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16 MAY 2017 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED UNDER THE DOME CHARTING THE IRISH LEARFIELD DIRECTORS' CUP WINTER STANDINGS Despite a subpar fall sports season for Notre Dame, the Irish have rebounded with a strong winter campaign to move up to No. 9 (599 points) in the April 20 update of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings — a program that honors colleges for overall athletic excellence. Colleges can earn points in 20 sports — 10 men's and 10 women's teams. Points are totaled differ‑ ently depending on the sport. For example, in football points are allocated for finishing first through 25th in the final USA Today coaches poll, followed by bowl winners not ranked in the poll and then unranked bowl losers. After the fall season concluded Jan. 12, Notre Dame stood No. 35 nationally. The Irish tallied points for doing the follow‑ ing: 100 points for winning the combined men's and women's fencing national title; 83 points in men's hockey for advanc‑ ing into the Frozen Four; 73 points in women's basketball for moving on to the Elite Eight, where it lost by one point to Stanford and 50 points in men's basket‑ ball, which moved into the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished No. 20 in the final USA Today poll April 4. Notre Dame also picked up 49 points from men's swimming, 40.5 points from women's indoor track, 29 points in wom‑ en's swimming and 19.5 in men's indoor track. The winter results were finalized April 27, after the finish of women's gym‑ nastics, men's gymnastics and women's bowling. LEARFIELD DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS Points and Ranking as of April 20 MOVING? Call us at 1-800-421-7751 Irish student-athletes excelling on the field and in the classroom Bryan Costabile — Lacrosse The freshman from Sykesville, Md., helped the No. 6 Irish navigate a tough ACC schedule. In the Notre Dame's 14‑13 victory over No. 16 North Carolina April 22, he had two goals — including the game‑ winner with 2:44 left to play — to help the Irish improve to 7‑3 overall and 2‑2 in the league. Costabile started each of the first 10 games at midfield, and contributed 11 goals and two assists for 13 points. Samantha Giacolone — Lacrosse The sophomore goalie from Manorville, N.Y., was a key figure in helping the No. 11 Irish fin‑ ish the regular season 11‑6 overall and 4‑3 in league play, which earned them the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament. In 17 starts, she totaled 158 saves, a .482 save percentage and a 10.29 goals‑against average. During the season, Giacolone was twice named ACC Defensive Player of the Week (March 7 and March 28). Josh Hagar — Tennis The senior from Austin, Texas, had a career day for the Irish April 23 against No. 1 Wake Forest, securing a pair of top‑three wins in singles and doubles. Hagar and his partner, fel‑ low senior Eddy Covalschi, started the day off with a 7‑5 doubles win. Hagar also beat the nation's No. 3 player, Petros Chrysoco, in his singles match. However, Wake Forest won the overall match 5‑2. Andrew Peeke — Hockey The freshman from Parkland, Fla., was the only defenseman named to the Hockey East All‑Rookie Team this past season. Skating in all 40 games for the Irish, Peeke led the H o c ke y Ea st i n b l o c ke d shots with 95 — the third highest total for any player in the country this season — and finished the year with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points. TOP OF THE CLASS ✦ GIMME FIVE The 2017 Notre Dame football roster has a total of five career passes thrown by its quartet of scholarship quarterbacks: junior Brandon Wim‑ bush — who threw all five in 2015 — sophomore Ian Book and senior Montgomery VanGorder, with freshman Avery Davis enrolling in June. Has Notre Dame ever entered a season with fewer pass attempts among the quarterbacks? Since the end of World War II, it occurred only four times, most recently in 2007 when junior Evan Sharpley's two passes were the most among him, freshman Jimmy Clausen and sophomore Deme‑ trius Jones, neither of whom had attempted any. In 1994, sophomores Ron Powlus and Thomas Krug were the top quarterbacks after not having thrown a single pass. The top three signal‑callers for the 1966 national champs were sophomores who were not allowed by NCAA freshman ineli‑ gibly rules to play the year prior: Terry Hanratty, Coley O'Brien and Bob Belden. Here are the top five fewest pass attempts at quarterback entering a season since 1945: Year Attempts 1. 1994 0 2. 1966 0 3. 1965 1 4. 2007 2 5. 2017 5 Getting To Know … FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR LEFT TACKLE MIKE MCGLINCHEY Hometown: "Philadelphia." High School: "William Penn Charter." Major: "Film, television and theatre." Favorite Movie: "I don't know if I can decide. I probably have one for every genre." Favorite Food: "Cheeseburgers." Favorite Type of Music: "Country." Favorite Musician: "Zac Brown Band or Kenny Chesney" Favorite TV Show: "'Game of Thrones.'" Favorite Place To Eat In South Bend: "Taphouse on The Edge." Favorite Part About Play- ing For Notre Dame: "Just the guys in the locker room. The guys you get to go to work with every day at Notre Dame are world class. That's made it the best for sure." Toughest Player You've Ever Faced: "[Former Ohio State defensive end] Joey Bosa. Or, if you count every day in practice, [former Notre Dame linebacker and current Dallas Cowboy] Jaylon Smith was pretty good, too." Stanford Ohio State Michigan Penn State North Carolina USC Kentucky Notre Dame Oregon 962.25 pts. 707.25 692.00 689.00 661.25 625.00 615.50 601.00 599.00 560.00 Rank: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Wisconsin

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