Jan 23, 2013, 11:25 AM EST
After reaching the NCAA semifinals in 2012, the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team once again has high expectations as it prepares for the 2013 season.
On Tuesday, the Fighting Irish were selected as the preseason favorite to win the BIG EAST conference. Notre Dame received five first-place votes and was chosen ahead of Syracuse (two first-place votes) and St. John’s, the squad that knocked the Irish out of last year’s BIG EAST tournament.
Led by senior goalie and 2012 Tewaaraton Award nominee John Kemp, five Irish players were chosen for the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team. Rounding out the group are junior midfielder Jim Marlatt, senior defenseman Matt Miller, senior attack Sean Rogers and junior attack Westy Hopkins.
The hopeful journey to Philadelphia (the site of this year’s Final Four) begins on Saturday in the Champion Challenge at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida. Notre Dame will face the U.S. National Team (10 am) and Jacksonville University (5 pm) in a pair of scrimmages.
The regular season kicks off on Feb. 16 at Duke, the team the Irish upset in last year’s opener.
In addition to games against the six other BIG EAST programs, the 2013 slate includes contests at Penn State and Denver, home versus North Carolina, Hofstra and Ohio State, and in Chicago against Marquette, who will be playing its inaugural season.
Four games will be featured on ESPN networks, beginning March 16 at Denver (ESPN3). ESPNU will carry the BIG EAST match-ups against Georgetown (April 14) and Villanova (April 20) at Arlotta Stadium.
Finally, ESPNU will also broadcast the Big City Classic in East Rutherford, N.J., featuring Notre Dame and Syracuse on April 27.
About In The Crease
- Fitting feature of our uniform in light of Fr. Ted's passing #CCC instagram.com/p/z2uGgEHRBQ/ 49 minutes ago
- RT @DU_MLAX: [4/4] #DUMLAX Hosts [3/3] @NDlacrosse Saturday at 1 p.m. MT. #DU1NATION #NDvDU denverpioneers.com/sports/m-lacro… http://t.co/HiRc0Sd1b3 1 hour ago
- RT @ObserverSports: .@NDlacrosse heads west to the base of the Rockies with a chance for revenge after last year's loss to Denver. http://t… 2 hours ago
- RT @SexyTimeLax: Conference Spotlight: ACC sbnation.com/e/7901954 http://t.co/LMF2s8QN3k 2 hours ago
- RT @NDmbb: Congrats to Jerian on being named a @NaismithTrophy SEMIFINALIST. Check out his Award Site: und.com/jeriangrant/ http://t.co/y… 2 hours ago
- RT @mattcashore: That light all by itself…that's Fr. Ted's office. http://t.co/GLfpmKgfIC 1 day ago
- RT @NDlacrosse: If you are a HS Athlete with aspirations to compete at the next level, check out this ND Sports Performance event http://t… 2 days ago
- Cortney Fortunato had her 12th career hat trick but the Irish fell at No. 5 Duke, 17-3. und.com/sports/w-lacro… http://t.co/01pMWsLNhy 3 days ago
- Final score in Durham, No. 5 Duke wins 17-3. We’ll be back in action March 7 at BC #GoIrish #BeatEagles 3 days ago
- Timeout with 8:02 left in the game. Duke leads 14-3. 3 days ago
- W. Basketball. IRISH EXTRA: ACC Legend Achonwa Told It Like It Was
- W. Tennis. Tennis Runs In The Family
- Softball. Irish Softball Strikeout Cancer Trivia Night Sponsorship Opportunities Available
- M. Basketball. Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes
- M. Basketball. Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
- M. Basketball. Notre Dame Pulls Away From Louisville, 71-59
- W. Basketball. #2 Irish Head To Greensboro For ACC Championship
- W. Basketball. Loyd Named ACC Player of the Year, Turner Is ACC Freshman of the Year
- Baseball. Around The Bases With Notre Dame Baseball
- M. Ice Hockey. Irish Extra: Hockey Seniors Ready for Final Playoff Push