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!!!!
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!!!!
We ALL should realize that NOTHING is carved in stone until game time but here is the start to our Spring!
(WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT BEN MARINI HAS AGREED TO WRITE OUR BLOG FOR US. AS WE HAVE SAID BEFORE – GHOST WRITERS HERE AND THERE ARE TOTALLY WELCOME! THANK YOU BEN – CONSIDERING YOU WROTE THIS WITH ONLY THE TEXT MESSAGES SOME OF US WERE SENDING YOU!
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. The 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. 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,
Mike Carter, Chris 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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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
Feeling a little tired – even after a week of recovery from the 2014 season. As I did a couple of local errands yesterday I realized this is my first weekend home since February 9th. Might explain some of it.
This being my last post, you’ll excuse me if I reflect a bit.
Zach Brenneman arrived on Notre Dame’s campus in the fall of 2007. Since then the lacrosse team has played 114 games in 19 different states over the past 7 years. We have been to 112 of them and full disclosure – I witnessed 111 of them. As I sit here today, even in the midst of exhaustion from another season, I’m sorry that we missed the other 2. The blogger in me knows it would have made for a better story.
We’re not alone in our (my) obsession. Doug Hopkins attended every game this season. Darryl Ciambella attended every game for the 4 years that Matt played – traveling from Buffalo. Still remember one trip where his flight was cancelled because of a snow storm. Darryl drove to Philadelphia – the nearest airport that would get him to where he wanted to go. That’s a 280 mile drive just to get to the airport. And then the same drive home after the game. Nuts.
The Keppeler’s and the Beattie’s may have done the same over their four years. The two gentlemen in those families are a tad loose with the facts from time to time so one never knows. I’m sure there are others. Not surprisingly, I got to know the families Ciambella, Hopkins, Keppeler and Beattie pretty well over the years.
The team has played in 3 different conferences during that time. First the old Great Western, then the Big East, and now the Atlantic Coast. This year’s schedule, and I know I’m not telling anyone anything they don’t already know, was far and away the most challenging. And winning the ACC Tournament is right up there with the most rewarding.
For most of us, even home games at Notre Dame are away games. As an example, I traveled approximately 21,000 miles this year from door to door. I haven’t gone back all 7 years but it isn’t a stretch to say that I traveled over 125,000 miles. And because of that – I firmly believe our Notre Dame parent group has greater bonds and relationships than any other program in the country. We share more overnights, more meals, more drinks, and as a result just more time together. Its one of those secrets the coaches should be sharing when recruiting the parents.
The first game I ever attended was, of course, very memorable. Notre Dame played Georgetown in a fall ball match up at some high school in Virginia. Bob and Cheryl Kemp hosted the team and the parents for dinner back at their home after the game. Kind of ironic that I found myself hugging Cheryl at my final tailgate on Monday.
Best trip ever? That is an easy one. In the fall of 2011, Notre Dame played Johns Hopkins in Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. A large parent group traveled out to the game and I organized a day trip to Napa Valley. Should have known that an organized trip of day drinking with this group would turn into spontaneous hilarity but what followed exceeded all expectations. A bus took about 25 of us for the hour-long ride from San Fran up to Napa. We started with a tasting and a tour of Schramsberg at 10 AM. Followed that up with a lunch at Gott’s Roadside (Taylor’s Refresher) and then another tasting and tour at Rubicon (now Ingelnook) in the afternoon. Let’s see, sparkling wine in the morning, a glass of wine at Taylor’s with our Ahi sandwich and then some more wine in the afternoon. Coors Light then made an appearance on the ride back as I recall. Mr’s Keppeler and Dobson provided the entertainment. No one on that bus ride will ever forget the day.
Best venue? Philadelphia’s PPL Park in the shadows of the Commodore Barry Bridge. Great architecture and a perfect size for a quarterfinal game. Notre Dame has played there three times – and won all three with wins over Virginia in the NCAA tournament and Maryland and Syracuse in the ACC tournament.
Best game during my 7 years? I may be viewing this through a narrow lens but Notre Dame’s quarterfinal overtime win over Albany two weeks ago. Just watching the Thompson show was memorable. Coming back from 12-7 with 8 minutes left to win in overtime was, well, unforgettable.
The 2010 and 2014 national championship games are right there of course. Especially 2010 because it was just so unexpected. A different result and it wouldn’t even be a discussion.
Best part of having a son go to Notre Dame? That’s also easy. All of you. Schools like Notre Dame don’t just attract good kids – they attract great families. So many wonderful friends and terrific memories.
This is it for me as it is time for a new voice to carry this forward. We created a blog to track our experiences 3 years ago and now have over 62,000 hits. If I could only figure out how to monetize the thing!
So long everyone. Loved every minute.
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