Irish Oust Hopkins 13-9

Irish Oust Hopkins 13-9

Irish Oust Hopkins 13-9

Irish Oust Hopkins 13-9

The turf was still slick on the Byrd Stadium grass, but Notre Dame appeared to have much better traction during their warm-up than Towson had the game before. The jury was still out on the other turf team - Hopkins. There was a heavy overcast with an occasional drizzle, and the crowd had thinned considerably since the home team Terps had been eliminated.

Weiden won the first face with rake back to himself and Notre Dame met him with a quasi zone that sloughed in pretty deep left the back side vulnerable. The scoring started right away when Weiden drove down towards the left pipe, drew an adjacent slide and dumped to Donegar on the wing. Donegar put a bullet in the top left corner and Hopkins was up 1-0 and only :45 gone.

Hey, Notre Dame can do it in :45 seconds too -- Glatzel tied it up at 13:43 when got the ball at the top right of the box on routine rotation, stepped up, and rifled it lefty to the top shelf. It was almost like he wasn't allowed to do it. More scoring a little later when Hopkins' Kevin Boland bounced back and forth at X and found Matt Hanna underneath on a ball watching Irish crease. Hanna redirected it low for the 2-1 lead. When Notre Dame was able get their first real run on offense, the Hop started in a strict man to man -- ND was able to get a step initially, but not without resorting to some fine tuned stick protection (Shook, Testa, and Nadelen can really lay the lumber on the run). But the Irish did get their shots every now and then, and Scherr had to react well to low rips.

Hopkins would take a 3-1 lead when Joe McDermott nailed the pipe coming around righty (with some bulling and backing in) -- the rebound bounced to dead center of the crease where Conor Ford was all alone. He conveniently popped it in while Howell was still looking around for it. Weiden won the face and Hopkins worked it around the outside patiently until they were flagged for a moving pick. Notre Dame broke a less than brutal Hopkins clear by bringing a middie down to the restraining line -- Hopkins chose to only cover men across midfield and go 3 on 4 in the clearing end of the field.

The Irish had a chance when Hopkins' Michael Peyser got hit with a :30 push from behind, but Hopkins killed it off by snaring a pass over the middle and busting out upfield. Weiden, who did the busting, got caught from behind as he brought it down the other end and cocked his stick, o it was back the other way. Scherr got the good graces of a couple pipes by Bisko and Glatzel, and then performed some miracles of his own, but Hopkins' senior backline not withstanding, the Irish were going to find the back of the net sooner or later (usually sooner). With 3:00 to go in the first, David Ulrich settled at X and drove hard around the pipe lefty. Nadelen couldn't stay step for step with him, so as Ulrich turned the corner, he extended as far as he could and wrapped it around Scherr. Then Notre Dame's Travis Wells made it 3-3 on a blast from the lefty shooter's top corner. Nothing spectacular about the set-up, Scherr just couldn't get around to his offside hip fast enough.

The streak kept on going for the Irish -- Devin Ryan drove to the left pipe from the top of the box and fed back across the grain to Jon Harvey, who was cutting in an arc across the goal. Harvey finished low and away for the first Irish lead at 4-3 The quarter would end that way after Hopkins was stonewalled by Howell in the waning seconds.

Howell kept the fire going to start the second when he blanked Benson on a point blank shot (Benson was shifty on the crease all day). Hopkins maintained possession, but Conor Denihan blew the offensive set for the Jays when he collected at the top right of the box and let loose a waist high shot straight to Howell's chest. Howell was yelling clear before he even had it.

Travis Wells was feelin' it again for the Irish -- he took the ball top center after regular rotation along the outside and ripped it by Scherr for a 5-3 lead with 10:00 to go. The early scoring was not indicative of any lackluster defense though -- both longstick units, individually and on team slides, were playing at the highest level of the game. Hopkins was over-the-heading like mad without losing any position, the Irish were anticipating passes with regularity, and both teams were sliding with perfect timing while not exposing anyone but the farthest guy from the ball.

The next four minutes consisted of sharp ball movement around the outside, but no real threats from either team. It didn't help the offense on both ends of the field that there seemed to be no advantage claimed from the slick turf.

Notre Dame got a pushing call whistled against Hopkins' Frank Potucek for :30, but whipped it out of bounds on a pointless skipped pass during the subsequent man-up. They would pay, because on the next series for Hopkins, freshman Joe McDermott split dodged down the right wing and ripped one high by Howell -- Howell was guessing low (he moved his stick just before McDermott's release) and he guessed wrong.

