Notre Dame was the big winner on a weekend that saw three Big East teams fall from the unbeaten and untied ranks.
The Irish downed Rutgers, 2-0, getting a goal and an assist from senior
in a nationally televised match that drew a crowd of 6,309 fans at Yurcak Field on Friday night.
Miller sent a cross to Dave Donohue
, who scored on a diving header past Scarlet Knight goalkeeper Matt VanOekel in the 35th minute.
The second Irish goal came in the 65th
minute as Hermann Trophy winner Joseph Lapira
fed Miller, who beat a defender before sending the ball low off the far post and into the back of the net for
his first goal of the season and the second of his career.
"It was a fabulous atmosphere to play in front of 6,400 fans on a beautiful night and on a nice field," said Notre Dame head
coach Bobby Clark
. "It was a lot of fun, especially because we played well. It's always nice to play like that in front of a big audience and a television
Two days later, Lapira and Donohue teamed up to spring Jeb Brovsky
for his first goal of the season that gave the Irish a 1-0 win
The victory gave No. 2 ranked Notre Dame its first 3-0 start to Big East play. St. John's and Cincinnati (both 2-0-0) are the only other unbeaten Big East teams in
conference play. BIG EAST REPORT.
Here's how the three unbeaten and untied Big East teams fell:
-- Chukwudi Chijindu
scored his fourth goal of the season to secure Connecticut a 2-1 win over South Florida in Friday's battle of unbeaten and untied teams that drew a USF-record
crowd of 2,431.
-- All-American Ryan Maduro
scored the first and assisted the second goal on Friday to lead Providence to a 2-0 victory over
DePaul, which had won its four previous games by shutouts.
-- Connecticut entered Sunday's match at DePaul undefeated at 7-0-0 but left Lincoln Park on the short end of a 1-0 decision
after Steffen Vroom
scored the game's lone goal in the 86th minute.