Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse team represents the University of Notre Dame in NCAA Division I men's college lacrosse. Notre Dame competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays its home games at Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium or the indoor Loftus Sports Center before it is warm enough outside each season, in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse
Founded1981 (varsity)
UniversityUniversity of Notre Dame
Athletic directorJack Swarbrick
Head coachKevin Corrigan (30th season)
StadiumArlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium
(capacity: 2,500)
LocationNotre Dame, Indiana
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
NicknameFighting Irish
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(2) - 2010, 2014
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(5) - 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(13) - 1995, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
(24) – 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(4) - 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018
Conference regular season championships
(23) - 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016


Notre Dame men's lacrosse was a club sport until it became a varsity program in the 1981 season. Current Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick was a midfielder on Notre Dame's club lacrosse team during his undergraduate years (1972–76)[2] before the team acquired varsity status. From 1981 to 1993, Notre Dame competed in the Midwest Lacrosse Association. From 1994 to 2009, it was then a member of the Great Western Lacrosse League. In 2010, it became a member of the newly established Big East men's lacrosse conference.[3] In 2012, Notre Dame announced that it would be joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.[4] From 1981 to 1988, the program was led by head coach Rich O'Leary, who established a career record of 64–42 (.604),[5] after which Kevin Corrigan took over as head coach, beginning in 1989. Within ten years as a varsity program, the Fighting Irish made its first appearance in the NCAA championship tournament in 1990, and since then has regularly appeared there. In 2001, the fifth-seeded Irish reached the semi-final round (Final Four) for the first time after defeating Bucknell 12–7 and fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins 13–9 in earlier rounds, and finished the season with a 14–2 record and a #4 ranking in the nation.

More recently, Notre Dame has made the NCAA championship tournament every year since 2006. In 2009, the Irish went undefeated in the regular season, reaching #2 in national polls, and finished with an overall record of 15–1, with five players receiving All-America honors. In the fall of 2009, Notre Dame opened its new lacrosse-specific outdoor stadium, Arlotta Stadium, with 2,500 seats, an artificial turf field, locker rooms, restrooms, and concession areas.[6] In 2010, the Irish began play in the new Big East men's lacrosse conference and went 7–6 in the regular season before advancing to the NCAA tournament as an unseeded selection, where it upset higher seeds Princeton, Maryland, and Cornell before being defeated by fifth-seeded Duke, 6–5 in overtime of the championship game. In 2011, Notre Dame went 10–2 in the regular season, reaching #1 in national polls,[7] and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Duke, 7–5. In 2012, the Irish went 13–3, defeating ranked opponents Duke, Denver, Syracuse, and defending national champion Virginia before losing to the number one seed and eventual national champion Loyola 7–5 in the semi-final round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, the Irish finished with an 11–5 record and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament, losing to eventual champion Duke, 12–11.

In the history of the program, Notre Dame has produced numerous All-Americans: Mike Iorio (1993, 1994, 1995); Randy Colley (1994, 1995); Todd Rassas (1996, 1997, 1998); Alex Cade (1996); Jimmy Keenan (1996, 1997, 1998); Chris Dusseau (1999); Tom Glatzel (2000, 2001); David Ulrich (2000, 2001); Kirk Howell (2001); Steve Bishko (2001); Mike Adams (2001); AJ Wright (2002); Pat Walsh (2003, 2004, 2005); DJ Driscoll (2005, 2006); Joey Kemp (2006, 2007, 2008); Brian Hubschmann (2007); Sean Dougherty (2007, 2008); Michael Podgajny (2007, 2008); Will Yeatman (2007); Ryan Hoff (2008, 2009); Regis McDermott (2009); Sam Barnes (2009); Grant Krebs (2009, 2010); Scott Rodgers (2009, 2010); Zach Brenneman (2010, 2011); David Earl (2010, 2011); Kevin Ridgway (2010, 2011); Sam Barnes (2011), Andrew Irving (2011), John Kemp (2011, 2012, 2013), Kevin Randall (2012), Jim Marlatt (2012, 2013), Matt Miller (2012, 2013), and Matt Kavanagh (2013, 2014).

