The Fighting Irish athletic teams of the world-renowned University of Notre Dame have unprecedented reputations for precision, dedication, and ambition. One of the university’s top Division I competitors, the Men’s Lacrosse Team, has received the ACC Conference title an astounding 22 times since its founding in 1981.
The Fighting Irish Lacrosse Team originated as a club sport until it became a varsity program, an effort spearheaded by a former team player and current VP Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. After gaining varsity status, the team competed in the Midwest Lacrosse Association from 1983 to 1993, and later joined the Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) from 1994 to 2009.
The lacrosse team’s international notoriety drastically increased in 2010 after it joined the newly-formed Big East Men’s Lacrosse Conference, producing a dozen All-Americans and five Tewaaraton Trophy nominees from 2010 to 2014 including defenseman Matt Landis. The team ranked in the top four in the NCAA from 2007 to 2014, reaching the finals twice. Under the guidance of coach Kevin Corrigan since 1988, the Fighting Irish also maintains a 100% graduation rate and the current season record stands at 12-3 with a #2 position in the Men’s Division I.
Total tournament engagements made by the men’s lacrosse team are as follows:
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up: 2010, 2014
NCAA Tournament Final Four: 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010-2015
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1990, 1992-1997, 1999-2001, 2006-2015
GWLL & ACC Conference Tournament Champions: 2008, 2009, 2014
GWLL & ACC Conference Regular Season: 1982, 1984-1986, 1988, 1990, 1992-1997, 1999-2003, 2007-2009, 2012, 2015
The team’s impeccable record has been credited to the nurturing and development of its players both academically and spiritually. Former American football player and coach Lou Holtz succinctly referred to Notre Dame as “…not a place you attend to learn to do something; it is a place you attend to learn to be somebody.”