May 14, 2015
# 6 ALBANY (16-2, 6-0 America East)
#2 NOTRE (11-2, 4-4 ACC) (No. 1 seed)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 1 p.m. (MT)
Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, Colo.
SETTING THE STAGE
– For the second time in as many seasons, top-seeded Notre Dame (11-2) and Albany (16-2) will be in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The Irish and Great Danes square off Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET)/1 p.m. (MT) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
– The game will air on ESPNU and WatchESPN. Mike Corey (play-by-play) and Matt Ward (analyst) will be on the call. Live stats are available on UND.com (Gametracker).
– Saturday’s matchup will be the third meeting between Notre Dame and Albany.
– Notre Dame is making its sixth consecutive quarterfinal appearance following its 12-10 first-round victory over Towson at Arlotta Stadium.
-Albany advanced to its second straight quarterfinal appearance with a 19-10 win at No. 8 seed Cornell.
– The winner of Saturday’s contest will face the winner of the Denver-Ohio State game in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. – A win would give the Irish their fifth trip in program history to Championship Weekend.
NOTRE DAME IN THE QUARTERFINALS
– With its 12-10 win over Towson on Saturday, Notre Dame advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship for the sixth straight year. – The Fighting Irish are the only school to earn a berth into the quarterfinal round each of the last six years.
– In its 20 NCAA appearances since 1990, Notre Dame has advanced to the quarterfinals on nine occasions. The Irish are 4-5 in those nine contests.
– The last time Notre Dame failed to make it to the quarterfinal round was in 2009 when the Irish dropped a 7-3 decision to Maryland in a first-round game at home.
NOTRE DAME IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
– Notre Dame, winners of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown, is playing in the NCAA Championship for the 10th straight year and 20th time in school history. Every NCAA appearance that Notre Dame has made has occurred under head coach Kevin Corrigan.
– The Fighting Irish own an all-time record of 16-19 in their 20 trips to the tournament.
– A year ago, Notre Dame advanced all the way to the title game for the second time in program history after earning a No. 6 seed. The Irish topped Harvard in the first round, Albany in the quarterfinals and Maryland in the semifinals before dropping an 11-9 decision in the championship contest. It marked the second time in program history that Notre Dame finished as the NCAA runner-up (the other time was in 2010).
– Notre Dame has been to Championship Weekend four times (2001, 2010, 2012 and 2014). – Notre Dame and Maryland are the only two programs to earn an NCAA berth each of the last 10 seasons.
– The Fighting Irish are 6-1 at home (5-0 at Arlotta Stadium) in the NCAA tournament.
– Notre Dame earned the No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship for the first time in school history. In 2013, the Irish garnered the tournament’s No. 2 seed before falling to Duke 12-11 in the quarterfinals.
– This is the eighth time overall — and seventh time in the last eight campaigns –the Fighting Irish have earned one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Championship. The Irish also were seeded for the 2001 (5th), 2008 (6th), 2009 (7th), 2011 (4th), 2013 (2nd) and 2014 (6th) championships.
– All five teams from the ACC are seeded — Notre Dame (No. 1), Syracuse (No. 2), North Carolina (No. 3), Duke (No. 5) and Virginia (No. 7).
– Notre Dame faced five of the other seeded teams this season and posted a 4-2 mark. Overall, the Irish went up against six teams that earned a spot in the 20-team field. Notre Dame compiled a 5-2 record against those six squads with victories over Syracuse, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia and Ohio State while suffering an overtime loss to Denver and a postseason loss to the Blue Devils.
THE ALBANY SERIES
– Notre Dame and Albany will be meeting for the third time. The Irish have won each of the previous two matchups. Both of those contests have been decided by a single goal.
– In last year’s NCAA Championship quarterfinal matchup in Hempstead, N.Y., Matt Kavanagh netted the game-winning goal with 2:29 left in overtime as the Irish rallied from a five-goal deficit (12-7) with 11:49 to play in regulation for the 15-14 victory.
– The first meeting between the two schools took place during the 2008 campaign. Notre Dame’s Peter Christman scored the game-winning goal with 23 seconds left in regulation to lead the Irish to a 7-6 win.
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES
– Albany, winners of nine straight heading into its matchup with Notre Dame, won the America East regular season with a perfect 6-0 record and captured its third consecutive tournament championship in 2015.
