Get To Know The Freshmen There are 15 freshmen on the 2017 Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse Roster

The 2017 Notre Dame men's lacrosse freshmen class features 15 student-athletes from 10 different states.

MATTHEW BLOMMER

"Matthew has a lot of upside. He is long and athletic and is really learning everyday. He needs to keep working on his physicality to get stronger and more sure-footed but he is going to be a good player for us." - Head Coach Kevin Corrigan
  • 2016 US Lacrosse All-American senior year
  • Captain of lacrosse team
  • Three-year letterman at Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania
  • First team All-State selection during senior season
  • Played with Club Team NXT Lacrosse
  • Served as class president for two years
  • Son of Ellen and Peter, brother of Will and Madeleine
  • Enrolled in First Year of Studies
  • Lives in Radnor, Pennsylvania
"I chose Notre Dame because there is no other DI lacrosse school with the level of tradition, community and academics while also being able to compete for a title."

STEPHEN CHASE

"Stephen’s got a great feel for the game. He’s got a real desire to be a better player that drives him to come every day and work hard and improve. Physically he needs to keep developing and he is working hard in the weight room to do that. When he gets that piece he will be a very good player for us." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • 2016 High School All-American senior year
  • Participated in the Under Armour All-American game for the South Region
  • Two-time Maverik Showtime All-Star
  • Attended Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip
  • Holds the Maclay School in Tallahassee, Florida record for most career goals (312), most goals in a season (89), most goals in a single game (9), most career points (431), most points in a season (124), and most points in a game (12)
  • Two-time team captain of high school lacrosse team
  • Played with club teams Orange Crush and Team Florida
  • Volunteered at Maclay School Key Club and Boys Town Tallahassee
  • Son of Lisa and Brook
  • Brother of Sam, Emily, and Maggie
  • Enrolled in First Year of Studies
  • Lives in Tallahassee, Florida
"I chose Notre Dame because of the tradition and success of the lacrosse team as well as the academics. The academics speak for themselves and the coaching staff is great."

BRYAN COSTABILE

"Bryan has been a great addition and has probably contributed as much or more than any freshman. He’s got great athletic instincts and he’s a competitor. He’s got a real good sense of finding himself within the game and knowing the plays that he can make and needs to make for us. Without making a ton of mistakes he has been a very positive contributor in almost every game." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • US Lacrosse All-American and USA Today First Team All-American 2016
  • Attended Mount Saint Joseph in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Rated 30th in Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshman Rankings
  • Rated 8th in Inside Lacrosse Top 40 Incoming Freshman Midfielders
  • Member of the U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under -19 National Team that won gold in 2016
  • Baltimore Sun 2015/2016 Athlete of the Year
  • Two-time First Team All-MIAA honoree
  • Played Club Lacrosse with Looney’s Lacrosse Club
  • Two-time varsity football letterwinner, playing quarterback
  • Son of Amanda and Ermanno and brother of Chris, Craig, and Kyle
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business
  • Lives in Sykesville, Maryland
"I decided to choose Notre Dame because right when I stepped onto campus, I was blown away by the magnificent facilities, academics, brotherhood within the team and just the amazing athletics. I fell in love right when I saw it."

MICHAEL FARNISH

"Mike is playing as a pole, which is giving him a chance to compete against a very good midfield group everyday in practice and it is really helping him. I have really seen him develop over the course of this year. I think it will certainly result in playing time in the future." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • High School All-American in his junior season
  • Rated 77th in Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshman Rankings
  • Rated 18th in Inside Lacrosse Top 40 Incoming Freshman Defensemen
  • First team All-State selection and two time first team All-League selection
  • Two-time team captain of the lacrosse team
  • Attended Radnor High School in Pennsylvania
  • Spent a post-grad year at the Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey
  • Played Club Lacrosse with NXT Lacrosse
  • Academic honor roll recipient
  • Son of Deb and Tom, Sr., brother of Tom, Jr., and Krystan
  • Majoring in Political Science
  • Resides in Villanova, Pennsylvania
"I have always been a fan of Notre Dame since I was a little kid. When the opportunity came I knew I couldn’t pass it up since the academics and athletics are unbeatable. Also Notre Dame’s community and tradition are a major reason why I chose to come here."

