UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
April 24, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
#9 NOTRE DAME (6-5, 2-3 ACC)
#5 MARYLAND (10-2, 4-1 ACC)
ACC Championship Semifinals
Friday, April 25 • 7:30 p.m. (ET)
PPL Park • Chester, Pa.
Gametracker on UND.com
SETTING THE STAGE
• No. 9 Notre Dame (6-5, 2-3) will square off against No. 5 Maryland (10-2, 4-1)
Friday in the semifinals of the ACC Championship. Faceoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
(ET) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Maryland is the tournament’s top seed, while Notre
Dame is the No. 4 seed.
• This will be the second meeting in a seven-day span between the Fighting Irish and
Terrapins. Maryland topped Notre Dame, 12-8, on Saturday at Arlotta Stadium.
• Duke (No. 2 seed) and Syracuse (No. 3 seed) will meet in Friday’s first semifinal
• Both semifinals will be aired on ESPNU and WatchESPN as will Sunday’s title game
at 1 p.m. (ET). Eamon McAnaney (play-by-play), Quint Kessenich (analyst) and Paul
Carcaterra (reporter) will be on the call for every game. Live stats will be
available via Gametracker on UND.com.
• Saturday will be the seventh meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Maryland. The
Terrapins hold a 5-1 advantage in the series.
• This will be the fourth time Notre Dame and Maryland have squared off in a
tournament. The Fighting Irish captured a 7-5 victory over the Terrapins in the
quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Championship in Princeton, N.J. Maryland won at Notre
Dame, 7-3, in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Championship. The Terrapins captured
a 14-11 home victory in the quarterfinals of the 1995 NCAA Championship. That was
the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
A LOOK AT THE TERRAPINS
• Maryland is 10-2 overall and finished 4-1 in ACC play. The Terrapins’ ACC wins
came against Syracuse (16-8), Duke (10-6), Virginia (9-6) and Notre Dame (12-8),
while they fell to North Carolina (11-8).
• The Terrapins are averaging 12.2 goals per game, while allowing 7.1 per contest.
Mike Chanenchuk (Sr./M) leads Maryland in goals (28) and assists (16). Niko Amato
(Sr.) has every decision in goal and has a 7.4 goals-against average and a .571 save
• Last season, Maryland went 10-4 (2-1 ACC) and fell to Cornell, 16-8, in the first
round of the NCAA Championship.
• Head coach John Tillman is in his fourth season at Maryland.
IRISH IN ACC PLAY
• Notre Dame scored 54 goals (10.8 gpg) in ACC play, while allowing 57 (11.4 gpg).
Matt Kavanagh and Conor Doyle both
tallied a team-best nine goals in conference play, while Kavanagh also had a
team-high 10 assists. Nick Ossello and Sergio Perkovic both netted six goals in
• The Fighting Irish were 12-of-24 in man-up chances and their opponents were 9-of-18.
• Faceoff specialist Liam O’Connor was 59-of-106 (.557) in conference games this
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• This is Notre Dame’s fifth appearance in a conference tournament. The Irish are
4-2 all-time in league playoffs.
• Notre Dame won the only two Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) tournaments ever
held (2008 & 2009). The Irish were the top seed for both GWLL tournaments and
defeated Ohio State in the final each time.
• The Fighting Irish were 0-2 in the BIG EAST Championship. Notre Dame was the No. 1
seed for the inaugural tournament in 2012 and fell to St. John’s, 8-7, in the
semifinals. The Irish were the No. 3 seed for last season’s tournament and were
topped by No. 2 seed Syracuse, 9-3, in the semifinals.
IRISH IN THE CAGE
• Junior Conor Kelly started Saturday’s game against the Terrapins and made a
career-high 14 saves. It was his fourth start of the season and the first since the
North Carolina game on March 1. Kelly is 1-2 this season with a 10.6 goals-against
average and a .458 save percentage.
• Freshman Shane Doss has started seven contests and carries a 5-3 record with an
8.5 goals-against average and a .479 save percentage. He stopped a season-best 11
shots at Syracuse on March 29.
CONOR DOYLE ON A HOT STREAK
• Junior attackman Conor Doyle is the only Fighting Irish player to notch a point in
all 11 games this season. His overall point streak stands at 14 games and he has
scored a goal in 13 straight contests.
PERKOVIC CONTINUES TO PERFORM
• Freshman midfielder Sergio Perkovic has the third-most goals (15) on the Fighting
Irish squad this season. He has scored in four straight games and has been held
without a goal just twice (Penn State & Syracuse).
• His best offensive day of the campaign came against Robert Morris (April 12) as he
tallied a career-high four goals and had one assist.
• Perkovic’s seven man-up goals are tied for the team lead.
• Notre Dame senior Liam O’Connor ranks 11th nationally in faceoff winning
percentage (.616) and Maryland’s Charlie Raffa is third (.663).
• Raffa won 20-of-24 attempts last Saturday against Notre Dame. O’Connor was 2-of-13
and junior Nick Ossello was 2-of-11.
• Notre Dame has the country’s second-best man-up offense percentage (.545). The
Fighting Irish have scored on 24 of their 44 man-up opportunities this season.
• Freshman midfielder Sergio Perkovic and senior attackman John Scioscia both have a
team-best seven man-up goals, while junior attackman Conor Doyle has four.
• The Irish also have three man-down goals this season. Matt Kavanagh and Liam
O’Connor scored seven seconds apart in a man-down situation against Ohio State,
while Scioscia netted a man-down tally versus Duke.
IRISH EXCEL AT PPL
• This will be Notre Dame’s second visit to PPL Park. The Fighting Irish downed
Virginia, 12-10, at the venue in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Championship.
• As a school, Notre Dame is a combined 5-0 at PPL Park. The men’s soccer team won
the 2013 national title at the stadium by defeating Maryland, 2-1, in the final on
December 15. The Irish men’s soccer squad also captured the 2012 BIG EAST
Championship, which was held at PPL Park.
STATE OF AFFAIRS
• Pennsylvania will be the eighth different state Notre Dame has played in this
season. The Irish competed in seven different states during their first nine games
of the season (Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, California, Ohio, New York,
HIGHS AND LOWS
• Notre Dame averaged 14.7 goals per game in its six wins, while the Irish were
limited to 7.8 goals per game in their five setbacks.
• Notre Dame has been held to seven goals in three of its five losses.
• The Fighting Irish are allowing 7.5 goals per game in their victories and 11.2 in
SPREADING THE WEALTH
• Twenty-one different Fighting Irish players have scored a goal this season. Notre
Dame is averaging 9.2 goal scorers per game in its six victories.
• Notre Dame has four players with a double-digit goal total this season - Matt
Kavanagh (23), Conor Doyle (19), Sergio Perkovic (15) and John Scioscia (14).