– Albany is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
– Tewaaraton Award finalist and three-time America East Player of the Year Lyle Thompson leads the Great Danes in scoring with 51 goals and 65 assists (116 points). Thompson has recorded at least one point in 45 consecutive contests dating back to April 7, 2013.
– Thompson stands as the NCAA career points leader and is second all-time in assists.
– The Great Danes’ two losses on the season have been to Cornell (16-9 in Dallas, Texas) on February 28 and to Syracuse (17-12 in Syracuse, N.Y.) on April 2.
– Notre Dame and Albany have just one common opponent this season — Syracuse.
– The Irish defeated the Orange 13-12 in double-overtime on March 28 at home, while the Great Danes suffered a 17-12 setback at Syracuse on April 2.
IRISH AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST
– Notre Dame is 10-3 all-time versus teams that currently comprise the America East Conference. That figure includes seven straight victories over opponents from that league.
– The last time an Irish team lost to an American East squad was on March 11, 1992 in a 13-7 setback at UMBC.
– Prior to its matchup last year against
Albany in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, the last time Notre Dame had faced an America East foe was March 29, 2009 in Dallas, Texas as the Irish downed Vermont, 13-7.
ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT AWAITS IRISH
– Notre Dame will be facing a ranked opponent for the 11th consecutive outing on Saturday in its matchup with the Great Danes.
– The Irish are 8-2 this season versus ranked foes.
– The last time Notre Dame did not play a ranked opponent was back on February 28 when the Irish defeated Dartmouth 20-5.
IRISH CLAIM 2015 ACC REGULAR-SEASON CROWN
– Notre Dame won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2015 in just its second season as a conference member. The Irish finished with a 4-0 record.
– Coach Kevin Corrigan’s squad clinched the title with a thrilling come-from-behind 15-14 win over No. 2 North Carolina on April 18. Both teams entered the matchup with 3-0 records.
– Six of Notre Dame’s 13 games this season have been decided by two goals or less. The Irish are 5-1 in those games (3-1 in one-goal affairs).
– Notre Dame has played two overtime contests this season — losing to Denver 11-10 in overtime and defeating Syracuse 13-12 in double-overtime.
– The 13-8 loss to Duke in the semifinals of the ACC Championship on April 24 was the largest setback suffered by a Fighting Irish squad since dropping a 15-7 decision to Duke at Notre Dame on April 5, 2014.
ANOTHER NO. 1 VS. NO. 2 AFFAIR AT ARLOTTA
– Notre Dame’s win against North Carolina on April 18 marked the second No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown at Arlotta Stadium in 2015. No. 2 Notre Dame knocked off No. 1 Syracuse 13-12 in double-overtime on March 28.
– Irish senior midfielder Nick Ossello is the lone player on the Notre Dame roster from the state of Colorado. He hails from Wheat Ridge, just six miles outside of Denver.
– Ossello attended and graduated from Wheat Ridge High School where he was a two-sport standout in lacrosse and football.
– Today’s game will mark the fourth time he will be playing in a sporting event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Ossello is 2-1 playing at the venue.
– As a high school quarterback, his prep team captured the Class 4A state football championship in 2008 during his sophomore year with a 35-31 victory over Greeley West. Two years later, his squad lost in the championship game to Valor Christiant 38-8.
– In 2013, Ossello and his Irish lacrosse teammates defeated Denver 13-12 in overtime at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
LANDIS TABBED AS TOP ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER
– Junior Matt Landis was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
– He has started all 12 games for the Irish and anchors a defensive unit that has yielded just 9.08 goals per game in 2015. Landis has collected 24 ground balls and caused eight turnovers.
FOUR IRISH PLAYERS EARN ALL-ACC HONORS
– Notre Dame had four players garner all-ACC honors after having two players selected in 2014.
– Junior attackman Matt Kavanagh earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive season, while senior attackman Conor Doyle, junior defender Matt Landis and sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic were first-time honorees.
– North Carolina and Syracuse each placed five players on the 18-member all-conference team, while Duke placed three and Virginia, one.
NOTRE DAME NOT USED TO TRAILING
– Prior to its April 18 game against North Carolina, Notre Dame had only trailed for 19:29 the entire season.
– Entering their showdown against Marquette on April 7, the Fighting Irish had only trailed for 1:10 in their previous six games. The Golden Eagles jumped on top 2-0 and held a lead for 8:23 during that time.
– Against the Tar Heels, the Fighting Irish trailed for 2:01 through three quarters before North Carolina opened up a two-goal advantage in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame trailed from the 13:54 mark of the final stanza until tallying the game-tying goal with 33 seconds left in the contest.
