Notre Dame Lacrosse: Exceptional Athletes at Their Best.

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The University of Notre Dame has a rich history of athletics. Established in 1842, the Catholic University is known not only for its outstanding academics but also for its dynamic presence in the college athletic world. Notre Dame athletic teams have numerous titles and a nation-wide fan base. Notre Dame Lacrosse is no exception. Despite the fact that lacrosse is relatively new, beginning in 1981, the lacrosse team has made its mark in the world of college lacrosse.

Beginning in 1981 with Rich O’Leary as head coach, Lacrosse has had a strong presence at Notre Dame. Since the beginning, only two men have served as head coach, Rich O’Leary until 1989 and then Kevin Corrigan from 1989 to the present. In the last nine years, Notre Dame has competed in the NCAA tournament eight times. They made to the final twice in the last six years. Their record for the 34 seasons is impressive with 317 wins and only 162 losses.
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Notre Dame Lacrosse players are recognized for their hard work. In the last eight years, fifteen players have been named All-American and fourteen seniors were asked to play in the North/South All-Star game. In the last four years, two players were named Academic All-American.

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One such student is defensive player Matt Landis. He attends the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame and has been a starter on the team for the past 3 years. Last season, he won many awards including the ACC Division Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Epoch/LAX Magazine Player of the Week. Fans are excited to see how much more he can achieve going into his senior year.
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The University wants incoming freshman to succeed both on the field and in the classroom. Notre Dame offers free tutoring and study groups, resulting in 98% of the freshman completing their first year successfully. The Office of Academic Services for Student Athlete meet with all athletes regularly, monitoring their academic progress, and getting the students help when necessary.

The tradition continues. Notre Dame’s first pre-season practice took place early in September. Soon, Notre Dame Lacrosse team will, again, be playing under the lights at Moose Krause Stadium. Outlook is good for another outstanding season. Numerous upper classmen are returning along with three, incoming freshmen who were named Under Armour All-American. Perhaps a NCAA title will soon be in the books for Notre Dame. One thing is for sure, Notre Dame Lacrosse will continue to recruit and train exceptional players.