John Heisler | March 25, 2017
How was spring break?
That question qualifies as a common one on college campuses these days.
For the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team—including nine days on the road and games at Denver and Virginia—the mid-portion of its trip featured lots of changes.
Thank winter storm Stella for that.
After playing the Pioneers Sunday afternoon (March 12), the Irish originally had planned to fly to Baltimore late Monday, practice Tuesday and Wednesday at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore, make a visit to Under Armour headquarters Tuesday and spend the afternoon and early evening on the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C.
The team had slated a Wednesday night bus trip to Charlottesville and a Thursday visit to Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home just outside Charlottesville) in advance of a Saturday night matchup with the Cavaliers.
But, in the midst of the Denver contest, the Irish were informed that impending winter weather on the East Coast already had forced cancellation of their Monday flight.
Many of the logistics changes fell into the lap of Irish lacrosse operations director Jon Rodak.
“I missed the entire third quarter of the (Denver) game because I was on the phone with Anthony Travel working on the hotel situation so we could stay in Denver,” he says.
The Notre Dame party quickly made plans to retain rooms at its Denver hotel for Monday and Tuesday nights. Irish coaches and staff members arranged practices and they set up a team bowling event Monday night after visiting the Colorado Children’s Hospital earlier in the day. After a newly arranged practice Tuesday at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, the squad headed south to Colorado Springs for a touristy stop at Garden of the Gods. Charlie Leonard, a freshman on the Irish squad, is from Denver, so his family played host to dinner for the team Tuesday night.