– In the loss to Duke at the ACC Championship, Notre Dame never led in the game as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the second quarter after a scoreless first period.
– The Irish netted the game’s first goal against Towson 33 seconds into the contest and then the Tigers went on to score six of the next seven goals to build a 6-2 lead with 2:50 remaining in the second quarter. Notre Dame closed the half with a 3-0 run to pull within 6-5 at the break. The Irish knotted the contest at 6-6 eight seconds into the third quarter and then took the lead for good with 10:49 remaining in the period.
– When Notre Dame trailed Towson 2-1 after the first quarter on Saturday, it marked the first time in 2015 that the Irish have not led or were tied. They have outscored their opponents 46-16 in the first quarter this season.
– Notre Dame’s 6-5 halftime deficit against the Tigers marked just the second time this season the Irish trailed at the half, having outscored their opponents 91-49 in the first half.
– Notre Dame has led after the first, second and third quarters in all but two games this season — North Carolina and Duke. Against the Tar Heels, the Irish were tied following the first three quarters. – In the 13-8 loss to the Blue Devils, neither team scored in the first quarter and Notre Dame subsequently trailed at the end of the second (5-1) and third (10-2) quarters.
– Notre Dame did outscore Duke 6-3 in the final 15-minute stanza.
HOME SWEET HOME
– Notre Dame finished a perfect 7-0 at home in 2015, the 10th in school history and first since the 2011 campaign (6-0).
– The seven wins matched a program best at home. The Fighting Irish 1992 squad finished with a 7-1 home record.
– Since 2006 (spanning nine seasons), Notre Dame has finished undefeated at home on five occasons. The Irish were a perfect 6-0 during three consecutive seasons from 2006-08.
– Seven of Notre Dame’s 11 regular-season opponents currently appear in both the USILA (coaches) and Cascade/Maverik (media) polls, including four in the top 10. – The Fighting Irish are 8-2 versus ranked opponents this season.
IRISH AT SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD AT MILE HIGH
– Saturday’s matchup with Albany marks the third time a Notre Dame team will be playing at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
– The Irish are 2-0 at the venue with wins over Denver in both contests. The first time Notre Dame played there, the Irish registered a 10-8 victory on March 11, 2009. The second came on March 16, 2013 with Notre Dame earning a a 13-12 overtime decision.
– Fighting Irish teams are 8-6 all-time playing in NFL stadiums.
NOTRE DAME FALLS FROM NUMBER ONE SPOT
– Notre Dame’s 13-8 loss to Duke dropped the Irish from the top of the national rankings after spending four weeks holding down the number-one spot.
– After beating No. 1 Syracuse on March 28, Notre Dame moved to the top of the USILA (coaches) and Cascade/Maverik (media) polls. – The Irish had been in the top spot for four weeks, which marked the program’s longest run at No. 1.
– Since the program’s inception in 1981, Notre Dame has been ranked No. 1 in both polls for eight weeks.
Here are Notre Dame’s appearances at No. 1:
April 18 — May 2, 2011 (USILA & media polls — 2 weeks)
March 25 — April 1, 2013 (USILA & media polls — 1 week)
April 22 — April 29, 2013 (USILA & media polls — 1 week)
March 30-April 20, 2015 (USILA & media polls — 4 weeks)
CORRIGAN FINDING HIS RHYTHM
– Through the first 10 games of the season, senior midfielder Will Corrigan had scored two goals and dished off one assist.
– In each of Notre Dame’s last three games versus Duke, Army and Towson, Corrigan has had at least one goal in each of those three contests which has resulted in six points.
– In the win over Towson, he registered the second multiple-goal game of his career as he netted two goals.
– Corrigan’s current three-game scoring streak is the longest of his career.
DOSS GETTING IT DONE
– Sophomore goalie Shane Doss is 14th nationally in save percentage (.555) and 20th in goals-against average (8.84).
– Doss made a career-high 17 saves in the win at Duke (April 4). He has made 10 or more saves in six of his eight starts this season.
– He was named the USILA Division I Defensive Player of the Week and the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after the Irish shut out Ohio State, 9-0. He earned the ACC honor once again along with being the NCAA.com Defensive Player of the Week for his career-high 17 save effort in the 15-10 win at Duke.
– Doss has a 10-2 record this season and a 14-5 career mark.
