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Irish make College Cup debut against Lobos
December 13th, 2013 3:46AM
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[MEN'S COLLEGE CUP: Notre Dame-New Mexico] Notre Dame, the highest remaining seed at No. 3, opens the Men's College Cup Friday against New Mexico at PPL Park (TV ESPNU, live, 5 p.m. ET). Coach Bobby Clark has led the Irish to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of his 13 seasons, but this is the first time they've ever reached the semifinals. The Lobos are in the final four for the second time.

NOTRE DAME. Since suffering its lone loss of the season to Virginia, 2-0, on Oct. 26, Notre Dame has produced an eight-game unbeaten streak. The Irish are 7-0-1 during that stretch and have outscored opponents 21-7.

Notre Dame, which shared the ACC regular-season title with Maryland in its first season in the conference, is led by Hermann Trophy finalist Harrison Shipp (12 goals, 8 assists) and sophomore Patrick Hodan (9 goals), who has scored in five straight games.

Nick Besler is the younger brother of Irish product Matt Besler, who won MLS Cup with Sporting Kansas City last weekend.
 
Goalkeeper
1 Patrick Wall SR. Sugarland, Texas
Defenders
6 Max Lachowecki JR. Evansville, Ind.
12 Andrew O'Malley SR. West Chester, Pa.
20 Grant Van De Casteele SR. Plano, TX
22 Like Mishu SR. Knoxville, Tenn.
Midfielders
3 Connor Klekota SOPH. Amherst, Ohio
8 Nick Besler JR. Overland Park, Kan.
15 Evan Panken SOPH. Edina, Minn.
27 Patrick Hodan SOPH. Brookfield, Wis.
Forwards
10 Harrison Shipp SR. Lake Forest, Ill.
21 Vince Cicciarelli JR. Peoria,Ill.
Substitutes
9 Leon Brown, SR. Mattapan, Mass.

NEW MEXICO. New Mexico have shut out all three of its NCAA Tournament opponents to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2005.

The Lobos slumped in late September, dropping three games in a row at home, but they came around and won the Conference USA regular-season title in their first season with a 7-1-1 record.

Three players from New Mexico -- Costa Rican Michael Calderon, Kyle Venter and Ghanaian Michael Karafi -- will play in the adidas MLS Combine.

James Rogers and Niko Hansen both have a team-high seven goals, while Rogers leads UNM with six assists.

Goalkeeper
0 Michael Lisch SR. Austin, Texas
Defenders
3 Mathew Gibbons JR. New Zealand
5 Nick Miele JR. Albuquerque, N.M.
12 Kyle Venter SR. Aurora, Colo.
4 Riley McGovern JR. Farmington, N.M.
Midfielders
6 Ben McKendry SOPH. Vancouver, B.C.
7 James Rogers JR. Sierra Leone
10 Michael Kafari SR. Ghana
 11 Michael Calderon SR. Costa Rica
Forwards
14 Christopher Wehan FR. Laguna Niguel, Calif.
24 Niko Hansen FR. Sacramento, Calif.
Substitutes
17 Nicholas Rochowski FR. Flower Mound, Texas
21 Oniel Fisher JR. Portmore, Jamaica


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