ND LACROSSE SPRING BREAK 2017 Nine Days, Five States, Two One-goal games, Hiking in Colorado, Pizza in Chicago, Bowling in Denver and More

The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team had a busy spring break, as the program kicked off the trip to faced No. 4 Denver out in Colorado to kick off the nine-day journey. The Irish then stayed in Colorado for a few days to train, hike, visit the Children's Hospital of Colorado and have some fun in their down time. The team then traveled east to open the ACC schedule against No. 12 Virginia. The Irish won in dramatic fashion, recording an 11-10 overtime victory. On the trip home the squad continued in tradition of stopping in Chicago at the famous restaurant Giordano's before returning home.

The map above has the original Spring Break schedule but the trip had to be altered due to Winter Storm Stella. The team was stuck in Colorado for a couple of extra days so the team improvised.

NOTRE DAME vs. DENVER

#50 Ryder Garnsey (Phillips Academy/Brewster Academy)

The top-ranked Irish battled No. 4 Denver in a top 5 matchup on Sunday, March 12 at Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Notre Dame fell in an 11-10 heartbreaker, as the Pioneers scored in the game's final second to grab the win. Sophomore Ryder Garnsey led the team with six points off two goals and a career-high four assists.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF COLORADO VISIT

The Irish were able to visit the Children's Hospital of Colorado the Monday following the game. The guys got to hang out with the children at the hospital for a few hours.

The team was also able to unwind in Denver with a trip to the bowling alley.

PRACTICE AND GARDEN OF THE GODS

Following a team practice on Tuesday at Valor Christian the team headed to Colorado Springs to check out the Garden of the Gods. The team got to explore the National Natural Landmark and go hiking.

QUICK STOP IN NORTH CAROLINA

The Irish made a stop in North Carolina before heading to Charlottesville. The team had a training session in Raleigh at Cardinal Gibbons and was able to keep tabs on the Notre Dame men's basketball team in the NCAA Tournament.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

Notre Dame arrived in Charlottesville on Thursday to prepare for its ACC opener against the Cavaliers. The team stayed at the Boar's Head Resort and took full advantage of the facilities.

NOTRE DAME vs. VIRGINIA

For the second straight week the Irish were in a dogfight, as Notre Dame and Virginia battled to a score of 10-10 through 60 minutes of play to force overtime. Ryder Garnsey played the role of the hero, as senior defenseman Garrett Epple raced up field and found Garnsey with a pass. Garnsey then unleashed a shot while falling to the ground that beat the Cavalier goalie to deliver the Irish the 11-10 victory.

The Irish improved to 4-1 with the win and started ACC play 1-0 for the fourth consecutive season. Mikey Wynne and Sergio Perkovic led the Irish in scoring with three goals apiece and goalie Shane Doss had an excellent evening, posting a season-high 14 saves to give Notre Dame the victory.

The parents threw a customary tailgate following the win over Virginia.

THE RETURN HOME

The Irish made the trek back to campus on Sunday. After landing in Chicago the Irish stopped to pick up an order of Giordano's, staying with tradition of returning home from road trips.

On the bus ride home the annual Freshman Bus Karaoke took place to cap off the trip. Joining the freshmen was senior P.J. Finley who performed for the fourth consecutive season as an encore. To see the performances click here: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1lPKqZnwpDeGb

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