NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After five weeks of preseason practices and scrimmages the Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse program will get the 2019 campaign underway. No. 7 Notre Dame will open the season at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 16 against Detroit in a non-conference game inside Loftus Sports Center. The game will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and can be found on the WatchESPN app or at WatchESPN.com.
Location: Notre Dame, Ind. | Loftus Sports Center
Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 16 — 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra via WatchESPN
Live Stats: UND.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at Saturday’s matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame
OWNING THE OPENERS
• Notre Dame is 31-7 all-time in season openers, including a 25-5 record in the Kevin Corrigan era.
• The Irish have won a program-record 16 straight season openers.
• Last season, Notre Dame opened with a 10-7 win over Detroit Mercy on February 11 in Loftus Sports Center.
• The Irish last dropped a season opener in 2002, a 10-9 overtime setback at home against Penn State.
• In home openers, the Irish are 34-4 in program history and 27-3 under Corrigan.
THE DETROIT SERIES
• Saturday will be the fourth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Detroit. The Irish are 3-0 in the series.
• The Irish and Titans played last season on Feb. 11, as Notre Dame earned a 10-7 win.
• The Irish have not allowed the Titans to score more than seven goals in any of the previous three meetings.
• Notre Dame has excelled when playing inside the last three seasons, going 8-1 when playing indoors since the start of the 2015 season.
• The Irish opened the 2018 season playing inside the Loftus Sports Center, defeating Detroit Mercy 10-7. Notre Dame suffered its lone defeat last year against Syracuse, falling to the Orange 10-6.
FANTASTIC FEBRUARYS FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH
• Notre Dame is 27-1 in its last 28 games played in February dating back to the 2006 season. Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 35-5 in the month of February during his Notre Dame tenure.
• Last season the Irish picked up a pair of wins in February, defeating Detroit Mercy (10-7) and Richmond (11-7) in home games.
• Notre Dame placed two players on the Preseason All-ACC Team entering the 2019 season. Senior short-stick midfielder Drew Schantz and junior midfielder Bryan Costabile each earned the honors from the conference’s coaches.
• Also included in the preseason release from the ACC was the annual coaches poll. The Irish were pegged second in the rankings, earning 17 points.
• The Irish allowed an average of 8.6 goals per game to rank ninth in the country in 2018, despite facing some of the most potent attacks at the DI level.
• Notre Dame has held 10 of its 15 opponents to fewer than 10 goals.
• The Irish defense held Virginia (twice) and Duke to season lows for goals scored in a game.
• Duke (No. 4), Virginia (No. 7) and Denver (No. 20) all ranked in the top 20 in goals scored per game last season and the Irish held each to under 10 goals.
• The Irish return all three starting close defensemen from last season’s squad along with their goalkeeper.
THE 300 CLUB
• Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark.
• Corrigan has an overall record of 304-153 in his 32 seasons of coaching.
• The head coach is 294-139 in his 30 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.
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The University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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