No. 4 Fighting Irish Welcome No. 12 Penn State on Saturday

No. 4 Notre Dame (1-0) will open the home portion of its slate Saturday against No. 12 Penn State (1-1). Face-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. (ET) at Arlotta Stadium. A free live broadcast will be streamed on WatchND.tv. The Fighting Irish opened the season Sunday with a 19-7 win at Jacksonville.

Offensive Opener

Notre Dame used 13 different goal scorers in Sunday's 19-7 season-opening victory at Jacksonville. Leading the way was sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh, who posted three goals and four assists. Fellow attackman Conor Doyle, a junior, joined Kavanagh with a hat trick.

The 19 goals were the most for the Fighting Irish since a 19-7 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 28, 2009. That game also was the last time the Irish netted eight goals in a quarter until an eight-goal first period versus Jacksonville.

Those were the most goals scored in a season-opener for the Fighting Irish since a 21-5 triumph over Canisius in the 1993 opener.

Fantastic Februarys for the Fighting Irish

Notre Dame is 18-1 in its last 19 games played in February. Eleven of those wins have come against a ranked opponent. Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 23-4 in the month of February during his Notre Dame tenure.

Playing Penn State

Saturday will be the 21st meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Penn State. The Fighting Irish lead the series 15-5, including wins in 10 of the last 11 showdowns. This is the 18th consecutive season the two teams have squared off.

The last two encounters have been decided in overtime. Last season, Notre Dame claimed a 10-9 overtime victory at Penn State. The Nittany Lions won 4-3 in overtime during the 2012 season at Arlotta Stadium. Penn State is 2-7 all-time at Notre Dame.

Looking at the Nittany Lions

Penn State is 1-1 this season following a 22-7 season-opening win over Michigan and a 12-11 overtime setback to Loyola.

Senior attackman Shane Sturgis has a team-high nine goals, while sophomore attackman TJ Sanders has seven goals.

Senior Austin Kaut has started both games in goal and has an 8.99 goals-against average and a .444 save percentage.

Penn State went 12-5 last season and posted a 6-0 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The Nittany Lions were seeded eighth in the 2013 NCAA Championship and fell to Yale, 10-7, in the first round.

Head coach Jeff Tambroni is in his fourth season at Penn State.

The Last Time

Notre Dame captured a 10-9 overtime victory last season at Penn State. Irish attackman Matt Kavanagh produced the game winner with 1:34 left in the first overtime period.

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, which was his third of the day. The Irish took a 9-8 lead with just 18 seconds remaining when Liam O'Connor won the faceoff and scored his second goal of the game. A tally from Penn State's Tom LaCrosse with one second left knotted the contest at nine.

The game featured seven ties and four lead changes.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. The 12th-raned Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team puts its 12-game road winning streak on the line at No. 4 Notre Dame for a Saturday contest at Arlotta Stadium. The last two Penn State-Notre Dame games have gone to overtime.

Game Notes

Penn State faces its second ranked opponent at No. 5 Notre Dame

The Nittany Lions and Fighting Irish face off for the 21st time, 18th straight year

Notre Dame has won 10 of the last 11 meetings; PSU won last meeting at ND

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