UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
March 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
#11 NOTRE DAME (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
#2 NORTH CAROLINA (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
Saturday, March 1 • Noon (ET)
Fetzer Field • Chapel Hill, N.C.
SETTING THE STAGE
• No. 11 Notre Dame (1-1) will open its inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference slate
Saturday at No. 2 North Carolina (3-0). Face-off is scheduled for noon (ET) at
Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
• The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and live stats will be available on GoHeels.com.
TAKING ON THE TAR HEELS
• Saturday will be the 12th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and North Carolina.
The Tar Heels have a 6-5 edge in the series. The last two encounters have been
decided in overtime with each team claiming a victory.
• The Fighting Irish topped the Tar Heels, 10-9 in triple-overtime, last season at
• Notre Dame is 1-4 all-time at North Carolina. The last meeting in Chapel Hill took
place during the 2011 season and the Tar Heels produced a 9-8 win in overtime.
• Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 5-6 all-time versus North Carolina.
THE LAST TIME
• Notre Dame defeated North Carolina 10-9 in triple-overtime last season at Arlotta
Stadium. Matt Kavanagh netted the game winner 15 seconds into the third overtime
• The Fighting Irish trailed 9-7 with under a minute left in regulation, yet made a
furious comeback to send the game to overtime. A man-up goal from Sean Rogers that
was assisted by Kavanagh sliced the deficit to one with 57 seconds remaining.
Kavanagh, who had four goals and two assists in the contest, scored to tie things up
with just 11 seconds left.
• Liam O’Connor went 17-for-25 in the faceoff X.
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 (6) and assists (6) through
the first two games of this season.
• Kavanagh registered a career-high seven points on three goals and a career-best
four assists in the season opener at Jacksonville. He followed that up with three
goals and two assists against Penn State.
• The seven points against Jacksonville 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 13 of his 18 career games with the Irish.
He has netted three or more goals on six occasions.
A LOOK AT NORTH CAROLINA
• North Carolina is off to a 3-0 start this season. The Tar Heels opened the
campaign with a 19-3 win at Furman before capturing home victories over Manhattan
(21-5) and Dartmouth (18-5).
• Junior attackman Joey Sankey leads the Tar Heels in goals (9) and assists (6).
Sophomore Kieran Burke has all three decisions in goal and carries a 3.88
goals-against average and a .710 save percentage.
• North Carolina went 13-4 last season (2-1 ACC) and earned the No. 5 seed for the
NCAA Championship before falling to Denver, 12-11, in the quarterfinals. North
Carolina won the 2013 ACC Tournament.
• Head coach Joe Breschi is in his sixth season at North Carolina.
FACE OFF SUCCESS
• Notre Dame boasts a .673 faceoff winning percentage this season.
• Senior Liam O’Connor is 25-for-39 (.641), while junior Nick Ossello is 7-for-8
(.875) and freshman P.J. Finley is 1-for-2.
• The Fighting Irish won 23 of the 30 attempts in the season opener at Jacksonville
before going 10-for-19 against Penn State.
• Notre Dame used 13 different goal scorers in the 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.
• Four Notre Dame players netted their first career goal in the 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.
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 an 8-8 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 overall 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.
• 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.
• Notre Dame returns two starting close defensemen in seniors Brian Buglione and
Stephen O’Hara. The Fighting Irish finished the 2013 season ranked 10th nationally
in scoring defense with an 8.31 goals-against average.
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.) also will be streamed
online (fee required).
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.
• Notre Dame is ranked 11th in the latest USILA coaches poll and eight Fighting
Irish opponents also appear in the rankings, including seven in the top nine.
• The Fighting Irish are entering their first season of ACC play and all six of the
league members can be found in the top 11. Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and
Virginia occupy the top four spots, while Syracuse is eighth.
• Notre Dame’s non-conference ledger features three other ranked foes – No. 6
Denver, No. 9 Penn State and No. 19 Ohio State.