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    Redrawing the lacrosse map
    Pete Sampson Editor

    History says Notre Dame won't win a national championship this weekend.

    Fortunately for head coach Kevin Corrigan, the future screams it's simply a matter of time before the Irish break college lacrosse off the East Coast by bringing home a trophy.

    Notre Dame has been the sport's upstart evangelist the past five seasons, making four quarterfinals, falling to Duke in the title game, building some of the sport's best facilities, holding down a No. 1 ranking and taking lacrosse to Texas, California, Georgia and Japan.

    The University has committed to Corrigan with chartered flights, including for last weekend's quarterfinal win over Virginia. The community has committed to the team, nearly doubling attendance since Arlotta Stadium opened two years ago. The team drew 2,367 per game this season, which included outdoor home games in February.

    "We don't want to be hockey's baby brother," said midfielder Jim Marlatt. "We want to spread it and make it a primetime sport. I think it's going to be a long process, a slow process. But it is growing."

    Next year's NCAA tournament will include quarterfinal games in Indianapolis. If the Irish play there as the sport's defending national champion they'll have taken a big step toward diversifying a game with a major East Coast bias.

    In the last 35 years just six teams have won national championships: Syracuse, Princeton, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Johns Hopkins. College football has had 22 different national champions in that same time frame. Men's basketball has produced 16. Hockey has turned out 15.

    "You could call that power base about 100 miles wide if you wanted to, but that doesn't mean a lot of teams haven't been competing at a high level," Corrigan said. "I think that would be kind of narrow-minded to look at it that way. You miss the story of the growth of the game. Depth and width. It's growing."

    From this Final Four, Duke (2010) and Maryland (1973, 1975) have already won titles. When the Blue Devils beat the Irish in overtime two years ago, they were the first first-time national champion in lacrosse since the turn of the century. Loyola, which will face Notre Dame in the semifinals at Gillette Stadium on Saturday (2:30 p.m., ESPN2), has not won a title.

    "I see us as a national power," said attackman Sean Rogers. "I think winning a national championship definitely would help solidify it."

    Even without a title, Notre Dame has established itself as a major player in the sport, finishing the regular season unbeaten three years ago and holding down a No. 1 ranking for the first time last spring.

    In the last five seasons, Notre Dame has been a wire-to-wire Top 10 team four times.

    Assembling a roster to do that still means Corrigan must recruit the East Coast more regularly than Brian Kelly invades the SEC's backyard. The lacrosse roster has just two Midwest products, one being Corrigan's son. The Irish have a dozen players from Maryland, six from New Jersey, eight from New York, five from Pennsylvania and three from Virginia.

    Still, maybe the sport's expansion can be found in Notre Dame's two California products and one Colorado native. From a national perspective, the country's leading scorer, Peter Baum of Colgate, went to Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore., with former Irish defensive end Ethan Johnson.

    Notre Dame has tried to turn its coast-to-coast travel into a recruiting pitch, finding enhanced success the past half-dozen years.

    "Instead of feeling like we're on the edge of lacrosse looking in, we've looked out and said we'll play in California, we'll play in Texas and Minnesota and we'll play all over the country," Corrigan said. "Let's make people go, 'I'm missing out on something by just playing on the East Coast.'"

    What's left for the Irish to prove is that a national championship trophy can come to the Midwest. Notre Dame beat Duke to open the season. It knocked out defending national champion Virginia in the quarterfinals. It beat Syracuse in front of 4,522 at Arlotta in April.

    Notre Dame expects to return home with a trophy next week, even if that means breaking the sport's long-term East Coast lease. The Irish have the momentum, coaching, resources and talent to do it.

    "We're not just satisfied with getting there," Marlatt said. "It's obviously nice, but that wasn't our goal at the beginning of the year. It wasn't just to get to Boston, it's to win it all."

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    Balance beams Irish to Final Four
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    Notre Dame lacrosse isn’t just unique to the Final Four, it’s unique to the entire NCAA tournament. When the Irish arrived at Gillette Stadium on Thursday afternoon, they brought a balance unprecedented in college lacrosse this season.

    Every program that made the postseason rode scoring specialists there, with at least two players ranked among the nation’s Top 150 in points per game. Except Notre Dame.

    Sophomore All-American Jim Marlatt led the Irish (13-2) with 30 points in 15 games, which puts him behind 46 different players in the 16-team tournament. Only nine of those players are still alive heading into Saturday’s semifinal against Loyola (16-1). The Greyhounds have two players with 45 goals or more. The Irish have just one with at least 20.

    “I’m really happy to be a part of this team where there aren’t really any superstars, guys that we consistently look to day-in and day-out,” said senior midfielder Max Pfeifer. “You can shut down one person, you can’t shut down 10 different people.”

    The Irish believe that unpredictability makes them a difficult matchup this weekend as the program seeks its first national title.

    In the regional final against Virginia last weekend Pfeifer posted his first hat trick of the season while midfielder Steve Murphy scored a career-high four points. Murphy entered that game with eight points all season.

    “It’s really hard to prepare for teams like that,” said attackman Sean Rogers, who leads the Irish with 21 goals. “A lot of teams want to focus who they want to pull on the first line, the second line, the third line. I think our depth helps us a lot because everyone’s fresh because we have nine midfielders who are out there to contribute and we play five attackmen.

    “A lot of teams can get confused because they’re changing their style because of match-ups, but we don’t do that. I think that’s why it helps us.”

    Following Rogers in goal scoring is Marlatt (18), Westy Hopkins (16), Ryan Foley (13), Conor Doyle (13) and Pfeifer (11). Foley’s availability for the Final Four remains in question after an apparent head injury suffered against Virginia.

    Notre Dame said it doesn’t draw up plays for the hot stick, although the players said they’ll look for who might be entering the zone. For Pfeifer last week that meant getting an early goal and facing the Cavaliers as a Virginia product. For Rogers it comes with an early goal. For some players it’s a long pass or a big check.

    Even if the coaching staff doesn’t try to exploit specific matchups with individual players, Notre Dame has found all the scoring it’s needed this season.

    “People aren’t sure how to defend us, they aren’t sure who the key guy is, who the trigger guy is,” said head coach Kevin Corrigan. “I hope that’s because there really kind of isn’t one. I think everybody’s involved in creating those opportunities for each other. I think we’re a very hard team to scout right now.

    “I think the book is you better defend all of them."

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