Notre Dame's Skowronek Joins Texans as Irish Lacrosse Advances

Ben Skowronek, a former Notre Dame wide receiver, has been traded to the Houston Texans from the Los Angeles Rams. The Notre Dame men's lacrosse team advances to the NCAA quarterfinals with a 14-9 win over Albany.

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Notre Dame's Skowronek Joins Texans as Irish Lacrosse Advances

Notre Dame's Skowronek Joins Texans as Irish Lacrosse Advances

Former Notre Dame wide receiver Ben Skowronek has found a new home in the NFL. The Houston Texans acquired the 6-foot-3, 224-pound player in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, where Skowronek spent the past three seasons. He served as a team captain in his final year with the Rams.

During his tenure with the Rams, Skowronek caught 58 passes for 575 yards and one touchdown across 45 games. The bulk of his production came in the 2022 season, where he recorded 39 receptions for 376 yards. Prior to his NFL career, Skowronek played one standout season for the Fighting Irish in 2020, tallying 49 catches for 439 yards and five touchdowns. His performance earned him a seventh-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Skowronek now joins several former Notre Dame teammates on the Texans roster, including offensive linemen Blake Fisher and Jarrett Patterson, defensive lineman Kurt Hinish, and cornerback Troy Pride Jr. The reunion of these Fighting Irish alumni in Houston adds an exciting storyline as Skowronek begins the next chapter of his NFL journey.

In other Notre Dame sports news, the men's lacrosse team secured a thrilling 14-9 victory over Albany in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Arlotta Stadium. Despite trailing 5-4 at halftime, the top-seeded Fighting Irish rallied in the third quarter to regain the lead and maintain their advantage until the final whistle.

Graduate student attack Jake Taylor provided a highlight-reel moment with a spectacular goal during the game, which was attended by former Notre Dame director of athletics Jack Swarbrick. The Irish were led by Devon McLane's four goals, while Taylor and Pat Kavanagh each contributed three goals in the winning effort.

With the victory, Notre Dame advances to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, setting up a rematch against Georgetown next weekend. The Hoyas stand as the only team to have defeated the Fighting Irish this season, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the upcoming clash between these two lacrosse powerhouses.

Key Takeaways

  • Ben Skowronek traded to Houston Texans from LA Rams.
  • Skowronek joins 4 other Notre Dame alumni on Texans roster.
  • Notre Dame men's lacrosse beats Albany 14-9 in NCAA Tournament.
  • Fighting Irish advance to quarterfinals, face Georgetown next.
  • Georgetown is the only team to have beaten Notre Dame this season.