Notre Dame bounced back when Glatzel burned around the corner with a dropped shoulder for a 6-4 lead, but just 5 seconds later Bobby Benson stuck one low out of the bottom left of a 4-3 break that was initiated by Weiden and bumped along by Conor Ford. Weiden broke again on the next face, but Howell met Ford's turnaround overhand with perfect timing and positioning.

Note: The Irish, especially Glatzel and Ulrich, were able to get some space on their runs now, and were forcing Hopkins to make slides that looked uncomfortably early.

With :50 left to go in the half, Flandina was powering across the top, left to right, and with his back to the goal whipped it to Glatzel sneaking back door across the field. Glatzel dipped and dunked and stuck it low as he was diving towards the pipe for a Notre Dame 7-5 lead. As Glatzel was ducking under the gauntlet of checks, Hopkins' longstick Kevin Conry nailed him on the head and got flagged for a minute. Notre Dame held for the remainder of the penalty, and the half, so they could get possession for the start of the third. The teams headed to the locker rooms with Notre Dame up 7-5 and the weather looking frightful.

Hopkins' man-down was released after a couple of seconds and Glatzel decided to bull around the left pipe, but Shook windmilled him over the head to give the ball back to the Hop.

Some sloppy transition and hurried outside shots marked the next series of up and downs until Hopkins settled behind. Tim Muir tried his luck iso'ing on short stick middie Steve Bishko from behind. It worked, and cut the lead to one when Muir bulled around the pipe to Howell's right -- Bishko looked powerless to bench press him out and the slide came late from the crease. Muir inside rolled and caught the inside of the right pipe. And after David Ulrich slashed Scherr as he was clearing outside the crease, Donegar ripped it to the top right corner from the righty shooter's spot on the man-up to tie it up at 7 a piece.

Another Weiden faceoff win, and after several minutes on offense from Hopkins where they never managed to break the Irish perimeter, AJ Wright chugged out a clear after picking a pass in the middle. But Notre Dame apparently didn't have the luck of the Irish with their shooting -- they had three consecutive pipes on gorgeous back door feeds, all of which Scherr wouldn't have had a prayer on. So they did it the more blunt way -- Glatzel drove straight down the middle and sunk a running laser for an 8-7 lead with 3:00 to go in the third.

The Irish settled again only to have Flandina launch a weak no angle bouncer as he was moving away from the goal. Scherr vacuumed it up and outletted to Tim Muir breaking on the sideline. Muir pulled a nice spin move out of a closing double team at the midfield corner, and then moved it to Ford on the point of the break. Ford skipped a feed across the 4-3 formation to Benson because Notre Dame's slide down from the opposite point was really late (the field was getting pretty sloppy). Benson had time to fake the bejesus out of Howell, and he stuck it top shelf as Howell was bending over backwards. It tied the game at 8-8, and the quarter would end that way.

Hopkins started the fourth in a wide 3-3 set that had no one on the crease. They eventually moved to a 2-2-2 and caught ND longstick Mike Adams sleeping on his crease coverage, but Howell played the angle well and initiated a clear. It came right back down to Hopkins' end when Glatzel was called for warding. And when Howell came up with another nice save, another clear for the Irish was for naught -- Notre Dame received their 2nd off-sides of the day. Howell's third great save would do it, this one on a Ford rocket, and Notre Dame was able to control on offense. The Irish would go man-up for :30 when Hopkins' Peyser shoved Bishko in the back as he was rounding the corner from behind. Hopkins packed it in tight on the man-down and put their trust in Scherr, who responded with a handful of acrobatic saves to all areas of the net on a flurry of rebound garbage shots. As soon as it was all even John Flandina drove righty towards the right pipe from the top of the box and burned a skimming bouncer by Scherr for a 9-8 lead and just under 6:30 to go in the game.

The Irish could smell that victory was a real possibility at this point, and they engaged Hopkins with a super-deliberate perimeter offense. The Irish got a little insurance when Steve Bishko got goosed the ball out of a scrum near the Irish bench and ripped a righty bouncer on the run to make it 10-8 with 4:00 to go.

Weiden won the next face and Coach Petro called a timeout to give some focus to Hopkins -- the way both offenses had been operating, four minutes could pass in the blink of an eye. The Hop started with McDermott inverting on his shorti, but Howell snuffed a bouncer from the middle after a McDermott feed up top. Free clear Notre Dame after Hopkins dove in the crease for the rebound.