GETTING OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE
– Notre Dame ranks eighth nationally in scoring offense (13.46 gpg) and 18th in scoring defense (9.15 gpg).
KAVANAGH PRODUCING POINTS
– Matt Kavanagh has compiled three or more points in 10 of 13 games this season. He ranks 24th nationally in assists per game (1.85) and 29th in points per game (3.85).
– The junior attackman has notched six or more points in three games this season and in 11 games during his career.
– Kavanagh’s career 3.68 points-per-game average is seventh among all active Division I players. – Kavanagh had his career-best 17-game goal streak snapped against Marquette, but he did have three assists versus the Golden Eagles.
– With his four-goal effort against Army on May 2, he became the sixth 100-plus goal scorer in school history. In addition to Kavanagh, the five others players to to reach the 100-goal plateau have been Randy Colley (173), Ryan Hoff (134), Joe Franklin (119), Chris Dusseau (115) and Tom Glatzel (106).
– Kavanagh did not score a goal or have an assist last Saturday against Towson. It marked the first time since a 15-7 loss to Duke at Arlotta Stadium on April 5, 2014 that he failed to register a point.
– Notre Dame boasts the nation’s fourth-best man-up offense (.513). The Fighting Irish are 20-of-39 in extra-man opportunities this season. Matt Kavanagh has a team-best six man-advantage goals this season while Mikey Wynne has five and Sergio Perkovic has four man-up tallies.
CONSISTENCY FROM Conor Doyle
– Senior attackman Conor Doyle had his 31-game point streak snapped against Duke on April 24 as he failed to record a goal or an assist in the game. – Heading into the matchup against the Blue Devils, Doyle had registered 89 points (57g, 32a) during the streak. It began on May 2, 2013 versus Syracuse.
– Doyle has notched 16 goals and 12 assists in the last five games. He tied a career-high mark of four goals in the win over Marquette after producing seven points on three goals and four assists in the victory at Duke.
– In Notre Dame’s win over Army on May 2, he scored three goals and dished off a career-high five assists while finishing with a personal-best eight points. He netted three goals and dished off two assists in the victory over Towson in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
FIGHTING IRISH SPURTS
– Notre Dame has produced significant scoring runs in each of the last 11 games. – After falling behind Towson 6-2 with 2:50 to play in the second quarter, Notre Dame scored six unanswered goals to take an 8-6 advantage with 10:01 to play in the third quarter. The Tigers tied the game with 4:31 to play in the third period on back-to-back scores before the Irish rattled off a 4-0 burst to take a 12-8 lead. In all, Notre Dame would score 10 of 12 goals in a run that covered 22:12.
– Against Army, the Fighting Irish led 6-0 after the fourth quarter and scored eight of the contest’s first nine goals.
– After trailing Duke 12-2 in the the semifinals of the ACC Championship with 12:04 remaining, Notre Dame rattled off six straight goals to pull the Irish to within four (12-8) with 4:14 to play.
– The Irish tallied the final three goals of the game in a span of 1:15 to secure a 15-14 come-from-behind victory over North Carolina.
– Marquette claimed a 2-0 lead over Notre Dame before the Fighting Irish scored seven straight goals en route to the 14-7 win.
– The Irish netted seven of the game’s first nine goals in the 15-10 victory at Duke.
– The Fighting Irish extended their 5-3 halftime lead against Syracuse with four straight second-half scores to claim a six-goal advantage (9-3) before going on to win 13-12 in double-overtime.
– Notre Dame scored every goal in the 9-0 win over Ohio State on March 21.
– The Fighting Irish scored the first seven goals in the 11-9 victory at Virginia.
– Notre Dame surrendered the first goal to Denver before scoring five straight times, but the Irish would suffer an 11-10 overtime setback.
– After Dartmouth tied Notre Dame, 2-2, the Fighting Irish rattled off 14 consecutive tallies in the 20-5 victory.
– The Irish overturned a 1-0 deficit at Michigan with nine straight goals en route to the 17-8 victory.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
– Notre Dame has had at least six different goal scorers in 10 of 13 games this season.
– Notre Dame had a season-high 10 goal scorers in wins over Dartmouth and Michigan. The Irish had a season-low four goal scorers in the win at Virginia.
WHAT A START FOR WYNNE
– Freshman attackman Mikey Wynne has a team-high 32 goals this season, tying Matt Kavanagh’s single-season mark for a freshman that he set during the 2013 campaign.
