Each year during the first couple of Notre Dame Football home games, various Irish athletic programs are honored for their athletic achievement from the previous year. In the first game vs. Texas, the Notre Dame men's and women's basketball programs were honored for winning their respective Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments and dancing as far as they did in the national tournament - Elite Eight for the men and the national championship game for the women. During the Georgia Tech game, the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team had its turn, receiving recognition for its latest Final Four run. However, if you consider the program's involvement in the community as well as the team's academic success, it is clear the group was being honored for much more than their on-field success.
The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team had another successful season in the ACC. Not only did the Irish make it to the 2015 NCAA Final Four, which marked their second consecutive appearance in the national semifinals, the team also held an undefeated home record (7-0) and an undefeated conference record (4-0). The season was highlighted by a shutout, 9-0, victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes, as well as an overtime thriller to take down the top-ranked Syracuse Orange by a score of 13-12.
Sergio Perkovic, a junior midfielder this season, led the team with 34 goals, while attacker Mikey Wynne impressed with 33 goals as a freshman. Goalie Shane Doss maintained a .546 save percentage with 148 saves for the season.
In addition to on-field success, the Irish saw just as much success in the classroom. With eight players named to the ACC All-Academic Team and 17 players completing high-end internships throughout the summer at companies such as Whiting-Turner and Morgan Stanley, the men's lacrosse team best exemplifies the "student" portion of the term of student-athlete.
The Irish also know what it means to give back to the community. The team was recognized last spring as the ACC/United Way "Game Changers" for their weekly mentoring program in which they partner with the Dickinson Fine Arts Academy (DFAA) and teach students critical thinking skills, sportsmanship and self-motivation through hands-on activities.
The team continued their community involvement on Thursday as the Irish traveled to Chicago to work with O.W.L.S. Lacrosse for their fourth-annual Playing for Peace youth clinic.
In athletics, academics and service, the Notre Dame men's lacrosse
team has excelled. It is for this reason the team received a roaring round of
applause at the Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech football game.
Before their introduction on the field, the team took a photo with the entire Notre Dame student section.
They then cheered on the Notre Dame Marching Band as they emerged from the tunnel.
And before they got on the field, the team was able to watch some football action up close and personal.
After much anticipation, the team was introduced onto the field and the crowd went wild.
The Irish will look to make it back onto the field at Notre
Dame Stadium after another successful season in athletics, academics and