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

He was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for his performance against the Nittany Lions.

Faceoff Firepower
Junior midfielder/faceoff specialist Liam O'Connor scored two goals immediately after faceoff wins in Sunday's victory at Penn State. Both goals occurred in the fourth quarter after an Irish goal. The first tally evened the contest (7-7) with 9:28 remaining in regulation. The second score put the Irish up 9-8 with 18 seconds left in the period.

The two goals were a career-high total for O'Connor, who has five tallies during his Irish career.

Marlatt Helps Irish Down Duke
Junior midfielder Jim Marlatt notched career-high totals in goals (5), points (6) and ground balls (5) in the season opener at Duke.

The five goals were the most for a Notre Dame player since David Earl scored five times at Princeton in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championship. Marlatt is the first Irish player with at least six points in a game since the 2009 season.

Rookie on a Roll
Freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh deposited the game winner in Sunday's overtime victory at Penn State.

Kavanagh had four goals and an assist in his collegiate debut versus Duke. He was named the Cascade Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Blue Devils.

A Performer Between the Pipes
Senior goalie John Kemp boasts a 27-8 (.771) career record to go along with a 6.54 goals-against average and a .614 save percentage.

Last season, Kemp led the nation in goals-against average (6.27) and save percentage (.637) and was named to the USILA All-America First Team.

He finished the 2011 campaign ranked second nationally in goals-against average (6.61) and fourth in save percentage (.602) and received honorable mention All-America accolades.

Consistency in the Cage
John Kemp is the third straight Notre Dame goalie to receive All-America honors. Kemp was named to the USILA All-America First Team last season after earning an honorable mention citation in 2011.

Scott Rodgers earned third-team All-America honors in 2009 and was an honorable mention pick in 2010. He also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Championship.

Joey Kemp, John's older brother, was a three-time All-America honoree at Notre Dame. He copped first-team honors in 2008 in addition to honorable mention accolades in 2006 and 2007.

A Successful Stretch
Notre Dame is 65-17 (.793) since the beginning of the 2008 season. That percentage is the third-best nationally.

The Fighting Irish have been to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship four times in the last five seasons, including the program's first-ever NCAA title game appearance in 2010 and a semifinalist finish in 2012.

Since the beginning of the 2010 NCAA Championship, Notre Dame has gone 29-7 (.806), with three of those losses coming in overtime.

Brotherly Bond
Senior defenseman Matt Miller is joined by his older brother David Miller on this season's roster. David, a short-stick defensive midfielder, spent four seasons at Maryland and is using his final year of eligibility with the Irish. David played in 30 games with the Terrapins.

Irish Picked as Favorite to Win Big East
With five first-place votes, Notre Dame was selected as the favorite to win the 2013 Big East championship in a poll by the league's seven head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own programs.

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