Mid-West Catholic Classic

Mid-West Catholic Classic

Mid-West Catholic Classic

Mid-West Catholic Classic

Notre Dame, Indiana - The Midwest Catholic Lacrosse Classic was held this past weekend at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The Classic was thought of by Kevin Dugan, Directror of Mens Lacrosse Operations at the University as a means to gathering Catholic High School lacrosse programs together for a tournament, much like the Jesuit tournament that had been previously hosted by Georgetown Prep, but without restricting it to solely Jesuit schools. Dugan sent out an e-mail query to local Catholic high schools and the first twelve that responded with a commitment were welcomed. Eight of the twelve teams were entered into a tournament per se, with the teams playing off to a championship game, whilst the remaining four were matched against teams they would normally not encounter in a season so that each of these four teams participated in two games. One round of games was played in the morning on Saturday before the Irish men’s lacrosse team beat Villanova and the second round was held thereafter. Tournament teams then advanced to the semifinals, held Sunday morning, with the title game facing off at 1:00pm.



At the tournament level, the teams included St. Joseph (IN), DeSmet (MO) , Loyola Academy (IL), St, Xavier Louisville (KY), Rockhurst Jesuit (MO), St. Ignatius Cleveland (OH), St Charles (OH) and the only foreign entrant, St. Michael’s from Toronto. At the game level, the teams included Cathedral (IN), St. Viator (IL), St. Ignatius Chicago (IL) and Walsh Jesuit (OH). All told, teams from five different states and two countries participated.



The tournament level teams were matched evenly, as five of the none tournament games went into overtime. The championship game was a thriller, as local favorite St. Joseph of South Bend met St. Michael’s of Canada, for the second time. The two teams had played prior to the tournament with St. Michael’s prevailing 7-6. St Joe relied upon their offensive big gun, Will Corrigan, a middie who prevails at the faceoff and who has a wicked shot, right or left hand. Corrigan’s favorite target on the crease is Brendan Byrne. Both Corrigan and Byrne are the sons of the Irish’s coaches, Kevin Corrigan and Gerry Byrne. St. Joe fell to St Michael’s in the final 7-6 in overtime.



In morning play on Saturday, St. Joe defeated DeSmet 10-1; Xavier (Louisville) defeated Loyola Academy 7-6 (OT); Rockhurst Jesuit defeated St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 9-8 (OT); and, ichael’s defeated St. Charles (Columbus) 8-6. The Saturday afternoon round saw the following scores: St. Viator defeated Cathedral 14-7; Summit Country Day defeated St. Ignatius (Chicago) 15-4; and, Walsh Jesuit defeated Benet Academy 11-9. Sunday morning saw St. Joe take down St. Xavier (Louisville) 10-8; St. Michael’s defeat Rockhurst Jesuit 11-10 (OT); Summit Country Day defeat St. Viator 7-3; and, Walsh Jesuit defeat St. Ignatius (Chicago) 10-5. The second round of Sunday play had Loyola Academy defeating St. Charles (Columbus) 15-5; St. Ignatius (Cleveland) defeating DeSmet 6-5 (OT); and Cathedral taking down Benet Academy 8-6.



In the championship game, St. Micheal’s prevailed 7-6 in overtime, matching the score between the two teams for the game they played Friday evening. St. Joe continued its winning ways, by winning 4-3 over Detroit Central Catholic in a game played Sunday afternoon after the narrow 7-6 win by Notre Dame over visiting Georgetown.

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