– Wynne has posted two or more goals in eight of 13 games this season.
– He scored six goals versus Georgetown in his collegiate debut.
PERKOVIC A PLAYMAKER
– Sophomore Sergio Perkovic is Notre Dame’s leading midfield scorer this season with 25 goals and six assists.
– Perkovic has 18 multiple-goal games during his career (nine this season), including four games of three-plus tallies.
– He tied a career-high mark of five points with three goals and two assists April 7th versus Marquette. He had a hand in four straight Fighting Irish goals (2g, 2a) during the second quarter of that contest.
– Perkovic netted 28 goals last season, including five in the national title game. The 28 goals were the most ever for a freshman midfielder at Notre Dame.
KAVANAGH IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOK
– Junior attackman Matt Kavanagh’s 173 career points (100g, 73a) rank fifth in the Notre Dame record book.
– Kavanagh’s 100 goals are the sixth-most in school history and the 73 assists are the fifth most.
– Kavanagh produced Fighting Irish single-season records for points (75) and assists (33) in 2014
. – Kavanagh’s 42 goals last season were the most for a Notre Dame player since Randy Colley netted a school-record 49 goals in 1995.
– Kavanagh is the only player in Notre Dame history to register 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season (42g, 33a in 2014).
– He has 30 multiple-goal games during his career (17 with three-plus goals).
– Kavanagh matched a school record with seven goals in last season’s win at Ohio State.
OSSELLO ON A ROLL
– Senior midfielder Nick Ossello has registered a career-high three points in four of the last eight games. He scored three goals against Ohio State and then tallied two goals and one assist versus Syracuse. Ossello deposited three goals against Duke and Marquette.
– Ossello was named to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team after scoring two goals in the loss to the Blue Devils.
KOSHANSKY SCORES FIRST CAREER GOAL
– Sophomore midfielder Nick Koshansky tallied his first career goal in Saturday’s win over Towson. It came in his 31st career game played.
NOTRE DAME BLANKS THE BUCKEYES
– Notre Dame posted the second shutout in program history with the 9-0 blanking of No. 15 Ohio State on March 21 at Arlotta Stadium.
– Notre Dame sophomore Shane Doss started between the pipes and stopped 11 Buckeye shots, while senior Conor Kelly came off the bench to play the final 4:25 of the game and made two saves to preserve the shutout. Notre Dame’s only other clean sheet in program history came in a 15-0 win over Mt. Union on April 10, 1984.
– Notre Dame’s man-down defensive unit halted all five of Ohio State’s man-up chances.
KAVANAGH NAMED TO TEWAARATON FINALIST LIST
– Matt Kavanagh (Jr./A) is one of five finalists for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour.
– The four other finalists include Wesley Berg (Denver), Myles Jones (Duke), Kevin Rice (Syracuse) and Lyle Thompson (Albany).
– Barbara Sullivan from the Fighting Irish women’s lacrosse team is also a finalist on the women’s side. Notre Dame and Syracuse are the only two schools to have both a male and female finalist.
KAVANAGH IS CLUTCH
– Matt Kavanagh has three overtime game-winning goals during his career. He netted the deciding goal in last season’s triumph over Albany in the NCAA quarterfinals. During his freshman campaign, he scored in overtime against Penn State and North Carolina (3ot).
GAME CHANGERS AWARD
– Members of the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference/United Way “Game Changers” and were honored during the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament. The “Game Changers” initiative was introduced this year as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s unique and longstanding partnership with United Way. It seeks to recognize and highlight specific ACC team involvement with its local United Way chapter.
ELITE COMPANY – Notre Dame is the only school to advance to the quarterfinals in each of the last six campaigns.
– Notre Dame and Maryland are the only two programs to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field in each of the last nine seasons.
– The Fighting Irish are 10-5 in the NCAA tournament over the last five seasons.
IRISH ATHLETICS TO HONOR FATHER HESBURGH
– The University of Notre Dame athletics department will commemorate the legacy of long-time University president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., in a number of ways. Father Hesburgh died February 26 at age 97. He served as University president from 1952-87.
– Notre Dame athletic teams will wear “Father Ted” patches or stickers on some combination of their uniforms, warm-ups or helmets. – Moments of silence will be observed prior to home events in each of Notre Dame’s 26 varsity sports.
– In the near future, there will be commemorative signage created for each Notre Dame home athletic venue — to be featured either on the field or court itself or displayed elsewhere at the facility.