PETER GAYHARDT

"Peter is such a unique cat and you don’t have many guys like him. With his size and IQ I think we will find a role for him but he needs to continue to develop and really smooth out all of his skills athletically and skill-wise in the game. We are going to have a guy who is a very unique player when he becomes more of a finished product." - Head coach Kevin Corrigan
  • 2015 Philadelphia Underclassmen Under Armour All-America Team
  • Three-time First Team All-Catholic League selection
  • Achieved academic honor roll status every semester
  • Three-time student volunteer leader with SpeakUp!
  • Played for NXT Lacrosse Club and Duke’s Lacrosse Club
  • Three-time varsity basketball letterman
  • Captain of lacrosse and basketball teams
  • Attended St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia
  • Enrolled in First Year of Studies
  • Son of Agnes and Don, brother of Kevin, Donny, and Mary
  • Father and grandfather are Notre Dame alums
  • Resides in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
"I choose Notre Dame not only because of the historic tradition, but because it gave me the best opportunity to compete at the highest level in athletics, while being at one of the finest academic institutions in the world."

KYLE HYLAND

"Unfortunately Kyle is hurt and will miss the rest of the season. He was competing for playing time right away. We are disappointed with his injury because we really saw him taking a bigger role as the season went on in facing off because he is a terrific athlete and works hard at his craft." - head coach kevin corrigan
  • Academic and Athletic US All-American
  • First Team All-West Suburban Silver
  • Rated number 49 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
  • Ranked number 3 FOGO for class of 2016
  • Two-time MVP and captain of lacrosse team
  • President of Citizen Club and VP of Ambassador Club
  • Illinois State Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Attended Hinsdale Central High School
  • Played with the True Lacrosse Club team
  • Son of Linda and Tim, brother of Trent, Morgan, and Anna
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business
  • Born in California, now resides in Hinsdale, Illinois
"Notre Dame combined a unique blend of incredible athletics and world class academics. In addition to this, Notre Dame has an alumni network that is unparalleled. The minute I stepped on campus for my first visit I could tell there was something special about the place."

JACOB KANAK

"Jacob has shown great versatility. We have moved him around a little bit from close to pole to short stick defensive midfielder and he has handled all three very well. Because of his intelligence, work ethic and determination I see him being a guy who is going to find a way to contribute in one of those spots in the future without question." - Head coach kevin corrigan
  • Rated No. 21 defensemen for the Freshman class of 2016 by Inside Lacrosse
  • All-Inter-Ac and All-MSCLA selection
  • Served as team captain of lacrosse team
  • Attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana
  • High school valedictorian
  • Played with the True Lacrosse Club team
  • Received NROTC Scholarship and plans to become a Marine Officer upon graduation with hopes of entering into USMC Intelligence
  • Son of Yvonne and Kris, brother of Kris and Samantha
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and is majoring in economics.
  • Resides in Marshall, Wisconsin.
"Notre Dame was the only school that offered world class academics and athletics that comprised a culture I want to be a part of. Being from the Midwest I wanted to stay in the region as well. Overall, Notre Dame was hands down the best fit for me all around as it provided the level of competition and challenge in every aspect of being a student-athlete that I wanted in my college experience"

