It is Notre Dame’s first loss in four contests, but coach
"If you said to me that I could win every game between now and the end of the year and never come close to anybody, I'd take it, but I don't think that's the case," he said Monday morning. "We're going to take these games and what they are giving us, which is great experience in close games. Our guys having to execute in end-of-game situations under pressure and all that, that's good stuff for a team to learn. But it's certainly not our goal to play close games. That's just the nature of the beast."
Renowned for their defense, which entered last weekend ranked 10th in Division I after surrendering 7.7 goals per game, the Fighting Irish has unveiled a more potent offense. The unit has scored 40 goals this season compared to 22 goals in the first four games of last year.
But Corrigan said the offense – which starts two sophomores and one freshman among its top six attackmen and midfielders – is still experiencing growing pains.
"We've got the ability to make a lot of plays, but we can't simply rely on our playmaking," he said. "We've got to play more patiently and selectively and then make plays when they present themselves – as opposed to forcing ourselves into situations to make plays. There's a fine line there. You don't want guys being tentative and not being aggressive, but you want them confident to make plays. But you don't want guys to be so aggressive and so confident in their ability to make plays that they're not being selective and patient and working for the best opportunity. That's a typical early-season problem for a team to have, and I think we're falling into that trap right now. So I think we'll keep working at it."
Notre Dame faces No. 8 Denver and No. 6 Ohio State before diving into its