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Duke Men’s Lacrosse Wins Third NCAA Title In Five Years With 11-9 Win Over Notre Dame On May 26


Duke won its second consecutive NCAA men's lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame's comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday. The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on to capture their third national championship in the last five years. It sure wasn't easy. The sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.

Duke won its second consecutive NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame’s comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday.
The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on to capture their third national championship in the last five years.
It sure wasn’t easy. The sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.

Sergio Perkovic’s fifth goal of the game made it 10-9 with 49.6 seconds remaining. Duke won the ensuing draw, however, and Jordan Wolf scored with 23.6 seconds to go to clinch it.

 

Wolf finished with two goals and four assists, and the Blue Devils got goals from seven different players.

Duke earned its first title in 2010 with a one-goal win over Notre Dame. This one, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference matchup, looked to be a lopsided rout before the Irish rallied.

Notre Dame tied a record for fewest first-half goals in the championship game last set by Cornell in 1988. The Irish, who came in averaging 12 goals and 37 shots per game, took only 18 shots.

Duke’s swarming defense had a lot to do with that.

Notre Dame has played in 19 NCAA tournaments and reached the national semifinals on four occasions but still has not won the championship.

Duke, on the other hand, has the makings of a dynasty. The Blue Devils have played in each of the last eight national semifinals and reached the title game four times in that span under coach John Danowski.

Up 5-1 at halftime, Duke got a goal from Keenan with 17 seconds gone in the third quarter. After Perkovic answered for the Irish, the Blue Devils scored twice within a minute for an 8-2 lead.

#6 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Use Four-Goal 2nd Half Run To Defeat #7 Notre Dame 11-10 On Mar 29


