Notre Dame Wins At Rutgers, 9-4

Notre Dame Wins At Rutgers, 9-4

Notre Dame Wins At Rutgers, 9-4

Notre Dame Wins At Rutgers, 9-4

The Rutgers squad deserves to have the letter "A" sewn on their jerseys for effort, but the letter "L" will still go in the win-loss column. Rutgers used a swarming team defense to slow down Notre Dame's offense as well as a 19 save performance by their goalie Dan Shaivitz. However, the Fighting Irish's Tom Glatzel single handedly defeated them with six goals of his own.

Man for man Notre Dame is bigger, stronger, and faster than the Scarlet Knights so they came in with a great game plan. They tucked their undersized defense in front of the net and refused to allow Notre Dame attackers inside. They worked a zone in which they doubled the ball every time a middie up top turned his back to the cage. This was extremely effective, but they weren't nearly as effective when the ball was coming from behind. All in all their team defensive plan worked, but the problem was more on the offensive side.

On Rutgers' first possession star attackmen Keith Cromwell was stripped clean by senior defenseman Mike Adams. This set the tone for the day as Adams crippled Rutgers offense by taking Cromwell out of the game. Without Cromwell making things happen, the Knights are at a loss. He's the beginning and the end of their offense so despite Glatzel's six goals, Adams was the MVP today. Rutgers struggled as when the feeds were there the shots weren't. For example, in the third quarter Rutgers was man-up to start the half with a 6-1 deficit to make up. It was an opportunity to turn things around and they got the shot that they wanted. The lefty crank to the upper right hand corner would have beat any right handed goalie in the nation, only problem is Notre Dame's goalie Kirk Howell is a lefty. It seemed to summarize there offense on the day.

The game started expectedly slow as players had to warm up in the chilly weather. Notre Dame didn't score the first goal until the 10:26 mark when David Ulrich worked his way from behind the cage to his left. With pressure on he turned and let a bounce shot go the caught the upper left corner. Ulrich didn't have much angle, but the placement was perfect. Glatzel then got his first of the day from the same exact spot ten minutes later. In an unsettled situation the ball was banged cross crease to Glatzel who hit the same corner without bouncing it, 2-0. With 3:04 left Rutgers defenseman Brad Kerwin's low clearing pass was picked off by an outstretched Glatzel who went in all alone on Shaivitz and burried one low and away, 3-0. Rutgers couldn't stop the bleeding with time running out of the first quarter. With 20 seconds left middie Steve Bishko froze his defender with a split dodge to his left. No slide came so he stepped into the lefty blast and hit the far side of the net waist high, 4-0. There was just enough time left for Cromwell to get a slashing penalty to give Notre Dame the extra-man going into the second.

The Scarlet Knights killed it off and when cromwell came back into the game defensemen Mike adams picked him clean for the second time of the day. The scoring didn't pick up until 8:43 of the second and you guessed it; Glatzel was the man. He got the ball at "X" from his right side and as the defense slid he came back against the grain to the surprise of the whole defense. With a quick move he came around the crease and popped one by Shaivitz ear, 5-0. Glatzel got his next goal when the middies inverted. The idea is to get middies going against short sticks from down low, but this was Glatzel's day. He rolled on his man to get by and the slide wasn't there in time, 6-0.

Rutgers finally got on the board in the second half. After a man-up for the Knights expired they kept the pressure on. Cromwell hit streaking middie Jason Brown from goalies left to right and Brown hit the empty net, 6-1. Glatzel had the answer again. He isolated from behind the cage and burned his man. The closest defenseman was face-guarding at the time and completely blew the slide, we won't mention any names, so Glatzel was free to beat Shaivitz again, 7-1. Notre Dame didn't do enough of what they did on there next goal or it would've been much worse. Middie John Flandia hit the open backside player in Bishko who was standing about 14 yards out who used his right hand this time from the same spot as his previous goal. With time and room Shaivitz had to hope it hit him, but it didn't, 8-1. Rutgers got one back off a sweet Cromwell feed. He hit Mike McLaughlin running straight down the middle in traffic and McLaughlin got off a quick shot to beat Howell, 8-2. Notre Dame scored their final goal on another backside feed to Chris Young who converted.

