Going On A Run

Notre Dame used a 9-0 first-half burst, accompanied by a career goaltending effort  to defeat rival Michigan 17-8  in Ann Arbor.  It was the inaugural lacrosse showdown in a sports rivalry begun in 1887. Freshman Mikey Wynne scored four times, while linemate Matt Kavanagh tallied three and set up three. Sophomore goalie Shane Doss recorded a personal high 13 saves in his first start of the year.  The third-ranked Irish improved to 2-0.

Shane Doss registered a personal best 13 saves.

Shane Doss registered a personal best 13 saves.

An early-rising crowd unlocked the doors of Conor O’Neil’s Irish Pub  in Ann Arbor for the pregame tailgate. There was much a buzz about the gourmet deli sandwiches Vasko and Kristina Perkovic had supplied the team on Friday. Once again, Jane and Geoff Marlatt organized a splendid affair, with the Landis, Collins and Perkovic familites assisting. It was an express event, with folks scurrying out by noon to secure seats in cozy Oosterbaan Field House.  Thanks to Charlotte and John Borbi for reserving the midfield section.  Tracy Byrne provided timely updates on out of town upsets, played in frigid temperatures and snow.  Continued thanks to Liza Near and Rob Kelly for the colorful supply of photos.  Lastly, thanks to the boys for opening doors to The Big House.  Empty, with much of the field snow covered, it’s still impressive.

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Nick Osello stampeding at X.

The game began with Senior Nick Osello setting the tone,  driving his 6-1 frame through two Wolverines in the game’s initial faceoff.  While Michigan would leverage the subsequent man-advantage to take a 1-0 lead, Notre Dame got offensive, forcing the Wolverine goalie to make four splendid saves, with two more dingers clanking off pipes.  Despite a low scoring quarter, the Irish controlled the tempo. With a little more than two minutes remaining in the first quarter,  freshman midfielder Brendan Collins scored his first collegiate goal to get the Irish on the board and tie the game at one.  Proud parents beamed. Shout outs came from every direction.   Following a save up top by Shane Doss, the ball was summoned to Matt Kavanagh, who held court in the right corner with less than 30 seconds remaining.  Kavanagh surveyed and with 14 ticks to go,  the Irish All-American darted, dodged and flicked and suddenly, it was 2-1 ND after one period.  The full house adjacent to the Big House, got quiet.

Brendan Collins scored his first collegiate goal.

Brendan Collins scored his first collegiate goal.

With the start of the second quarter, Junior Midfielder Cole Ricardi would extend ND’s lead to 3-1. Following another forced turnover, the Irish strung several short passes to reach Mikey Wynne, home alone on the UM doorstep.  Poised and clever, Wynne would pull the goalie out of the net with a quick fake before feeding Kavanagh, who waved his stick with one hand, placing the ball magician-like in the back of the net to extend the Irish run. Wynne would be repaid, taking a pass seconds later  from Connor Doyle  to put Notre Dame up 5-1 with 11:23 remaining in the first half. The play started with a nifty defensive steal by sophomore Bobby Collins. Kavanagh wasn’t done.  Tracking down a loose ball in the corner, he lofted a high, arching pass to center fielder Jim Marlaat, who caught the lazy pop fly and quickly ripped a low laser past the Michigan netminder, 6-1 ND!   Eddy Lubowicki entered the game and quickly contributed, scoring his first of the year at the eight minute mark.   Wynne would strike again, this time on the man advantage before home-grown Sergio Perkovic would finish a 9-0 Irish run with an eight goal lead. Kyle Runyon and Jack Sheridan entered the game at attack and defense, respectively.  Michigan would end a 23-minute drought, scoring with 47 seconds remaining.  The first half ended with Notre Dame in front, 9-2.

Mikey Wynne scored four versus Michigan

Mikey Wynne scored four versus Michigan

While the offense clicked, the defense stifled, with Michigan struggling to clear.  Matt Landis, Garrett Epple and Eddy Glazener disrupted  movement and intercepted passes. LSM’s Henry Williams and John Sexton denied cutters and collected loose balls. Middies Jack Near, Nick Koshansky and Bobby Collins bumped and poked, keeping Wolverine shooters on the perimeter. A contrast of two offenses – the Irish were buzzing around the net while Michigan shot from downtown. In the second quarter, ND outshot UM 15-7 while forcing five turnovers. The Irish offense converted on 40% of their possessions compared to UM at 21%.

