John Heisler | February 18, 2017
Count Kevin Corrigan among those waiting to be impressed by the 2017 version of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse.
That doesn’t mean the Irish head coach isn’t aware that he has some valued blocks to build around—starting with three senior preseason first-team All-Americans in goaltender Shane Doss, midfielder Sergio Perkovic and defenseman Garrett Epple.
The Irish return four of their top five scorers from a year ago—losing four-time All-American Matt Kavanagh to graduation while welcoming back junior attack Mikey Wynne (40 goals, 4 assists in 2016), sophomore attack Ryder Garnsey (27 goals, 12 assists), Perkovic (26 goals, 4 assists) and junior midfielder Brendan Collins (7 goals, 12 assists).
Garnsey and junior long-stick middie John Sexton merited third-team Inside Lacrosse preseason honors (Wynne won honorable mention)—and Wynne, Perkovic, Epple and Doss all made the preseason All-ACC team as voted by Atlantic Coast Conference coaches.
And the returning Irish players surely will benefit from the experience of three straight NCAA Championship appearances (11 in a row overall), a number-one NCAA seed in 2015, multiple weeks ranked number one in the polls in 2016—as well as an ACC title and an NCAA title game appearance in 2014 when Perkovic, Doss, Epple and their fellow seniors all were freshmen.