Mutual payoff in rising of Irish

Ex-Boys' Latin trio a boon to N. Dame -- and vice versa

May 19, 2001|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Boys' Latin had a remarkable collection of lacrosse talent four years ago, when an unbeaten team netted five first-team All-Metro selections.

That group did not include Tom Glatzel and the Ulrich twins, David and Todd, who were considered works in progress. So was Notre Dame, and it's no surprise that the blossoming of those three coincided with the growth of the Fighting Irish into a serious final four contender.

Fifth-seeded Notre Dame can reach the championship weekend of the NCAA tournament for the first time with a victory over Johns Hopkins in the second half of tomorrow's quarterfinal doubleheader at Byrd Stadium. The boys from BL have combined for 72 of Notre Dame's 171 goals this season, but their impact can't be quantified.

"Their personality has permeated our program," Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said. "They're hard workers, competitive as hell. They are fun and loose, and they get on each other like you can't believe. I tell my athletic director [Kevin White], `Have you ever had guys screaming at each other at practice?' Everyone on this team loves each like brothers, and that comes from the Ulriches and Glatzel."

David Ulrich, a co-captain along with Glatzel, vainly tried to downplay his role in Notre Dame's chemistry.

"We're not the only guys on the team with strong personalities," David said. "I've played with my brother all of my life, and I'm not afraid to let him know how I feel."

A thick skin was as important as shoulder pads at Boys' Latin in 1997, where the most decorated Laker was John Glatzel, the Syracuse defenseman who could match up with his fraternal twin in the NCAA semifinals at Rutgers a week from today.

Tom Glatzel said he and his brother "never bickered or argued as much as the Ulriches," but Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver had a different perspective.

"To watch two sets of twins complain and moan at each other was almost comic relief," Shriver said. "They would come to blows almost. As a coach, how do you step between brothers? I saw [Notre Dame assistant] Kevin Anderson scouting a game two weeks ago. I asked if the Ulriches still fought. `Every day,' he said."

Todd Ulrich helped Boys' Latin at midfield, where one of the ringleaders was Ryan Mollett, now the Ivy League Player of the Year as a Princeton defenseman. Tom Glatzel was a second-team All-Met, and fellow attackmen Greg Patchak and Ian Shure were first-teamers, headed to Duke and Virginia, respectively.

The second reserve attackman was Holt Hopkins, a key to Middlebury's defense of its Division III title. The first was David Ulrich.

"I was never happy with the situation," Ulrich said. "I had started my junior year. Tom [Glatzel] got a start when we were seniors against St. Joe, where he used to play. He got six goals, and I never started again."

There would be a role reversal in South Bend, where David Ulrich got the first crack at playing time, even if he and his twin, who are 5-8, 160 pounds apiece, were closer to 140.

"You see how small the Ulriches are now," Corrigan said. "What you don't see is how small they were when we got them. Because of David's ability to carry the ball against anybody and distribute, he went straight on the field.

"There were some things that Tom [Glatzel] needed to learn, but in retrospect we should have pushed him. We thought Todd [Ulrich] was a year or two away, but he got mad that his brother was playing and he wasn't. By the end of their freshman year, he was, too."

Last month David Ulrich tied the school record for career assists -- he has since extended it to 108 --on a feed to his brother. Todd was on the bench when David's career opened with a freshman-record seven-point game.

"He's my twin brother. I was excited for him," Todd said, "But on the other hand, everyone asked about me, `How come he's not doing as well?' That definitely gave me incentive."

Their freshman season marked Notre Dame's only absence from the NCAA tournament since 1991. David Ulrich was joined on the starting attack a year later by Glatzel, who has 102 goals, fourth in school history.

Todd Ulrich ran first midfield the last two years, but this year moved to the second to create better balance. It helped the Fighting Irish win at Virginia and Loyola, reach the quarterfinals a second straight year and raise the program's recognition.

"Being on an unbeaten high school championship team, playing in front of huge crowds, some people might come out of that with big heads," David Ulrich said. "This levels you, going to school in Indiana, where a lot of people haven't heard of the sport."

A victory tomorrow, and that may change.

NCAA lacrosse

Division I quarterfinals

When: Today

Where: Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y.


Syracuse (11-2) vs. Hofstra (10-6), 12:07 p.m.

Princeton (11-1) vs. Loyola (10-3), 3 p.m.

BL connection

Three of Notre Dame's top five point-producers have been teammates since their days at Boys' Latin.

Name..................... G......... A....... Pts.

Tom Glatzel ........36........ 26....... 62

David Ulrich........ 18....... 27....... 45

Jon Harvey......... 25.........3....... 28

John Flandina ....18........ 6........ 24

Todd Ulrich...........18.... ...6........ 24

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