JACK KIELTY

"Jack is a terrific athlete and has great instincts. He’s trying to marry the great instincts and the great athletic ability with the sound fundamentals and the understanding of the way we play right now. Already he has been an impactful player for us." - Head coach kevin corrigan
  • US All-American as a senior
  • Second Team All-American by USA Today
  • Member of the New Jersey Under Armour All-American Team
  • Member of the North Team Under Armour All-American Senior Team
  • Rated No. 2 defensemen for the freshman class of 2016 by Inside Lacrosse
  • Rated No. 14 overall player by Inside Lacrosse for the freshman class of 2016
  • New Jersey Defenseman of the Year
  • Mugs Media, Fitch-Pitch, and Daily Record Player of the Year awards
  • Second Team All-American Soccer player by USA today as well as US National All-American
  • Led lacrosse and soccer teams to a combined seven state titles in high school
  • Delbarton High School Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Played Club lacrosse with the Patriot Elite
  • Attended Delbarton School in New Jersey
  • Enrolled in the First Year of Studies
  • Son of Helen and Tom, brother of Adam, Ryan, and Eliza
"Regardless of the unparalleled academics and athletics that Notre Dame provides, I chose Notre Dame because it is a school that I can see myself never wanting to leave. Everybody I have talked to who attended Notre Dame relentlessly talks about how much they loved it. I want to be part of that group when I graduate."

KEATON KOMATZ

"Keaton has really good offensive instincts and I think he is really learning to find his plays within our offense. He shows a great ability to dodge and beat hiS man, which is always something that a team can use. He has got a bright future." - Head Coach Kevin Corrigan

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  • Named a US Lacrosse All-American in 2016
  • Named a 2016 Adrenaline All-American
  • Two-time All-State honoree
  • Three-time All-South Suburban First Team selection
  • Two-time team captain for lacrosse and tennis teams
  • 2016 Heritage High School Hall of Fame inductee
  • National Honor Society member
  • Competed for the 2015 Underclassman Under Armour All-American West Team
  • Attended Colorado’s Heritage High School, where he is the all time career leader in points (212)
  • Played Club Lacrosse with the 3D Colorado Select and U19 Team Colorado
  • Son of Nancy and David, brother of Chase and Katie
  • Enrolled in the First Year of Studies
  • Resides in Littleton, Colorado
"I chose Notre Dame not only for the opportunity to compete and win a national championship in lacrosse, but to to become part of a family where I can learn from the best professors and coaches, build positive character, and provide service in the community while meeting new life-long friends."

CHARLES LEONARD

"Charlie is a competitor. As a face-off guy, a long pole midfielder, a short stick defensive midfielder, he is going to compete and challenge and try to earn a role in one of those spots and I will be surprised if he doesn’t." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN

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  • Named a US Lacrosse All-American in 2016
  • Two-time All-State honoree
  • Rated the number 34 defenseman for the incoming Freshman class by Inside Lacrosse
  • Earned MVP honors at Nike’s The Ride camp
  • Team captain for lacrosse team
  • Three year letterwinner in football
  • Volunteered with CityLax
  • Member of National Honor Society, DECA and FBLA
  • Attended Arapahoe High School in Colorado
  • Played Club Lacrosse with 3D’s Colorado, National, and New England teams and for Team Colorado
  • Son of Elizabeth and Dennis, brother of Tommy and Stephanie
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business
  • Resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado
"Notre Dame is going to push me and challenge me, but I know it will be worth it. The connections I make and will have from this school will help me be successful for the next 40 years of my life. The lacrosse program is one of a kind. The team is truly like a tight brotherhood, and when I was getting recruited, I realized that the culture here at Notre Dame was different."

THOMAS McNAMARA

"Unfortunately Tommy is another guy who is hurt for the year. He hurt his shoulder but was competing for a spot on one of our top midfields throughout the fall and in preseason. I think he is unquestionably a guy we are counting on in being a contributor going forward." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • All-Inter-AC League honoree
  • Under Armour Team Philadelphia selection
  • All-EPSLA selection
  • Philadelphia Inquirer First Team honoree
  • Served as captain of basketball and lacrosse teams
  • Earned 10 varsity letters
  • Attended the Haverford School in Pennsylvania
  • Head of Haverford's TV Video Production Club
  • Played Club Lacrosse with Mesa Fresh Lacrosse Club and Dukes Lacrosse Club
  • Son of Diana and Bill, brother TJ, Zip, Austin, Will, Emily, Grace, and Kathrine
  • Enrolled in the First Year of Studies
  • Resides in Villanova, Pennsylvania
"I chose Notre Dame because of the strong academics, great team culture, and opportunity to win a National Championship."

