He has 30 on the season, marking the second straight season in which he has dished off 30 or more assists. His 79 career assists ranks him third all-time in that category. The Irish mark for career assists is 100 held by Randy Colley who played for the Irish from 1991-95.
GROUND HOG – Kevin Higgins (Wilton, Conn.) became just the fifth player in Notre Dame history this season to collect 200 career ground balls. The senior midfielder reached that mark against Loyola on March 18. He has collected 245 ground balls in his four seasons, good for third on the all-time list. Higgins leads the team with 66 ground balls this season. He has been the team’s ground ball leader each of the past two seasons with 83 in 1999 and 79 in 1998.
IRISH STRONG AT HOME – Notre Dame wrapped up the 2000 campaign with a 4-2 mark at home. In three (1994, 1995 and 1997) of the last seven years, Notre Dame finished the home portion of its season undefeated. The Irish posted 5-0 marks in both ’94 and ’95 and were 6-0 in ’97. Corrigan’s squad was 6-1 at home in ’99. Since 1984, Notre Dame has an 83-27 (.755) record at home and is 44-10 (.815) over the last nine seasons in games played at Moose Krause Stadium and Loftus Sports Center (its indoor facility).
A FAMILIAR DEFENSE – While the starting attack and midfield units have differed at times this season, the Irish defense has had a familiar starting three. Senior Steve Fiamingo, junior Mike Adams and sophomore A.J. Wright have started all 12 games, while goalie Kirk Howell has been in the starting lineup in all 12 contests as well.
IRISH IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS – Notre Dame has several players ranked among the national leaders – Tom Glatzel is 14th in goals per game, David Ulrich is 15th in assists, Chad DeBolt (Waterloo, N.Y.) is third in face-off winning percentage, Kevin Higgins is 13th in that same category, while Kirk Howell is seventh in goals against average. As a team, the Irish rank eighth in scoring defense, fourth in face-off winning percentage, 13th in scoring margin and eighth in winning percentage.