Notre Dame Men's Soccer 2013 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


This should be the year Notre Dame makes it back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007. During their first year in the conference, he Fighting Irish finished tied atop the ACC regular season standings with Maryland. With the success in the brutal ACC and non-conference contests against squads like UCLA, Indiana, Northwestern and Michigan State, few teams are as prepared for the tournament as Bobby Clark and company.

2013 Record: 12-1-6
Coach: Bobby Clark

Good Results: 9/13 at Syracuse (3-0), 11/5 at Michigan State (2-0)
Bad Results: 9/21 at Boston College (1-1), 10/26 Virginia (0-2)

Why They Can Surprise:
This is a tough team to score against. The defense is experienced and talented. Senior back Grant Van De Casteele has started every single game during his Notre Dame career. Luke Mishu is a quality right back and Andrew O’Malley is yet another senior back who has been a starter for at least two years. On those rare occasions when the opposition does get a shot off, Patrick Wall usually stops it. The senior goalie stepped into a full-time starting role this year and has done an amazing job. He has allowed just 14 goals in 19 contests and recorded eight shutouts. On the year, Notre Dame allowed more than one just once all season long before their 3-3 draw with Virginia in the ACC semifinals .

Why They Can Disappoint:
The Irish offense is not bad by any means and the team was only shut out twice during the 2013 campaign. Harrison Shipp is among the best strikers in the nation, totaling nine goals and eight assists on the year. Vince Cicciarelli and Leon Brown are capable of finding the back of the net as well. However, if Notre Dame is going to lose in the NCAA Tournament, it will likely be because of the offense. Notre Dame will allow the opposition to stay in some games and they usually must rely on Shipp to make something happen.

Key Strikers:
Harrison Shipp, Senior, 9 goals, 8 assists
Vince Cicciarelli, Junior, 5 goals, 1 assist
Leon Brown, Senior, 4 goals, 3 assists

Key Midfielders:
Patrick Hodan, Sophomore, 6 goals, 5 assists
Evan Panken, Sophomore, 3 goals, 1 assist

Key Defenders:
Max Lachowecki, Junior, 3 goals, 1 assist
Andrew O’Malley, Senior, 2 goals, 0 assists

Key Goalkeepers:
Patrick Wall, Senior, 0.69 goals against average, .803 save percentage, 8 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 1.71 (33rd in nation, 4th in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.61 (8, 2)
Shutout Percentage: 0.41 (40, 6)
Save Percentage: 0.831 (17, 1)

Recent Postseason Appearances:
2012    Second Round    Defeated Michigan State
2012    Third Round        Lost to Indiana
2010    Second Round    Lost to Dartmouth
2009    First Round        Defeated Green Bay
2009    Second Round    Lost to Northwestern
2008    Second Round    Lost to Northwestern
2007    Second Round    Defeated Oakland
2007    Third Round        Defeated Santa Clara
2007    Quarterfinals        Lost to Wake Forest
2006    Second Round    Defeated Illinois-Chicago
2006    Third Round        Defeated Maryland
2006    Quarterfinals        Lost to Virginia
2005    First Round        Defeated Western Illinois
2005    Second Round    Defeated Indiana
2005    Third Round        Lost to Clemson
2004    Second Round    Lost to Ohio State
2003    First Round        Defeated Milwaukee
2003    Second Round    Lost to Michigan

*all team stats through 11/10


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