UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
March 8, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
#12 DENVER (3-2)
#6 NOTRE DAME (2-1)
Saturday, March 8 • 1 p.m. (PT)
LeBard Stadium • Costa Mesa, Calif.
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SETTING THE STAGE
• No. 6 Notre Dame (2-1) will face No. 12 Denver (3-2) Saturday in the inaugural
Pacific Coast Shootout in Costa Mesa, Calif. The contest is slated for 1 p.m. (PT)
at LeBard Stadium on the campus of Orange Coast College.
• The showdown between the Fighting Irish and Pioneers will be the first of two
games on the day. The event’s second contest will pit Loyola Marymount against UC
Santa Barbara at 3:30 p.m.
GOING BACK TO CALI
• Notre Dame will be making its third regular-season appearance in Southern
California and the first since 2005 when the Irish captured a 9-7 victory over North
Carolina at The Home Depot Center in Carson. The Fighting Irish defeated Air Force,
12-11, in San Diego during the 1990 campaign. Notre Dame also ventured to the Golden
State in 2010 to face Johns Hopkins in the San Francisco Fall Classic.
PLAYING THE PIONEERS
• Saturday will be the 18th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Denver and the
Irish hold a 14-3 advantage in the series. The Fighting Irish have won the last five
showdowns against the Pioneers, including a 13-12 overtime triumph last season at
Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
• The last three meetings all have been decided by a single goal with the Fighting
Irish claiming victory each time, including overtime triumphs the last two years.
• Denver’s last win over the Irish was a 9-8 decision during the 2008 season at
Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
• The two teams have met every season since 1998. Notre Dame and Denver were
together in the Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) from 1998-2009.
• Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 14-3 all-time versus Denver.
A LOOK AT DENVER
• Denver moved to 3-2 this season following a 12-10 loss at Penn on Saturday. The
Pioneers have defeated Air Force (14-8), Marist (15-9) and Canisius (14-3), while
the other setback came against Duke (14-10).
• The Pioneers are averaging 12.6 goals per game, while allowing 9.2 per contest.
Jack Bobzien has a team-high 15 goals, while Jeremy Noble has a team-best nine
• Ryan LaPlante is 2-0 in goal and has a 9.8 goals-against average and a .522 save
percentage. Jamie Faus is 1-2 with a 9.2 goals-against average and a .510 save
• Last season, Denver posted a 14-5 record (6-1 ECAC) and fell to Syracuse, 9-8, in
the semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
• The Pioneers are in their first season in the BIG EAST Conference.
• Head coach Bill Tierney is in his fifth season at Denver.
THE LAST TIME
• Notre Dame captured a 13-12 overtime victory over Denver last season at the
Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Jim
Marlatt delivered the game winner just over a minute into overtime.
• Notre Dame fell behind by two (12-10) with 2:25 left in regulation, but responded
with goals from Steve Murphy and Sean Rogers to force overtime. The goal from Rogers
came with 47 seconds left and it marked the ninth tie of the game.
HEAD COACHES HEAD-TO-HEAD
• Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan is 4-1 all-time against Denver’s Bill
Tierney. Corrigan and the Irish have won the four meetings with the Pioneers since
Tierney came to Denver in 2010. Tierney’s Princeton squad bested Notre Dame, 6-4, in
• Notre Dame has five student-athletes on its roster that hail from California:
Chris Carter (San Diego), Edwin Glazener (La Jolla), Bobby Gray (San Rafael), Ryan
Mix (Newport Beach) and Kyle Runyon (Coronado).
QUITE A COMEBACK
• Notre Dame erased a five-goal second-half deficit en route to an 11-10 victory at
No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday. The game was the first-ever ACC contest for the
• The Fighting Irish trailed 8-3 early in the third quarter before scoring five
straight times to tie the game less than 30 seconds into the final period.
• Irish attackman Matt Kavanagh had a game-high five points on three goals and two
assists. He scored the first and last goals of the 5-0 run that tied the game.
KAVANAGH PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• After leading the Irish in goals (32) and assists (16) last season, sophomore
attackman Matt Kavanagh has notched team-bests in goals (9) and assists (8) through
the first three games of this season.
• Kavanagh has produced a hat trick in all three games this season. Nationally, he
ranks fourth in points per game, eighth in assists per game and 19th in goals per
• He registered a career-high seven points on three goals and a career-best four
assists in the season opener at Jacksonville. Kavanagh had three goals and two
assists in both the Penn State and North Carolina contests.
• Kavanagh has scored two or more goals in 14 of his 19 career games with the Irish.
He has netted three or more goals on seven occasions.
FACE OFF SUCCESS
• Senior Liam O’Connor ranks fifth nationally this season in faceoff winning
percentage (41-62, .661). As a team, Notre Dame has the nation’s second-best faceoff
winning percentage (.676).
