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FIGHTING IRISH TO FACE TERPS FOR NCAA TITLE

December 15, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



• No. 3 Notre Dame (16-1-6) will meet No. 5 Maryland (17-3-5) Sunday in the title
game of the NCAA Championship. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET) at PPL Park in
Chester, Pa.

• Notre Dame topped New Mexico 2-0 in Friday’s first semifinal, while Maryland
bested Virginia 2-1 in the second match.

• The Fighting Irish are making their first appearance in the national title game.
This is Notre Dame’s first-ever trip to the College Cup.

• The match will be aired live on ESPNU/WatchESPN with Glenn Davis (play-by-play)
and Taylor Twellman (analyst) calling the action. Live stats will be available via
Gametracker on UND.com.

• The Fighting Irish and Terrapins played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 8 at Notre Dame. The
two teams shared this season’s ACC regular-season title with identical 7-1-3 league
marks.



FIGHTING IRISH ON FIRE

• Since suffering its lone loss of the season to Virginia, 2-0, on Oct. 26, Notre
Dame has produced an nine-game unbeaten streak. The Irish are 8-0-1 during that
stretch and have outscored opponents 23-7.

• In the last nine matches, the Irish have trailed for just 1:52. That occurred
against Wake Forest in the third round of the NCAA tournament.



OFFENSIVE OUTBURSTS

• Notre Dame has outscored its competition 12-3 in the NCAA tournament.

• Sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan has five goals in the tournament, while senior
forward Harrison Shipp has three goals and an assist. Hodan (New Mexico) and Shipp
(Wisconsin) both have two-goal performances in the tournament.

• With a 4-0 win over Wisconsin in the second round and a 4-2 triumph over Wake
Forest in the round of 16, Notre Dame became the first team to score at least four
goals in consecutive NCAA tournament games since Wake Forest in 2008.

• The four goals scored against both Wisconsin and Wake Forest matched the most ever
for the Fighting Irish in an NCAA tournament game. The Irish also netted four in a
4-1 triumph of Milwaukee in the second round of the 2003 tournament.

• Vince Cicciarelli’s goal just 6:31 into the Wisconsin match was the quickest goal
for the Irish in an NCAA contest.



HODAN STAYING HOT

• Sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan has scored a goal in each of the last six
games. That is the longest streak for a Notre Dame player since Bright Dike scored
in six straight matches in 2008. The last Irish player to net a goal in seven
consecutive games was Joseph Lapira in 2006.

• Hodan tallied both goals in Friday’s win over New Mexico. That was the second
two-goal game of his career and the first of this season.

• Despite missing two games (Virginia Tech & Northwestern) with an injury, Hodan
ranks second among all Irish players in goals (11) and assists (5) this season.



BOBBY BACK IN THE FINAL

• While Sunday will be Notre Dame’s first trip to the final of the College Cup,
Fighting Irish head coach Bobby Clark has been there once before. Clark took his
Stanford squad to the title game of the 1998 tournament before falling to Indiana,
3-1.



IRISH IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

• Notre Dame is in the NCAA Championship for the 16th time in program history. The
Irish are 15-14-1 all-time in the tournament, including a 14-10-1 mark under head
coach Bobby Clark.

• Clark has led the Fighting Irish to the NCAA Championship in 12 of his 13 seasons
at Notre Dame. He has guided the Irish to the Round of 16 on six occasions and the
quarterfinals three times and this is their first College Cup.

• This season signified the eighth time in which the Fighting Irish earned one of
the 16 national seeds and a first-round bye in the 48-team field.

• Last season, the Irish were the tournament’s top seed and after the bye they
topped Michigan State, 3-0, in the second round. Notre Dame fell to eventual
national champion Indiana, 2-1 in double-overtime, in the Round of 16.



TAKING ON THE TERPS

• Sunday will be the fifth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Maryland. The
Terrapins hold a 2-1-1 edge in the series.

• This will be the third time the two programs have met in the NCAA Championship.
Notre Dame took down the Terrapins, who were the defending national champions, 1-0
in double-overtime during the 2006 NCAA Championship Round of 16 in College Park,
Md.

• The first meeting was a 1-0 home win for the Terrapins during the first round of
the 2001 NCAA tournament. That was Bobby Clark’s first season at Notre Dame. Clark
is 2-2-1 all-time against Maryland.



THE LAST TIME

• Notre Dame and Maryland played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 8 at Notre Dame’s Alumni
Stadium. The Irish grabbed the lead in the 59th minute on a Vince Cicciarelli goal,
which was assisted by Grant Van De Casteele. The Terrapins tied it up in the 72nd
minute on a goal from Patrick Mullins.

• The Irish held a 6-3 edge in shots on goal and both squads had three corner kicks.
Patrick Wall made two saves for Notre Dame and Zack Steffen had five stops for
Maryland.



