Yeatman is an imposing figure 6-6, a tall strong ,ambidextrous attacker that loves to go for the sky hook, jumping up to shoot over his defender. His first goal came that way from about 8 yards out on the left side coming across the top and pushing in and jumping high his defender. His second goal was tallied in similar fashion after a feed from Brian Hubschmann and going over a pinch by Greyhound goalie Ryan Peaty and defender Eddie Graham, but it was called back for a crease violation on midfielder Bill Liva of the Irish. Yeatman also dished two assists to Hubschmann and Hoff to end up with three points for his first NCAA start. He is already a bit predictable as demonstrated when 6-1 goalie Alex Peaty (6'-1") hugged the left pipe in the third quarter and jumped up at Yeatman, when he rolled toward him. Yeatman (6'-6') went high but Peaty had his stick on Yeatman’s and stuffed him with a nice in your face. Charlie Weis, the Irish football coach missed the first goal but watched the game into the third quarter and enjoyed the action. He is pleased to have a two sport athlete, and this is Notre Dame’s second football-lax player. In discussing Yeatman, Weis indicated that he has two rules for his two-sport players, “One, they have to have academic good standing, because to carry one season to another is a big overload at Notre Dame. Two, they have to be good enough to play, I don’t want them to sit on the bench and miss spring ball.” Yeatman made it clear today that he won’t be sitting on the bench.
Both teams moved the ball well on offense, but Loyola stumbled in its transition game, for the Greyhounds were successful on only 9 of their 19 tries while Notre Dame were successful on 13 of 19. Notre Dame dominated the extra man opportunities, notching three goals in six such situations whilst Loyola could only convert 20% of theirs, one of five for the game. Kemp came up with his biggest save of the game at halfway into the fourth quarter, when Loyola was in the extra man set and Kemp again stepped to follow a feed and make a stuff.
Brian Hubschman returned for his fifth and final year and again had tallied a hat trick today and one assists for four points. His assist came late in the fourth quarter when his ride forced Loyola to cough up the ball on the right side. Hubschmann advanced on the goal to set up a fast break with Ryan Hoff on the outside left. Hubschmann waited until he drew the slide and hit Hoff in ful stride. Hoff had the angle on Peaty who had been drawn toward Hubschmann, and Hoff had two steps on Peaty and flipped a lob pass into the net for Notre Dame’s ninth and final goal at 5:55. A few minuets earlier, Yeatman took a pass from Hubschmann and dropped behind the net. He feinted to the right side, then reversed and pushed the left side of the GLE at the crease, drawing Peaty toward him, stick in the air. He also pulled the crease defender off Hoff, who was standing 5 yards north of Peaty. Yeatman then wisely popped the ball over the defender to Hoff, who quick sticked it past Peaty to give the Irish their final lead of the game at 8-7.
Lucius Polk collected two goals and Mike Podgajny one to complete the scoring for Notre Dame. For Loyola, Pat Kennedy, Dan Bauers and Greg Leonard each collected a pair of goals.
|Brian Hubschmann||(3, 1)|
|Ryan Hoff||(2, 1)|
|Lucius Polk||(2, 1)|
|Will Yeatman||(1, 2)|
|Michael Podgajny||(1, 0)|
|Joey Kemp||9 (0.563)|