• Junior Nick Ossello is 8-for-10 (.800) and freshman P.J. Finley is 1-for-2.
• O’Connor won 16 of his 23 attempts on Saturday at North Carolina.
• Notre Dame ranks first nationally this season in man-up offense (8-12, .667). The
Irish converted on four of their seven man-up opportunities on Saturday versus the
Tar Heels. Freshman midfielder Sergio Perkovic hammered home two man-up goals in the
game and has a team-best four man-up scores this season.
FIGHTING IRISH ENTER THE ACC
• Notre Dame is entering its first season of Atlantic Coast Conference play.
• The Fighting Irish have defeated every other ACC member at least once in the last
four seasons and the Irish have a 9-8 record against its ACC counterparts (including
Syracuse) since the beginning of the 2010 campaign.
• The ACC will be Notre Dame’s third different league in the last six seasons. The
Irish left the Great Western Lacrosse League following the 2009 campaign to join the
IRISH RETURN OFFENSE
• Notre Dame returned 111 of its 159 goals (.698) from last season. The Fighting
Irish welcomed back four of their top five goal scorers from the 2013 campaign (Matt
Kavanagh 32, Conor Doyle 20, Jim Marlatt 20, John Scioscia 14).
A LOOK BACK
• Notre Dame went 11-5 last season and finished third in the BIG EAST with a 4-2
mark. The Fighting Irish finished the 2013 regular season with the nation’s top RPI
and earned a program-best No. 2 seed for the NCAA Championship before advancing to
the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth straight season. The Irish fell to Duke,
12-11, in the quarterfinals.
• Attackman Matt Kavanagh led the Irish in goals (32) and assists (16). The 32 goals
established a program record for a freshman. Jim Marlatt was the leading midfielder
scorer with 20 goals to go along with 12 assists.
• The Fighting Irish finished the 2013 season ranked 10th nationally in scoring
defense with an 8.31 goals-against average. Notre Dame returned two starting close
defensemen in seniors Brian Buglione and Stephen O’Hara.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Notre Dame is 45-7 (.865) at home since the beginning of the 2006 season.
• Nearly every Notre Dame game this season can be seen on TV or the Internet. The
Fighting Irish will have five contests on ESPNU (vs. Virginia, at Syracuse, vs.
Duke, vs. Maryland, vs. Army), one game on ESPN3 (at North Carolina) and the season
opener at Jacksonville aired on the NBC Sports Network.
• WatchND.tv streamed the Penn State contest and will also provide a free broadcast
for the Robert Morris game on April 12.
• Notre Dame’s showdown at Ohio State (March 25, 4 p.m.) will be aired on Fox
A QUARTET OF PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
• Four Fighting Irish players received preseason All-America honors from Inside
Lacrosse. Stephen O’Hara (Sr./D) was a first-team pick, while Jim Marlatt (Sr./M)
appeared on the second team and Matt Kavanagh (So./A) was a third-team selection.
Matt Landis (So./D) garnered honorable mention accolades.
• O’Hara and Kavanagh also were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
• Notre Dame is ranked sixth in the latest Warrior media poll and eight Fighting
Irish opponents also appear in the rankings, including six in the top nine.
• The Fighting Irish and the other five members of the ACC all can be found in the
top nine of the poll. Maryland, Virginia and Duke occupy the top four spots. North
Carolina is eighth and Syracuse is ninth.
• Notre Dame’s non-conference ledger features three other ranked foes – No. 7 Penn
State, No. 12 Denver and No. 19 Ohio State.
MARLATT & O’HARA TO CAPTAIN THE IRISH
• Seniors Jim Marlatt (M) and Stephen O’Hara (D) will serve as team captains for the
Fighting Irish in 2014. Both are first-time captains.
O’HARA PICKED IN MLL DRAFT
• Senior defenseman Stephen O’Hara was selected by the Ohio Machine with the first
pick of the sixth round (41st overall) of January’s 2014 Major League Lacrosse (MLL)
• O’Hara has started every game over the last two seasons in Notre Dame’s close
defense, which has been one of the best in the nation over that time. The Fighting
Irish allowed just 8.31 goals per game last season. That mark ranked 10th nationally
and the Irish were first in 2012 after notching a 6.31 goals-against average.
O’Hara, a Fighting Irish team captain, was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team
• Junior attackman Conor Doyle is joined by his older brother Jack Doyle on this
season’s roster. Jack, a midfielder, graduated from Harvard and was on the Crimson
squad for four seasons. He combined to play in 28 games during his freshman and
sophomore seasons, but was limited to just one contest over the last two years due
to injury. He tallied 14 goals and eight assists at Harvard.
• Notre Dame and Maryland are the only two programs to earn a spot in the NCAA
Championship field in each of the last eight seasons.
• Notre Dame and Duke are the only two schools to advance to the quarterfinals of
the NCAA Championship in each of the last four seasons.