July 14, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The past, present and future of Notre Dame men's lacrosse has been on display this summer.
On Saturday, five incoming student-athletes competed in the ninth annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic in Towson, Md. Future Fighting Irish attackman Mikey Wynne (Sykesville, Md./St. Paul's) was named game MVP after tallying four goals, including the game winner 49 seconds into overtime, as the South topped the North, 17-16. He also scooped up five ground balls.
Joining Wynne on the victorious South squad were his future Notre Dame teammates Brendan Collins (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep), Alex Hurdle (Cockeysville, Md./McDonogh) and Owen Molloy (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge). All four players started the contest, which was played at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. Collins, a midfielder, notched one goal and three ground balls, while Hurdle, a defenseman, picked up four ground balls and Molloy made 12 saves in 30 minutes between the pipes.
John Sexton (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) was Notre Dame's lone representative on the North team. The long-stick midfielder scored one goal, picked up one ground ball and caused two turnovers. The five Under Armour All-Americans are the most ever in one class for the Fighting Irish.
While those standouts have yet to suit up in South Bend, current and former Notre Dame players are making an impact at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, which is taking place July 10-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Rising sophomore midfielder Nick Koshansky is competing with Team Russia and the squad finished group play with a 1-2 record in the Plum Division. Russia opened the tournament with losses to Wales (10-2) and New Zealand (16-5) before topping Argentina (5-2). Koshansky has played in all three contests, including a start against Argentina, and he netted a goal versus New Zealand. He competed in all 18 games as a short-stick defensive midfielder during his rookie season at Notre Dame.
Russia will face Team Norway, who is coached by former Notre Dame players Jim Morrison ('05) and Dan Scolaro (`08), this afternoon (3 p.m. ET) in a knockout round play-in game. Morrison and Scolaro led Norway to a 2-1 mark in the Green Division. The squad bounced back from an opening loss to Italy (14-9) with wins over the Netherlands (12-11 OT) and China (20-3) to finish second in the group.
Former Notre Dame All-American David Earl (`11) and Team Canada have a 2-1 record through the first three Blue Division contests. The Canadians fell to the United States (10-7) in the tournament's opener before taking care of England (23-3) and the Iroquois Nationals (9-8). Earl has played in all three games and tallied a goal against the Iroquois Nationals. Canada will face Japan later today (4 p.m. ET) before wrapping up group play tomorrow versus Australia (10 p.m. ET).
A record 38 nations are participating in this year's FIL World Championships and there will be 142 games over the 10 days of the event. The field is broken into nine divisions, with the top six teams competing in the Blue Division. The other eight divisions all have four teams and are not grouped by world ranking.
The entire 2014 FIL World Championships will be broadcast on the digital networks of WatchESPN and ESPN3.
The University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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