In a 5-4 slugfest over then co-No. 1 Maryland that catapulted the Fighting Irish to the top spot in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, Epple's work shined the brightest. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Calvert Hall graduate registered six ground balls and four caused turnovers. He was especially suffocating against senior attackman Matt Rambo, keeping the Tewaaraton Award candidate with no goals on three shots, only one assist and four turnovers. Rambo finished a game without scoring a goal for just the seventh time in 61 career games and watched his 12-game streak with a goal come to an end. Epple shared ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors with North Carolina junior goalkeeper Brian Balkam.