Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|University||University of Notre Dame|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Location||Notre Dame, Indiana|
|Coach||Kevin Corrigan (since 1988)|
|Colors||Gold and Navy Blue
|NCAA Tournament Runner-Up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Fours|
|2001, 2010, 2012|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1995, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|2008, 2009 (GWLL)|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012|
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse team represents the University of Notre Dame in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college lacrosse. Notre Dame currently competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays its home games at Arlotta Stadium or occasionally indoor Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Notre Dame men's lacrosse was a club sport until it became a varsity program in the 1981 season. Current Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick was a midfielder on Notre Dame's club lacrosse team during his undergraduate years (1972-'76) before the team acquired varsity status. From 1981 to 1993, Notre Dame competed in the Midwest Lacrosse Association. From 1994 to 2009, it was then a member of the Great Western Lacrosse League. In 2010, it became a member of the newly established Big East men's lacrosse conference. In 2012, Notre Dame announced that it would be joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. From 1981 to 1988, the program was led by head coach Rich O'Leary who established a career record of 64-42 (.604), after which Kevin Corrigan took over as head coach beginning in 1989. Within ten years as a varsity program, the Fighting Irish made its first appearance in the NCAA championship tournament in 1990 and since then has regularly appeared there. In 2001, the fifth-seeded Irish reached the semifinal round (Final Four) for the first time after defeating Bucknell 12-7 and fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins 13-9 in earlier rounds, and finished the season with a 14-2 record and a #4 ranking in the nation.
More recently, Notre Dame has made the NCAA tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2009, the Irish went undefeated in the regular season, reached #2 in national polls, and finished with an overall record of 15-1, with five players receiving All-America honors. In the fall of 2009, Notre Dame opened a new lacrosse-specific outdoor stadium, Arlotta Stadium, with 2,000 seats, an artificial turf field, locker rooms, restrooms, and concession areas. In 2010, the Irish began play in the new Big East men's lacrosse conference and went 7-6 in the regular season before advancing to the NCAA tournament as an unseeded selection, where it upset higher seeds Princeton, Maryland, and Cornell before being defeated by fifth-seeded Duke, 6-5 in overtime of the championship game. In 2011, Notre Dame went 10-2 in the regular season, reaching #1 in national polls, and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Duke, 7-5. In 2012, the Irish went 13-3, defeating ranked opponents Duke, Denver, Syracuse, and defending national champion Virginia before losing to the number one seed and eventual national champion Loyola 7-5 in the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
In the history of the program, Notre Dame has produced numerous All-Americans: Mike Iorio (1993, 1994, 1995); Randy Colley (1994, 1995); Todd Rassas (1996, 1997, 1998); Alex Cade (1996); Jimmy Keenan (1996, 1997, 1998); Chris Dusseau (1999); Tom Glatzel (2000, 2001); David Ulrich (2000, 2001); Kirk Howell (2001); Steve Bishko (2001); Mike Adams (2001); AJ Wright (2002); Pat Walsh (2003, 2004, 2005); DJ Driscoll (2005, 2006); Joey Kemp (2006, 2007, 2008); Brian Hubschmann (2007); Sean Dougherty (2007, 2008); Michael Podgajny (2007, 2008); Will Yeatman (2007); Ryan Hoff (2008, 2009); Regis McDermott (2009); Sam Barnes (2009); Grant Krebs (2009, 2010); Scott Rodgers (2009, 2010); Zach Brenneman (2010, 2011); David Earl (2010, 2011); Kevin Ridgway (2010, 2011); Sam Barnes (2011), Andrew Irving (2011), John Kemp (2011, 2012), Kevin Randall (2012), Jim Marlatt (2012), and Matt Miller (2012).
In addition, several Notre Dame players have been Tewaaraton Trophy nominees: Tom Glatzel (2001), David Ulrich (2001), Pat Walsh (2004, 2005), Joey Kemp (2008), Scott Rodgers (2009, 2010), Grant Krebs (2010), David Earl (2011), Kevin Ridgway (2011), and John Kemp (2012).
Under current coach Kevin Corrigan, the Irish have an overall record of 241-114 (.679) through the 2013 season. The program has a 100% graduation rate since it was started in 1981. Corrigan has been selected as the GWLL Coach of the Year fives times, including in 2009, which was the conference's final season before the establishment of the Big East men's lacrosse conference.
At the beginning of its games, the Irish team is traditionally led onto the playing field by a teammate playing the bagpipes, a tradition that was begun during the 1996 season by then-freshman Sean Meehan and has since been passed down to other players including Chad DeBolt, Daniel Hickey, Regis McDermott, Colt Power, and Ryan Mix.
Annual Lacrosse Record
|2012||13||3||.500||1st||Big East Finals, NCAA Semi-Finals||5|
|2011||11||3||.500||2nd||NCAA First Round||5|
|2010||10||7||.667||4th||NCAA Finals||20 *|
|2009||15||1||.500||1st||GWLL Title, NCAA First Round||2|
|2008||14||3||.500||T-1st||GWLL Title, NCAA Quarterfinals||5|
|2007||11||4||.500||1st||NCAA First Round||11|
- * Lost NCAA tournament finals in overtime to Duke
- John B. Swarbrick Jr., Athletics Director, ND.edu
- BIG EAST Announces the Formation of Men’s Lacrosse League for 2010 Season, BigEast.org, June 11, 2008.
- Notre Dame to Join ACC; Big Implications for Men's, Women's Lacrosse, LaxMagazine.com, September 12, 2012.
- Rich O'Leary, Longtime Notre Dame Athletics Staff Member, Passes Away At Age 62, UND.com, July 17, 2009.
- Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium, UND.com
- Notre Dame Is The New No. 1, UND.com
- Head Coach Kevin Corrigan's bio, UND.com.
- Head Coach Kevin Corrigan's bio, UND.com.