Epple Pre-Season AA Honorable Mention

Apologies for not including Garrett Epple in the previous AA post. Young Mr. Epple is also on the list as an honorable mention. Congrats to Garrett and family.

Inside Lacrosse Pre-Season AA List

imageInside Lacrosse recently released it’s pre-season All American lists.  Congrats to ND’s Matt Kavanagh for a well earned 1st team selection.  Matt is pictured here at the autograph session from last year’s final four weekend.  Also a big shout out to Sergio Perkovic on the 2nd team, Matt Landis the 3rd team and Jack Near and Garrett Epple named honorable mention.  All well earned.

Denver, Duke, Syracuse and Bryant all have two 1st team nods.  For the complete list:



Notre Dame Ranked #2 in Inside Lacrosse Faceoff Rankings

Inside Lacrosse recently released their Faceoff Magazine and along with it the DI Top 20 list.  Denver tops the list with Notre Dame, Duke, Syracuse and Johns Hopkins rounding out the top 5.  This is all meaningless until the game begin but it is clear that the lacrosse media expects big things in 2015.  Here is the article:

Top 20

One more post! For those who were …

AT the ND/Stamford Game or had a LOVED one there….

Here is our team young and old on the football field before the game being honored for their ACC CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

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Well we have a ROUGH DRAFT of THE 2015 Mens Lacrosse Schedule …

We ALL should realize that NOTHING is carved in stone until game time but here is the start to our Spring!

2/15 v. Georgetown @ Jacksonville
2/21 @ Michigan
2/28 v. Dartmouth
3/7 @ Denver
3/14 @ Virginia
3/21 v. Ohio State
3/28 v. Syracuse
4/4 @ Duke
4/7 v. Marquette
4/11 TBD
4/18 v. North Carolina
4/24-26 ACC Tournament in Philly
5/2 @ Army
We have also put the links to our gear on the blog – deadline is very soon but check it out!  Thank you Gilmartins for taking on the Gear and the Nametags this year!  Anyone who has questions reach out to them.
A few important details:
  • Order Placement
    • Boathouse Sports will once again be producing our outerwear
    • Store is now open and will close for ordering on Monday, November 3.
    • No orders will be processed after this date.
    • All orders will be customized once the store is closed 11/3.
    • All orders will be shipped directly to you no later than December 1.
  • New Styles
    • For 2015 Boathouse is offering:
      • New Soft Shell, Full Length Stadium Parka
      • New Elevate Men’s & Women’s Jacket replacing last year’s soft shell style
  • Product Minimums Qualifier
    • In order for Boathouse to produce the products being offered through our Team Store, it is essential for the products to ‘hit minimums’.
  • The On-Line Store is now Open and will close THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30th.
    • This short window means you should act now as no orders will be accepted after October 30th.
    • All orders will be processed November 1st and sent to UA for personalization and fulfillment.
    • BSN (Store Manager) will contact via email, each person ordering, to get their preferred mailing address and ALL ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOU.  (Store site states differently, please ignore)
    • Delivery should be within 4-5 weeks after store closes.
  • Clothing Selection.
    • Read the attached Flyer for Clothing Choices.
    • We have tried to offer a wide selection of items with color choices of Gray, White & Blue where available.
    • Some of the items can be personalized with your name and favorite player’s number for an additional charge as listed.  These will be annotated in the store.
  • Log On and Ordering Instructions.
    • Log onto bsnsports.com
    • The initial site is a little busy, but in the middle of the page, click on MYTEAMSHOP Logo in the middle task bar.
    • After clicking on MYTEAMSHOP logo you will be asked for the access code located on the bottom of the attached flyer.
    • Access Code for ND Lacrosse is brockh2y7.
    • Enter the Store.
    • Click on the clothing item pictured on the left for a detailed description and look at the item and color choices.
    • Click on Decoration to zoom in and see what logo will be on the item.
    • Have Fun…GET GEAR!
  • Additional Information
    • This Under Armour On-Line Store is for Clothing only.  We will be opening a Boathouse Store where you can order Outerwear such as Team Jackets.
    • Boathouse Store should be open in next few weeks
    • Depending on level of interest, we may create and open a new store for additional purchases early next year for spring ordering.
Heres to a SAFE Halloween – hope we all see each other soon!
Liza and John Near



Those  who traveled to Seattle, the Emerald City,  were treated to a gem.    Most  arrived in the Great Northwest on Friday, with parents from all classes represented.  The 3rd Annual Seatown Classic got underway Saturday, with a  thrilling lacrosse game and an ND football game-watching/networking event.  Sunday included tours, some by land, others by sea.  The team also mixed it up  with one of  the area’s youth teams in a sun-drenched clinic.   They visited two iconic businesses on Monday, with  red-eye flights bringing  them home for Fall break.   Scenery, weather and camaraderie were outstanding.