And then the floodgates opened a little for Notre Dame. David Ulrich found Jon Harvey on a nice cross field look with under 3:00 minutes to go, and Harvey stepped up to the plate and ripped it for the 11-8 lead. Then it was 12-8 with 1:15 to go when Glatzel floated behind to a shallow X after pulling up on a slow break. He snapped to when he saw a wide open Harvey hanging out all alone on the crease. Hopkins had assumed Glatzel was going into the standard stall ball holding pattern and they were gathering the troops to flush him out with the help of Scherr. 13-8 on Harvey unassisted blast from the lefty shooter's top corner -- nothing special, it was just there for the taking.

Notre Dame was already going nuts on their bench, so it didn't really matter that Hopkins stuck one of the many last ditch attempts at a Final Four -- Hopkins made it a meaningless 13-9 when Benson finished a behind the back garbage goal with :11 left after Howell had stoned Hopkins' barrage of desperation shots. Howell was nearly smothered by his bench clearing teammates.

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Its about time
    by (#10838) on 5/20/01 @6:55PM
NOTRE DAME is the best team ever and its about tiem they got what they deserve!!!

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The best ever huh?
    by (#9315) on 5/20/01 @7:06PM
The best ever? They are solid, but we'll see if they can make it out of the semi's. The true test will be if they can follow up this years solid performance with a similar one next year. Not easy when they lose their attack.
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The best ever?
    by (#12539) on 5/20/01 @7:29PM
You might think someone making a statement like that has either never seen a college lacrosse game in his life, or a Notre Dame fan. I think 19 straight final four appearances might make a little bit of a better case for best ever...what do you think?
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You're on crack !!!!!
    by (#11361) on 5/21/01 @1:09PM
F. Notre Dame. All those subway alumni that act so stupid over that damn football team are sure to jump on the lacrosse bandwagon now.
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Touchdown Jesus
    by (#7737) on 5/21/01 @1:41PM
That's a good one. Yeah, leave it to the Golden Dome football fanatic to say their lax team's success is about the school's "commitment to excellence" in everything they do. I hear the Irish fencing team is competitive, too.

In all fairnes to ND, not too bad for a midwest program to come this far. Good to see new faces in the tourney. Hey, why not Notre Dame/Towson in the finals?

Why? Because all the Syracuse lacrosse experts seem to think a repeat is a given.

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(no subject)
    by (#13708) on 5/24/01 @7:10PM
guess it would be horrible if the irish showed up with 50,000 fans sure would hurt lacrosse
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(no subject)
    by (#13708) on 5/24/01 @7:13PM
Don't we wish they would bout 50,000 of them would be great for the game
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Are you kidding me? Best team ever?
    by (#3155) on 5/21/01 @5:07PM
What about the SU teams of the late 80's early 90's? I would spot all of these Final 4 teams 30+ goals against the Gait Bros., Marechek, Zulberti led SU teams. How quickly we forget. You have no clue bro.
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Great SU teams
    by (#2700) on 5/21/01 @7:37PM
I suspect our Irish friend has just discovered college lacrosse. As you point out, and I agree, SU had some awesome teams over the past 14 years.

Perhaps the most impressive post-season I ever saw was SU '90. In that NCAA tourney they shredded Brown 20-12 in the quarters, Carolina 21-10 in the semis, and Loyola 21-9 in the final. It was the 3rd consecutive title for the Orange (although later vacated), led by Gary Gait's sick 15 tourney goals.

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    by (#12866) on 5/21/01 @5:08PM
Ah no.....It was just the luck of the irish that they won...Their gonna get smacked by 'cuse! Don't Worry!
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    by (#12695) on 5/20/01 @8:07PM
i just read this story and it was well written exept for the fact that there was one person that should have gotten some credit here. . .notre dame face off man chad debolt. as a fellow face off man i would like to say one thing. . .he was awsome today. . .the story implies that wieden dominated the draws, and i was there debolt was on point today and deserves much credit for his teams victory! on a lighter note . . .i cant wait to see the glatzel match up! how fun that will be to watch. great game notre dame and ill see you in the final four!
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ND -- never stopped
    by (#2961) on 5/20/01 @9:37PM
This game was close and tight until the last 4 or 5 minutes when Notre Dame just blew the doors off Hopkins. Notre Dame and TU belong in the Final Four ....neither team quit today -- now that's character! Way to go Notre Dame......
Also, I have to agree........Debolt was excellent on the face offs in the second half...he won almost all that I saw.....nice job!
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wow i cant wait
    by (#5306) on 5/20/01 @9:01PM
Congrads to n.d. on a game well played. The senior attack deserves it, and they came up big on hopkins tough d, i dunno bout best team ever though? (moron) anyway it should be a shootout in the semis between the irish and the orangemen. I feel bad for the goalies in that matchup. I cant wait to see that game. Good luck n.d.!
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player of the year
    by (#8188) on 5/20/01 @9:39PM
What do you guys think? Glatzel for player of the year?
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All-American attack unit
    by (#4377) on 5/20/01 @10:25PM
Glatzel seems to have earned 1st or 2nd team...How do you pick a first team when you have Glatzel, Ulrich, M. Powell, Boyle, Banks, Springer, Cromwell, Combs, Reppert, Kessler, Campbell, Gill, Prager....

