St. Joe high grad Corrigan paving the way at Notre Dame in lacrosse

Will Corrigan is doing something most didn't think was possible.

The St. Joe high grad is playing lacrosse at Notre Dame, making him the first Michiana product to make it to such a high level.

Corrigan has five goals so far during his freshman season with the Irish, including one last Sunday in Notre Dame's opening round NCAA Tournament win over Yale. He's an a key reason the Irish are still alive and will face Virginia Sunday at Noon in Philadelphia in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Even Will is surprised he's played this well.

"I got lucky," Corrigan explains. "I got a few chances early on in the spring. I played well in the fall and the next thing I knew, I was playing in games and contributing. It's been great. It's been great all year."

Because Will is playing so well so quickly and he's a local player, we decided to chat with him and his coach. But coach got hung up on a phone call with ESPN that just didn't seem to end.

Will just sat waiting.

Finally, the phone call ended.

"yeah I've been sitting here for like 45 minutes now," Will jabs at his coach.

The kid is just a freshman and he's saying to his coach?

"it's just dumb luck that he's here anyway," jabs back his coach as he puts on his wired microphone.

Coach Corrigan then smiles at his son and says, "my bad."

Kevin Corrigan is the long-time lacrosse coach at Notre Dame and if you haven't figured it out by now, he just happens to also be Will's dad.

Whether he's joking as dad or stern-faced as coach, Kevin is very proud of Will. But is he also surprised by what Will's done?

"Yes-- I'd be lying to say otherwise," Coach Corrigan admits. "He's surprised me. The jump in the level for him was so great that I thought it would take longer to adjust."

Kevin says Will has a high lacrosse IQ and that's helped him adjust to the college game very quickly. Being the son of a coach helps develop the mind for the game just by being around the game so much.

Will's success can also help in the growth of the sport of lacrosse in Northern Indiana. Kids growing up can now see "one of their own" competing at the highest level. Both Kevin and Will hope that will spark an even greater interest in the sport, which already is on the rise in the area.

Coach Corrigan says he and his son have a very normal relationship on the field and that he treats Will just like he does any other player. But Kevin admits he is now more aware of the presence of a certain parent.

"I look out of the corner of my eye to make sure his mother doesn't hear some of things i say to him on the field," Kevin says with a big laugh. Other than that i can't think of anything negative."

"She might not react to well to some of that," Kevin says to Will.

"Gotta keep her away from practice," jokes back Will.

Will does see one negative with his dad being his coach. When Will asks his dad for some money, Kevin jokingly refuses, citing possible "NCAA violations" as his reason.

One advantage to dad being his college coach is that Will doesn't have to live under the same roof with his coach.

"I don't know if I'd make it," Will says.

"I don't know gosh," Kevin fires back. "I'm sure I'm a tremendous pain in the neck to live with."

Ah---they are no different really than your typical father and son.


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