Zach Brenneman tallied three goals and two assists in the 12-7 season-opening win over Duke.

Notre Dame And Duke To Square Off On Sunday In NCAA Quarterfinals

May 19, 2011

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NCAA Championship – Quarterfinal
Sunday, May 22 – 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.

#5 DUKE (13-5)
#4 NOTRE DAME (11-2)

Eamon McAnaney
Quint Kessenich
Mark Dixon

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– No. 4 seed Notre Dame (11-2) will face fifth-seeded Duke (13-5) on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. Faceoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. (ET) inside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and Eamon McAnaney will handle play-by-play duties, while Quint Kessenich and Mark Dixon will serve as analysts. – This will be the second meeting of the season between the Irish and Blue Devils. Notre Dame claimed a 12-7 season-opening victory over Duke in Jacksonville, Fla. The Fighting Irish are 3-5 all-time against the Blue Devils. Sunday will be the fourth meeting between the two schools over the past two seasons. The Irish topped the Blue Devils 11-7 during the 2010 regular season, while Duke claimed a 6-5 overtime victory over the Irish during the 2010 national title game. – This will be the third time the Irish and Blue Devils have squared off in the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame captured a 12-10 win at Duke during the first round of the 1995 tournament. That was Notre Dame’s first-ever victory in the NCAA Championship. – Notre Dame is making its sixth NCAA Championship quarterfinal appearance. The Fighting Irish have reached the quarterfinals in three of the past four seasons. The Irish are 2-3 all-time in the quarterfinal round. Notre Dame topped Maryland, 7-5, during last season’s quarterfinal round in Princeton, N.J. – Saturday will mark the seventh time this season the Fighting Irish have appeared on the ESPN family of networks.

– Notre Dame defeated Penn 13-6 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Championship. The seven-goal margin of victory was the largest ever for the Irish in an NCAA Tournament game. The Irish defense held the Quakers to just one second-half goal. – The Fighting Irish have allowed just 36 goals in their last six NCAA Championship contests (6.0 gpg). – Notre Dame’s defense ranks first nationally with a 6.54 goals-against average, while the man-down defense is fourth (.800). – Sophomore goalie John Kemp is 11-2 and ranks second nationally in goals-against average (6.58) in addition to being third in save percentage (.606). – Junior attackman Sean Rogers has a team-high 18 goals. Senior midfielder David Earl has team-high totals in points (25) and assists (10). – Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 39-14 in the fourth quarter of play this season.

– The Fighting Irish are making their 16th appearance in the NCAA Championship in the 31-year history of the program. All of the trips have occurred since the 1990 season under head coach Kevin Corrigan. This is Notre Dame’s sixth straight trip to the NCAAs. That matches the longest stretch in program history. The Irish also went to six straight NCAA Tournaments from 1992-97. – Notre Dame is 9-15 all-time in the NCAA Championship. The Irish advanced to the NCAA title game for the first time in program history one year ago. Notre Dame fell to Duke 6-5 in overtime. The Irish also went to the final four in 2001. The Fighting Irish have reached the NCAA quarterfinals six times, including this season (1995, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011). – This is the fourth time that Notre Dame has garnered one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Championship. The No. 4 seed is the best that the Irish have earned. The Fighting Irish also were seeded for the 2001 (5th), 2008 (6th) and 2009 (7th) tournaments.

– Duke posted a 15-14 win over Delaware on Saturday during the first round of the NCAA Championship. The Blue Devils have a 13-5 record this season. Duke went 3-0 in ACC regular-season play and fell to Maryland, 11-9, in the title game of the league tournament. – The Blue Devils are averaging 12.94 goals per game on offense, while surrendering 9.33 on defense. Senior attackman Zach Howell leads Duke in goals (42) and points (58). Freshman attackman Jordan Wolf has a team-high 20 assists to go along with 30 goals. Senior goalie Mike Rock made 12 saves to earn the win against Delaware. He is 3-0 this season with a 9.06 goals-against average and a .492 save percentage. Sophomore Dan Wigrizer is 10-5 in goal with a 9.52 goals-against average and a .540 save percentage. – Head coach John Danowski is in his fifth season at Duke.

– Notre Dame’s defense ranks first nationally by allowing just 6.54 goals per game, while the Duke offense is second in the country with a 12.94 goals-per-game average.