The second half began with Wynne scoring on a pass from Osello.  Michigan would answer and threaten again with a two-man advantage.  The Irish defense, that now included Pat Healy, was up to the task. With the Michigan trailing 11-5, Connor Doyle extended the lead back to eight, coming from behind the net to tuck one in low while in full flight.   Opting not to turn this into a track meet, Michigan slowed the pace on the next few possessions, which the officials welcomed by turning on the 30-second timer.  UM would show good ball movement, scoring and closing  to 12-6.  Enter Kavanagh, from his corner, going right to left, he fired a low to high laser, his third of the day, netting the Irish a 13-6 advantage.

Matt Kavanagh scored three and set up three.

Matt Kavanagh scored three and set up three.

PJ Finley, picking up where he left off from last week, won the ensuing faceoff to close out the quarter.  He went 6/8 for the day, with Nick Osello finishing 10/19 and freshman John Travisano winning one out of two.

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Connor Doyle in flight to extend the Irish lead.

The fourth quarter began with another crushing hit by Osello and goals by Doyle, Trevor Bosco and Perkovic from downtown.  A 16-6 lead brought about a UM goalie switch, which sophomore Anthony Marini greeted with his first collegiate goal. He was the 10th Irish player to score on the day, the 13th player to score this year. Through two games, the Irish have netted 31 goals while allowing 20.  Two late Wolverine goals would finish the scoring in a 17-8 victory.  Next up for the Irish is Dartmouth on Saturday in South Bend at 1:00.  ESPN 3 will broadcast.  The Big Green dropped their season opener to Ohio State in Columbus, 15-5.  See ya Friday! Go Irish.

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Irish Wynne Opener

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Piper Ed Glazener led the Irish.

Notre Dame rode a record offensive performance en route to a 14-12 Wynne over Georgetown in The Loftus Sports Center this past Saturday. It was the season opener for both teams. Freshman attackman Mikey Wynne scored six goals in his Irish debut, tying the record for most goals scored in a home game. He likely established a new team mark for goals in a collegiate debut.  The day was filled with subplots.

The contest was moved indoors due to temperatures in the teens and whiteout conditions. Cancelled flights and treacherous highways delayed and stranded parents en route to South Bend.  We’re grateful Kevin Doyle arrived.  Our first tailgate, hosted by the Kelly, Travisano, Near and Marini families, was warm and welcoming.  The ACC Room at Ivy Court bustled, with food, photos and anticipation. The journey across the street to Loftus was halted momentarily by swirling winds and a white wall of snow. Visibility  was zero.

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Consecutive goals by Wynne on assists from Matt Kavanagh put the Irish up by two before Jack Near fed Perkovic, who’s howitzer scorched the net for a 4-1 ND lead. NDGtowntailgate

 

With three minutes remaining in the first quarter and Goalie Connor Kelly yet to see a second shot, the outcome appeared to be following the script predicted by the experts. But this Georgetown squad had other ideas,  executing precisely to score and close to 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.  Kelly would then face three consecutive shots in the second quarter, as the Hoya offense moved well without the ball, leading to their third goal,  4-3.  A CK stop point blank preserved the  lead, with the transition in full gallop.  A precise pass from Kavanagh to Perkovic, who side stepped two Hoyas, before firing his second goal of the game. Again, Georgetown answered immediately, 5-4.  Faceoffs and subsequent ground balls were in the hands of Nick Osello, PJ Finley and freshman John Travisano.  But the Hoyas were picking up 50%  of the loose balls and moved quickly to tie the score at 5 with 8:27 remaining in the first half.  Will Corrigan answered on an unselfish pass from Connor Doyle to put the Irish back in front, 6-5.  Finley, who picked the subsequent faceoff clean, got on a roll that would serve the offense well the balance of the game.  After two point blank saves by the freshman Georgetown goalie, the Hoyas showed a transition game of their own, tying the score at 6-6.  Exploiting a man advantage, junior Eddy Lubowicki threaded a laser to Mikey Wynne, who deposited quickly for a 7-6 Irish lead.

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PJ Finley won critical faceoffs in the second half.

