Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Founded1981 (varsity)
University University of Notre Dame
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick
Head coachKevin Corrigan (30th season)
Stadium Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium
(capacity: 2,500)
Location Notre Dame, Indiana
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Nickname Fighting Irish
ColorsBlue and Gold [1]
         
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(2) - 2010, 2014
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(5) - 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(13) - 1995, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
(24) – 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(4) - 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018
Conference regular season championships
(23) - 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse team represents the University of Notre Dame in NCAA Division I men's college lacrosse. Notre Dame competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays its home games at Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium or the indoor Loftus Sports Center before it is warm enough outside each season, in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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History

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) [2] 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. [3] In 2012, Notre Dame announced that it would be joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. [4] From 1981 to 1988, the program was led by head coach Rich O'Leary, who established a career record of 64–42 (.604), [5] 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 semi-final 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.

John Brian "Savvy Jack" Swarbrick, Jr.. is the director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame. His appointment was announced in July 2008, replacing Kevin White, who resigned in June 2008 to take the same position at Duke University.

Great Western Lacrosse League

The Great Western Lacrosse League, also known as the GWLL, was an NCAA Division I men's college lacrosse athletic conference that existed from 1994 to 2009. The conference was created when the NCAA instituted automatic qualifiers to the NCAA championship tournament; in so doing, it eliminated the "western region" bid.

Big East Conference (1979–2013) U.S. college athletic conference, 1979–2013

The Big East Conference was a collegiate athletics conference that consisted of as many as 16 universities in the eastern half of the United States from 1979 to 2013. The conference's members participated in 24 NCAA sports. The conference had a history of success at the national level in basketball throughout its history, while its shorter football program, created by inviting one college and four other "associate members" into the conference, resulted in two national championships.

More recently, Notre Dame has made the NCAA championship tournament every year since 2006. In 2009, the Irish went undefeated in the regular season, reaching #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 its new lacrosse-specific outdoor stadium, Arlotta Stadium, with 2,500 seats, an artificial turf field, locker rooms, restrooms, and concession areas. [6] 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, [7] 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 semi-final round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, the Irish finished with an 11–5 record and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament, losing to eventual champion Duke, 12–11.

The 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the 36th annual Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Sixteen NCAA Division I college men's lacrosse teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament.

The USILA All-American Team is an honor given annually to the best American men's college lacrosse players at their respective positions by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The first USILA All-Americans were named in 1922, and consisted of a first team, second team, third team, and honorable mention selections. Today, separate selections are made at the NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III levels.

2010 NCAA Division I Mens Lacrosse Championship

The 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship was the 40th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national championship for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college lacrosse. Sixteen teams were selected to compete in the tournament based upon their performance during the regular season, and for some, a conference tournament. The championship game took place on May 31, Memorial Day, between the Duke Blue Devils and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with the latter making their first appearance in the NCAA final. Duke won in overtime, 6–5, to capture their first men's lacrosse championship in school history.

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, 2013), Kevin Randall (2012), Jim Marlatt (2012, 2013), Matt Miller (2012, 2013), and Matt Kavanagh (2013, 2014).

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, 2013)and Matt Landis (2016).

Under current coach Kevin Corrigan, the Irish have an overall record of 241–114 (.679) through the 2013 season. [8] The program has a 100% graduation rate since it was started in 1981. [9] 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, Ryan Mix, and Edwin Glazener.

Season Results

The following is a list of Notre Dame's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Rich O’Leary(Midwest Lacrosse Association)(1981–1988)
1981Rich O’Leary6-65-5
1982Rich O’Leary9-67-31st
1983Rich O’Leary6-75-4
1984Rich O’Leary9-38-11st
1985Rich O’Leary9-75-01st
1986Rich O’Leary9-45-11st
1987Rich O’Leary6-53-12nd
1988Rich O’Leary10-43-1T-1st
Rich O’Leary:64-4241-16
Kevin Corrigan(Midwest Lacrosse Association)(1989–1993)
1989Kevin Corrigan7-61-2
1990Kevin Corrigan9-73-01st NCAA Division I First Round
1991Kevin Corrigan7-72-1
1992Kevin Corrigan10-52-11st NCAA Division I First Round
1993Kevin Corrigan11-33-01st NCAA Division I First Round
Kevin Corrigan(Great Western Lacrosse League)(1994–2009)
1994Kevin Corrigan10-23-01st NCAA Division I First Round
1995Kevin Corrigan9-54-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1996Kevin Corrigan9-44-01st NCAA Division I First Round
1997Kevin Corrigan9-33-01st NCAA Division I First Round
1998Kevin Corrigan5-72-12nd
1999Kevin Corrigan8-63-1T-1st NCAA Division I First Round
2000Kevin Corrigan10-45-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2001Kevin Corrigan14-25-01st NCAA Division I Final Four
2002Kevin Corrigan5-84-1T-1st
2003Kevin Corrigan9-54-1T-1st
2004Kevin Corrigan7-54-12nd
2005Kevin Corrigan7-43-23rd
2006Kevin Corrigan10-53-22nd NCAA Division I First Round
2007Kevin Corrigan11-45-01st NCAA Division I First Round
2008Kevin Corrigan14-34-1T-1st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2009Kevin Corrigan15-15-01st NCAA Division I First Round
Kevin Corrigan(Big East Conference)(2010–2013)
2010Kevin Corrigan10-72-44th NCAA Division I Runner-Up
2011Kevin Corrigan11-35-12nd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2012Kevin Corrigan13-36-01st NCAA Division I Final Four
2013Kevin Corrigan11-54-23rd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Kevin Corrigan(Atlantic Coast Conference)(2014–Present)
2014Kevin Corrigan12-62-3T-3rd NCAA Division I Runner-Up
2015Kevin Corrigan12-34-01st NCAA Division I Final Four
2016Kevin Corrigan11-43-1T-1st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2017Kevin Corrigan9-62-23rd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2018Kevin Corrigan9-61-3T-3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2019Kevin Corrigan9-72-2T-2nd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Kevin Corrigan:301-144102-31
Total:365-186

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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References

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  2. John B. Swarbrick Jr., Athletics Director, ND.edu
  3. BIG EAST Announces the Formation of Men’s Lacrosse League for 2010 Season, BigEast.org, June 11, 2008.
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  6. Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium, UND.com
  7. Notre Dame Is The New No. 1, UND.com
  8. Head Coach Kevin Corrigan's bio, UND.com.
  9. Head Coach Kevin Corrigan's bio, UND.com.