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#NDLaxItaly • June 2, 2014

Jun 2, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

Handshake line after 25-4 lacrosse win over Italy

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Irish finished their third straight day of competition by defeating Team Italy 25-4 in a 10 a.m. match. Notre Dame led 6-1 after one period, 9-3 at halftime and 16-4 after three periods. The final day of the tournament was played under blue, sunny skies and 66-degree temperatures on an Italian governmental holiday, making for a three-day weekend.

Eddy Lubowicki had four goals, Matt Kavanagh had two of the first three goals plus two assists, and freshman Anthony Marini had four goals of his own.

Coach Kevin Corrigan used the occasion to take an early look at 2015, as he placed all the graduated seniors on the Italian team in the mixed roster contest. Ryan Mix scored two goals for the Italian squad and Ty Brenneman and John Scioscia also scored for Italy (Scioscia on a man-up chance)—while Kyle Ripp played the first two periods in goal for the Italians.

Early in the fourth period, Serge Perkovic ripped one impressively into the net from long distance, prompting Italian assistant Fabio Antonelli to wander toward the Irish bench and offer in jest, “Sergio, you’re talented. A little wall ball and you’ll be fine.”

After the game, Italy coach Pete Delisser said, “Having contingents of guys from all over the world sharing the game benefits everyone–and this year in particular because it’s s world championship year (July in Denver, Colo.). Our guys know the Notre Dame team from watching their games, so it’s an honor to have the chance to play with and against them.”

After the contest, two Italian players presented Corrigan with four bottles of wine, and there was a massive amount of trading of shirts, shorts, sticks and pennys between the two teams. An English-speaking priest also showed up to watch the game and chat with the American contingent after the action.

After the game, the Notre Dame group headed off to Collina Dei Poeti (it means hill of poets), a farm and vineyard in Santarcangelo di Romagna for a quick tour of the facilities and a lunch featuring traditional Italian fare. The farm features seven acres of olive trees (the farm makes its own olive oil) and seven acres of vineyards, as well as a historic villa and a small soccer field for recreation. There’s a mulberry tree-lined “Avenue of Love” that leads to a small pond and is used for weddings. There are bright rose bushes planted at the end of each row of vines and if the roses become infected that’s a tipoff that the vines will be infected as well. The wine is processed and aged in the cellar of the facility.

The Irish buses returned to San Marino (it’s a republic that is technically not a part of Italy—and it’s the oldest and smallest independent state in the world) about 4 p.m., in time for the players to spend some free time exploring the walled city and taking in the spectacular views on a glorious afternoon in the sun. You can even have your passport stamped, with an official San Marino postage stamp affixed in the process. The republic is known for its three towers that overlook the city of San Marino and are visible miles in the distance.

The team had dinner at its San Marino hotel.

Two Irish players—seniors Jim Marlatt and Ryan Smith—flew home from Rome today to begin their MBA studies at Notre Dame

Here’s what’s ahead:

Tuesday through Friday: In brief, it’s Tuesday in Florence, Wednesday at Cinque-Terre and Thursday and Friday in Rome—with lots of free time to wander in all three spots.

Check and WatchND for print and video updates from the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse journey to Italy. Stay connected to this trip on Twitter via @ndlacrosse, @ndheisler & @ndlaxexperience. Use hashtag #NDLaxItaly.

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