– Notre Dame defeated Duke 12-7 on Feb. 20 at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Neither team scored in the first quarter and Duke grabbed a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the second period. The Irish responded with four straight tallies to take the lead for good. Notre Dame led 4-2 at halftime and 7-4 after three quarters of play. The Fighting Irish outscored the Blue Devils 5-3 in the fourth quarter. – Zach Brenneman registered a career-high five points on three goals and two assists for the Irish. Andrew Irving, Sean Rogers and Westy Hopkins all chipped in two goals for Notre Dame. Irish goalie John Kemp made 10 saves in the victory. – Duke received two goals from both Justin Turri and Zach Howell. Goalie Dan Wigrizer played the first 45 minutes and allowed seven goals, while making six saves. Mike Rock played the final quarter and made one save, while surrendering five tallies. – Notre Dame outshot Duke 38-32 and the Irish won 13 of the 22 faceoff attempts. Irish freshman Liam O’Connor was 7-11 in faceoffs, while senior Jake Marmul was 6-11.

– Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan is 8-8 against a John Danowski-coached team. Corrigan went 6-7 against Danowski’s Hofstra teams. The Irish head coach is 2-1 against Danowksi during his Duke tenure.

– This is the second straight NCAA Championship that the Fighting Irish will face the team that defeated them during the previous season’s tournament. Maryland topped Notre Dame 7-3 during the first round of the 2009 tournament and the Irish avenged that loss by topping the Terrapins 7-5 during the 2010 quarterfinals. Duke bested Notre Dame 6-5 in overtime during the 2010 national championship game.

– Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. will be the third straight Notre Dame-Duke showdown that has taken place inside an NFL venue. The two teams met for the 2010 national title at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and they opened the 2011 campaign inside Jacksonville’s Everbank Field. – Playing in a marquee venue is nothing new for Notre Dame. In 2009, Notre Dame played Ohio State at Ohio Stadium (The Horseshoe) in Columbus, Ohio. Two weeks prior, the Irish faced Denver at Invesco Field, which is home to the NFL’s Denver Broncos. – In 2008, Notre Dame and Denver met at Toyota Park, home to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer (MLS) and former residence of Major League Lacrosse’s Chicago Machine. – Notre Dame and North Carolina met at the Home Depot Center, which houses the MLS’s Los Angeles Galaxy, during the 2005 First Four Invitational in Carson, Calif.

– Notre Dame is 9-20 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams. The Fighting Irish are 4-3 versus ACC competition over the past three seasons. – The Irish are 1-1 against ACC foes this season. Notre Dame topped Duke 12-7 in the season opener and fell at North Carolina, 9-8 in overtime, on May 6. – Notre Dame is 2-6 against the ACC in the NCAA Championship.

– Notre Dame’s seven-goal margin of victory against Penn was the largest ever for the Irish in an NCAA Tournament game. The 13 goals were tied for the second-most goals scored in an NCAA Tournament game in Notre Dame history. Five of the Irish goals came in transition. – The Fighting Irish had nine assists, which are a program record for an NCAA Championship contest. The nine assists, which were a season-high total for the Irish, came from eight different players. – Senior attackman Colin Igoe notched a career-high four points on three goals and an assist. Notre Dame received two goals apiece from Zach Brenneman, Westy Hopkins, Nicholas Beattie and Pat Cotter. Junior long-stick midfielder Bobby Smith dished out a career-high two assists.

– Notre Dame faced five teams during the regular season that made this season’s NCAA Championship field. The Fighting Irish went 3-2 against those squads. Notre Dame defeated Duke (12-7), Denver (10-9) and Villanova (12-8). The Irish fell to Syracuse (11-8) and North Carolina (9-8 ot).

– The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program has achieved unprecedented success over the past few seasons. – In 2008, the Fighting Irish hosted an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history. Notre Dame defeated Colgate 8-7 in overtime. – The 2009 campaign featured the Irish posting the first undefeated regular season (13-0) in program history before extending their record to a school-best 15-0 in the Great Western Lacrosse League tournament. Notre Dame fell to Maryland, 7-3, in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. – In 2010, Notre Dame reached the title game of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Fighting Irish fell to Duke 6-5 in overtime. – This season has seen the Irish reach No. 1 in the national polls for the first time in program history.

– The Notre Dame defense has shut out an opponent for an entire quarter 11 times this season. The Irish have posted five fourth-quarter shutouts. – On Saturday, the Fighting Irish defense held Penn to just one second-half goal. The Quakers did not score from the 2:55 mark of the second quarter until the 5:43 mark of the fourth quarter, a span of 27:12. Penn scored just one goal in the final 32:55 of the contest. – The Irish defense has put together a scoreless stretch of 20 minutes or longer 10 times this season. The longest such stretch was 32:30 against Drexel. The Dragons did not score from the 9:27 mark of the first quarter until the 6:57 mark of the third quarter.