AUDEN MENKE

"Auden is a guy that has played a couple of roles in short stick midfielder, defensive midfielder and as a regular offensive midfielder. He’s one of those guys who is solid at everything and needs to develop either across the board or in one area where he can put himself on the field but he is a good, solid, all-around player." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • Named a High School All-American his junior and senior seasons
  • Two-time All-Lakes Region honoree
  • Earned 11 varsity letters in lacrosse, football and basketball
  • Served as team captain for lacrosse and football teams
  • Led high school to stat titles in lacrosse and football
  • Attended New Hampton School in New Hampshire
  • Played for the 3D New England Club Lacrosse team
  • Son of Jennifer and Andrew and brother of Anna
  • Enrolled in the First Year of Studies
  • Resides in Sandy, Utah
"I chose Notre Dame because it had a great balance of academics, athletics, and community."

ERIC RESTIC

"Eric has been a great addition. He has played multiple roles for us already, in games as well. I don’t know where he will ultimately land but I know he will continue to contribute wherever he is because he has already. He is a terrific athlete, hard worker, very smart and a guy with a lot of assets." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • Named a high school Academic All-American in 2016
  • First Team All-State selection
  • Two-time All-Metro League honoree
  • Served as team captain for lacrosse and football teams
  • Only the second Notre Dame lacrosse player from Oregon (the other was his youth coach, Brannon Halvorsen)
  • Attended Jesuit High School in Oregon
  • Made Academic Honor Roll all eight semesters
  • Never played Club Lacrosse
  • Son of Joe and Susan, brother of Brittany
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business
  • Resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon
"I chose Notre Dame because I knew I would be challenged academically, athletically and spiritually."

BRIAN WILLETS

"Brian is a guy with a lot of ability. He is playing on a group that is fairly well established at the moment but he is contributing and figuring out where his spots are. He is developing a feel for the way we play and where he is going to find his place within the context of our offense." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • Twelve-time NY State Scholar-Athlete
  • Member of National Honor Society
  • U.S. Lacrossel All-American senior year
  • Captain of football and lacrosse teams
  • Earned 11 varsity letters
  • Played for the Under Armour All-American Senior North team
  • Played for the Underclassmen Long Island team for the Under Armour All-American game
  • Earned Long Island Player of the Year award
  • Rated the No. 5 attackman for the incoming class by Inside Lacrosse
  • Rated No. 9 overall player for the incoming class by Inside Lacrosse Power 100
  • Attended Smithtown East for high school in New York
  • Played Club Lacrosse with Team Smithtown Lacrosse
  • Son of Donna and Tom, brother of Jenna and Alyssa
  • Enrolled in First Year of Studies
  • Resides in Saint James, New York
"I chose Notre Dame so I could have the opportunity to compete at the highest level academically and athletically. The rich tradition was felt the moment I stepped on campus and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else."

JACK ZULLO

"Jack has shown terrific ability to stop the ball and great poise in the cage. He is in a position where you don’t necessarily get to see him because what he is doing right now behind a three-year starter is not being seen but he’s working hard to put himself into position to compete for that job in the future." - HEAD COACH KEVIN CORRIGAN
  • Rated the No. 10 goalie for the incoming freshman class by Inside Lacrosse
  • Participated in Under Armour’s All-American game with Team Long Island as a junior
  • Two-time All-Long Island Catholic League selection
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Three-time honor roll recipient
  • Attended Chaminade High School in New York
  • Played Club lacrosse with Team 91 Lacrosse
  • Son of Elizabeth and Edward
  • Enrolled in the First Year of Studies
  • Resides in Rockville Centre, New York
"Besides its standing as one of the world’s top academic institutions, Notre Dame offers a student-athlete experience and access to a national alumni base that is unparalleled."

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