The ties between
The word Wednesday that Notre Dame will join the
Five times, the schools have met in lacrosse. Maryland won four in a row, including a 7-3 victory in the first round of the 2009
A year later, Notre Dame settled up, upsetting the No. 3 Terps, 7-5, in a game that still gnaws at people in College Park.
"Both of those games were great victories for the teams that won, and heartwrenching losses for those that didn't," Kevin Corrigan said Thursday.
Such classics spurred Notre Dame's move to the ACC, he said.
"Our goal is to win [our first] national championship," said Corrigan, who has taken the Irish to 17 NCAA tournament appearances in 24 years. "You don't get there by hanging around the outer edges of this game. You do it by playing the best schools."
Notre Dame's jump from the
"The game now becomes more prominent in what was already a marquee conference," said
Never mind that Notre Dame joins the ACC from halfway across the country.
"Nobody cares what the conference's name is anymore; they only care who's in it," said John Jiloty, editor of Inside Lacrosse magazine. "Notre Dame is already the biggest brand name in sports, but this clearly helps them in recruiting. They'll have games in front of high school kids in Maryland,
Corrigan downplayed such perks, saying, "We've been recruiting against these same schools for the last few years, anyway."
Truth be told, the Irish now list 12 Marylanders on their roster. The Terps have 16.
Not that the Terps are nervous.
"We'll just do what we have to do to get our players," Tillman said.
Notre Dame's arrival should boost recruiting for all ACC teams, said Steve Panarelli, lacrosse analyst for CBS Sports Network.
"All six of those coaches can go into kids' living rooms and say, 'Every year, you'll play in the best astmospheres and the best stadiums against
"It's like the
Look for current ACC teams to tinker with their scheduling of nonleague games, he said. Having to play the likes of Notre Dame and Syracuse year in and year out requires a few breathers on the menu.
"Maybe they'll drop the Towsons and Loyolas from their schedules and pick up a
Maryland's Tillman takes a wait-and-see approach. Yes, he said, the Irish have a traditional swagger, golden domes on their helmets and traditions like being led onto the field before games by bagpipers.
"If I say I'm excited about Notre Dame's coming, it could mislead you into thinking we're going to beat them," Tillman said. "If I say I'm not excited, you might think we're scared. It's neither. They're just another good team that we'll have the opportunity to play.
"I just hope those bagpipes can play Maryland's alma mater."