– Since the beginning of the 2007 season (a span of 78 games), Notre Dame has surrendered 10 goals or more in a game just 10 times and the Irish defense has limited opponents to seven goals or fewer 53 times during that stretch. – Notre Dame has limited foes to four goals or fewer 13 times since the beginning of the 2007 campaign.

– The Fighting Irish defense currently ranks first nationally by allowing just 6.54 goals per game. Notre Dame has the country’s fourth-best man-down defense (.800). – Notre Dame had the nation’s second-best defense in 2010 by producing a 7.53 goals-against average. The Irish produced the nation’s sixth-best man-down defense (.750) in 2010. – In 2010, Scott Rodgers led all NCAA Division I goalies with a .605 save percentage and ranked third in goals-against with a 7.56 average. – Notre Dame had the nation’s top defense in 2009 by producing a school-record 6.19 goals-against average. – The Irish had the nation’s fifth-best scoring defense in 2008 by allowing 7.04 goals per game. In 2007, Notre Dame ranked fourth nationally with a then school record 6.66 mark.

– The Fighting Irish have tallied four unanswered goals or more 11 times this season. Notre Dame has produced eight 4-0 runs, one 5-0 run and two 7-0 runs. – Notre Dame used two 4-0 runs in its 13-6 win over Penn on Saturday. The Irish scored the first four goals of the game and then increased their lead over the Quakers from 7-5 to 11-5 with four straight tallies.

– The largest deficit that Notre Dame has overcome this season to produce a victory is three goals, which has occurred in three games. The Irish fell behind Drexel 3-0 and rallied for an 11-7 win. Notre Dame trailed Villanova 4-1 and 5-2 but went on to win 12-8. The Fighting Irish overcame a 5-2 deficit against St. John’s to produce a 10-7 victory.

– Notre Dame has used key runs to secure four of its victories this season. – Notre Dame and St. John’s were tied 7-7 after three quarters and the Irish outscored the Red Storm 3-0 in the fourth quarter en route to the 10-7 victory on April 16. – Versus Villanova on April 2, the Wildcats sliced the Irish lead to one (9-8) with five seconds left in the third quarter and Notre Dame went on to outscore the Wildcats 3-0 in the fourth quarter to produce the 12-8 victory. – Against Denver on March 12, Notre Dame broke open a 7-7 tie with three straight goals to claim a 10-7 lead by the end of the third quarter. The Irish held on to win 10-9. – In the win over Drexel on March 6, Notre Dame trailed 6-5 after three quarters, but finished the game on a 6-1 run to capture the 11-7 victory.

– Six Notre Dame players garnered all-league honors from the BIG EAST Conference. Senior David Earl was tabbed as the league’s midfielder of the year. Joining Earl on the all-BIG EAST first team were fellow Irish seniors Sam Barnes (D), Zach Brenneman (M) and Kevin Ridgway (D). Earl and Ridgway were unanimous selections. Senior Andrew Irving (LSM) and sophomore John Kemp (G) were second-team picks for the Irish.

– Notre Dame seniors Zach Brenneman (M), David Earl (M) and Kevin Ridgway (D) were among a group of 25 nominees up for the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player. SPREADING THE WEALTH – The Irish have had at least five different goal scorers in every game this season. Notre Dame’s high-water mark for goal scorers in a game this season is eight against Drexel and Providence. – The Fighting Irish have had 14 players tally a goal this season.

– Seven Notre Dame players have registered a hat trick this season. Zach Brenneman and Colin Igoe both have a team-high two hat tricks, while David Earl, Ryan Foley, Westy Hopkins, Max Pfeifer and Sean Rogers all have one hat trick this season.

– Irish attackmen have accounted for 69 of Notre Dame’s 127 goals (54.3%) this season. Junior attackman Sean Rogers has a team-high 18 goals, while senior Colin Igoe has 16 and freshman Westy Hopkins has 15. Sophomore Ryan Foley and junior Nicholas Beattie both have eight goals. Senior attackman Edison Parzanese has four tallies. – Last season, Notre Dame’s attacking unit accounted for 36.1% of the team’s goal production. Irish attackmen scored 56 of the team’s 155 goals in 2010.

– Junior attackman Sean Rogers leads the Fighting Irish in goals (18) and is second in points (24). His six assists rank third on the team. The goal and assist totals both are career-high numbers for Rogers. – Rogers matched a career-high total with three goals against Ohio State (March 23) and followed that performance up with a career-high three assists versus Rutgers (March 27). – Rogers has a team-best 15-game point streak dating back to last season. Rogers also owns a team-best 11-game goal streak. – Rogers ranks fifth nationally with a .450 shot percentage.