Facing The US National team for the second time in three years, the Irish came out strong – one, two, three, four, five, six, seven  unanswered goals.  Freshman Mikey Wynne began the fireworks,  with fellow attackman  Connor Doyle following suit within the game’s first minute.   Sergio Perkovic, who had six assists, scored next.   By now, the local ND Alumni Band was more than warmed up.    Junior Matt Kavanaugh scored his first,  followed by Ben Pridemore.   In between the offensive onslaught, were outstanding face-off wins from sophomore PJ Finley and freshman John Travisano.  Irish goalie Connor Kelly was active and acrobatic, turning away each US effort. He made  a key stop in tight,  that would lead to a possession and goal by  junior Cole Ricardi.  The record crowd of 3,657 were rather stunned.  Team USA,  featuring two Tewaaraton winners and several Tewaaraton finalists, was rich in talent and experience.  The first quarter ended with Team USA getting on the board courtesy of goals from Ryan Young and Brett Schmidt.  While shots on goal favored the Irish 10-9, the scoreboard reflected ND leading 7-2.

The second quarter began with two more US goals, despite some stellar defense by Hank Williams and freshman John Sexton.  With both teams showing a willingness to make this a track meet, Matt Kavanaugh scored again,   breaking a string of four consecutive US goals.  After Irish goaltender Kelly posted a couple of nifty saves, Mikey Wynne added his second goal of the game.  The Irish were not backing down from this very talented US team,  Junior Eddy Lubowicki would tally a man-up goal to close out the Irish scoring for the half.   Despite being outshout and outscored for the quarter, the Irish led at halftime 10-6.

Smiles from parents were abundant and for good reasons. IMG_4718The boys had won the half and showed strength at both ends of the field. Newcomers were contributing as were veterans. And the weather began to show promise. The third quarter began with  both teams making some changes.  Shane Doss manned the Irish goal and immediately benefited from a defensive gem turned in by Ed Glazener.  But the US continued the pressure, with Tewaaraton finalist Jordan Wolf scoring consecutive goals. We remember Wolf , who put the NCAA Championship Game on ice for Duke, late in the game to secure the 2014 title.  Despite some outstanding defense, the US would score nine consecutive goals, aided by a non-releasable, two-minute man advantage. With just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the US took their first lead of the game, outshooting the Irish 13-7.  After a blazing start and solid second quarter, we trailed after three 15-10.

Half-time pleasantries and joy were replaced with anxiety.  But we’ve been here before and responded – see Maryland, Syracuse, Albany and Duke.  So when Cole Ricardi scored his second of the game, followed by a highlight goal by Kavanaugh and sweeeet goal by Jack Near, smiles returned as the Irish flashed their resolve. Cue the bagpipes.   The defense tightened, with  sophomore Garrett Epple turning in another fine performance and Doss steady between the pipes.  With time dwindling, sophomore Anthony Marini got us closer with a goal in tight.  It would be our final tally.  The Irish would win the fourth quarter 4-2, but lose the game 17-14.  An experience we’ll build from.  

Post-game dinner was provided by the ND Club of Seattle. The boys took in the ND/Florida State football game at McCrory’s, while having the opportunity to network with alums fron Nintendo, Microsoft, Cisco and Amazon.  Sunday’s sightseeing would include Pike Place Market, Snoqualmie Falls, Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal.  CitySide Lax is a local youth club whom the Irish spent time teaching and joking with in the afternoon. Monday featured visits to Microsoft and Amazon, before the team would head to the airport for departure and Fall Break.