 Lucy Dikeou scored four goals, including the winner with 4:05 left, to give No. 13 Stanford an 11-10 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday. With piles of snow lining the field on a chilly day, Stanford (8-1) scored four consecutive goals to erase a 9-6 second-half deficit.  “They’re fighters,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “They go down swinging every time they step on the field.” With the score tied, 10-10, and Stanford up a player up because of a Notre Dame penalty, Dikeou found an opening on the right side and bounced a shot past goalie Liz O’Sullivan. “Lucy has great speed and is really quick with the stick,” Bokker said. “She creates a lot of opportunities, not just for herself, but for her teammates.” Stanford's Hannah Farr won the draw, but the Cardinal was unable to run out the clock when a missed shot gave Notre Dame possession. In the tense final stretch, the teams exchanged turnovers before Stanford's Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left and the Cardinal was able to run out the clock. During the turnover sequence, Adrienne Anderson defended one of Notre Dame’s top offensive threats out of the play. “It was good team defense,” Bokker said. “They took good angles to the ball and were ready to help if they needed to.” Indeed, Lerner and Rachel Kalick closed down on Notre Dame’s Stephanie Toy, with Lerner getting to the spot first to draw the foul and create the turnover. Lerner then leaped into the air in triumph. Notre Dame (8-4) represented the highest ranked team Stanford will play during the regular season. The game also was a rematch of last year’s 7-6 Stanford victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Stanford’s first-ever NCAA victory. The game featured four lead changes and four ties. However, Notre Dame appeared to take command when it took a 9-6 lead with 21:12 left on the 29th goal of the season and third of the game by freshman Cortney Fortunato.  Stanford countered with a goal by freshman Kelsey Murray, who scored twice within 6:06 to draw Stanford even at 9-9, and Alexandra Crerend capped the rally by putting the Cardinal in front, 10-9, with 9:49 left.  “Possession was the key,” Bokker said. “In the first half, we were losing draw controls.” Stanford made adjustment, with Ashlynn Goerz playing a big role. The freshman earned two draw controls herself, but also did a strong job boxing out and allowing her teammates to gain possession.  Dikeou’s four goals tied her collegiate career high. She also caused four turnovers, had two ground balls, and earned a draw control. Murray and Farr each scored twice.  The rally was similar to Stanford’s rally from a 10-4 deficit at then-No. 14 Georgetown on the way to an 11-10 double-overtime victory on March 9. In fact, Stanford has beaten all four opponents currently ranked in the IWLCA top 20 and could be in line to play host to an NCAA tournament game if the Cardinal can take care of business in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. That task, however, will be difficult, with a visit from 2013 regular-season champion Denver on Friday (7 p.m.) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Lucy Dikeou scored four goals, including the winner with 4:05 left, to give No. 6 Stanford an 11-10 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday.
With piles of snow lining the field on a chilly day, Stanford (8-1) scored four consecutive goals to erase a 9-6 second-half deficit.
“They’re fighters,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “They go down swinging every time they step on the field.”
With the score tied, 10-10, and Stanford up a player up because of a Notre Dame penalty, Dikeou found an opening on the right side and bounced a shot past goalie Liz O’Sullivan.
“Lucy has great speed and is really quick with the stick,” Bokker said. “She creates a lot of opportunities, not just for herself, but for her teammates.”
Stanford’s Hannah Farr won the draw, but the Cardinal was unable to run out the clock when a missed shot gave Notre Dame possession. In the tense final stretch, the teams exchanged turnovers before Stanford’s Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left and the Cardinal was able to run out the clock.
During the turnover sequence, Adrienne Anderson defended one of Notre Dame’s top offensive threats out of the play.
“It was good team defense,” Bokker said. “They took good angles to the ball and were ready to help if they needed to.”
Indeed, Lerner and Rachel Kalick closed down on Notre Dame’s Stephanie Toy, with Lerner getting to the spot first to draw the foul and create the turnover. Lerner then leaped into the air in triumph.
Notre Dame (8-4) represented the highest ranked team Stanford will play during the regular season. The game also was a rematch of last year’s 7-6 Stanford victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Stanford’s first-ever NCAA victory.
The game featured four lead changes and four ties. However, Notre Dame appeared to take command when it took a 9-6 lead with 21:12 left on the 29th goal of the season and third of the game by freshman Cortney Fortunato.
Stanford countered with a goal by freshman Kelsey Murray, who scored twice within 6:06 to draw Stanford even at 9-9, and Alexandra Crerend capped the rally by putting the Cardinal in front, 10-9, with 9:49 left.
“Possession was the key,” Bokker said. “In the first half, we were losing draw controls.”
Stanford made adjustment, with Ashlynn Goerz playing a big role. The freshman earned two draw controls herself, but also did a strong job boxing out and allowing her teammates to gain possession.
Dikeou’s four goals tied her collegiate career high. She also caused four turnovers, had two ground balls, and earned a draw control. Murray and Farr each scored twice.
The rally was similar to Stanford’s rally from a 10-4 deficit at then-No. 14 Georgetown on the way to an 11-10 double-overtime victory on March 9. In fact, Stanford has beaten all four opponents currently ranked in the IWLCA top 20 and could be in line to play host to an NCAA tournament game if the Cardinal can take care of business in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
That task, however, will be difficult, with a visit from 2013 regular-season champion Denver on Friday (7 p.m.) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2-Game Road Trip Vs Cornell March 25; Notre Dame On March 29


