May 4, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin Corrigan has announced the commitment of 11 student-athletes who will join the program next season. The newcomers hail from eight different states. States boasting multiple recruits are Maryland with three and Connecticut with two.
“Overall, this is a very good class,” states Corrigan. “We have athletes and guys that we feel really fit in with the way we do things and the roles that we need filled.”
Timothy Bemer – Defense – Strafford, Pa./Malvern Prep
A two-sport athlete in lacrosse and football at Malvern Prep … lettered three years in lacrosse and two in football … named a captain of his lacrosse team during his senior season … earned all-city honors as a junior in lacrosse … collected over 60 ground balls in 2006 as a key component of the team’s talented defensive unit … his prep team has been nationally-ranked each of the past three seasons, including his junior year when they won the Pennsylvania state title … his squad took home a conference (Inter-Ac) title his sophomore campaign … member of the 2006 EPSLA champions … hails from the same high school as current Irish players Bill Liva, Sean Dougherty and Mike Creighton … father, David Bremer, played basketball at Plymouth State.
Corrigan on Bemer …
“Tim is from Malvern Prep where we’ve gotten a couple of very good defensemen in D.J. Driscoll and Sean Dougherty and now (freshman) Mike Creighton, all of whom have been great. Tim is in that very same mold. He is very well coached as a high school player and he’s a very good athlete. He’s a good, smart and tough player and a really good kid. We look for him to come in and be advanced like most of those guys have been after having played at a good level and coached at a good level.”
Zachary Brenneman – Midfield – East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton
Compiled 11 varsity letters in lacrosse, basketball and football during his prep career at East Hampton High School … a five-time letterwinner in lacrosse as a midfielder … earned all-conference accolades during his sophomore and junior seasons in lacrosse … team captain as a senior … has compiled 100 goals and 48 assists through his junior year … won the gold medal at the New York Empire Games in July of 2006 … nominated for the North/South Game, the 2007 US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase … selected as one of top 50 lacrosse players on Long Island in 2006 by New York Newsday … three-year letterwinner and starter in both basketball and football … his mother, Debbie, played collegiate basketball at Geneva, while his father, Tim, played baseball at Geneva.
Corrigan on Brenneman …
“Zach may be the best athlete in the group. He’s a big, strong kid who has all the tools. He hasn’t played in a great league in high school so I think he has tremendous upside because of his athletic ability. He’s already developed as a player. His skill set is very good and once he gets use to the game at this level I look for him to be a guy to contribute.”
Thomas Connor – Attack/Midfield – Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School
Lettered three times in both lacrosse and football at Brunswick School … compiled 16 goals and nine assists during his junior season, including two hat tricks … was a part of the Graph-Tex Blue Chip Camp, the Top 205 Camp and the Peak 200 All-Star game … played in three consecutive New England Football Championships, winning two of them … an all-conference selection in football as a senior … from the same hometown as current Irish football player John Sullivan … his father, Thomas, played collegiate lacrosse at Hobart, while his mother, Kathleen, played at Trinity.
Corrigan on Connor …
“Tom is a good-sized kid that can play both attack and midfield so we like his versatility. He’s a good offensive player. We look for him to come in and contribute. He’s another guy from a good program.”
David Earle – Midfield – Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School
Graduated in 2006 from Westminster School … doing a post-graduate year in 2006-07 … a 2006 All-America selection … tallied 56 points during his senior season … named team MVP of his prep squad … received Team Hubby Ground Ball Award … won the Brian Bruyette Award as Westminster’s top athlete … was a 2006 Western All-Star in soccer along with being all-league in 2005 and 2006 … named second-team all-league in ice hockey for the 2006-07 campaign … brother played ice hockey at Yale … father played college hockey at Colgate.
Corrigan on Earle …
“David was an All-American as a senior and now he’s finishing a post-graduate year. I think he’s terrific. He’s also a hockey player. He did a lot of things in high school so I think he’s going to be even better when he’s just playing lacrosse in college. He’s very good athletically and I think he’s going to be able to develop into an excellent two-way midfielder, which we really like a lot.”
