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MEN’S LACROSSE: Karwick leads Irish to 22-6 pounding of Butler

Joe Meixell | Monday, March 21, 2005

Even for Notre Dame’s most loyal fans, the sound of the fight song became a bit repetitive Saturday afternoon.

With the music blaring after each Notre Dame goal, the Irish crushed Butler 22-6 to improve to 3-1 on the season.

It was Notre Dame’s first league game of the season, and a good start for the Irish, who were coming off a close win over North Carolina.

Matt Karwick had eight points for Notre Dame, five goals and three assists, highlighting the team’s offensive dominance.

The school record for most points in a game is nine.

Pat Walsh had six points, three goals and three assists, and now has eight goals on the season.

Jim Morrison also scored three goals for the Irish for the fourth consecutive time this season.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan was happy with his team’s performance, even though the level of competition was clearly not the same as Notre Dame’s previous opponents this season – Penn State, Cornell and North Carolina.

“[Butler] had an overtime game on Wednesday night and I think they must have left a little bit on the field there, because we were able to get on them,” Corrigan said. “We thought coming into the game that it was going to be important to get a lead on them. They wanted to play a little bit slower and a little bit more deliberately, and they can’t control that tempo if they are down.”

That’s exactly what Notre Dame did, getting out to a 12-0 lead before Butler scored their first goal.

“I thought that certainly the key to the game is getting that quick early lead and then forcing them to play our tempo which we were a lot more comfortable with than they are,” Corrigan said.

Notre Dame was able to control much of the clock, keeping the ball on offense and in the Butler zone.

“Our face off guys did a great job, our ground ball play was very sharp, and those are the possessions that are up for grab,” Corrigan said. “We got the vast majority of those early … it was hard for them to get settled in,

“I think it went from 1-0 to 4-0 before they got another possession.”

In fact, Butler did not score until 5:09 remained in the second period, when Kyle Tietjen put home his third goal of the season.

Notre Dame’s scoring came quickly and often, allowing Corrigan to play some of his other players in larger amounts later in the game.

“Its certainly one game that were thrilled with and especially happy that a bunch of guys who have been working extremely hard in practice and doing a great job got to play a lot of minutes today and did very well with it,” Corrigan said.

Notre Dame will take on Hofstra this weekend in Hempstead, N.Y.

The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.