For the second time this month, Stanford heads to the East Coast for a two-game road trip. The first was marked by a pair of overtime victories against ranked teams. This one should be difficult as well for the No. 13 Cardinal, which plays at Cornell on Tuesday at No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s NCAA first round contest. Notre Dame represents the highest ranked team on Stanford’s schedule this year. Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford opened with two home victories before failing to protect a five-goal lead in a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt. However, Stanford has since won four straight, including a pair of road overtime victories over No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown. * * * Tuesday’s Opponent, Cornell: The Big Red is 4-3 after winning four of its first five and then dropping its past two games. Cornell is coming off a 10-6 season in which the Big Red placed fourth in the Ivy League with a 4-3 record. Lindsay Toppe leads the team in goals with 22, and Emily Tripodi has 18 assists.  The Stanford-Cornell Series: Cornell leads the all-time series, 6-2. This is their first meeting since 2008 when visiting Stanford lost, 13-9. All the previous meetings took place between 1999-2008. This will be the first in the series for Amy Bokker, who took over as Stanford’s coach in 2009. Cornell is 3-0 against the Cardinal in Ithaca, but Stanford has won two of the past three meetings. * * * Saturday’s Opponent, Notre Dame: The Irish (8-3, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) are led by freshman Cortney Fortunato, who has 28 goals and 10 assists. The team’s only losses are to teams ranked Nos. 1, 2, and 5 in the current IWLCA poll -- all members of Notre Dame’s new conference, the ACC. Senior Margaret Smith leads the ACC in caused turnovers, with 2.00 per game. The Stanford-Notre Dame  Series: Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 9-5. The teams met twice last year, including in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Evanston, Ill. Stanford won 8-7 on Hannah Farr’s free-position goal with four seconds left in frigid conditions. In the 2013 opener at Stanford, Notre Dame won 12-10. The teams have played four times in the past three years, with the teams splitting 2-2. Except for 2010, the teams have played annually since 2002. In games at Notre Dame, the Irish lead 3-2. Stanford most recent victory at Notre Dame was in 2005, by a 6-5 score.

For the second time this month, Stanford heads to the East Coast for a two-game road trip. The first was marked by a pair of overtime victories against ranked teams. This one should be difficult as well for the No. 13 Cardinal, which plays at Cornell on Tuesday at No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s NCAA first round contest. Notre Dame represents the highest ranked team on Stanford’s schedule this year.
Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford opened with two home victories before failing to protect a five-goal lead in a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt. However, Stanford has since won four straight, including a pair of road overtime victories over No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown.
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Tuesday’s Opponent, Cornell: The Big Red is 4-3 after winning four of its first five and then dropping its past two games. Cornell is coming off a 10-6 season in which the Big Red placed fourth in the Ivy League with a 4-3 record. Lindsay Toppe leads the team in goals with 22, and Emily Tripodi has 18 assists.
The Stanford-Cornell Series: Cornell leads the all-time series, 6-2. This is their first meeting since 2008 when visiting Stanford lost, 13-9. All the previous meetings took place between 1999-2008. This will be the first in the series for Amy Bokker, who took over as Stanford’s coach in 2009. Cornell is 3-0 against the Cardinal in Ithaca, but Stanford has won two of the past three meetings.
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Saturday’s Opponent, Notre Dame: The Irish (8-3, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) are led by freshman Cortney Fortunato, who has 28 goals and 10 assists. The team’s only losses are to teams ranked Nos. 1, 2, and 5 in the current IWLCA poll — all members of Notre Dame’s new conference, the ACC. Senior Margaret Smith leads the ACC in caused turnovers, with 2.00 per game.
The Stanford-Notre Dame Series: Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 9-5. The teams met twice last year, including in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Evanston, Ill. Stanford won 8-7 on Hannah Farr’s free-position goal with four seconds left in frigid conditions. In the 2013 opener at Stanford, Notre Dame won 12-10. The teams have played four times in the past three years, with the teams splitting 2-2. Except for 2010, the teams have played annually since 2002. In games at Notre Dame, the Irish lead 3-2. Stanford most recent victory at Notre Dame was in 2005, by a 6-5 score.

NCAA: #11 Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Season Preview In Lacrosse Magazine


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Best Case: Fortunato is as good as advertised — “She’s a game changer,” Halfpenny said — becomes just the fourth player in this millennium to earn IWLCA first-team All-American honors as a freshman and puts Notre Dame in the national championship conversation. The Irish also get Lindsay Powell and Margaret Smith back to full health in time for a run to the final four, despite a hiccup or two in the powerful ACC.
Worst Case: Aggressive faceguards force the Irish to seek other options other than Fortunato on an unproven attack line and they are unable to generate enough offense from the midfield to keep up with the likes of North Carolina, Maryland and Syracuse. They go 1-6 in the ACC, beating only Virginia Tech, make the NCAA tournament on strength of schedule and fall in the first round for the third straight year.

