Jan. 30, 2018


By: Robby Hamman

The Irish sit atop the 2018 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll, as Notre Dame and Duke tied for the top spot in the annual rankings. The Irish had three 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 also earned 17 points to tie for first place. North Carolina (12) was slotted third, with Syracuse (9) fourth and Virginia (6) 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. 1. Syracuse came in at No. 9 with Duke right behind at No. 10. Virginia earned the No. 16 ranking in the preseason poll.

Representing Notre Dame, senior midfielder/face-off John Travisano, Jr. (Ellicott, Maryland/Howard), senior long-stick defensive midfielder John Sexton (Sudbury, Massachusetts/Lincoln-Sudbury) and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Drew Schantz (Allentown, Pennsylvania/Malvern Prep) were selected to the Preseason All-ACC Team.

The Fighting Irish appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 12th straight year in 2017 and they advanced to their eighth consecutive NCAA Championship quarterfinals. Notre Dame finished with 9-6 overall record, which included a trip to the ACC Championship final.

The 2018 men’s lacrosse season gets underway at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, as the Irish play Detroit in Loftus Sports Center on the Notre Dame campus. The game will air on ESPN3/ACC Network Extra.

The ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be played April 27-29 at Klöckner Stadium at Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The semifinals are set for Friday, April 27, and the championship for Sunday, April 29.

T1. Notre Dame – 17 Points
T1. Duke – 17
3. North Carolina – 12
4. Syracuse – 9
5. Virginia – 6


A – Chris Cloutier, Sr., North Carolina
A – Justin Guterding, Sr., Duke
A – Michael Kraus, So., Virginia
M – Jamie Trimboli, So., Syracuse
M – Dox Aitken, So., Virginia
M – Ryan Conrad, Jr., Virginia
D – Cade Van Raaphorst, Jr., Duke
D – Jack Rowlett, Jr., North Carolina
D – Nick Mellen, Jr., Syracuse
Goalkeeper – Danny Fowler, GS, Duke
Face-off – John Travisano, Sr., Notre Dame
Long-stick Midfielder – John Sexton, Sr., Notre Dame
Short-Stick Midfielder – Drew Schantz, Jr., Notre Dame

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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