NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 10 Notre Dame looks to carry momentum from its thrilling 14-13 victory over No. 2 Maryland into another marquee matchup, as the Irish face No. 8 Denver in the Pacific Coast Shootout at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 9. The game will be broadcast on YouTube.
Location: Costa Mesa, California | Lebard Stadium
Schedule: Saturday, March 9 — 10 p.m. ET
Live Stream: YouTube
Live Stats: UND.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at Saturday’s matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame
THE DENVER SERIES
- Saturday will be the 26th meeting between Notre Dame and Denver. The Irish lead the all-time series 15-10.
- The two sides met twice last season at Arlotta Stadium, with the Irish prevailing in an 11-9 victory in the regular season before the Pioneers claimed a 9-7 win in the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
- Five of the last 10 meetings have gone into at least one overtime session.
- Seven of the last 11 installments in the series have been decided by one goal.
PACIFIC COAST SHOOTOUT
- Notre Dame will play in the feature game of the Pacific Coast Shootout for the third time in program history on Saturday.
- The Irish are 1-1 in the event.
- Notre Dame won its most recent game, defeating Maryland by a final score of 9-4 on March 5, 2016.
- Six Irish players will be back playing in their home state, as Quentin Buchman, Justin Cheng, Hugh Crance, Morrison Mirer, Mitchell Olinger, Nick Stinn all hail from the state of California.
NOTRE DAME VS. TOP-10 TEAMS
- Notre Dame is 35-27 against teams ranked in the top 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll since the start of the 2008 season.
- The Irish are 14-12 since 2012 against teams ranked in the top five in the USILA Coaches Poll.
- Notre Dame has or will face five teams in the current USILA rankings, as Cornell (No. 3), Duke (No. 5), Maryland (No. 7), Denver (No. 8) and Ohio State (No. 9) are all in the top 10.
- The Irish have four players with nine or more points entering Saturday’s game.
- Senior attackman Brendan Gleason leads the team with 10 points (8G, 2A).
- The trio of junior Bryan Costabile (8G, 1A), junior Brian Willetts (7G, 2A) and sophomore Connor Morin (6G, 3A) each have nine points through three games.
- 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).
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
- It is rare for a team to have multiple players earn national accolades in the same week but the Irish managed to accomplish the feat following the win over Maryland (3/3/19).
- Brendan Gleason earned ACC Offensive Player of the Week and Baltimore Sun National Player of the Week after scoring a season-high four goals and adding an assist.
- Brian Willetts totaled a season-high three goals (including the game winner in OT) and two assists en route to being named to the USILA National Team of the Week.
- Willetts’ game-winning goal was also featured as the No. 5 play in Sunday’s SportsCenter Top 10.
- Notre Dame’s dominating defense has picked up right where it left off in the first three games of the season. The Irish are allowing 9.3 goals per game in 2019, holding Richmond (9) and Detroit Mercy (6) to fewer than 10 scores.
- The Irish have caused 32 turnovers over the first three games this season.
- Even more impressively, the Irish held Detroit Mercy scoreless for a stretch of 31:55 between the second and fourth quarters.
- The Irish allowed an average of 8.6 goals per game to rank ninth 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 300 CLUB
- Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark.
- Corrigan has an overall record of 306-154 in his 32 seasons of coaching.
- The head coach is 296-140 in his 30 seasons at Notre Dame.
- Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.
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