No. 2 Fighting Irish to Host No. 9 North Carolina on Saturday

No. 2 Notre Dame (2-0) will open its home slate Saturday against No. 9 North Carolina (2-1). Face-off is scheduled for noon (ET) at Arlotta Stadium.

A free live video broadcast of the contest will be available on UND.com, which will also feature live stats via Gametracker.

North Carolina will be the third straight top-10 team the Irish have faced this season. Notre Dame won at No. 4 Duke, 13-5, in the season opener and then captured a 10-9 overtime victory at No. 8 Penn State on Sunday.

The Irish are 2-0 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Notre Dame has opened a campaign with three straight wins four times in the last five seasons.

Home Sweet Home
Notre Dame is 29-3 all-time in home openers. The Irish have won 10 straight home openers. The last time the Irish dropped their first home contest of the season was in 2002 when they fell in overtime to Penn State, 10-9.

Last season, the Irish bested Duke, 7-3, in the home opener, which also was the season opener.

Notre Dame is 40-4 (.909) at home since the beginning of the 2006 season.

Taking on the Tar Heels
Saturday will be the 11th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and North Carolina. The Tar Heels have a 6-4 edge in the series. North Carolina won the last meeting, 9-8 in overtime, on May 6, 2011, in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The two teams have split the four all-time meetings at Notre Dame. The Irish took the last showdown in South Bend, 9-7, during the 2009 campaign.

Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 4-6 all-time versus North Carolina.

A Look at North Carolina
North Carolina will bring a 2-1 record into Saturday's showdown. The Tar Heels have defeated Air Force (16-8) and Fairfield (10-9) and fell to Massachusetts (12-11).

The Tar Heels are averaging 12.33 goals per game, while allowing 9.67 per contest.

Senior attackman Marcus Holman leads North Carolina in goals (9), assists (8) and points (17). Sophomore attackman Jimmy Bitter has eight goals.

Freshman Kieran Burke has started all three games in goal and has a 10.4 goals-against average and a .509 save percentage.

North Carolina is 45 of 76 (.592) in faceoff attempts.

Fighting Irish Against the ACC
Notre Dame has won three straight games against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) competition. The Fighting Irish are 12-21 all-time against ACC teams. The Irish are 6-3 versus ACC competition since the beginning of the 2010 season.

North Carolina will be the second ACC foe Notre Dame has played this season. The Irish opened the campaign with a 13-5 win at Duke.

Irish Tame Nittany Lions in Overtime
A goal from freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh with 1:34 left in the first overtime period gave Notre Dame a 10-9 win at Penn State on Sunday.

The game featured seven ties and four lead changes.

A late flurry from both teams sent the game into the extra session. Notre Dame tied the contest (8-8) with 24 seconds left on a Conor Doyle goal. The Irish took a 9-8 lead with just 18 seconds remaining when Liam O'Connor won the faceoff and scored. A tally from Penn State's Tom LaCrosse with one second left knotted the contest at nine.

Close Encounters
Notre Dame has won its last three overtime contests, and the Irish are 5-1 in their last six one-goal games.

Career Day for Conor Doyle
Sophomore attackman Conor Doyle posted career-high totals in goals (3) and points (4) in the win at Penn State.

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2013-03-01



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