The University of Notre Dame Men's Club Lacrosse team was founded in 2012 by Connor Stacy and Andrew Kuhn. Since 2012, the Club has expanded from one team to two, with over 50 players for the 2016-2017 season. Each year we travel in both the fall and spring semesters to compete against top schools in the Midwest such as Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Since joining the Great Lakes Lacrosse League for the 2013 season, we have won the championship four times.
|2018 GLLL Champions||2017 GLLL Champions|
|- ND Blue: 10-2||- ND Gold: 12-0|
|- ND Gold: 9-3||- ND Blue: 8-3|
|2016 GLLL Champions|
|2014 GLLL Champions|
2017-2018 Season Update
Another great year of lacrosse in the books for ND Club Lacrosse. ND Blue was captained by Austin Matheny and Dan Delfico, while ND Gold was led by Kevin Sohr and Martin Buckley. In our fall tournament at Madison we went 3-0 with wins against Western Michigan, Marquette, and the University of Wisconsin. Reed Gregory and Kevin Sohr played well in goal while Luke Reilly fueled the offense in the championship against Wisconsin.
After our fall tournament, we practiced once a week into the spring. Cold weather forced a few cancellations as the spring weather did not really show until April. We began our spring season at Ohio State for the second annual Midwestern Invitational Lacrosse Festival. ND Blue, led by Ben Shepard, went 3-0 with wins against Kent State, Miami, and Cincinnati. ND Gold started off strong with a win against Cincinnati but struggled against Miami, losing 6-1. Team captain Kevin Sohr suffered his first collegiate loss against Miami, which led to a dominant 5 goal, 1 assist performance against Ohio State.
Later in March we traveled with just one team to Ann Arbor for a day trip at the University of Michigan. In our first game against the University of Ohio Bobcats we mounted an impressive comeback in the second half but unfortunately fell short, losing 8-7. John Hlavin, Conor McDonough, and Reed Gregory all played especially well. We regained composure in the second half, settled the ball better, and defeated Michigan 6-4.
Due to forecasted thunderstorms we were forced to cancel our home tournament. The weather turned out to be better than expected so we were able to salvage an intersquad scrimmage for the parents who traveled to see us play. ND Blue dominated possession in the first half but ND Gold was able to hang in the game. Gold mounted a comeback in the second half and took advantage of a new defensive set Blue was running. ND Gold earned temporary bragging rights with their 8-7 victory.
Championship Weekend: Madison, WI
Just like last year, we traveled to Madison for our championship weekend with only a few subs for either team, and only one goalie. Due to some unfortunate seeding, we were force to play one another in the semifinals. Junior defenseman Hank Assaf volunteered to play a half in goal for each team. ND Gold was unable to take advantage of this in the first half and fell to ND Blue 7-4.
In the Bronze Medal game, ND Gold defeated Northwestern 9-2. This was arguably the best performance of the season. The defense was dominant, led by Jack Toomey, Hank Assaf, and Ben Merrick. Our offense forced multiple turnovers on rides, leading to easy doorstep goals.
In the championship game, ND Blue defeated Wisconsin 9-6. This was our tihrd championship in a row and fourth in five years. Tournament MVP Reed Gregory had six goals with Matt Hardiman, Ben Shepard, and Michael McFarland adding a goal each. Goalie Shane Johnson made a few incredible stops in the championship game, preventing Wisconsin from gaining any significant momentum.
2018-2019 Season Outlook
We are very excited to get back to school and start our fall season. With another impressive incoming class of freshmen expected, we are prepared to make a strong push to four-peat as GLLL Champs. We will be the captains of one of the teams while last year's President, Kevin Sohr, and current treasurer, Andrew Abbattista, will serve as captains for the other team.
2018-2019 Board Members
Co-Presidents: Michael McFarland & Andrew Weigman
Treasurer: Andrew Abbattista
Assistant Treasurer: Jake Murphy
Apparel Officer: Tyler Williams
Transportation Officer: Tom Slevin
Social Media: John Farley
Web Master: Kevin Sohr
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