UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
May 2, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
#19 ARMY (9-4)
#5 NOTRE DAME (8-5)
Saturday, May 3 • Noon (ET)
Arlotta Stadium • Notre Dame, Ind.
Gametracker on UND.com
SETTING THE STAGE
• No. 5 Notre Dame (8-5) will conclude the regular season Saturday with a home
showdown against No. 19 Army (9-4). Faceoff is scheduled for noon (ET) at Arlotta
• The game will be aired on ESPNU and WatchESPN. Mike Corey (play-by-play) and Quint
Kessenich (analyst) will be on the call. Live stats will be available via
Gametracker on UND.com.
FIGHTING IRISH CLAIM ACC TITLE
• Notre Dame bested Syracuse 15-14 on Sunday to claim the ACC Tournament title in
its inaugural appearance. The Irish exploded with a 6-0 run in the third quarter to
claim a 13-8 lead. Notre Dame survived a late rally from the Orange and the game was
sealed when Irish goalie Conor Kelly saved a close-range shot from Kevin Rice in the
• Matt Kavanagh, the tournament MVP, paced the Irish with four goals and two
assists. Jim Marlatt had three goals and one assist, while Conor Doyle posted two
goals and three assists.
• It was the third conference tournament title for the Irish in their fifth
appearance in such an event. Notre Dame won the only two Great Western Lacrosse
League Tournaments ever held (2008 & 2009).
THE ARMY SERIES
• Saturday will be the fifth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Army and the
first since the 2002 season (an 11-8 Army win at West Point). The Fighting Irish
lead the series 3-1, which includes a 2-0 mark at Notre Dame. The last encounter at
Notre Dame was a 17-13 Irish victory in 2001. The two programs met every season from
A LOOK AT ARMY
• Army is 9-4 this season and the Black Knights finished Patriot League play with a
7-1 mark. Army fell to Lehigh, 12-11, in the semifinals of the Patriot League
Tournament. That snapped a five-game winning streak for the Black Knights. All four
of their losses have been by a single goal.
• Army ranks first nationally in goals-against average (6.38). Offensively, the
Black Knights are averaging 9.62 goals per game. John Glesener (Jr./A) has a
team-high 37 goals to go along with 13 assists. Junior Sam Somers has a 7-3 record
in goal. He boasts a 5.43 goals-against average and a .622 save percentage. Senior
Bobby Sincero has a 2-1 record in the cage.
• Last season, Army went 8-6 (1-2 Patriot League).
• Head coach Joe Alberici is in his ninth season at Army.
• Boo Corrigan, the younger brother of Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan, is the
Director of Athletics at Army. Boo is a 1990 Notre Dame graduate and worked in the
University’s athletics department from 2005-08.
BACK TO THE DANCE
• By winning the ACC Tournament, Notre Dame clinched its ninth straight NCAA
Championship appearance. It will be the 19th trip overall for the program. All of
those appearances have occurred since 1990.
• 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.
KEEPING IT CLOSE
• The Fighting Irish are 3-2 in one-goal games this season. Two of those victories
occurred at the ACC Tournament.
• Notre Dame’s two wins in the league playoff came down to the final seconds. Matt
Kavanagh scored the game winner against Maryland with seven seconds left and goalie
Conor Kelly’s save with two seconds remaining sealed the victory over Syracuse.
KELLY IN THE CAGE
• Junior Conor Kelly has started each of the last three contests and played a major
role in Notre Dame winning the ACC title. He stopped 12 Maryland shots in the
semifinals and had eight saves against Syracuse in the final.
• Kelly had a career-high 14 saves in the regular-season showdown with Maryland on
April 19. That was his first start since the North Carolina game on March 1. Kelly
is 3-2 this season with a 10.2 goals-against average and a .477 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.
• Matt Kavanagh (So./A) and Stephen O’Hara (Sr./D) were selected to the 2014 All-ACC
Men’s Lacrosse Team. The Fighting Irish standouts were among 18 players named to the
all-conference squad, which was voted on by the league’s six head coaches.
• Kavanagh (MVP), O’Hara, Conor Doyle (Jr./A) and Conor Kelly (Jr./G) were selected
to the ACC All-Tournament Team.
NEAR COMES THROUGH FOR NOTRE DAME
• Junior short-stick defensive midfielder Jack Near had two assists, including the
one on Matt Kavanagh’s game winner with seven seconds left, in the 6-5 win over
Maryland in the ACC semifinals. He scored what proved to be the game winner in Notre
Dame’s 15-14 victory over Syracuse in the title game.
