SOUTH PLIAGE, Ind. –No. 7/6 Notre Dame brings a four-game winning streak to the road in a key ACC game against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome at noon ET on Sunday, May 1. The match will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Location: Syracuse, New York | carrier dome
Schedule: Sunday, May 1 — noon ET
Live statistics: UND.com
Twitter updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at the match – Game Notes: Notre Dame
THE SYRACUSE SERIES
• Sunday will be the 19th meeting of all time between Notre Dame and Syracuse. The Irish trail in the all-time series with the Orange, as Notre Dame is 8-10 in the game.
• Despite falling behind in the series, Notre Dame have won seven of the last nine meetings between the two programs, including four in a row.
• Saturday’s game will be the second of two games between the two teams this season, the Irish having dominated the first game with a 22-6 victory at the Arlotta Stadium.
• The Irish received monster performances in attack from Jake Taylor and Pat Kavanagh. In his first career start, Taylor set the single-game goalscoring program record with eight and Kavanagh dazzled with a season-high nine points (3G, 6A).
LAST TIME OUT
• The Irish put in a suffocating defensive performance in the 12-5 win over No. 15/16 UNC.
• Arden Cohen blocked Chris Gray, keeping him three points, his lowest level of the season (1G, 2A).
• The Irish defense held the Tar Heels scoreless for 36:21 from the start of the second quarter to the end of the fourth quarter.
• Liam Entenmann was strong in the net, making 14 saves while allowing just five goals.
• Eric Dobson scored a career-high four goals and Jake Taylor scored his third hat trick in the last four games with three goals.
THE JAKE TAYLOR EFFECT
• Since Jake Taylor was inserted into the starting XI against Syracuse, the Irish attack have taken off, scoring 68 goals in their last four games (17 per game). The Irish outscored opponents 68-34 over the four-game stretch.
• The Irish men’s unit is 7 of 9 in the last four games.
• Taylor broke Notre Dame’s single-game goalscoring record in a game in his first career start against No. 18 Syracuse, scoring eight goals.
• Taylor surpassed the previous mark of seven goals which had occurred three times before for Notre Dame. Randy Colley (3/13/93 vs New Hampshire), Ryan Hoff (3/13/07 vs Drexel) and Matt Kavanagh (3/25/14 vs Ohio State) previously held the record.
• Taylor now has 21 goals in his Fighting Irish career and 20 this season.
• Pat Kavanagh has 25 points over the last three games, with 9 goals and 16 assists.
THE KAVANAGH BROTHERS
• Pat Kavanagh became the fourth Tewaaraton finalist in the program’s history in 2021 and his brother Chris joined the 2022 squad as a striker.
• Pat currently leads the team in points (49), goals (20) and assists (29). He is second in turnovers caused (10) and ground balls (35) while Chris is second in points (27) and third in goals (19)
• Both brothers have lined up on 11 goals this season, with one assisting the other.
• In the 2022 season opener, Pat and Chris had 14 points on eight goals and six assists, despite each playing less than half time.
• The Kavanaghs had 13 points in the resounding victory over Syracuse. Pat had nine points (3G, 6A) and Chris added four (2G, 2A).
• In just 12 games during the 2021 season, Pat became the ND single-season assist record holder, overtaking older brother Matt (33) for the record. Matt’s 33 assist season came in an 18-game 2014 season.
• Of the five Tewaaraton finalists, Pat led the group in assists per game (3.17), ground balls (35) and turnovers (9).
• In the final game of the 2021 regular season, Pat broke the single-game points program record with 10 points showing five goals and five assists in the blowout win over No.9 Syracuse.
THE DOMINANT DEFENSE
• Notre Dame enters May with the best defense in the ACC and one of the top 10 units in the country, allowing just 9.6 goals per game.
• The Irish have staged single-digit attacks in three of the last four games.
• The Irish defense have suffered double-digit losses in six of their 10 matches.
• Notre Dame recorded a season high with 14 turnovers caused against Georgetown on February 26.
• Notre Dame enters Sunday’s game ranked first in the nation in men’s offense this season in OHS efficiency.
• Ireland’s EMO unit have conceded 17 out of 26 chances (0.654) this season.
• Seven players combined have scored all 17 goals, with Eric Dobson leading the team with five goals and Jeffery Ricciardelli adding four. Pat Kavanagh, Wheaton Jackoboice and Chris Kavanagh each scored two team goals.
• Notre Dame has never been shy about setting an ambitious schedule and the 2022 slate is no different.
• Of Notre Dame’s 12 regular season opponents, seven are currently ranked in the top 20 in the USILA or Inside Lacrosse polls.
• Eight of Notre Dame’s first 10 games have featured teams ranked in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse rankings at the time of the game, including three ranked in the top three.
• Three of Notre Dame’s losses have come against teams ranked in the top four in this week’s polls.
EVERYTHING IS CLEAR
• The Irish have been exceptional at clearing the ball this season, ranking fourth in the country with a percentage of 91.3.
• Notre Dame went 23 for 23 against UNC, 16 for 16 against Duke, 24 for 27 in the win over Syracuse, 23 for 25 against Michigan, 25 for 25 against Maryland, 19 for -21 against Georgetown and 24 up from 25 in the win over Detroit Mercy.
CORRIGAN’S ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM TAKES LEADER
• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer family men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins in an DI program with 311, surpassing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).
• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300 win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.
• Corrigan is one of four active Division I managers to have reached the 300 career win mark.
• Corrigan is 327-172 overall in 36 seasons as a coach.
• The head coach is 319-157 in 34 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Corrigan is the longest serving men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.