I am so psyched that there will be new faces in the Final Four.
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For real
    by (#13195) on 5/21/01 @9:34AM
how the hell do you pick the All-America teams on attack this year? all of those guys and even some you didn't mention are ripping it this year. Oh I almost forgot, no-one sleep on Obloj from TU. That kid can play!
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couldn;t watch the game...
    by (#13670) on 5/21/01 @6:46PM
man, i couldn't watch the game cause they didn't air it by me. only the princeton and syracuse games. damn! i can;t believe hopkins lost. oh well.. . this was a transition year for them with carc, denihan, and haugen graduating and all. but f**k! i love seeing hopkins play, and TV is the only time i vcan see them.. i was expecting them to go the finals this year... oh well. its gotta be cuse vs princeton this year.
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Notre Dame
    by (#12531) on 5/21/01 @9:36PM
It is nice to see fresh blood in the final four. Could this be a trend. Bigger schools, larger budgets?
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nd bigger and more budget , not
    by (#13708) on 5/21/01 @11:08PM
there are no athletic scholarship players on the nd lacrosse team, the team is to recieve some funding for scholarships next year
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Big Budget, demise of the IVY and others
    by (#11361) on 5/22/01 @6:47AM
In another 10 years I doubt that the Ivy League teams, some other smaller schools, and yes maybe Hopkins might just start to dissapear from the lacrosse map. When the Ohio States, Michigans, Michigan States, and all the other big schools start to put money into the lacrosse programs it will certainly send the current powers packing. Let's face it, this is what happened to college football in the 30's. It was all the academies and the Ivy that dominated. As soon as the big money and full schlorships started coming the small schools slowly faded. You can say this won't happen but you will be kidding yourself.
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State Powers?...
    by (#2700) on 5/22/01 @10:04AM
From a historical standpoint, a similar concern was raised 20 years ago.

North Carolina rose to prominence in the early eighties, surpassing Cornell and Hopkins for lax supremacy. When the Tar Heels went 26-0 during the '81 and '82 seasons, everyone said the Ivies would wither and the big state schools would dominate the sport. Then came Princeton in the 90s.

It is the growth of women's teams that has been a significant factor in the elimination of men's baseball and wrestling. This issue alone has kept many schools from moving ahead with men's lacrosse.
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    by (#13708) on 5/22/01 @10:19AM
Actually the growth of women's sports would help schools retain more men's sports because of the way title nine is written. If they don't add women's sport then more men's teams must go to balance it. but the truth is if it made money for them Lacrosse would be added as a varsity sport to most schools.
My thought is to allow all 59 schools to be in the ncaa D1 playoffs, crowds would grow because after their team lost some would still come to see Lacrosse played at the level of the playoffs.
would be great for the sport but then its back to the money
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Money Talks
    by (#7737) on 5/23/01 @1:34PM
An interesting topic brought up by Laxnut. I know nothing about how state school's determine what monies/scholarships go to support specific athletic programs, but I gotta believe a lot of these institutions are excepted to do "more with less" these days when it comes to AD budgets.

In other words, you can only slice the scholarship
pie so many ways, so is it realistic to expect an OSU or Michigan to step up their commitment to the sport of lacrosse?

I guess when you consider the revenue these guy's generate from TV contracts & gate proceeds for football, I suppose it's possible to underwrite any or every sport they're inclined to.

Obviously, it comes down to Pesos and who's got a lot of them to pour into not just scholarships, but fields and facilities to attract top recruits.

That's why I don't see the Ivies "fading" from the sport any time soon. These schools have huge dollars to support lacrosse. Or, in the case of Princetown, look no further than the "Class of 1952" to bankroll a new artificial playing surface and stadium.

