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Announcing the Shamrock Spring Weekend

April 10, 2015


Join Us to Celebrate Notre Dame’s Spring Sports

The University of Notre Dame is pleased to invite fans to campus for the free Shamrock Spring Weekend, as six Fighting Irish programs will compete in Atlantic Coast Conference play from April 17-19.

The Shamrock Spring Weekend features 10 events, highlighted by free admission to baseball’s three-game series against North Carolina State, softball’s Strikeout Cancer weekend versus Syracuse and the women’s lacrosse matchup with Louisville. Additionally, the Irish will host a trio of tennis matches, as the men take on Wake Forest and North Carolina State and the women battle Duke. Fans will have the opportunity to win giveaways throughout the weekend, including pizza from Papa John’s, Notre Dame aluminum water bottles and other Fighting Irish prizes.

The top-rated Irish men’s lacrosse squad also wraps up its home slate against North Carolina at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday, however that game already is sold out. In addition to the ACC action, the Irish men’s and women’s soccer programs will continue spring exhibition play.

The Blue-Gold spring football game will be played at 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday at the LaBar Practice Complex. However, there are no tickets for that event available to the public. The NBC Sports Network will televise the Blue-Gold game live. Fans on campus can view the game on the video board in Purcell Pavilion.

Concessions and the Hammes Bookstore will be open in the Gate 4 parking lot, on the northeast corner of the Joyce Center.

Parking for these events is available free of charge in the Library, Bulla, Stadium and Joyce lots. Normal tailgating policies will be in effect.

A full schedule of weekend events can be found below. For more information, follow ND Athletics Marketing on Twitter (@GoIrish).

Friday, April 17, 2015
3:30 p.m. — #38 Men’s tennis vs. #13 Wake Forest
6:05 p.m. — Baseball vs. North Carolina State (ESPN3)

Saturday, April 18, 2015
12:30 p.m. — Blue-Gold spring football game (no public tickets available, NBCSN)
1 p.m. — Softball vs. Syracuse (WatchND)
1 p.m. — Women’s soccer vs. Michigan (spring exhibition)
2 p.m. — #38 Men’s tennis vs. #34 North Carolina State
2:05 p.m. — Baseball vs. North Carolina State (WatchND)
3 p.m. — Softball vs. Syracuse (WatchND)
4 p.m. — #1 Men’s lacrosse vs. #4 North Carolina* (ESPNU)

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Noon — Softball vs. Syracuse (WatchND)
Noon — #13 Women’s lacrosse vs. #11 Louisville (WatchND)
Noon — #31 Women’s tennis vs. #22 Duke
1 p.m. — Men’s soccer vs. Western Michigan (spring exhibition)
1:05 p.m. — Baseball vs. North Carolina State (WatchND)
2:30 p.m. — Men’s soccer vs. Valparaiso (spring exhibition)

All times EDT; * Denotes ticketed event that already is sold out; television details in parentheses

Spring Football Report: Volume I

March 30, 2015


The Fighting Irish Prepare for 2015

On March 18th, the Notre Dame Football team tossed on their jerseys for their first spring practice of 2015. As the Irish took the field in Loftus Sports Complex at Notre Dame, they were joined by a number of new coaches including Autry Denson (Running Backs), Mike Sanford (Defensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks), Todd Lyght (Defensive Backs), Ketih Gilmore (Defensive Line). And while new coaches brought a new energy and tempo to the first practice, this was not the only excitement on day one.

On the offensive side of the ball, everyone is watching the battle for the starting Quarterback job. Although Everett Golson nabbed the first reps on the first day of practice, Malik Zaire remains a qualified candidate for the position. Both athletes are exemplifying the qualities of Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. Golson is noted for his accuracy, putting the football right where he wants it, regardless of distance. Zaire displays composure under pressure in the pocket and incredible athleticism when running the ball. The level competition between these two athletes will make this battle one to watch throughout the entire spring season.

On the defensive side of the ball, early-enrollee Jerry Tillery is turning heads. Already demonstrating his ability to use his hands to push through offensive linemen, Tillery will be one for Irish fans to watch over the course of the next several weeks and in the Blue-Gold game. Also on defense, cornerback Nick Watkins is grabbing some attention for his mental and physical speed.

Overall the entire Fighting Irish Football team is demonstrating great energy and excitement for the 2015 season, and they look forward to showing fans some off-season gains in the 2015 Blue-Gold game, which will be televised live on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Keep up with Notre Dame Football on Twitter for spring ball highlights and stay tuned to for more “Back at It: Spring Football Report” updates.

Another Top 15 Class for the Irish

February 05, 2015

The University of Notre Dame football roster will increase by 24 student-athletes for the 2015 season.

Twenty of those individuals signed national letters of intent yesterday—while four others enrolled at the University last month, began taking classes and will take part in Irish spring football drills.

The 24 new additions represent 13 states —four from Indiana, three from Illinois, Ohio, two from California, Florida, Nevada and Louisiana, plus one each from Texas, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Maryland, New Jersey and Tennessee.

As listed by group, Notre Dame adds 10 skill players, seven power players, six big skill players and one specialist. As listed by position, Notre Dame adds five defensive backs, five defensive linemen, four wide receivers, three linebackers, two running backs, two offensive linemen, one quarterback, one tight end and one kicker.

Let’s take a look at the Shamrock Soldiers individually:

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