POSTSEASON REMATCH

• Sunday will mark the eighth time that the Irish will face an opponent in the NCAA
Championship that they met earlier in the season. The Irish are 5-2 in the rematch
(5-1 under Bobby Clark). Two of those rematches have occurred in this postseason
(Wake Forest and Michigan State).



IRISH HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF PPL PARK

• Friday’s win over New Mexico improved Notre Dame to 3-0 all-time at PPL Park. The
Fighting Irish captured the 2012 BIG EAST Championship at the stadium with wins over
Connecticut (1-0) in the semifinals and Georgetown (3-2 in 2ot) in the final.



GETTING OUT IN FRONT

• Notre Dame has outscored its competition 22-6 in the first half of play this
season. The Fighting Irish have scored first in 17 of their 23 matches.



SHIPP HELPS STEER IRISH SUCCESS

• Senior forward Harrison Shipp, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, leads the
Irish in points (33), goals (12) and assists (9) this season.

• Shipp has notched two career-best seven-game point streaks this season. He has
tallied at least one point in eight of the last nine matches. Shipp assisted on the
first goal in Friday’s win over New Mexico.

• Nationally, Shipp is seventh in points and is tied for 13th in goals.

• Five of his goals have been game winners, including the golden goal in a 2-1
victory at Clemson. He also tallied Notre Dame’s first goal in the win over the
Tigers.

• Shipp netted the game winner in the 90th minute in the 1-0 win at Virginia Tech on
Oct. 11.



HARRISON UP FOR THE HERMANN

• Senior forward Harrison Shipp recently was named a finalist for the Missouri
Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy. Shipp is one of three student-athletes up for
the player-of-the-year award, which is presented annually during a January banquet
at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

• Shipp is the fourth MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in Notre Dame history. Ryan Finley
was among the final three in contention for last season’s award and Joseph Lapira,
the 2006 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, also was a finalist in 2007.



ALL-AMERICA DUO

• The National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) on Friday released its
All-America teams and two Notre Dame student-athletes were among those honored.
Senior forward Harrison Shipp was named to the first team, while fifth-year senior
Grant Van De Casteele, a central defender, appeared on the third team. It was the
first All-America citation for both Shipp and Van De Casteele.



IRONMEN

• Senior forward Harrison Shipp has not missed a match during his Notre Dame career.
He has played in all 83 contests and has compiled 69 points on 23 goals and 23
assists.

• Fifth-year senior Grant Van De Casteele, a central defender, has started all 83
games over the last four seasons. He has helped the Irish post 30 shutouts during
that span along with scoring four goals.



A WALL IN GOAL

• Senior Patrick Wall has played every minute in goal and he ranks 21st nationally
in goals-against average (0.70). Wall and the Irish have notched 10 shutouts this
season.

• Wall boasts a career record of 25-2-6 with 13 clean sheets.



BOBBY CLARK BOASTS NCAA SUCCESS

• This year marks the 18th time that Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark has led a
team to the NCAA tournament. Clark boasts a 23-15-3 (.598) career record in the NCAA
Championship.

• Clark went 3-2-1 in two NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure at Dartmouth
College (1985-93). He led the Big Green to the quarterfinals in 1990 and 1992.

• He posted a 6-3-1 mark over the course of four NCAA tournament trips during his
time at Stanford (1996-2000). The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA final in 1998 under
Clark’s direction before falling to Indiana, 3-1.

• Clark’s Notre Dame teams have been to the NCAAs 12 times in his 13 seasons in
South Bend. The Irish are 14-10-1 in the tournament under Clark with three
quarterfinal trips (2006, 2007, 2013).



FIGHTING IRISH AGAINST THE FIELD

• Notre Dame faced nine schools (five seeded teams) that qualified for this season’s
NCAA Championship and it posted a 4-1-5 mark against those opponents in the regular
season.



BACKLINE IS BACK

• The Fighting Irish returned their entire defense from last season. Fifth-year
senior Grant Van De Casteele is paired with senior Andrew O’Malley in the central
defense, while junior Max Lachowecki returned to left back and senior Luke Mishu is
at right back.

• Notre Dame is 28-2-6 (.861) over the last two seasons when that backline starts.



A SWEET 16

• Notre Dame has reached the 16-win plateau for the third time in 13 seasons under
head coach Bobby Clark. The most wins for the Irish under Clark are 17, which
occurred last season (17-4-1). Notre Dame also won 16 matches in 2003 (16-3-4).



ACC HONORS ALL AROUND FOR THE IRISH

• When the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its men’s soccer awards and
all-conference teams and it was a major haul for league-newcomer Notre Dame. Senior
forward Harrison Shipp was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Bobby Clark was
selected as ACC Coach of the Year and six Fighting Irish players garnered
all-conference accolades.

• Joining Shipp on the All-ACC First Team was his Fighting Irish teammate Nick
Besler, a junior midfielder. Sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan copped second-team
honors, while Grant Van De Casteele (Sr./D), Luke Mishu (Sr./D) and Vince
Cicciarelli (Jr./F) all were named to the third team.