– The Fighting Irish have a 54.7% (141-258) faceoff winning percentage this season. That mark ranks 18th nationally. Individually, senior Jake Marmul ranks 17th nationally (.556), while freshman Liam O’Connor is 20th (.540). – Marmul went 16-20 (.800) against Penn in the first round. – Notre Dame has produced one of the nation’s top faceoff units over the past few seasons. The Irish won 54.3% (185-341) of their attempts last season to rank 17th nationally. – The Irish produced the nation’s ninth-best faceoff winning percentage (.556) in 2009. Notre Dame ranked second nationally in 2008 (.628) and 15th (.546) in 2007.

– Senior midfielder David Earl leads Notre Dame in points (25) and assists (10). Earl ranks third among all Irish players in ground balls (27). His three man-up goals are tied for the team lead.

– Senior midfielder David Earl has played in a team-best 58 straight games. He has played in 61 of a possible 63 contests during his Notre Dame career. The last game he did not compete in was at North Carolina during his freshman season in 2008.

– Senior attackman Colin Igoe has scored a career-high 16 goals this season. His previous career-high mark was seven from last season. Igoe tallied a career-high four points on three goals and an assist in Saturday’s win over Penn.

– Freshman attackman Westy Hopkins’ 15 goals this season are the most for an Irish rookie since attackman Ryan Hoff deposited 21 goals during the 2006 campaign. – Hopkins has five multiple-goal games this season, including a two-goal effort against Duke in the season opener. He also scored twice against Drexel, North Carolina and Penn. He notched a hat trick in the 12-8 win over Villanova on April 2.

– Despite missing four games this season due to injury, senior long-stick midfielder Andrew Irving still has posted a career-high six points. His three goals tie a career-high number that he also achieved last season. Irving’s three assists are a career-best figure. – Irving scored a single-game career-high two goals in the season opener against Duke. – Irving dished out a career-high two assists in the 8-7 win over Ohio State (March 23). He also picked up a season-high four ground balls against the Buckeyes.

– Senior defenseman Sam Barnes is back for a fifth season after missing all of the 2010 campaign due to injury. Barnes, an All-America honoree in 2009, has started all 13 games this season.

– Six of Notre Dame’s 11 wins have come against opponents that were ranked at the time of the game. The Irish bested #5 Duke 12-7 in the season opener. Notre Dame also topped #8 Villanova (12-8), #14 Denver (10-9), #16 Drexel (11-7) and #20 Ohio State (8-7) in the regular season. The Irish defeated #16 Penn (13-6) in the first round of the NCAA Championship.

– This year’s senior class has posted a 50-13 (.793) record over the past four seasons. The 50 wins equals the program record over a four-year span. The class of 2009 (50-13) and 2010 (50-15) also posted 50 wins.

– Notre Dame has compiled a 71-22 (.763) record over the past six seasons, including this year. The Fighting Irish have earned six straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame was the national finalist in 2010 and also made quarterfinal treks in 2008 and 2011. – The Fighting Irish have notched a double-digit win total in each of the past six seasons.

– Notre Dame boasts an all-time home record of 137-38 (.783). The Fighting Irish posted a 6-0 home mark this season.

– Notre Dame’s 49-man roster hails from 15 different states. The states most represented are Maryland with 12 and New York with eight.

– The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team used the Georgetown game on April 10 as a platform to further their Playing for Peace initiative. This past December the Irish organized a 3v3 basketball tournament and Stand with Sudan peace rally to encourage students to play, pray and advocate for peace in Sudan. – Later in December, a delegation from the University of Notre Dame, including representatives of the men’s lacrosse program travelled to Washington, D.C. to lobby both elected and appointed government officials to support peacekeeping efforts in Sudan during the lead up and eventual expiration of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. – In January, a referendum took place and there was a unique opportunity for the people of South Sudan to exercise the power of self-determination. The south voted for independence and now are in the process of becoming the world’s newest nation. – Sudan continues to face many challenges; as a new nation, South Sudan is very vulnerable to internal and external conflicts, violence and injustice continue to cause suffering in Darfur. – Following the Georgetown game there was a 7v7 inter-hall Playing for Peace lacrosse tournament on the men’s lacrosse practice field. At halftime of the Notre Dame-Georgetown game the Irish men’s lacrosse team recognized all those that have supported the Playing for Peace initiative.

