UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
February 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
#12 PENN STATE (1-1)
#4 NOTRE DAME (1-0)
Saturday, Feb. 22 • 3 p.m. (ET)
Arlotta Stadium • Notre Dame, Ind.
(free live broadcast)
Gametracker on UND.com
SETTING THE STAGE
• No. 4 Notre Dame (1-0) will open the home portion of its slate Saturday against
No. 12 Penn State (1-1). Face-off is slated for 3 p.m. (ET) at Arlotta Stadium.
• A free live broadcast will be streamed on WatchND.tv. Live stats are available via
Gametracker on UND.com.
• The Fighting Irish opened the season Sunday with a 19-7 win at Jacksonville.
• Notre Dame used 13 different goal scorers in Sunday’s 19-7 season-opening victory
at Jacksonville. Leading the way was sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh, who posted
three goals and four assists. Fellow attackman Conor Doyle, a junior, joined
Kavanagh with a hat trick.
• The 19 goals were the most for the Fighting Irish since a 19-7 win over Dartmouth
on Feb. 28, 2009. That game also was the last time the Irish netted eight goals in a
quarter until an eight-goal first period versus Jacksonville.
• Those were the most goals scored in a season-opener for the Fighting Irish since a
21-5 triumph over Canisius in the 1993 opener.
FANTASTIC FEBRUARYS FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH
• Notre Dame is 18-1 in its last 19 games played in February. Eleven of those wins
have come against a ranked opponent. Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is
23-4 in the month of February during his Notre Dame tenure.
PLAYING PENN STATE
• Saturday will be the 21st meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Penn State. The
Fighting Irish lead the series 15-5, including wins in 10 of the last 11 showdowns.
This is the 18th consecutive season the two teams have squared off.
• The last two encounters have been decided in overtime. Last season, Notre Dame
claimed a 10-9 overtime victory at Penn State. The Nittany Lions won 4-3 in overtime
during the 2012 season at Arlotta Stadium. Penn State is 2-7 all-time at Notre Dame.
LOOKING AT THE NITTANY LIONS
• Penn State is 1-1 this season following a 22-7 season-opening win over Michigan
and a 12-11 overtime setback to Loyola.
• Senior attackman Shane Sturgis has a team-high nine goals, while sophomore
attackman TJ Sanders has seven goals.
• Senior Austin Kaut has started both games in goal and has an 8.99 goals-against
average and a .444 save percentage.
• Penn State went 12-5 last season and posted a 6-0 mark in the Colonial Athletic
Association (CAA). The Nittany Lions were seeded eighth in the 2013 NCAA
Championship and fell to Yale, 10-7, in the first round.
• Head coach Jeff Tambroni is in his fourth season at Penn State.
THE LAST TIME
• Notre Dame captured a 10-9 overtime victory last season at Penn State. Irish
attackman Matt Kavanagh produced the game winner with 1:34 left in the first
• A late flurry from both teams sent the game into the extra session. Notre Dame
tied the contest (8-8) with 24 seconds left on a Conor Doyle goal, which was his
third of the day. The Irish took a 9-8 lead with just 18 seconds remaining when Liam
O’Connor won the faceoff and scored his second goal of the game. A tally from Penn
State’s Tom LaCrosse with one second left knotted the contest at nine.
• The game featured seven ties and four lead changes.
IRISH AGAINST THE CAA
• Notre Dame is 28-18 all-time against current members of the Colonial Athletic
Association (CAA). The Fighting Irish went 1-1 versus the CAA last season. The Irish
topped Penn State (10-9 OT) and fell to Hofstra (8-7).
KAVANAGH PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• After leading the Irish in goals (32) and assists (16) last season, sophomore
attackman Matt Kavanagh registered a career-high seven points on three goals and a
career-best four assists in Sunday’s season opener at Jacksonville.
• The seven points were the most for a Notre Dame player since current senior
attackman John Scioscia posted seven (6g, 1a) last season against Marquette.
Kavanagh became the first Irish player to have four assists in a game since Neal
Hicks did so versus Ohio State on May 3, 2009.
• Kavanagh has scored two or more goals in 12 of his 17 career games with the Irish.
He has netted three or more goals on five occasions.
• Four Notre Dame players netted their first career goal in Sunday’s season-opening
win at Jacksonville. Sophomores Eddy Lubowicki (2 goals) and Trevor Brosco (1 goal)
along with freshmen Sergio Perkovic (2 goals) and Robert Collins (1 goal) all found
the back of the net for the first time.
FACE OFF SUCCESS
• Notre Dame dominated the faceoff X in the season opener versus Jacksonville. The
Fighting Irish won 23 of the 30 attempts (.767) and senior Liam O’Connor led the way
with 19 wins in 25 chances (.760). Junior Nick Ossello was 3-for-3 and freshman P.J.
Finley was 1-for-2.
IRISH SUPER IN SEASON OPENERS
• Sunday’s win at Jacksonville improved Notre Dame to 27-7 all-time in season
openers, including a 21-5 record in the Kevin Corrigan era.
• The Irish have won a program-record 12 straight season openers.
FIGHTING 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).