Sept. 26, 2017
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Keeping with tradition, the Notre Dame men's lacrosse program has a full slate of events that includes scrimmages, career development/networking opportunities and community service in the South Bend area. With a mission to prepare on the field, while also helping others off the field and preparing student-athletes for their lives after ND, the team will touch base in cities such as San Francisco, Buffalo and New York.
The Notre Dame men's lacrosse staff dedicates time each fall to organizing two premier trips for the season. The New York Networking event has developed into a staple of the program. Last year, the team visited New York City/Long Island for exhibitions vs. Navy & Stony Brook while other past destinations in the fall have included Denver, Minneapolis; San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
“Like every fall we are trying to give our guys as many different experiences as we can,” said Notre Dame head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan. “We like to give them an opportunity to travel, network with Notre Dame alumni through all of the various industries that our guys are interested in and just to provide them with a neat experience. Whether in service, career building or just having fun, we want to make sure our guys are having that diverse experience that defines our program.”
SCRIMMAGES AT NOTRE DAME
Kicking off Fall Ball is the Blue/Gold Scrimmage series, which takes place on home football Saturdays. The first edition of the series was played on September 9 and the second was held on the field of Arlotta Stadium on Sept. 16
The team's annual Steak & Hot Dog Game is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, Sept. 30 at Arlotta Stadium. The Steak & Hot Dog Game will continue the tradition of splitting the team into two evenly matched squads drafted by the seniors. Some of the most memorable moments from the contest are the choreographed goal celebrations.
The winning team will be treated to a steak dinner while the losing team will settle for hot dogs.
“The Steak & Hot Dog Game has always been something good,” said Corrigan. “There are a lot of wins in it for us. We want to make sure we do what we can to keep our guys playing at a high competitive level but also allow them to enjoy it and have fun and that game is a great way for them to do that.”
A compilation of highlights from past Steak & Hot Dog Games follows:
NOTRE DAME VS. TEAM CANADA SCRIMMAGE
The first major trip of the fall experience will be a trip out east to Buffalo, New York, to take on the Canadian National Team at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 7. The scrimmage against the Canadians will mark the second time Notre Dame has played a national team this calendar year, as the Irish faced Team USA in Bradenton, Florida, on January 15.
Following the scrimmage against Team Canada, the Irish return to campus for the final week of classes before embarking on its next trip of the fall semester.
"The first thing we are going to do is go to Buffalo to play the Canadian national team," said Corrigan. "That is going to be a purely, competitive opportunity for us. We will get to actually play their 40-man roster right now that they will reduce for the World Games next summer. This trip is part of their selection process and we will get to play two games against two 20-man squads and that will be a great day of competition in Buffalo."
TEAM TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO
The centerpiece of the fall schedule will be a weekend trip to San Francisco from Oct. 13-15. The Irish will host a clinic before playing a scrimmage against Harvard at St. Ignatius College Preparatory. The exhibition game is set to begin at 6 p.m. ET. Following the game against the Crimson, there will be a team picnic at St. Ignatius. Team activities will follow that evening and on Sunday.
After Saturday's game against Harvard the program will put on a networking event to give current student-athletes an opportunity to connect with alums in the California area.
"The trip to San Francisco will be a lot of fun for the guys," said Corrigan. "We are going to do a clinic and play a game against Harvard at one of the high schools. I think it will be a terrific day of lacrosse.
NEW YORK CITY NETWORKING TRIP
Team members will look to continue expanding their connections with the ninth annual New York City Networking Trip on Thursday, Oct. 19. Exclusively for the sophomore and junior classes, the trip offers a full day of networking with firms and Notre Dame alumni from various industries, such as finance, media and commercial real estate.
“I think the networking trip is very important for the guys," said Corrigan. "We will meet up with a group of about 15 juniors and sophomores in New York to visit some firms and talk about the opportunities that exist there. We will then have a reception that night with our alumni from New York and that area It will be terrific.”
THE O'LEARY CUP
The University's fall break is scheduled for Oct. 14-22; however, the team will have the annual O'Leary Cup to look forward to upon their return. Created as a way to break up the November training period, the O'Leary Cup competition features basketball, soccer, flag football, team handball and a weekly box lacrosse league.
The 2017 O'Leary Cup will begin the final week of October and go through the month of November.
COMPLETE FALL SCHEDULE
Sat 9/9: Blue/Gold Scrimmage @ ND - 11 a.m.
Sat 9/16: Blue/Gold Scrimmage @ ND – 12 p.m.
Sat 9/30: Steak/Hot Dog Game @ ND – 10 a.m.
Sat 10/8: ND v. Team Canada at 2 p.m. (Buffalo, New York)
Sat 10/14: ND v. Harvard at 6 p.m. ET @ St. Ignatius (San Francisco)
Sun 10/15: Networking Event (San Francisco)
Thurs 10/19: Junior Networking Day in NYC
Last Week of October through November: O'Leary Cup
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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