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Three Former Irish Stars to Play in MLL Title Game

Aug. 19, 2016

Three former University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse All-Americans-Matt Kavanagh, Nick Ossello and Scott Rodgers-will play in the Major League Lacrosse championship game at 7 p.m. ET Saturday (Aug. 20) at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The game will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.

Kavanagh and Ossello play for the third-seeded Denver Outlaws, while Rodgers competes for the top-seeded Ohio Machine.

In MLL semifinals last weekend, Kavanagh scored five goals as he, Ossello and Denver notched their seventh straight victory in defeating the defending MLL champion New York Lizards 20-17 in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Outlaws are attempting a repeat of their 2014 MLL crown.

In the other semifinal played in Blaine, Minnesota, Rodgers and the Ohio Machine eliminated the Charlotte Hounds 16-10-after Ohio fell in the semifinal round each of the previous two seasons.

From Rockville Centre, New York, Kavanagh is a 2016 Notre Dame graduate who finished as a four-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American for the Irish (first team in 2015, second team in 2016 and 2014, honorable mention in 2013), the first Notre Dame player to accomplish that. He finished his career as Notre Dame’s second-leading all-time scorer at 225 points (122 goals, 103 assists). His 33 assists in 2014 rank as an Irish season record, as were his 75 points that year. A three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick, Kavanagh led the Irish in scoring in 2016 at 50 points.

From Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Ossello earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior midfielder in 2015. He also competed with the Notre Dame football team in 2015, competing in six games on special teams.

From Wantagh, New York, Rodgers played in goal for the Irish from 2006-10, winning third-team USILA All-America recognition in 2009 and receiving honorable mention notice in 2010. He led the Irish to the 2010 NCAA Championship title game and was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in NCAA postseason competition that year. Rodgers holds the Notre Dame single-season goals-against average record at 6.14 in 2009.

Check these links to recent pieces on Kavanagh, Ossello and Rodgers:

Kavanagh — Things I Know | Kavanagh Playing a Vital Role

Ossello — Ossello A Seasoned Pro | Ossello is Denver’s Poster Child

Rodgers — Rodgers Named MLL All-Star Game MVP | Rodgers Stepping Up