Irish Lacrosse Appetizers

Yes Mr. K made a memorable return to Notre Dame on Saturday

Traveled out to South Bend this weekend for the lacrosse scrimmage and thought I would send along some “appetizers” I picked up along the way. 

Oh yeah, there was also a football game.

Football Weekend

Major buzz on campus.  Billy Casper signing books and Dicky V having coffee (like he needs it) in the book store on Friday.  Dicky V spoke at the pep rally later that evening. 

The fall equinox brough gray skies and unpredictable weather – it snowed in some parts of the midwest on Saturday morning.  In South Bend, we had a mix of sun, wind, drizzle and at one point a total downpour.  The weather was so unpredictable I was half expecting a lacrosse game to break out – oh wait, it did.  Nonetheless the campus is beautiful with a number of trees already announcing the arrival of fall.  The stadium was packed for the game and of course you know by now that the movie had a really good ending.

Lacrosse Scrimmage

The ND women’s team hosted Marquette in a scrimmage on Saturday morning.  Final score:  ND 21 Marquette 2.  Welcome to Division I lacrosse.

Our boys had a 2 hour scrimmage starting at 1 PM.  There seems to be a real focus on the new rules, the larger box, and substitution patterns.  I barely understood the old rules and will not try to explain here but the coaches stopped the scrimmage several times to talk to players about their positioning on the field relative to the box.   The scrimmage was interrupted (at least for those of us in the stands) by a major downpour. 

The 2012 grads were back to pick up their SWAG from last season.  All but three of last year’s seniors made it back – and along with them a number of our old tailgate friends – Pfeifer’s, Keppeler’s, Beattie’s, and Ashenburg’s.  Great seeing all of the parents that made it out for the weekend.   Former ND laxer’s David Earl, Billy and Patrick Maloney, and Kelly McKenna were also out for the weekend. 

Fall Ball Details

Ric Andersen reports that several ND lax types will be putting together tailgates in Chicago for the October 6th football game at Soldier’s Field. Our old friend Bob Moore and others are organizing and have purchased parking passes for the Soldier’s Field South Parking Lot.  There are a limited supply of spots and the cost is $54 to park.  Whether you park there or not, that is likely where our tailgate will be shortly after our lacrosse scrimmage.

2013 Schedule

We have the first sighting of a ND game for 2013.  The Marquette web site lists a game against Notre Dame on April 2nd.  The schedule indicates the game will be played in Chicago.  

Also heard University of Richmond may be the next school to go DI lacrosse.

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