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Notre Dame Lacrosse prepares for stretch run

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Three days after winning the ACC Tournament Title, Notre Dame senior defense-man John Sexton was named the league's defensive player of the year.

Moments after receiving news of the award, Sexton and his teammates were at Arlotta Stadium practicing Wednesday afternoon.

The Irish hope the best part of the season is still ahead of them.

Notre Dame had an off year by it's own lofty standards, but the team seems to be peaking at the right time.

Head Coach Kevin Corrigan said, "You don't want to leave anything in anyone else's hands this time of the year. So, if we win this weekend, I think we've sealed our fate in the tournament, and hopefully a home game. Which is really important because we have exams next week."

This team has some similar characteristics to the 2014 team, that ended up playing for the national title.

"It's a similar run to a team in 2014 actually. When they were in a similar spot and needed to win the ACC tournament. So, a lot of those guys actually reached out to some of the older guys on our team from previous years and they just talked about 'You've got to go out and do it'," said Sexton, "And we had that mentality all week, which is we're not going to shy away from it; we're going to take it head on. We know what our fate is. We hold it in our own hands, and I think we made the most of that opportunity."

They were on the bubble last week, until they won the ACC championship, beating No.2 Duke along the way. Although the ACC Tournament Title does not guarantee an automatic bid, the Irish have a lot more confidence heading into selection Sunday and their last game of the season this Saturday against Army.

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