March 29, 2006
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Freshman Ryan Hoff (Baldwin, Md./Dulaney) netted his first career hat trick to help lead the 11th-ranked Fighting Irish to an 11-5 victory over Brown in men’s lacrosse action at Moose Krause Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Senior midfielder Matt Karweck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) also added two goals to help Notre Dame record its largest scoring output of the season. With the win, the Irish improve to 5-2, while Brown drops to 2-5.
Notre Dame broke open the game with a 5-0 spurt to take a 7-1 lead with 11:28 remaining in the third quarter. Sophomore Michael Podgajny (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) opened the run with a goal off a pass from freshman Duncan Swezey (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) with 13:06 left in the second quarter.
The Fighting Irish would then take control of the game by netting three tallies in the final four minutes of the first half. Karweck scored his first of the day at the 3:47 mark and then Hoff would find the back of the net just 46 seconds later with the assist going to Swezey, who would add a goal to his total later in the game to give himself a three-point afternoon.
Karweck made it a 6-1 contest at halftime by taking a pass from Pat Walsh (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) and notching his 10th goal of the season.
The Irish capped off the run with a goal from senior attackman Brian Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton) on an assist from Walsh. Hubschmann now has a team-high 14 goals, while the assist gave Walsh his team-leading ninth of the season and moved him into third-place at Notre Dame with 89 career assists.
Brown’s Mike Bernard would make it a 7-2 contest with 4:59 remaining in the third period. A pair of freshmen then hooked up for the Irish as Peter Christman (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School) sent a pass to Hoff, who tallied his second goal of the game to give Notre Dame an 8-2 advantage after three quarters of play.
After a man-up tally by Walsh, via a Hubschmann pass, and Swezey’s goal, the Fighting Irish were in double figures for the second time this season. Hoff’s third goal was sandwiched in between two scores from Brown’s Alex Buckley as the Irish led 11-4 with 7:30 left to play. Notre Dame senior co-captain D.J. Driscoll (Downington, Pa./Malvern Prep) notched his first point of the season by assisting on Hoff’s tally.
Will McGettigan recorded a man-down goal with just 30 seconds remaining to give the Bears their fifth score of the game.
The Irish opened the contest strong as senior co-captain Drew Peters (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) registered his first goal of the season, off a Lucius Polk (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) pass, to put Notre Dame on top 1-0 with 11:24 left in the first quarter. Junior Bill Liva (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Malvern Prep) netted his fourth goal of the year at the 5:57 mark of the opening period to put the Irish up 2-0.
Sophomore goaltender Joey Kemp (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) had a solid day in net for Notre Dame as he stopped 10 shots, while allowing only three goals. Brown’s Nick Gentilesco gave up all 11 goals and made 13 saves.
Notre Dame held a 40-36 edge in shots and a 42-31 advantage in groundballs. The Irish also won 11 of 20 faceoff attempts.
The Fighting Irish return to action on Sunday, April 2 as they host Dartmouth at Moose Krause Stadium. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. (ET) and will be aired on CSTV.
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Brown (2-5) – 0 1 1 3 – 5
#11 Notre Dame (5-2) – 2 4 2 3 – 11
Goals: Alex Buckley 2, Will McGettigan 1, Kyle Wailes 1, Mike Bernard 1.
Assists: Alex Buckley 1, Grant Derkac 1, David Madeira 1.
Notre Dame Scoring:
Goals: Ryan Hoff 3, Matt Karweck 2, Pat Walsh 1, Duncan Swezey 1, Brian Hubschmann 1, Michael Podgajny 1, Drew Peters 1, Bill Liva 1.
Assists: Duncan Swezey 2, Pat Walsh 2, Peter Christman 1, D.J. Driscoll 1, Brian Hubschmann 1, Lucius Polk 1.
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