Many thanks to Steve and Lynnea Osello for organizing the intimate pre-game tailgate. DSC_4473 DSC_4468 Liza and John Near also made the trip, as did Lis Corrigan,  Sue and Dan Runyon, Rob Kelly, Ann and Chris Glazener, Jane Marlatt, Jack Travisano, Valerie Sexton,DSC_4513

John and Charlotte BorbiDSC_4469,

Mike Carter, DSC_4475 DSC_4474Chris Molloy, Todd Healy, Tracy and Rory Byrne and alumni parents Mary and GW Mix, who have donated much of their time and effort on behalf of Irish lacrosse.

Fall Ball completion will  bring spring closer. Of course there’s a winter in there. Remember to buy your Irish apparel and  stay tuned for announcements for the regular season!  Til then….

Ben Marini 

The Irish Show no Mercy for Detroit

(Thank you Ned Williams – father of Henry #32!) for being our blogger this week!

A beautiful fall evening set the stage for the The Irish Lacrosse team’s first “go” against a live opponent after weeks of beating up each other. Beating up is no exaggeration, as no fewer than ten Irish players were held out of the scrimmage with various injuries. While many would like a goal by goal recap of the action, that would entail too much ink as our boys went to the lead and  continued to improve their position. Here are a few overall impressions with apologies for lack of exact detail as the scoring was fast and furious and the defense remained stingy throughout.

4-2 after the first Quarter
 Jack Near, appropriately fired the opening salvo of the 2014-2015 campaign,  with Will Corrigan, Mat Kav, and Lubo  soon following suit.
Several absolute rockets  from the Motor City Hitman  whistled just wide.
13-2 at half
A host of Irish players found the net with Trevor Brosco and Mikey Wynne pumping in a couple of highlight reel goals.
The defense was solid throughout with Matt Landis, Garrett Epple, Eddie Glazener  holding things down at closed, while Henry Williams and John Sexton controlled things running the LSM. Goalie play was outstanding as usual with Connor Kelly and Shane Doss pitching an even strength shutout.
The second half featured more of the same as Detroit seemed out of synch while the Irish seamlessly substituted  with no  change in efficiency. PJ Finley and John Travisano  controlled matters at the X. While the scoring continued unabated, a couple of goals were worthy of sports center recognition. Kyle Trolley nearly tore  out the back of the cage with an absolute laser and Logan Connolly put on a stick handling display. It was a positive first step for the boys as they begin, what we hope will be, a long journey. The water will get significantly deeper when the team heads west to face the US National Team next week.
(ND Mens lacrosse will play Team USA this Saturday, October 18th in Seattle – GO IRISH!!)

Football Weekend

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The Nears were fear-less of the elements

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, your now alumni blogger returns – temporarily at the request of parent leader’s Near.  Liza and John, it should be noted, were attending their first ND football game this weekend in this Jack’s senior season.

The BIG news is the Brenneman family made a return to South Bend this weekend, it was not our first, and bunked with families Near, Kelly, Kav and Lubo in a rented house “walking distance” from the campus.  Note to self:  walking distance was not defined for good reason as it turns out – long walk.

Not that it would matter to Rob Kelly who is prepping for the NY City Marathon next month.  Rob has dropped 10 pounds or so and is scheduled to run with his daughter and is using the occasion to raise money to combat cancer.

Lax Scrimmage

The last of the sun could be seen at the start of the boy’s scrimmage

Attended the lacrosse scrimmage Saturday morning and then the football game featuring Notre Dame and Stanford.  The kids looked sharp in the lacrosse scrimmage by this blogger’s eye.  The team moved quickly with no difference from one line to the next.  The freshman fit in and look well-adjusted.  Including a freshman by the name of Byrne.  ND is deep and will be as advertised this season.

Great to see so many familiar faces in attendance this weekend.  Last year’s lacrosse team was recognized on the football field before the game and a number of last year’s grads made it back for the occasion.  Liza is working on getting a copy of the official photo – which will be special.  I’ve got similar team shots from 2008 and 2011 framed in my home.

Spied 2014 grads Steven O’Hara, Chris Prevoznik, Johnny Scioscia, Brian Buglione, Tyler Brenneman, Alex Eaton, and former Piper Ryan Mix in and around the lax tailgate at the #2 pole.  Also in attendance this day where Zach Brenneman (2011), Adam Felicetti (2010), Andrew Gleason (2011), Ryan Foley (2013), Bobby Smith (2012), Jake Brems (2012), Sean Rogers (2012) and Brendan Moore (2011).  I’m certain there were others.

