NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 7/7 Notre Dame opens up ACC play with a road test at No. 11/12 Virginia at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 16 at Klockner Stadium. The game will be broadcast ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app or on WatchESPN.com.
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia | Klockner Stadium
Schedule: Saturday, March 16 — 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra via WatchESPN
Live Stats: UND.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at Saturday’s matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame
THE VIRGINIA SERIES
• Saturday will be the 14th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Virginia. The Irish lead the series 8-5.
• The two teams twice last season with the Irish winning the contest 9-7 at home in the regular season and then claiming the ACC Tournament title with a 17-7 victory in Charlottesville.
• Notre Dame has won each of the last seven meetings against the Cavaliers, including all six matchups in conference play.
• Five of the last seven meetings have been decided by two goals or less.
LAST MEETING WITH VIRGINIA
• Notre Dame and Virginia met in the 2018 ACC Championship game in Klockner Stadium.
• The Irish turned in a complete performance, defeating the Cavaliers by a final score of 17-7 to win the program’s second ACC title in just five seasons of being in the league.
• Bryan Costabile and Brian Willetts each secured hat tricks with three goals in the game and Costabile went on to earn ACC Tournament MVP honors.
• The Irish combined to score 10 goals total in the second and third quarters.
IRISH IN THE ACC
• The Irish have a combined record of 12-9 in its five seasons of ACC regular season play and 16-9 when ACC Tournament games are included.
• Notre Dame has won two ACC Tournament 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.
• Notre Dame has not dropped a conference opener since joining the ACC, posting a mark of 5-0.
NOTRE DAME VS. TOP-10 TEAMS
• Notre Dame is 36-27 against teams ranked in the top 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll since the start of the 2008 season, including a mark of 2-0 in 2019.
• The Irish are 14-12 since 2012 against teams ranked in the top five in the USILA Coaches Poll.
• Notre Dame has two wins this season against teams ranked at the time of the game, defeating No. 2 Maryland (3/3/19) and No. 8 Denver (3/9/19).
• Notre Dame’s dominating defense has picked up right where it left off in the first four games of the season. The Irish are allowing 8.75 goals per game in 2019, holding Richmond (9), Detroit Mercy (6) and No. 8 Denver (7) to fewer than 10 scores.
•The Irish have caused 38 turnovers over the first four 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 Irish have four players with 11 or more points entering Saturday’s game.
• Senior attackman Brendan Gleason (10G, 3A) and junior midfielder Bryan Costabile (11G, 2A) lead the team with 13 points apiece.
• The attacking duo of sophomore Connor Morin (7G, 5A) and junior Brian Willetts (9G, 2A)have comed for 23 points through four 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).
SCHMIDT STEPS UP
• Matt Schmidt is playing his best lacrosse of his young Notre Dame career between the pipes over the past two games.
• The sophomore goalie has combined to make 21 saves over the last two games, including a career-high 11 in the overtime victory over Maryland.
• Schmidt is 3-1 on the season and ranks fifth in the country in average goals allowed with a mark of 8.53.
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 307-155 in his 32 seasons of coaching.
• The head coach is 297-140 in his 30 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.
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