Corrigan, Irish prepare for NCAA tournament
By STEVE KEPPEL
The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team has been on a roll lately, winning two straight to clinch yet another league title.
This run has been led by the outstanding play of the Irish attack, which has combined for 16 goals and six assists in the last two games. Top scorer Tom Glatzel, junior Jon Harvey and assist leader Dave Ulrich are among the biggest contributors. They have all stepped up their play in the recent weeks after losing two straight games to Loyola and Hofstra.
"Tom Glatzel and Jon Harvey have really been stepping it up lately," said coach Kevin Corrigan. "They are making plays and beginning to follow through and make their shots. Also with Dave Ulrich playing well our attack is really coming together."
This is the perfect time for the Irish to be pulling it together, after winning last week at Butler the Irish have all but guaranteed themselves an NCAA tournament bid. Last week's win was their fourth straight league victory as they pulled out a close one to beat the Bulldogs 12-11.
"Last week we played well and got the win but we made a few mistakes that could have cost us the game," Corrigan said. "We can't make those mistakes if we expect to continue to keep winning."
Heading into his ninth NCAA tournament with the Irish, the coach believes his team has to keep playing well and needs to learn from their mistakes from early on and not repeat them when it really matters.
"We need to be patient and keep improving," he said. "We have to keep getting better and better each week and we need to continue to do that if we get to the tournament."
Last year in the NCAA tournament the 14th seeded Irish lost 14-10 to No. 5 Georgetown. This young Notre Dame team hopes to head back once again and get a few wins and possibly make a run at the championship.
But first, Notre Dame must play well in their last four games, all against non-conference foes. The Irish face the Army Cadets in West Point, NY, Saturday. The No. 17 Cadets lost to the Irish last year by a score of 15-7. Corrigan said his team will have to play physical to win this time.
"Against Army we need to play tough and work at getting ground balls. Army is an aggressive team and we need to be aggressive to win," he said.
All Sports Stories for Friday, April 14, 2000