[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 Ship
p (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
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
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.
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
Rochowski FR. Flower Mound, Texas
21 Oniel Fisher JR. Portmore, Jamaica