Time was running out as the fourth quarter started, but Cromwell wasn't about to pack it in. He worked his way left handed from behind to about 6 yards above goal line extended. With a man draped over him he ripped a low shot that slipped past Howell, 9-3. Notre Dame got a penalty at 8:43 and Rutgers made them pay. They worked the ball to Kenny Springer who was in the high right handed crank position. Springer wisely hit the upper left to give his team hope, 9-4. Rutgers had a flurry of opportunities of the next face-off, but after the ball popped off the post they were deflated and the game wound down from there.

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Good Job RU
    by (#764) on 3/09/01 @7:46PM
Great job RU! It's ok, get them next time. You've already exceeded many expectations with that Delaware win! And Shavitz, keep up the good work. KC is doing a great job this year, too. Dirrigl really is doing a great job this year, and the Kinghts will only get better. Add this year's frosh class and next year's awesome class and there is so hope for the Knights in the future. Let's go Knights!
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   What ...... by 3/09/01 @8:05PM
      Hey math guy... by 3/09/01 @8:36PM
      rutgers by 3/09/01 @9:40PM
      Exactly by 3/10/01 @9:00AM
      Bitter? by 3/11/01 @9:06PM
         chin straps by 3/21/01 @12:43AM
but why
    by (#5866) on 3/10/01 @8:47AM
Why the letter "A"? I dont get it.
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   Why the letter "A" by 3/10/01 @2:49PM
      you jackass by 3/10/01 @5:28PM
         Rutgers still sucks by 3/10/01 @6:28PM
         Whatever Pooboy by 3/10/01 @10:21PM
         Whatever Pooboy by 3/10/01 @10:23PM
            Jeez! by 3/11/01 @4:45PM
            did you feel by 3/27/01 @8:09PM
Were you At the Game
    by (#3809) on 3/12/01 @2:38AM
Very poor summary of the game Mr. Mike. Were you even there. Rutgers came out flat that's for sure, but your scenario of the game is way off base. I know statistics don't mean much but RU one more faceoffs, had the ground ball advantage and out shot ND. RU out scored ND in the second half. Your quote about Kieth Cromwell is unbelievable. If you were any kind of reporter you would ask him how he feels about the support he gets from the players around him. Kieth is a very good player he sets up his teammates and they set him up. RU has alot of good offensive players such as McLaughlin,Brown,Duca,Shmidt, Springer etc.. Next time go to the game.
P.S. Did you happen to notice that with more then 4 minutes to go in the game the RU coach took his starting attack out of the game..why? Did you ever think of asking the coach as a rookie reporter might think of doing. The next time I need to get information on a game I'll go to Inside Lacross's website.
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   good, get out of here LAX87 by 3/12/01 @10:16AM
    by (#8617) on 3/12/01 @12:24PM
Dirrigl is a great coach, the best I have ever seen; however, he can't turn good sticks into good athletes, the players on this team are small and weak. Dirrigl can motive and coach till he's blue in the face, but as long as these kids don't dedicate themselves (strength and speed training, watch eating, alcohol comsumption, and MOST IMPORTANTLY academics), they will never be a good representation of just how good a coach he is. Watch for Rutgers to be recruiting bigger, more athletic lacrosse players who have seen success in more than one sport in order to change the sorry state of the "athletes" on the team.
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   Well, you're right about one thing by 3/12/01 @7:33PM
   for everyones info by 3/12/01 @10:10PM
      he's right. by 3/13/01 @8:12AM
         shut up by 3/13/01 @10:53AM
         DUBINSK by 3/13/01 @11:05AM
            so much hostility by 3/13/01 @11:47AM
               i don't go to by 3/17/01 @12:24AM
    by (#3048) on 3/12/01 @8:36PM
I didn't even know Rutgers and Notre Dame had teams....? I though they were good in Tennis and chess or something. The top 10 Div III schools would whoop up on both your sorry teams. I feel sorry for the players..they should have gone to a top DIII school if they couldn't hack a top DI school....TASTE IT!!!
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   you didnt know they had teams? by 3/13/01 @9:00AM
      Norte Dame, are you kidding me... by 3/13/01 @12:30PM
         luvlax by 3/13/01 @1:16PM
            Yea right by 3/13/01 @3:14PM
      well spoken by 3/13/01 @3:12PM
   d3 sucks by 3/13/01 @10:50AM
      I saw D3 teams work a few D1 teams in my lifetime. by 3/13/01 @12:32PM
         Lol, he plays for RU by 3/13/01 @12:40PM
         (no subject) by 3/13/01 @11:44PM
      Manhattan? what a waste of lacrosse players by 3/15/01 @6:18PM
         yo guy by 3/27/01 @8:20PM