Oct. 18, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Olympics have medals. The NFL has the Lombardi Trophy. The NHL has the Stanley Cup. The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team has streak and hot dogs.
Arlotta Stadium will be the place to be Friday afternoon as the Fighting Irish take part in their annual Steak & Hot Dog Game. The instrasquad affair will get underway at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and Fighting Irish fans in town for Saturday's Notre Dame-USC football game are encouraged to come and get a look at the 2014 lacrosse squad. There is no admission.
This always is an entertaining event for the players, who are split into two evenly matched squads that are drafted by the seniors. Usually the most memorable moments from the contest are the choreographed goal celebrations. Later this fall the entire Irish squad will go to head coach Kevin Corrigan's house for dinner and the winning side feasts on steak, while the losing team will dine on hot dogs.
After the Steak & Hot Dog Game a unique athletic exchange will occur at Arlotta Stadium as the Notre Dame lacrosse team will get an introduction to the sport of hurling. Some of the top hurling stars from Ireland will be in town for the Super Hurling 11s "The Celtic Champions Classic", which will take place 3 p.m. Saturday at Arlotta Stadium.
Fighting Irish fans will get a chance to witness Ireland's leading Gaelic sports stars perform the ancient Irish game of hurling, the fastest field sport in the world. This event will showcase a unique short-form of the game for the first time and will feature Ireland's very best athletes. The Notre Dame lacrosse players will look to impart some knowledge of their sport to the hurlers in what should be an interesting exchange of skills.
BUSY BREAK PLANNED FOR THE IRISH
During the first half of next week's fall break, Corrigan once again will take the team's juniors to New York City for a professional networking trip. The group will meet with Notre Dame alumni and others who work at key companies in the city. This journey has become a staple for the Fighting Irish program.
The team will spend the second half of the break in Colorado. The Fighting Irish will have an intrasquad box lacrosse game Oct. 24 in Denver and have dinner that evening with Notre Dame alums from that area. The following day will start with a visit to a children's hospital as the team will hope to spread cheer to the young patients. A scrimmage against the Air Force Academy will take place later that day.
Saturday, Oct. 26 will begin with a ropes and leadership course that the team will attend with the Air Force squad. Later that day the team will attend the Notre Dame-Air Force football game.
The Fighting Irish posted an 11-5 record last season and earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championship. Notre Dame defeated five top-10 teams and concluded the regular season with the nation's top RPI before advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth straight season.
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