Andrew Irving – LSM – McLean, Va./The Hotchkiss School (Conn.)
Competed in lacrosse, football and hockey at The Hotchkiss School … three-time letterwinner in lacrosse … two-time team captain of his lacrosse squad … earned all-state and all-conference honors along with being named team MVP during his junior season … was the team-leader in ground balls and faceoffs that year … was the recipient of the award that is presented to the team member whose enthusiasm, determination and example have earned him the respect of both his teammates and coaches … was given a similar award for his contributions to his football squad … named All-New England in lacrosse … earned four letters in hockey as a left wing … captained his hockey squad during his senior season … was the team’s second leading scorer that year … lettered during his senior year of football as he compiled the most all-purpose yards on the team … his father, Marty, played lacrosse at Mount St. Mary’s.
Corrigan on Irving …
“I love Andrew. He’s smaller and not explosively fast, but every time I watch him he’s playing against really good players and he does good things every time. I know how guys get enticed by the 6-3, 220-pound guy, but here’s a 5-7, 180-pound guy that can play. I think he’s terrific competitor and I really think he’s going to help us.”
Patrick Maloney – Midfield – Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep
A four-year letterwinner in both lacrosse and hockey at Georgetown Prep … captained his lacrosse team during his senior season … team went undefeated in winning the state title during his junior campaign, the same year they were ranked No. 1 in the country … team has been ranked nationally over the past three seasons … has accumulated over 65 points during his first three seasons … two-time conference champion … part of the Maryland Freestate Team and the Washington, D.C. Under Armour Game in 2006 … will be joined by his brother, William, and Georgetown Prep classmate Kevin Ridgway on the Irish roster … hails from the same high school as current Notre Dame goaltender Joey Kemp … plays defense on his hockey squad, which he was the captain of during his senior season … his mother, Lois, played tennis at Springhill College and his father, Paul, played collegiate basketball at Washington & Lee.
William Maloney – Midfield – Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep
Garnered three letters in lacrosse and four in hockey at Georgetown Prep … lacrosse team was ranked No. 1 in the country during his junior campaign … that same year the team won the state title … team has been nationally-ranked over the past three seasons … was a member of the 2006 Maryland Freestate Team … two-time conference champion … will be joined by his brother, Patrick, and Georgetown Prep classmate Kevin Ridgway on the Notre Dame roster … comes from the same high school as current Irish goaltender Joey Kemp … played forward on his hockey team … compiled 26 goals and 27 assists in hockey, which ranks him in the top-10 all-time at Georgetown Prep … his mother, Lois, played tennis at Springhill College and his father, Paul, played collegiate basketball at Washington & Lee.
Corrigan on Patrick and William Maloney …
“Patrick and Billy are both playing for one of the top programs in the country. Both of them have played in different roles for that program. They are two-way midfielders, they can play offense and they can play defense. They are well coached and they’ve played at a high level so they can come in and help us.”
Jake Marmul – Midfield – Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central
A three-sport athlete at Detroit Catholic Central … earned three letters in lacrosse and two in both football and basketball … garnered all-state, all-city and all-conference honors during his junior season of lacrosse as his team won the regional championship … two-time team captain … has tallied 31 goals, 15 assists, 186 ground balls along with winning 70-percent of faceoffs taken … led his team in ground balls as a junior … a four-year varsity player on his lacrosse squad, yet freshmen could not earn letters … two-time Courage Award winner in football … earned All-Academic honors in basketball during his senior season … played running back/defensive back and kick returner in football and was a guard on his basketball squad.
Corrigan on Marmul …
“Jake is another excellent athlete who hasn’t reached his potential as a player, but you love the things he does. He faces off, you could give him a long stick or a short stick and you can do a lot of things with a guy like him. He’s going to be really good and he’s a guy that can contribute in different roles for us.”