Matt Kavanagh followed,  dancing to separation before firing a sidewinder the Hoya goalie never saw with just four seconds left in the half….8-6 Notre Dame at the intermission.

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Matt Kavanagh’s side-winding buzzer beater at the half.

Credit Georgetown, they wouldn’t go away and would score first in the second half, despite a crushing hit that middie Nick Osello delivered along the sideline. Doyle would then score, unassisted to widen the lead, 9-7.  Again, Finley managed the subsequent draw, with Jack Near picking up the loose ball and scoring unassisted for a 10-7 lead.  Time to pull away – not so fast!  After one Hoya shot rang off the crossbar, a second found the back of the net.  With the score 10-8 and 8:15 left in the third,  sophomore goalie Shane Doss entered the game for Notre Dame.

Nick Osello would provide the Loftus crowd with a Sports Center moment. Rushing across midfield with the ball, he slowed, squared up and accelerated, leading with his shoulder through a Hoya defenseman.  Down went the Hoya, with Osello launching a shot while falling to the ground….scoring for an 11-8 lead.  Those anticipating more of the same saw  two transition goals by Georgetown, reducing the lead to a single goal, 11-10 after three periods.  A man-up goal by Georgetown early in the fourth, tied the score at 11.  A season opening thriller, remained unexpectedly tight, when Sergio Perkovic scored on a pretty spin move.  Eight seconds later,  Mikey Wynne struck again, putting the Irish up by two, 13-11.  Exhale?  Not today. The Hoyas answered with rapid ball movement,  narrowing the deficit to 13-12.

Enter the shot clock,  making its physical debut with 1:22 remaining.  With the Irish patiently positioning the dagger, the clock ticked.   As he had all game, Wynne moved well off ball, catching and depositing a precision pass from Perkovic to seal an Irish 14-12 win.   With just 29 seconds remaining, Matt Landis came in to take the final faceoff, which the Irish won to begin the season for the 13th consecutive time, victorious.  Cue the fight song.

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Mikey Wynne (#24) scored six goals in his collegiate debut.

 

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Irish privately bestowed senior Henry Williams with the #40, which honors former Notre Dame captain Mike Sennett. A three-time monogram winner, Sennett played attack and was known as a selfless player and teammate.  A native of Detroit and graduate of Brother Rice High School (Sergio Perkovic), Sennett  evangelized lacrosse in Missouri, settling in St. Louis after receiving his degree from Notre Dame in 1991. He founded and coached DeSmet High School’s lacrosse program from 1992 – 2007, where he would win six state titles.  He went on to coach state, regional and national teams, with dozens of players reaching the collegiate level and several earning All America honors. He was elected into the Missouri Hall of Fame in 2005.  He coined a “Count on Me” cheer as his teams broke huddle.The chant instilled a sense of accountability with his players. He was coaching in a tournament outside South Bend in 2007, when he died suddenly.  He was 38.   In his honor, members of the DeSmet High School community established The Mike Sennett Count On Me Foundation, providing scholarship, mentoring and lacrosse instruction to economically disadvantaged youth in the St. Louis metro area.  His #40 hangs in the player’s lounge at Arlotta Stadium as a reminder of the team’s values. Congratulations Henry!

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Ned and Henry Williams

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Next up is Michigan, now in its fourth year of Division I competition.  The Wolverines are 2-0, defeating Bellarmine (16-9) and Detroit (15-6). They too had an attackman score six goals last week.  The game is scheduled for 1:00 in the Oosterbaan Field House.  Pre and post game activities will be confirmed later the week.  See you Friday……and of course…………..

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Climb Aboard

Saturday can’t come fast enough.

Last year’s journey was a culmination for seniors, an unforgettable chapter for the underclassmen and an amazing introduction to newcomers.  We were treated to unmatched caliber of play, competing against Duke, Denver and Syracuse teams the smart money predicted to win championships.   We launched in Jacksonville, rallied in Carolina and basked in California before hosting Virginia indoors. We plowed through Ohio snow, ate barbecue in Syracuse and gave thanks over an  Easter mass and meal.  We ran through Philly like Rocky,  stunning Maryland and knocking out Syracuse in a heavyweight title fight.  Momentum grew, tailgates swelled, a season was saved with our first ACC title.

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Winning the ACC and securing an NCAA berth.