CONOR DOYLE ON A HOT STREAK
• Junior attackman Conor Doyle is the only Fighting Irish player to notch a point in
all 13 games this season. His overall point streak stands at 16 games and he has
scored a goal in 15 straight contests, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak
in the nation.
PAYBACK AT PPL
• The Fighting Irish defeated Maryland (6-5) and Syracuse (15-14) in the ACC
Tournament after falling to both squads during the regular season. The Irish fell to
the Orange, 11-10, on March 29 and the Terrapins topped the Irish, 12-8, on April
• Notre Dame has the country’s second-best man-up offense percentage (.551). The
Fighting Irish have scored on 27 of their 49 man-up opportunities this season.
• Sergio Perkovic and John Scioscia both have a team-best seven man-up goals, while
Conor Doyle has five and Eddy Lubowicki 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.
• The Irish have scored 15 or more goals in a game four times this season. That’s
the most since Notre Dame netted 15-plus goals six times in 2008.
• Two of Notre Dame’s highest outputs of the season came against a top-10 foe. The
Irish tallied 18 goals versus No. 7 Virginia (W, 18-9) and 15 against No. 4 Syracuse
• Notre Dame is averaging 11.4 goals per game this season, which is on pace to be
the highest average for the Irish since they had a 12.1 mark in 2008.
HIGHS AND LOWS
• Notre Dame has averaged 13.6 goals per game in its eight wins, while the Irish
have been limited to 7.8 goals per game in their five setbacks.
• The Fighting Irish are allowing 8.0 goals per game in their victories and 11.2 in
SPREADING THE WEALTH
• Six different players scored all six of Notre Dame’s goals in Friday’s win over
Maryland in the ACC semifinals.
• Twenty-one different Fighting Irish players have scored a goal this season. Notre
Dame is averaging 8.6 goal scorers per game in its eight victories.
• Notre Dame has five players with a double-digit goal total this season - Matt
Kavanagh (28), Conor Doyle (22), Sergio Perkovic (17), John Scioscia (15) and Jim
KAVANAGH KEEPS COMPILING BIG NUMBERS
• Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh has team-bests in goals (28) and assists (25)
• He is the first Notre Dame player to notch 20 goals and 20 assists in the same
season since Duncan Swezey (22g, 20a) did so in 2009. His 25 assists are the most
for the program since Alex Wharton posted 32 in 2008.
• Kavanagh matched a school record with seven goals in the win at Ohio State on
March 25. The seven tallies tied the program record held by Randy Colley (1993 vs.
New Hampshire) and Ryan Hoff (2007 vs. Drexel). Kavanagh also had an assist in the
game and his eight points were one shy of tying the program standard.
• Kavanagh has 18 multiple-goal games, including 10 hat tricks, during his career.
He has scored at least three goals in six games this season.
KAVANAGH A TEWAARATON AWARD NOMINEE
• Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh has been named a nominee for the Tewaaraton
Award. The list of 28 nominees will be trimmed to five finalists in May.
• This is the fourth straight season Notre Dame has had at least one Tewaaraton
• Six Notre Dame opponents are ranked in the top nine of the latest USILA poll (#2
Denver, #3 Syracuse, #4 Duke, #7 Virginia, #8 Maryland, #9 North Carolina). The
Irish are 4-4 against those teams.
• Notre Dame is 9-6 over the last two seasons when facing a top-10 opponent.
STATE OF AFFAIRS
• Notre Dame has played in eight states this season (California, Florida, Indiana,
New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin). The Irish competed in
seven different states during their first nine games of the season.
O’HARA A SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST
• Notre Dame team captain and standout defenseman Stephen O’Hara has been named one
of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in the men’s lacrosse division.
• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA
Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence –
community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty
and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total
student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a
positive impact as leaders in their communities.
• Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 20 candidates announced
in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner.
Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through May 12. Fan
votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine
the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA
Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26. For more information on all the
finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
• O’Hara is the fifth Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse player to be named a finalist
for the Senior CLASS Award. Ryan Hoff (2009), Scott Rodgers (2010), Kevin Randall
(2012) and Matt Miller (2013) also were among the final 10 student-athletes in
contention for the award, which was first presented in 2007.
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.