Kevin Ridgway – Defense – Kensington, Md./Georgetown Prep
Competed in lacrosse and basketball at Georgetown Prep … earned three letters in both sports … team went undefeated in winning the state title during his junior campaign, the same year they were ranked No. 1 in the country … team has been ranked nationally over the past three seasons … a two-year starter in lacrosse … picked up 27 ground balls as a junior … competed in the Under Armour Underclassmen Game … member of the Maryland Freestate All-Star Team … will be joined by Georgetown Prep classmates Patrick and William Maloney on the Fighting Irish roster … hails from same high school as current Notre Dame goaltender Joey Kemp … was a center on his basketball squad … father, Michael, played college football at Dickinson.
Corrigan on Ridgway …
“Kevin is a big, lanky basketball and lacrosse player from Georgetown Prep, which is an excellent program. He’s not going to be flash and dash, he’s just a solid guy who is an excellent position defender and will fit in very well with our scheme.”
Daniel Schmitt – LSM/Defense – Palatine, Ill./Fremd High School
A standout in lacrosse and hockey at Fremd High School … two-time team captain in lacrosse … captured team MVP honors during his junior season … will participate in the U.S. Lacrosse Illinois All-Star Game … the only four-year starter on his lacrosse squad … notched four assists as a sophomore and five as a junior, which were the most for any LSM on his team … helped lead his team to the state playoffs for the first time ever during his freshman campaign … plays defense in hockey … captained his prep hockey team twice along with garnering all-conference and team MVP honors as a junior … has played with the Glen Ellyn Flames Hockey Club for the past two years … won the state tournament and represented Illinois in the Central District Championships along with winning the prestigious International Silverstick Tournament in Sarnia, Ontario … his sister, Kristin, plays club water polo at Notre Dame and his brother, David, plays club hockey at Illinois.
Corrigan on Schmitt …
“Dan is an athlete from Chicago. He’s a local kid and a tough kid. He loves Notre Dame and has a sister here. He is a hockey player along with being a lacrosse player, so I think he has some potential to get better as a lacrosse guy. He is also a tremendous student.”
Taylor Tripucka – Midfield – Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes
Has earned multiple varsity letters in lacrosse, football and basketball at Mountain Lakes High School … prep squad has been nationally-ranked each of the past four seasons … team won the state championship during his sophomore and senior seasons … two-time regional and conference champion … garnered all-city and all-conference honors as a senior … notched two goals and the game-winning assist in the Group I championship victory over Summit … scored three goals, including the game-winner, in a victory over No. 1 Delbarton … two-time all-conferene performer as a guard on his basketball team … football team went undefeated and won the state title during his freshman season … three-time conference champion in football … father, Todd, played college basketball at Lafayette … is the nephew of former Notre Dame basketball great Kelly Tripucka … grandfather, Frank, played football at Notre Dame.
Corrigan on Tripucka …
“Taylor plays at an excellent program at Mountain Lakes. He is doing a post-graduate year this season at The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey. He’s another two-way middie who we feel can come in here and help in a defensive role early and develop into a full two-way middie.”
2006-07 Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse Commitments
NAME POSITION HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOLTimothy Bemer Defense Strafford, Pa./Malvern PrepZachary Brenneman Midfield East Hampton, N.Y./East HamptonThomas Connor Attack/Midfield Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick SchoolDavid Earle Midfield Simsbury, Conn./Westminster SchoolAndrew Irving LSM McLean, Va./The Hotchkiss School (Conn.)Patrick Maloney Midfield Bethesda, Md./Georgetown PrepWilliam Maloney Midfield Bethesda, Md./Georgetown PrepJake Marmul Midfield Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic CentralKevin Ridgway Defense Kensington, Md./Georgetown PrepDaniel Schmitt LSM/Defense Palatine, Ill./Fremd High SchoolTaylor Tripucka Midfield Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes