Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/31/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
Duke and Notre Dame meet today for the NCAA men’s Division I championship at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Here is a rundown
on the action:
TV: ESPN HD, ESPN3.com
Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough
Analyst: Quint Kessenich
Sideline: Eamon McAnaney and Bob Holtzman
Gametracker on und.com
SETTING THE STAGE … The Fighting Irish are making their first appearance in the championship game. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN HD and ESPN3.com. Sean McDonough will handle play-by-play duties, while Quint Kessenich will serve as the analyst. Eamon McAnaney and Bob Holtzman are the sideline reporters. Duke is the tournament’s No. 5 seed, while the Irish are unseeded. This will be the seventh meeting all-time between the Fighting Irish and the Blue Devils.
HOW THEY GOT HERE …Notre Dame downed sixth-seeded Princeton 8-5 in the first round and followed that up with a 7-5 triumph of No. 3 seed Maryland in the quarterfinals … the Irish topped No. 7 seed Cornell 12-7 in the semifinals … Duke bested Johns Hopkins 18-5 in the first round and took down fourth-seeded North Carolina 17-9 in the quarterfinals … the Blue Devils captured a 14-13 decision over top seed Virginia in the semifinals.
PHILLY CONNECTIONS: Duke is expected to start freshman goalie Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) in goal. Wigrizer, a first-team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick last year who also was an Under Armour and two-time US Lacrosse All-American, made seven saves in the semifinal win over Virginia. Wigrizer is 11-4 this year.
Duke reserve defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) has played in 17 games.
Notre Dame is led by senior co-captain and defensive anchor Mike Creighton (Malvern Prep), who has 28 groundballs and 18 caused turnovers at close defense.
Irish senior midfielder Adam Felicetti (Central Bucks East) has played in 15 games as a key reserve and against Cornell he tallied his first goal of the year on a brilliant individual play. Freshman defenseman Tyler Andersen (Radnor) has played in two games.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Ninth-ranked Notre Dame outscored Duke 5-2 in the second half to outlast the No. 2 Blue Devils 11-7 in non-conference action on Feb. 20, 2010 … The Fighting Irish led the entire 60-minute contest … Duke was led on offense by senior attackman Max Quinzani with three goals … Fellow attackman Ned Crotty dished out two assists, while junior attackman Zach Howell had one goal and one helper … Freshman goaltender Dan Wigrizer turned in a strong outing with 15 saves.
Duke captured a thrilling 14-13 victory over No. 1 seed Virginia in the NCAA Semifinal on May 29 … Headlining the offense is the trio of Ned Crotty, Max Quinzani, and Zach Howell … Crotty leads all scorers with 85 points from 23 goals and a school-record 62 assists … Quinzani is the top goal scorer with a school-record 68 tallies and 81 points overall … Howell completes the trio with 67 points (49g, 18a) … Redshirt sophomore Justin Turri paces the first midfield line with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points … Senior Sam Payton is Duke’s leader at faceoffs, winning 132-of-229 restarts for a .576 win percentage … The Blue Devil defense is led by close defensemen Michael Manley, Parker McKee and Dan Theodoridis … McKee leads all players with 32 caused turnovers and 101 ground balls … As a team, Duke is allowing 9.19 goals per game and scoring 13.81 … In goal, the duo of junior Mike Rock and freshman Dan Wigrizer have shared duties during the NCAA Tournament … Rock has three starts on the year and owns a 5.79 goals against average and a .444 save percentage … Wigrizer earned the nod in the semifinal round and has a 9.71 goals against average and a .509 save percentage in 15 starts and 18 games played.
NOTRE DAME IN NCAA PLAY …The Fighting Irish are making their 15th trip to the NCAA Championship in the 30-year history of the program … all of the appearances have occurred since the 1990 season under head coach Kevin Corrigan … this is the Notre Dame’s fifth straight trip to the NCAAs … the Fighting Irish are 8-14 all-time in the NCAA Championship … this is Notre Dame’s first appearance in the title game … the Irish have made two Final Fours (2001 & 2010) … the Fighting Irish have reached the NCAA quarterfinals five times (1995, 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2010).
ND-DUKE SERIES NOTES …This will be the seventh meeting between the Fighting Irish and Blue Devils … all six previous encounters have taken place in Durham, N.C. … Duke holds a 4-2 edge in the series, yet the Irish have won the past two meetings … Notre Dame defeated Duke 11-7 earlier this season (Feb. 20) … this will be the second meeting between the two schools in the NCAA Championship … Notre Dame defeated Duke 12-10 during the first round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament … that was Notre Dame’s first-ever win in the NCAA Championship … the first matchup between the two schools occurred in 1983 and Duke claimed that contest 13-5 … the other meetings took place in 1984 (8-5), 1985 (18-4) and 1993 (13-7).
ABOUT THE IRISH …Notre Dame will bring a 10-6 record into Monday’s contest … the Fighting Irish defense ranks second nationally by allowing just 7.62 goals per game … the Notre Dame offense averages 9.38 goals per game … the Fighting Irish posted a 2-4 record in the inaugural season of BIG EAST play … junior midfielder Zach Brenneman has team-high totals in goals (26) and points (39) … senior attackman Neal Hicks leads the Irish in assists with 14 … senior goalie Scott Rodgers carries a 9-4 record between the pipes … he ranks third nationally in goals-against average (7.68) and he is second in save percentage (.596) … Rodgers boasts a 24-5 career record.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS …Duke is 15-4 this season … the Blue Devils went 1-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play … Duke is averaging 13.84 goals per game this season, while surrendering 9.21 per contest … senior attackman Max Quinzani has a team-best 68 goals, while fellow senior attackman Ned Crotty leads Duke in assists (62) and total points (85) … freshman Dan Wigrizer has started 15 games in goal and carries an 11-4 record with a 9.71 goals-against average and a .509 save percentage … junior Mike Rock is 3-0 in goal with a 5.79 goals-against average and a .444 save percentage … the Blue Devils went 15-4 one season ago and fell to Syracuse, 17-7, in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament … Duke returned seven starters and 31 letterwinners from that squad … head coach John Danowski is in his fourth season at Duke.
THE LAST TIME …Notre Dame topped Duke 11-7 earlier this season (Feb. 20) in Durham, N.C. … it was the first game of the season for the Fighting Irish, who never trailed in the contest … junior midfielder Zach Brenneman paced the Irish offense with three goals … senior attackmen Neal Hicks and Colin Igoe along with freshman midfielder Steve Murphy all scored two goals apiece for the Irish … senior goalie Scott Rodgers made 15 saves … the Fighting Irish led 4-2 after the first quarter and 6-5 at halftime … Notre Dame held a 9-7 edge after three periods of play before out scoring the Blue Devils 2-0 in the fourth quarter … Max Quinzani led Duke with three goals … Fighting Irish senior Trever Sipperly went 10-for-19 in faceoff attempts … Notre Dame was 10-21 in faceoffs overall … Dan Wigrizer played all 60 minutes in goal and made 15 saves for Duke.
IRISH AGAINST THE ACC …The Fighting Irish are 2-0 against ACC teams season … Notre Dame beat Duke 11-7 on Feb. 20 and took care of Maryland, 7-5, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship … the ACC is 45-2 in out-of-conference games this season with the lone losses being Notre Dame’s wins over Duke and Maryland … Notre Dame is 8-18 all-time against ACC teams, including a 2-5 mark in NCAA Championship play.
A TALE OF TWO TEAMS …The Notre Dame defense is surrendering just 5.7 goals per game during this season’s NCAA Championship, while the Duke offense is averaging 16.3 goals per game during this season’s tournament.
STINGY DEFENSE …The Notre Dame defense has surrendered just 17 goals (5.7 per game) so far in the 2010 NCAA Championship … the Irish held Princeton to five goals in an 8-5 win in the first round … Notre Dame limited a potent Maryland attack to five tallies in a 7-5 victory in the quarterfinals … the five goals allowed are the fewest for an NCAA Tournament game in Irish history.
STAYING ON TOP …Notre Dame has only trailed for 10:39 out of the past 140:23 of game action … that dates back to when the Irish tied the Princeton contest 5-5 with 5:23 left in the third quarter during the NCAA Tournament’s first round … Notre Dame did not trail the rest of that game or at any point against Maryland in the quarterfinals … the only time the Irish have been down in this season’s NCAA Championship was for 10:39 in the first quarter against Cornell in the semifinals.
SOMEBODY DIFFERENT STEPPING UP …Three different players have led Notre Dame in goal scoring during the first three rounds of the NCAA Championship … against Princeton in the first round, junior midfielder David Earl tallied five goals … sophomore attackman Sean Rogers netted three goals against Maryland in the quarterfinals … senior attackman Neal Hicks produced a four-goal effort against Cornell in the semifinals.
A NICE MARGIN … Notre Dame’s five-goal victory (12-7) over Cornell on Saturday matched the highest victory margin in Fighting Irish history for an NCAA Tournament game … Notre Dame topped Bucknell 12-7 in the first round of the 2001 tournament.
NO SEED, NO PROBLEM …Notre Dame is the fifth unseeded team to reach the title game of the NCAA Championship and the first since Massachusetts in 2006 … the others were Cornell (1988), Towson (1991) and Maryland (1997) … no unseeded men’s lacrosse team ever has won the NCAA crown.