In addition, several Notre Dame players have been Tewaaraton Trophy nominees: Tom Glatzel (2001), David Ulrich (2001), Pat Walsh (2004, 2005), Joey Kemp (2008), Scott Rodgers (2009, 2010), Grant Krebs (2010), David Earl (2011), Kevin Ridgway (2011), and John Kemp (2012, 2013)and Matt Landis (2016).

Under current coach Kevin Corrigan, the Irish have an overall record of 241–114 (.679) through the 2013 season.[8] The program has a 100% graduation rate since it was started in 1981.[9] Corrigan has been selected as the GWLL Coach of the Year fives times, including in 2009, which was the conference's final season before the establishment of the Big East men's lacrosse conference.

At the beginning of its games, the Irish team is traditionally led onto the playing field by a teammate playing the bagpipes, a tradition that was begun during the 1996 season by then-freshman Sean Meehan and has since been passed down to other players including Chad DeBolt, Daniel Hickey, Regis McDermott, Colt Power, Ryan Mix, and Edwin Glazener.

Season Results

The following is a list of Notre Dame's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Rich O’Leary (Midwest Lacrosse Association) (1981–1988)
1981 Rich O’Leary 6-65-5
1982 Rich O’Leary 9-67-31st
1983 Rich O’Leary 6-75-4
1984 Rich O’Leary 9-38-11st
1985 Rich O’Leary 9-75-01st
1986 Rich O’Leary 9-45-11st
1987 Rich O’Leary 6-53-12nd
1988 Rich O’Leary 10-43-1T-1st
Rich O’Leary: 64-4241-16
Kevin Corrigan (Midwest Lacrosse Association) (1989–1993)
1989 Kevin Corrigan 7-61-2
1990 Kevin Corrigan 9-73-01stNCAA Division I First Round
1991 Kevin Corrigan 7-72-1
1992 Kevin Corrigan 10-52-11stNCAA Division I First Round
1993 Kevin Corrigan 11-33-01stNCAA Division I First Round
Kevin Corrigan (Great Western Lacrosse League) (1994–2009)
1994 Kevin Corrigan 10-23-01stNCAA Division I First Round
1995 Kevin Corrigan 9-54-01stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1996 Kevin Corrigan 9-44-01stNCAA Division I First Round
1997 Kevin Corrigan 9-33-01stNCAA Division I First Round
1998 Kevin Corrigan 5-72-12nd
1999 Kevin Corrigan 8-63-1T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
2000 Kevin Corrigan 10-45-01stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2001 Kevin Corrigan 14-25-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
2002 Kevin Corrigan 5-84-1T-1st
2003 Kevin Corrigan 9-54-1T-1st
2004 Kevin Corrigan 7-54-12nd
2005 Kevin Corrigan 7-43-23rd
2006 Kevin Corrigan 10-53-22ndNCAA Division I First Round
2007 Kevin Corrigan 11-45-01stNCAA Division I First Round
2008 Kevin Corrigan 14-34-1T-1stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2009 Kevin Corrigan 15-15-01stNCAA Division I First Round
Kevin Corrigan (Big East Conference) (2010–2013)
2010 Kevin Corrigan 10-72-44thNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2011 Kevin Corrigan 11-35-12ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2012 Kevin Corrigan 13-36-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
2013 Kevin Corrigan 11-54-23rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Kevin Corrigan (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2014–Present)
2014 Kevin Corrigan 12-62-3T-3rdNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2015 Kevin Corrigan 12-34-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
2016 Kevin Corrigan 11-43-1T-1stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2017 Kevin Corrigan 9-62-23rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2018 Kevin Corrigan 9-61-3T-3rdNCAA Division I First Round
2019 Kevin Corrigan 9-72-2T-2ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Kevin Corrigan: 301-144102-31

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