An offensive battle with Army would be followed by a workman-like victory against Harvard.  On to sun-drenched Hofstra, where drones hovered above our largest tailgate of the year. A crowd exceeding 13,000 witnessed an epic showdown.  Not one, but two would-be Tewaaraton winners dazzled in what experts called the game of the year. Legend has it, we were down by five with eight minutes remaining against the game’s most powerful offense.  But a 10-man ride brought chaos, spurring a 6-1 Irish run and overtime.  Who was breathing?  Nobody changed seats, removed beads or turned hats.  With the ball and our fate in his hands, the local lefty two-stepped the Albany defense backward, while firing a low liner that skidded past a tiring net minder. Sidelines emptied, the Irish danced, coaches exhaled and the proud faithful lit cigars long into the night.

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The local lefty unleashes the game winner in OT.

The Final Four was an experience.  Media interaction, Fan Fest, a homecoming for many, with old friends and new. Our senior parents raised their game with a tailgate for the ages. Everyone was Irish. On the field,  another magical day, as a physical defense forced 19 turnovers en route to an 11-6 victory. Our super sophomore scored five goals and suddenly what began on February 16 would now conclude on May 26 with the final two.

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Addressing the media and fans in Baltimore.

The Championship confirmed our identity.  Talented, deserving, resilient and proud.  The champion laid out the challenge, surgically opening an 8-2 lead.  The challenger would respond, scoring seven of the next nine, closing to within 10-9 late in the fourth. Still down by one with 49 ticks left, Duke would gain a critical possession and prevail.  Our first national championship would elude us.  A season few will forget was over.  Two days later, Ciao Italia!!  The team touched down in Italy, closing the book on 2014.

That brings us to Saturday….a chance to finish the unfinished. We’ll reacquaint with Georgetown and seed a rivalry in Ann Arbor, before welcoming Dartmouth to a thawed Arlotta.   Our duel in Denver could pit  #1 vs #2, with two explosive offenses and hall of fame coaches.  The schedule intensifies with Virginia, Ohio State, Syracuse and defending champion Duke.  Charlottesville and Raleigh promise high-stakes lacrosse and unforgettable barbecue. Home cooking will return for games against Marquette and Carolina.  The ACC Tournament will return to Philadelphia, where the Irish have played like the home team, unbeaten at PPL Park in three outings.  Despite the ACC carrying only five teams this year, the tournament winner will receive an Automatic Qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.  We’ll finish the regular season at iconic West Point, a spectacular setting with a dangerous team.

The ultimate destination is The Final Four, also in Philly.  A few of the experts are predicting a national champion who’s not yet worn the crown. Might this team ring the Liberty Bell on Memorial Day?  Let’s start with Georgetown.

Ready for Georgetown!

Winter Finale

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Pulling into South Bend this past Friday,  there were signs the impending  lacrosse season would soon Spring.  Joggers were plentiful, many in shorts, a few in t-shirts. Baseballs were in the air, with batters hacking and pitchers throwing. People were out, ignoring the snow on the ground and the falling temperatures.  February was knocking, which meant lacrosse and a much anticipated schedule.

Our preseason doesn’t include official tailgating, but Saturday began with Ed Lubowicki graciously welcoming Air Force parents who had made the journey to Eddy Street.  Lubo is a long-time lacrosse ambassador and passionate about the Irish. The Connolly´s made the trip again this week, as did Paul Finley.  As we exchanged the details of our travels,  everyone’s attention shifted to departures. Snow scheduled to dump more than a foot would arrive Saturday night. Now with the January finale set to start, the Healys, Epples and Marlatts joined us at midfield, with the balance of parents following via text and email.

Air Force is coming off their best season since 1988,  posting a 9-7 record in 2014. Wins over Ohio State and Fairfield enabled them to win the ECAC  Championship. The Falcons went on to earn their first-ever NCAA Lacrosse Tournament victory with a win over Richmond.  Coach Eric Seremelt and Assistant Coach Bill Wilson were named National Coach and Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively.  With 14 senors graduating, a younger team entered the toasty Loftus Center for a scrimmage with ND.