Vitals

2013 Record: 12-5 (5-3 Big East) Coach: Christine Halfpenny (3rd year) Record at Notre Dame: 25-10

Power Ratings

Offense: 3 Defense: 4 Goalkeeping: 3 Draw Control: 4

Top Returner

D Barbara Sullivan (Jr.) The youngest first-team All-American in Notre Dame history will anchor the Irish’s high-pressure defense, continue to take the draw and get the toughest 1-on-1 assignments. Look for entertaining matchups against Maryland’s Taylor Cummings and Duke’s Taylor Trimble, among others, and more of a presence from Sullivan in the transition offense in 2014.

X-Factor

M Casey Pearsall (Fr.) Pearsall tore her ACL playing basketball last February, forcing her to sit out her senior season in lacrosse—a year after she set two school scoring records and was named Connecticut’s top player. With Cortney Fortunato stealing the headlines in this Notre Dame freshman class, Pearsall is an under-the-radar pick to do big things in South Bend this spring.

NCAA Tournament Trend

2009 – Quarterfinals 2010 – First Round 2011 – Did Not Qualify 2012 – First Round 2013 – First Round

What’s New?

What’s not? Notre Dame moves from the Big East to the ACC, Halfpenny’s old haunts. (She played at Virginia Tech and was an assistant at Duke.) “I’m thrilled. I have, like, an immature giggle about it,” Halfpenny said. “It’s such an edgy conference. Every player in that conference, they’re the best of the best.” Additionally, the Irish will deploy a more midfield-heavy lineup and plan to unveil a nontraditional uniform with a slightly altered color scheme. Fortunato, Persall and Alex Dalton all likely will start as freshmen. “Everything’s new,” Halfpenny said. “We’re traveling to new venues. We’re playing new opponents. I’m excited because I know it. I know what’s coming. It just gets me really fired up to share that with them.”

Telling Number

3 Freshmen that could be in the starting lineup for Notre Dame’s season opener Feb. 12 against Cincinnati: Cortney Fortunato (82 goals, 36 assists at Northport (N.Y.) High), Casey Pearsall (41 goals and 77 assists in 2012 at Wilton (Conn.) High) and Alex Dalton (70 goals, 79 assists at Notre Dame (Mass.) Academy) are the real deal.

Enemy Lines

What Rival Coaches Say “Cortney Fortunato has finally arrived and has everyone excited to see if she can carry this team to a national championship.”

“Lots of talent, but haven’t lived up to the hype in recent years, Maybe 2014 changes that?”

“A lot of key players are returning in every position. The GK Allie Murray will be a player to watch in cage.”

“Top recruiting classes along with strong veterans will help Coach Halfpenny win a lot of games.”

“They have a lot of talent.”

“Had a few head-scratching losses last season. Fortunato could be enough to turn a few of those games into Ws.”

“Solid blend of experience and youth.”

“They have the talent and will hopefully put it together this year.”

“Not that they won’t be ready for it, but playing in the ACC will be an adjustment for anyone.”

“They have a highly touted freshmen class, so they have some great talents there and will look a little different, I’m sure, than we saw them last. They are a really athletic team, and certainly with (coach) Christine (Halfpenny) now being there a couple years, I’m sure they are starting to get into their systems a little better.”

2013 Recap

In a Nutshell: For the second straight season, Notre Dame started off scorching hot, only to cool significantly down the stretch. The Irish won their first 10 games, their best start since 2004, and rose to as high as No. 5 in national rankings. But they stumbled through the Big East, losing four of their last six regular season games. The late-season slide was punctuated by an NCAA tournament first-round loss to Stanford. In that game, Notre Dame rallied from three goals down to go ahead 7-6 with 5:07 remaining. Stanford tied it with just under two minutes remaining and won it on Hannah Farr’s free-position goal with four seconds remaining, the result of an Irish shooting space violation.

High Point: A 13-12 victory over Big East foe Georgetown on April 14 made it look like the Irish’s late-season luck might change. They were outplayed in most statistical categories, but showed remarkable resiliency and offensive efficiency. Goalie Ellie Hilling made 14 saves and Caitlin Gargan scored four second-half goals in the win at Arlotta Stadium.

