Midwest Lacrosse’s Finest Hours

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This is something I wanted to share for all those lacrosse fans around these parts.

On Memorial Day, the Notre Dame men played Duke for the national championship in Baltimore. The Blue Devils beat the Irish 6-5 in sudden death to win their first lacrosse title. Had the Irish won, the title would have been their first, too.

For the first time since 1992, according to the New York Times, a college other than Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Princeton or Virginia won the championship. That’s significant.

The title game also was the first time since 1973 that two teams that had never won a title played for one.

Here’s what Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan, whose team was unseeded, told the Times’ Pete Thamel: “I’m excited that we’re in the championship game and I’m really hoping that if we can win a championship game, I can stop getting questions about lacrosse outside traditional areas.”

While a majority of Notre Dame’s players come from the East Coast, the Irish do have one player on the roster from Illinois. Junior Dan Schmitt graduated from Fremd.

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