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Lax at Loftus

The tale of the first half  for the Irish was an opportunistic offense and a smothering defense. The defense was led by middies Jack Near, Nick Koshansky, Bobby Collins and freshmen Brendan Collins and Patrick Headley. Stout and agile, this unit denied and banged.  Long poles Matt Landis, Garrett Epple and Ed Glazener defended and distributed, immoveable in the process.  Sophomore Pat Healy continued to spell each,  contributing quality minutes. Throughout the first half, each Falcon possession was halted on the perimeter, with few passes reaching the attack and even fewer resulting in shots for goalie Shane Doss to handle.  Doss was near perfect in the half on the five or six shots he faced.

On offense, the Irish struck first, when sophomore Eddy Lubowicki finished in tight on a nifty pass from Connor Doyle. After Air Force tied it  1-1, Lubo fed freshman Mikey Wynne for a goal and an ND lead they would never relinquish. With Nick Osello, PJ Finley and John Travisano each winning faceoffs, possessions were plentiful. Lubowicki and Sergio Perkovic each scored to end the first quarter.  Leading 4-1, ND  went right back to the offensive, with Perkovic converting a nice pass from Osello for an Irish score.  Osello and Perkovic running down field in tandem reminds me of the running of the bulls in Pamplona.  Jim Marlatt scored to make it 6-1 before Connor Doyle threaded a laser to Eddy Lubowicki, who finished on the doorstep for his third goal of the half. The play started with Garrett Epple forcing a turnover, the transition up field and Doyle’s tightly-placed pass. Moments later, Ed Glazener repeated the sequence, with a clever strip, fed the outlet pass to Sexton, who fed Mikey Wynne for his second goal and an 8-1 Irish halftime lead. The transition game was a thing of beauty from the sideline bleachers.

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A view from the bleachers

The second half began with Conor Kelly in goal, surrounded by Landis, Epple and Glazener.  Middies included Jim Marlatt, Trevor Bosco and Cole Ricardi.  Kelly recorded two saves in tight, before the Irish transitioned to offense, scoring on another missile fired by Sergio Perkovic, his third.  A 10-1 lead included a 9-0 Irish run.  Kelly made a few more difficult saves, before the Falcons would make a run of their own, scoring three straight to end the third quarter with the score at 10-4.  As the fourth quarter began, parents began discussing travel alternatives as the South Bend forecast worsened.  A larger amount of snow was now due to arrive earlier than originally forecast.  With eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, your blogger threw the flag on Liza Near, who text from sunny Florida, confirming her poolside temperature – it was higher than the temperature inside Loftus .

Sergio Perkovic

Sergio Perkovic

Juniors Jack Sheridan and Thomas Stephan  entered the game to play defense, with Pierre Byrne, Trevor Bosco and Jim Marlatt now at midfield.  Bosco would score next for the Irish,  on a nice hustle play by Marlatt.  Soon Bobby Gray and Kyle Trolley would enter at midfield, with Kyle Runyon at attack.  It was Runyon who neatly fed Jack Near for the finally tally in a  13-5 Irish win.  The two teams played a fifth quarter, which also went to the Irish 4-1.  My tired eyes picked goals from Trolley, Ricardi (Borbi), Gray and Bartolo. Finley won three faceoffs, with Ben Pridemore,  Chris Carter, Logan Connelly and Alex Headley all playing well.

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Matt Landis

Air Force moves on to open the season against defending national champion Duke. The Irish open their regular season on Saturday, February 14 at 12:00 pm at Arlotta Stadium.  Let’s hope the snow melts, bodies heal and temperatures rise.  It’s been 10 months since last year’s title game.  The journey to Philly began that day.

Juuuust in case you can’t make it to sunny South Bend!

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Getting Started

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Picking up where Fall lacrosse ended, the team continued preparations for the February opener with a few January headlines.

Captains were selected with seniors Jim Marlatt, Connor Doyle and Jack Near getting the nod from their teammates.  Marlatt is serving his second term.  This past Friday, Near and Doyle along with midfield teammate Nick Osello were drafted in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.  On Sunday, the Irish returned to the field with a solid  effort against a sound Bellarmine squad.

Friday evening’s MLL draft included several names you’ll recognize.  Tewaaraton co-winner Lyle Thompson,, who dazzled last year in our epic NCAA quarterfinal game versus Albany, was selected first overall by the Florida Launch.  Just six slots behind Thompson was athletic Irish midfielder Jack Near.  The senior from Bronxville, New York will stay in his home state, playing for Rochester.