Low Point: It couldn’t feel much lower than losing an NCAA tournament game on a free position, due to shooting space, of all things. Stanford’s Hannah Farr drew the foul with 8 seconds left in the teams’ first-round encounter and scored the game-winner with 4 seconds remaining, sending Notre Dame packing in the first round for the second straight season. “A shooting space call with 8 seconds left was very difficult to swallow,” Halfpenny said. “You have to take your lumps. That was one of them. We’re not defeated by that loss. We’re motivated by that loss.”

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern, Louisville, Stanford, Virginia, Duke, Ohio State And Syracuse


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An ambitious slate that includes all four of last year’s final four participants awaits Notre Dame head women’s lacrosse coach Christine Halfpenny’s squad in 2014 as it vaults into the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Seven of the eight teams in the ACC (including the Irish) qualified for last year’s NCAA Tournament. In addition to facing each of the other six, Notre Dame will play three more 2013 NCAA Tournament participants in its non-conference schedule for a total of nine. Eight of those nine teams also finished the 2013 season ranked in the top 14 of the final Top 20 IWLCA coaches’ poll.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Penn State, North Carolina, Denver, Virginia, Marquette, Ohio State, Syracuse, Duke, Maryland And Army


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If you still need proof of the rapid growth of college lacrosse, look no further than Notre Dame’s 2014 schedule that has the Fighting Irish playing at least 13 games in eight different states.
Not only will the Irish rack up frequent flyer miles, they will do so while competing against some of the top programs in the nation. The slate features seven teams that qualified for last season’s NCAA tournament, including three Championship Weekend participants (Denver, Duke, Syracuse). The program is entering its inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference campaign and five of the six teams that comprise the league were in the NCAA tournament one season ago.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Releases Full-Length “4 Days In Colorado” Video


See the full 15 minute feature covering our trip to Denver & Colorado Springs this past October during our Fall Break. Watch the team compete in our “Shamrock Series” Green Uniforms, meet with Alumni in Denver, hike “The Incline”, compete and work with the Air Force team and visit a Children’s Hospital. This video captures the essence and values of our program in action: Character, Culture & Community.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse To Face Notre Dame In Inaugural “Pacific Coast Shootout” On March 8 At OCC In Orange County, CA


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The inaugural Pacific Coast Shootout, featuring the men’s lacrosse teams from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Denver, will be played on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. (MT) at LeBard Stadium on the campus of Orange Coast College.

The Fighting Irish (11-5 in 2013) enter the 2014 campaign after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, only to suffer a dramatic 12-11 loss at the hands of the eventual national champions, the Duke Blue Devils. The Pioneers (14-5 in 2013), meanwhile, saw their 2013 campaign end in the national semifinals with a 9-8 loss to the Syracuse Orangemen. Notre Dame leads the all-time series between the schools, 14-3, including dramatic, overtime victories in both 2012 and 2013.

Notre Dame will be making its third regular-season appearance in Southern California and first since a 9-7 victory against North Carolina at The Home Depot Center in Carson during the 2005 season.

“We are thrilled to be playing in Southern California again this spring,” said Notre Dame Head Coach Kevin Corrigan. “The Pacific Coast Shootout will be a great experience for all our guys, particularly the California kids on our roster. If the great Notre Dame/Denver games of the past few years are any indication, California lacrosse fans are in for a real treat.”

Denver, meanwhile, returns to California for the second time, having met Harvard in the San Francisco Fall Classic in 2011.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of the inaugural Pacific Coast Shootout, especially against such a great opponent as Notre Dame,” said Denver Coach Bill Tierney. “Each year, more and more western lacrosse players are appearing on Division I rosters, and California has become a hot-bed for that growth. The Denver Pioneers look forward with great anticipation, to the opportunity for us to demonstrate to the Pacific Coast area, what college lacrosse at its finest can be like for young players, their families, and our west coast fans.”

