The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the 71st and final team in our 2017 schedule preview, as they announced their schedule on Lax Sports Network earlier this afternoon. The Irish finished 11-4 overall, and 3-1 in ACC play. Notre Dame lost to Duke in the ACC semifinals, before beating Air Force in the NCAA First Round and losing to North Carolina in the Quarterfinals. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Fighting Irish will have three scrimmages at home prior to their season opener. Their first is on Saturday against Bellarmine, followed by Air Force and Detroit Mercy. The regular season begins in Frisco, Texas on February 18 against Georgetown on ESPNU. The game will be held at the new Dallas Cowboys practice facility, known as The Star.
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Back to business, as the Fighting Irish host Michigan on the 26th at Arlotta Stadium.
A big season matchup takes place on March 4, as the Irish host the Terrapins. The tough stretch continues, as Notre Dame travels west to take on Denver on the 12th. ACC play opens up in Charlottesville on March 18 against Virginia, before the month concludes with a home game against Ohio State on the 25th.
April opens up with the continuation of ACC play at home against defending ACC champion Syracuse on April 1. The Fighting Irish travel to Durham to take on Duke on the 8th, before hosting defending Big East champion Marquette three days later. The team’s final regular season game before the ACC Tournament is at home against North Carolina on April 22. The past two regular season meetings have been for the regular season ACC title. Depending on where they’ll finish in the conference standings, Notre Dame will either play in the ACC Tournament beginning on April 28 in Durham, or they will play Penn on the 29th in the ACC showcase game as the fifth place team from the conference. Their regular season finale is on May 6 on the road against Army West Point.
Kevin Corrigan’s loses one of their top players of all time in Matt Kavanagh at attack. No worries, as the team returns starters Mikey Wynne and Ryder Garnsey. On Sunday, we saw senior Anthony Marini start with the two, with Sergio Perkovic, a midfielder, also getting time up front. Brendan Gleason and freshman Thomas McNamara got the start on the first midfielder unit with Perkovic, while Marini moved up to midfield when Perkovic was playing attack. Keep an eye out for Bobby Gray, Brendan Collins, Timmy Phillips, Ben Pridemore, Pierre Byrne, and freshman Bryan Costabile. Out is Kyle Trolley.
The defense also suffers a huge loss in defenseman Matt Landis, who was one of the best defenders for the past couple of seasons. Edwin Glazener also started last season and is another defenseman gone. We saw Pat Healy replace Landis last week against Team USA, joining returning starter Garrett Epple and Hugh Crance, who saw plenty of LSM time last season. John Sexton returns as the primary LSM guy, with freshman Charles Leonard as a guy to possibly watch as well. Drew Schantz appeared as a very good defensive midfielder last season, and returns with senior Nick Koshansky, with former Virginia player Carlson Milikin also in the fold as a graduate transfer. Goaltender Shane Doss was named a Preseason First Team All-American according to Inside Lacrosse, and returns to the cage for his senior year, with junior Owen Molloy as the probable backup. P.J. Finley and Jon Travisano Jr. return as the two main face-off men.
With Notre Dame releasing their schedule, the ACC becomes the tenth and final conference to have all their teams release their schedules.
To see every team’s schedule, check our our master schedule list.