– Notre Dame’s 12-7 win over Duke in the season opener marked the first time the Fighting Irish have defeated the defending national champion. The Irish had been 0-3 against defending national champs. Notre Dame’s first crack at defeating the defending national champion came in 1994 as Princeton topped the Irish 6-4. The other two occurrences came against Syracuse. The Orange bested the Irish 12-5 during the 2000 NCAA Tournament. Last season, the defending NCAA Champion Orange defeated Notre Dame 12-6.

– Sophomore John Kemp appears to be the next standout goalie for the Fighting Irish. – Great goaltending is a hallmark of the Notre Dame program. Fighting Irish All-America goalies include Alex Cade (1995-98), Kirk Howell (1997-01), Joey Kemp (2005-08), John’s brother, and Scott Rodgers (2006-10). The elder Kemp received the 2008 C. Markland Kelly Award for being the top goalie in NCAA Division I lacrosse, while Howell and Rodgers led the Irish to Final Four berths.

– Fighting Irish sophomore goalie John Kemp is the younger brother of former Notre Dame All-America goalie Joey Kemp. The older Kemp starred in goal for the Irish from 2005-08 and earned All-America honors three times. He notched a 40-14 record to establish the Irish record for wins in goal. In 2008, he became just the second student-athlete, and the first goalie, in program history to earn first team All-America honors. He also received the 2008 Kelly Award for Outstanding Goalie in NCAA Division I. – John and Joey’s older brother C.J. was an All-America goalie at Fairfield from 2000-03.

– The 2011 Notre Dame roster features two sets of brothers. Twins Billy and Patrick Maloney are senior midfielders. Freshman midfielder Tyler Brenneman joins his older brother Zach, a senior midfielder, on the Irish roster.

– Notre Dame fell to the United States National Team, 12-7, on Jan. 30 during the Champion Challenge in Orlando, Fla. Team USA scored the game’s first seven goals, yet the Fighting Irish responded with four straight tallies to slice the deficit to three (7-4) by the end of the third quarter. The U.S. National Team out scored the Irish 5-3 in the final quarter. – Irish senior attackman Colin Igoe had a team-high two goals in the game. Sophomore goalie John Kemp played the entire contest and made 10 saves. – Former Notre Dame All-American Scott Rodgers (2006-10) played the entire second half in goal for Team USA and made nine saves.

– Seniors Zach Brenneman (M), David Earl (M), Andrew Irving (LSM) and Kevin Ridgway (D) are first-time captains for the Fighting Irish.

– A program-record five Notre Dame players were selected in January’s Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Zach Brenneman became the highest pick in program history as he went fifth overall to the Long Island Lizards. – Syracuse led all schools with seven players selected while Notre Dame and Maryland were next with five players drafted. – The Hamilton Nationals selected Fighting Irish midfielder David Earl in the third round (13th overall selection), while defenseman Kevin Ridgway also went to Hamilton five picks later. Long Island tabbed defenseman Sam Barnes in the fifth round (29th overall) and the Denver Outlaws picked long-stick midfielder Andrew Irving in the sixth round (33rd overall).

– The 2011 campaign marks the second season of BIG EAST men’s lacrosse. The seven conference schools that participate in the league are Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova. The teams play a six-game single round-robin regular-season schedule. – Syracuse has won the first two BIG EAST titles. – In 2012, Marquette will be the eighth program to join the BIG EAST in men’s lacrosse. – Men’s lacrosse is the BIG EAST’s 11th men’s sport while the Conference conducts 13 women’s sports. Notre Dame already is a member of the BIG EAST in 23 other sports. – Notre Dame was a member of the Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) from 1994-2009. The Fighting Irish captured 12 GWLL regular-season titles in addition to winning the only two GWLL Tournaments (2008 & 2009).

– Notre Dame went 10-7 overall and 2-4 in BIG EAST play one season ago. – The Fighting Irish became just the fifth unseeded team to reach the title game of the NCAA Championship and the first since Massachusetts in 2006. The others were Cornell (1988), Towson (1991) and Maryland (1997). – Notre Dame’s 5.75 goals-against average during the 2010 NCAA Championship ranked second all-time behind only North Carolina in 1982 for an entire NCAA Tournament. That Tar Heel squad allowed 15 goals (5.0 per game) during their three games of the tournament en route to winning the title. The 2010 Irish surrendered 23 goals in their four games of the tournament.

– More than 6,000 Northern California lacrosse fans were treated to a 10-7 Notre Dame victory over Johns Hopkins on Oct 16. The exhibition contest, which was part of the second annual San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic, was played at Kezar Stadium. All the proceeds from the game benefitted the BAYS Foundation.

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