The afternoon will conclude with a 3 pm contest between the Loyola Marymount Lions and the UCSB Gauchos.

“It’s no secret. West Coast lacrosse is booming,” said the event’s Executive Director, G.W. Mix. “Each year, more and more players from California are appearing on the rosters of traditional college lacrosse powerhouses. The ultimate goal of the Shootout is to promote the high quality of lacrosse being played in California and the West, while exposing these developing players and programs to the best collegiate programs in the game. With this match-up between Denver and Notre Dame we are well on our way.”

Tickets for the inaugural Pacific Coast Shootout cost $35.00 for Reserved Sections and $25.00 for General Admission and are currently on sale at pclaxshootout.com.

NCAA Lacrosse: Air Force Men’s Lacrosse And Notre Dame Complete Successful Weekend With Scrimmage, Ropes Course And Football Tailgate


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The Air Force lacrosse team’s last weekend of fall competition was a resounding success, as the Falcons took the field against a talented Notre Dame team on Friday, Oct. 25. Air Force had an impressive showing against the Irish, who have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in four straight seasons and advanced to the Final Four in 2012.

Air Force Notre Dame Lacrosse“The fall season is a time to continue to come together as a team and for players to step up and fill roles,” said assistant coach Bill Wilson. “While this scrimmage was a good step forward for our team at this early point in the 2013-14 season, there is a lot of time before our regular season begins in February. The scrimmage was a good test for us to evaluate where we are as a team and what we need to do in the months ahead before our 2014 season opening game versus Denver.”

While battling on the field, the Falcons and the Irish came together off the field as well. On Saturday, Air Force helped facilitate Notre Dame’s journey through the Academy’s ropes course, while the two teams met for a pre-game tailgate before the Air Force and Notre Dame football teams faced each other on the gridiron.

Head coach Eric Seremet helped give the Irish another memorable experience before their journey back to South Bend, Ind., on Sunday, leading them on a sunrise hike up the Incline in Manitou Springs, one of the Falcons’ frequent training spots. 

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NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Looks To “Canadian Box Lacrosse” Skill Sets In Its First Year Of An “Even Stronger 2014 ACC Conference”


 Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse Side Banner“Increasingly, in the last couple years, you look at getting better in the two-man game, and understanding that it’s a lot different than it was eight years ago.”

“[We want to] get a better appreciation for guys playing in space and guys playing in tight quarters as you see the influence of, call it box, call it Canadians, guys who bring a different skill set. We’re trying to incorporate that into our practices and preparation, both to become better at it ourselves and become better defending it.”

From a scheduled intrasquad indoor scrimmage in Denver later this week, to weekly pick-up box games starting on campus next week, to a visit from the coaching staff of the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm, you could say the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are going clearly Canadian this fall.

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While some prognosticators may be more interested in gauging how Notre Dame will fare in its first year in an even-stronger ACC conference — with Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia — it is more important for the Irish coaching staff to follow the on-field trends that can dictate wins and losses. And that, over the last decade or so in particular, has included the heavy influence of the indoor, or box, game on the field product in the United States.

While Canadians going back to Stan Cockerton, the Gaits and Tom Marechek, for example, have impacted NCAA lacrosse before, the influence of indoor-trained players is now shown in depth and numbers. As noted by Paul Tutka of the US Box Lacrosse Association in this insightful piece, since 2008 no fewer than 24 percent of the top 50 goal-scorers (single season) in NCAA Division I have been Canadians, a big jump from single-digit percentages in the 2000s. Last year, 60 percent of the nation’s top 15 scorers were Canadian or Iroquois.

Picks or screens have become hallmarks of college offenses, as they long have been in the tighter quarters of box games. This spring, in addition to the ACC slate, Notre Dame will play two teams in the non-conference — Denver and Ohio State — that count multiple Canadians among their top contributors.

“What things do we see that we’re going to have to defend, as far as trends in other teams that we’re playing?” Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said on the topic in an interview last week.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2012-13/news/102113_30in30_notre_dame_lacrosse_is_thinking_clearly_canadian