• Notre Dame led all teams with six All-ACC selections. Duke, Maryland, North
Carolina and Wake Forest all had four players recognized.



ACC TITLE FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH

• Notre Dame claimed a share of the ACC regular-season title in just its first
season in the league. The Irish finished tied with Maryland atop the ACC standings.
Both teams posted a 7-1-3 mark in conference play.

• It was the sixth regular-season conference title in program history. Notre Dame
claimed two Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles (1989, 1993) and three
regular-season BIG EAST crowns (2004, 2007, 2008).



DUAL SUCCESS

• Notre Dame is the 18th NCAA Division I school to have both its men’s and women’s
soccer teams ever reach the NCAA semifinals (Virginia Tech became the 17th earlier
this season).

• North Carolina, Santa Clara and UCLA are the only Division I schools ever to win
NCAA titles in men’s and women’s soccer. The Notre Dame women’s squad has won three
championships (1995, 2004, 2010).



GOOD DAY TO BE A BESLER

• Last Saturday was a successful day for the Besler family. Fighting Irish junior
midfielder Nick Besler played all 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Michigan State to
place the Fighting Irish in the College Cup for the first time in program history
and his brother Matt, a 2009 Notre Dame graduate, helped Sporting KC win the MLS
Cup. Sporting topped Real Salt Lake in penalties, 7-6, following a 1-1 draw.



ALUMNI STADIUM ADVANTAGE

• Notre Dame is 17-2-3 (.841) at home over the past two seasons. The Fighting Irish
are 35-10-9 (.731) at Alumni Stadium since it opened in 2009.

• The capacity crowd of 3,007 at Alumni Stadium that witnessed the Irish defeat
Duke, 3-1, on Sept. 27 was the sixth largest crowd in program history and the
largest ever in the five-year-old venue. The previous high at Alumni Stadium was
3,002 for the 2011 tilt versus Indiana.



SUCCESSFUL STRETCH

• Notre Dame is 33-5-7 (.811) over the past two seasons.

• The Irish went 17-4-1 last season. The 17 wins were the most for the program since
1988. Notre Dame won the 2012 BIG EAST Championship and earned the No. 1 overall
seed for the NCAA Championship.



FIT TO BE TIED

• Notre Dame’s six draws this season are the most in program history.



SHIPP AND HODAN NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

• Not only are Harrison Shipp (Sr./F) and Patrick Hodan (So./M) the top two point
scorers this season for Notre Dame, they also are very successful in the classroom
and the two student-athletes have been named Capital One Academic All-Americans as
announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

• In addition to being selected to the Academic All-America First Team, Shipp was
tapped as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division I men’s
soccer. He is the first Notre Dame men’s soccer player to earn that accolade and
just the seventh in University history. The last Fighting Irish student-athlete to
receive that honor was women’s soccer player Vanessa Pruzinsky in 2003. Shipp also
is the first two-time Academic All-American in program history. He earned
second-team honors last season.

• Hodan was named to the Academic All-America Third Team. He became the ninth
Academic All-American in the history of the program. This marked the first time that
two Irish men’s soccer players copped Academic All-America accolades in the same
season.

• Notre Dame is the only men’s soccer program to have multiple players among the 33
Academic All-Americans for the 2013 campaign. Of the final 16 squads remaining in
the NCAA Championship, only Notre Dame, Marquette and UCLA have an Academic
All-American on its roster.



PIPELINE TO THE PROS

• Notre Dame has produced 14 MLS SuperDraft picks since 2008. That is the most from
any school during that time span. Maryland and Wake Forest are second with 13
selections each. The Fighting Irish have had 21 MLS SuperDraft picks since Bobby
Clark became head coach in 2001.

• Forward Ryan Finley and midfielder Dillon Powers were selected in the first round
of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Finley went to the Columbus Crew with the ninth overall
selection, while the Colorado Rapids took Powers two picks later. It was the first
time Notre Dame had two first-round picks in the same SuperDraft.

• Powers was named the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year.

• Matt Besler (Sporting KC) was a first-round pick in 2009 and he was named an MLS
All-Star in 2011 and 2013 and was the 2012 MLS Defender of the Year. Justin Morrow
(San Jose) was an MLS All-Star in 2012.

• Besler, who is the older brother of Irish junior midfielder Nick Besler, was a key
figure for the United States Senior National Team during its qualification run for
the 2014 World Cup.

• Six Notre Dame alums were part of MLS teams that made the playoffs this season:
Matt Besler – Sporting KC (East #2 seed), Jeb Brovsky – Montreal Impact (East #5
seed), Bilal Duckett – New England Revolution (East #3 seed), Aaron Maund – Real
Salt Lake (West #2 seed), Ryan Miller – Portland Timbers (West #1 seed), Dillon
Powers – Colorado Rapids (West #5 seed).

• Besler’s Sporting KC squad topped Real Salt Lake on Saturday for the MLS Cup.

• Besler was named to the 2013 MLS Best XI squad.


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