Notre Dame vs. Marquette in the NCAA Championship First Round at Arlotta Stadium on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  Drew  Schantz (20)

Irish Selected Second In ACC Preseason Coaches Poll

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  The men’s lacrosse season is just around the corner, as the 2019 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday. Notre Dame was slotted second in the annual rankings. The Irish had two players selected to the Preseason All-ACC Team.

Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan‘s Fighting Irish received 17 points in balloting among the ACC’s five head coaches. Duke took the top spot with 21 points. Virginia (16) was picked third, with Syracuse (14) fourth and North Carolina (7) fifth.

All five ACC teams are ranked in the top 16 in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Top 20 poll. Notre Dame enters the season ranked No. 6 with Duke starting at No. 2. Virginia comes in at No. 8 with Syracuse close behind at No. 11. North Carolina earned the No. 16 ranking in the preseason poll.

Representing Notre Dame, senior short-stick defensive midfielder Drew Schantz (Allentown, Pennsylvania/Malvern Prep) and junior midfielder Bryan Costabile (Sykesville, Maryland/Mount Saint Joseph) were selected to the Preseason All-ACC Team.

The Fighting Irish appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 13th straight year in 2018. Notre Dame finished with a 9-6 overall record, which included capturing the 2018 ACC Championship title.

The 2019 men’s lacrosse season gets underway at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, as the Irish play Detroit in Loftus Sports Center on the Notre Dame campus. The game will air on ESPN3/ACC Network Extra.


1. Duke – 21 Points
2. Notre Dame – 17
3. Virginia – 16
4. Syracuse – 14
5. North Carolina – 7

A – Joe Robertson, So., Duke
A – Stephen Rehfuss, R-Jr., Syracuse
A – Michael Kraus, Jr., Virginia
M – Brad Smith, Sr., Duke
M – Bryan Costabile, Jr., Notre Dame
M – Dox Aitken, Jr., Virginia
D – Cade Van Raaporst, Sr., Duke
D – JT Giles-Harris, Jr., Duke
D – Nick Mellen, R-Jr., Syracuse
GK – Alex Rode, So., Virginia
FO – Justin Schwenk, Jr., Virginia
LSM – Jack Rowlett, Sr., North Carolina
SSM – Drew Schantz, Sr., Notre Dame
SSM – Peter Dearth, Jr., Syracuse

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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