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Jack Near

Attackman Connor Doyle was selected in the sixth round as the 43rd overall pick.  Doyle will also stay local, getting the call from the hometown Chesapeake Bayhawks.  Continuing with the local trend, Nick Osello was drafted in the eighth round as the 60th pick by his native Denver Outlaws, the reigning MLL champion.    Of the top five selections, the Irish played against four them in 2014 – Thompson (A- Albany). Will Haus (M-Duke), Ryan Tucker (M-Virginia) and John Glesener (A-Army).

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Connor Doyle

Sunday’s scrimmage with Southern Conference, pre-season favorite Bellarmine, began in the Loftus Center with snow falling at Arlotta.  Bellarmine from Louisville,  finished 2014 with four consecutive wins, 7-5 overall.  The Knights began Sunday scoring first after two early saves by Irish goalie Connor Kelly. Nick Osello and Junior Matt Kavanagh scored for the Irish, with the first period ending deadlocked at 2.  The second quarter featured a very stingy Irish defense, led by sophomore Garrett Epple and  juniors Matt Landis and Eddie Glazener.  Midfielders also contributed, with Bob Collins, Nick Koshansky and freshmen Brendan Collins and John Sexton forcing turnovers and holding Bellarmine scoreless in the second quarter.  Another wave of defensive talent included  sophomore Pat Healy and Junior Jack Sheridan.

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Nick Osello

The offense heated up with a generous string of possessions, thanks to face-offs won by Osello, sophomore PJ Finley and freshman John Travisano.  Kavanagh, Brosco, Osello (2), Eddie Lubowicki (2) and Sergio Perkovic brought the crowd to their feet with seven consecutive goals, for a 9-2 halftime lead.  The second half was more of the same, with Shane Doss between the pipes.  Kavanagh, Perkovic, Connor Doyle and Cole Riccardi each scored, expanding the Irish margin to 15-3 after 3.  Doss, Landis, Lubowicki and Will Corrigan all set up beautiful scores, enabling the Irish to finish with a 19-4 victory.  Corrigan, Lubowicki, Kyle Runyan and Pierre Byrne rounded out the fourth quarter scoring.    Contribution from many, continuing what began in Seattle.

The Doyles and Connellys made the trip, with more expected this weekend.  My thanks to Rob Kelly and Paul Finley for providing me remote eyes and texts. Next up is Air Force, scheduled for noon on Saturday in the warm confines of Loftus.  Until then……….

A New Piper Piping

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Glaze will lead the Irish in 2015.

A BIG Christmas day shout out and congratulations to Ed Glazener who will join a growing and impressive list of Fighting Irish lacrosse players to lead the team into battle each game as the team bagpiper.

The fully initiated know that by tradition the Fighting Irish lacrosse team is led onto the field each game by their piper.  Glaze will be sure to get plenty of face time every time the Irish play on TV.  ESPN broadcasting the game?  The opening shot of every game is guaranteed to be of Glaze and his mates taking the field.

The tune the Irish pipers play?  Well, hmmm, “Scotland the Brave” of course.  Ok that’s both confusing and another story.  Let’s stick to the theme on this one.

Ryan Mix led the Irish in 2012-2013

Ryan Mix led the Irish in 2012-2013

Glazener replaces Ryan Mix (2013 and 2014), who replaced Colt Power (2010, 2011 and 2012), who replaced Regis McDermott (2008 and 2009). And on and on.

Are the guys any good?  To be honest, most of us don’t hear more than the first chord, and if we are really honest, most of the time we don’t even hear that.  Many will tell you, with a twinkle in their eye, it’s just as well.

Perhaps the all time best Piper photo - Regis McDermott leads the Irish onto the field in 2008

Perhaps the all time best Piper photo – Regis McDermott leads the Irish onto the field in 2008

For a prior story highlighting the tradition of Irish Bagpipers follow the attached link.  And for a special treat follow the link to Colt Power playing for Inside Lacrosse a couple of years ago.  He may have been the best of the bunch musically – but who will ever know?

Merry Christmas everyone.  For our prior “piper post” click here:

https://notredamelacrosse.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/history-of-the-bagpipes/

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:

http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/2015-face-off-yearbook-di-all-americans/30269/1

 

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:

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