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Growth of the Sport
    by (#3155) on 5/23/01 @4:07PM
Unfortuantely MSU dropped their program due to Title 9 which is tough. Unfortunately lax does not generate $$, and for instance attend a UNC game. When I played against UNC I think about 300 people or less were in attendance. The women's game will spread a lot faster since the USA's best male athletes play baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, etc. where you can make a living off of the sport. If the pro league takes off, which is questionable, then programs may pick up lax. It is tough from a university's perspective to drop coin on a sport that doesn't generate much revenue.
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Title 9 hurts the big schools
    by (#3130) on 5/23/01 @4:26PM
Why schools with larger budgets may eventually begin to dominate the sport of lacrosse it will not happen as quickly as you think or for the reasons you purport.

For those of you who don't know about Title 9 - the jist of it is that you must give the same amount of money and scholarships to womens varsity sport as you do mens. Period. There is no sliding scale or ratio to amount of money each sport brings in to the amount of scholarships they recieve, it is straight one for one.

This leads to a problem for schools with big football programs where they give 55 full scholarships a year (schools like ND, Michigan, etc). Where are you going to make up for those 55 scholarships on the womens side. Even if you create a full scholarship womens team in every man's sport - unless you create a womens football team you will always be 55 short.

So you begin 1. cutting mens sport entirely or creating womens sports and making them varsity and full scholarship in the same year. Men's sports have to be cut - for instance wrestling was cut at ND - even though they had a great team that competed with the Iowas and Nebraska's of the world. This is why it has taken Notre Dame 20 years to finally get scholarships - starting next year. They had to slowly create womens sport and make them varsity and give them the maximum number of scholarships. Notre Dame Womens Lacrosse has been around for 3 years and went straight to full scholarship.

So while those big schools MAY eventually have good lacrosse teams it will only be after they have created enough womens teams to make up for the football disparity AND by kissin the ass of their perspective ADs and convincing them that unlike ND wrestling or BC lacrosse their porgram should not be cut and eventually deserve scholarships.
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Coaches help too and $ at Notre Dame
    by (#10386) on 5/24/01 @6:28PM
Notre Dame and Georgetown have quality coaches which make them top 10 teams. They can recruit and maintain teams becuase they have been there before at other schools. There are only like 6-8 superstar coaches in the NCAA right now who could probably build a top 10 team wherever they wanted to on the east coast. If Urick went to Boston College and changed the schedule, I bet BC could be a top 20 team within 4 years. Just making the point that coaches can get the top players to schools. Another point about Notre Dame, they don't give athletic scholorships, but they have school schororships that they can give for whatever reason they want to ("acedemics", character, involvement in their religious community at home) Some of these scholorships can range from 5,000-18,000 dollars a year. Ivy league schools do the same thing
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Totally Wrong
    by (#3130) on 5/25/01 @9:50AM
IC Bomber - you are totally wrong about your statement "Another point about Notre Dame, they don't give athletic scholorships, but they have school schororships that they can give for whatever reason they want to ("acedemics", character, involvement in their religious community at home) Some of these scholorships can range from 5,000-18,000 dollars a year"

I was a standout lacrosse player at ND from 1990-94 and graduated Cum Laude. Neither I nor anyone I know ever recieved the type of scholarships you mentioned. I can't speak for Princeton, but reports of scholarships like that are pure 'urban legend'. They may sound good but the fact is they do not exist at the University of Notre Dame.

If my own personal experience does not convince you, than think logically. Such a scholarship would be in blatant violation of the NCAA rules. They specify that each sport is allowed a specific amount of scholarships and not a penny more. I believe lacrosse its 12.5. Now how arbitrary would that rule be if schools could then go out and give a 'religous scholarship?' If your answer is that they do it anyways, just illegally, I ask you if there is anything more obvious and easy for the NCAA to discover than an illegal scholarship. Last point - do you really think ND would risk it's football team and its standing with the NCAA for lacrosse.

A religous scholarship? a character scholarship? Give me a break. Think before you type and don't believe everything you hear.
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    by (#2700) on 5/25/01 @10:19PM
Let's not get hung up on the term "scholarship". Financial aid is common and very available to students that qualify. That's where ICBomber is coming from.
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You are talking about athletic scholorships
    by (#10386) on 5/30/01 @8:57PM
Yes, each team has a certain amount of scholorships according to the NCAA but those are athletic scholorships. There are thousands of academic scholorships that are given to all students. Of course the coach cant promise that because of the NCAA but I know two players on that team that have huge financial packages. You need to think about it for a second. What if a student at any school had a full academic scholorship, and then decided to play a sport. Would the team not let him because they have filled up the scholorships? Im simply saying that people get money to go to schools that dont give athletic scholorships. Also, sports are treated differently by the NCAA and lax has no bearing on football.
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