Field Shot

My only field shot of the boys. That’s Zach Brenneman (2011) masquerading as 2014’s Mike Shepardson, with Jack Near and Matt Landis and Tyler Brenneman sporting a Steeler jersey.

Managed to slurp down a Bob Moore inspired bloody mary before the game (OK it was two).  Caught up with Bob and Marylou Moore  (Notre Dame 81 and 82 respectively) at the tailgate.  Bob was the lacrosse parent mixologist throughout Brendan’s career and lets just say this wasn’t my first.

Happy to report old friend Gene Foley (Ryan 2013) is on the mend after a set back.  Gene attended last week’s ND game at the Meadowlands.  Son Ryan reports that he is feeling well and getting stronger each day.  Get well soon my friend.

Weather, as loyal readers know, is a recurring theme in my posts. And lets just say South Bend rolled out the red carpet on Saturday. Rain, wind, and a hint of snow greeted us this first weekend of October. Record low temperatures. There is a long list of things Tim will miss this upcoming lacrosse season.  South Bend weather isn’t on it.  

The Notre Dame football public address announcer is named Mike Collins.  His enthusiastic and sometimes sardonic greeting is just another part of the wonderful game day experience.

Ladies and gentleman welcome to Notre Dame Stadium for today’s matchup between the Cardinal from Stanford – BOO

and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame – ROAR

Today’s game time temperature is 39 degrees – ROAR

And we’ve already reached the high for the day – ROAR

It will rain throughout the game – ROAR

Winds will reach 30-35 MPH – ROAR

And its 84 degrees today in Palo Alto – ROAR

The elements eventually won out and judging from the overflow crowd at Brothers at the start of the second quarter, we weren’t the first to think the game would look much better from a warm and dry spot with cold beer.  We got to see the lax kids on the field, the band (and alumni band), and the first quarter – that was enough.

The campus looks great.  It’s a special place and simply doesn’t get old.  Already looking forward to my next trip.

Fall Ball anyone?  Sounds like there may be something cooking this coming weekend against Detroit on Friday night.  The following week brings a trip to the great northwest with a matchup against Team USA in Seattle.

And then all thats left is the annual guessing game until the schedule is released.

Can’t wait.   See you all down the line.

We have our first…

game scheduled that is!  Read last night that Marquette has come out with their 2015 schedule and we are to play them on April 7 at ND – time TBD.  As always we keep these in pencil until we receive our official schedule but its fun to know the season is underway (sort of!)

And we begin……AGAIN!

images-1As so it begins.  WELCOME to the 2014-2015 kickoff of Mens Lacrosse!  Or is that face off?

We hope all the freshman and the new parents are all settled into their new ways of life. We know the seniors are having a great time and are pumped about this freshman class!

There are many ways to follow ND Mens Lacrosse -

…the ND Lacrosse Experience Guide for most if not all of the information you will need!

…the ND YouTube often for highlights and travel/experiential videos.  The address is https://www.youtube.com/user/NDlaxTV

The scrimmages before home football games started Saturday, September 6 before the MICHAGAN game.  The team generally scrimmages every football weekend so please stop by Arlotta if you are coming to a football game.

The team will play Team USA in Seattle, WA on Saturday, October 18th at 2:00 PM.  Here is the link for the Seatown Classic – http://www.seatownclassic.org/   This will also be the first weekend of the boy’s fall break.  The team will staying at two hotels – Friday near the airport and the place they will play, and then a different hotel in the city for Saturday and Sunday.  We have a long tradition of big time fall ball support and are hoping for a good crew to join us out there – even though it is a LONG way for the East Coasters!  Hello Starbucks.

We are assembling a team of senior parents to guide the parent group again this year.  Jane Marlatt has kindly taken the lead on organizing tailgates and her husband Geoff will be our treasurer!  WHEW!  They will be in touch rather soon to start organizing us for this year.

I do want to note that Geoff will be collecting a contribution from each family in support of our parent fund.  That fund is tapped throughout the season to support our expenses – mostly reimbursements of tailgate expenses.  Did I mention that we like to tailgate?  Surprise.  Expect to hear from him shortly.

John and I are pumped to take the lead this year but we will need alot of help along the way!


Liza and John Near