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Irish start season with win over Loyola

Pat O'Brien | Monday, February 19, 2007

Trailing 7-5 in the third quarter, Notre Dame outscored Loyola (Md.) 4-0 down the stretch and came from behind to beat the Greyhounds 9-7 Saturday at the Loftus Center.

Senior attacker Brian Hubschmann led all scorers with three goals and an assist in the victory. Freshman attacker Will Yeatman added a goal and two assists while sophomore attacker Ryan Hoff and junior midfielder Lucius Polk each had two goals and an assist of their own. Junior midfielder Michael Podgajny netted a goal as well.

“It felt good to contribute our team,” said Hubschmann of his eighth-career hat trick. “Loyola is a very tough team.”

Joey Kemp also helped out by making nine saves in goal and holding the Greyhounds scoreless in the last quarter and a half of the game.

“This was a good win for us,” Kemp said. “We were down in the beginning, but this tells us a lot about our team. We had a lot of questions about our midfield, but they played well on both offense and defense. I was slow in the first half,” Kemp added. “But I bounced back in the second half. I made saves that I normally would not have made.”

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan also shared enthusiasm about the victory.

“[The game] felt great,” Corrigan said. “It wasn’t very pretty, but we played physically and with a lot of poise. Joey Kemp was terrific from goal. We plan to look for help from freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.”

Loyola held a 39-37 advantage on total shots in the contest while both teams made nine saves.

Loyola (0-1) was led by Shane Koppens who had one goal and two assists. Patrick Kennedy, Dan Bauers, and Greg Leonard all netted two goals each for the Irish at the Loftus Center in front of over 1,000 fans.

Notre Dame (1-0) travels to Penn State for its next match Sunday.