The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Hockey Hits the Ice, Soccer Rolls On

Notre Dame student athletes took to the field, court, course, pool, and rink this week and earned Irish victories in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving, and, finally, hockey.

Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's match-ups.

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Soccer: As the football team wrestled its win from Stanford Saturday evening, the 7th-ranked men's soccer team (11-3-0, 3-2-0) conquered Seton Hall 6-1. Forward Harrison Shipp claimed his first hat trick and was subsequently named to the Big East weekly honor roll; Patrick Hodan claimed league rookie of the week after registering a goal and an assist in the match. The victory marked head coach Bobby Clark's 300th as a college head coach (he was previously at Stanford, and before that, Dartmouth). This Saturday, the Irish face Providence at Alumni Stadium.

The no. 24/23 women's team (11-4-2, 7-1-1 Big East) lost 2-0 to a tough no. 11/14 Georgetown squad last Friday, in a match which saw the Irish bounce two shots off the crossbar or post. They came back Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Villanova, with the game's lone goal coming in the sixth minute.

With the win, Notre Dame earned a top-two finish in the Big East National Division, behind Georgetown. The Irish will head to the quarterfinals of the Big East Championship after finishing their regular season against DePaul in Chicago on Friday.

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Volleyball: The Irish (13-6, 6-1 Big East) took down Big East foe DePaul in Chicago last Friday in straight sets. Despite trailing through most of the first set and keeping it close in the third, the Irish overpowered DePaul on offense, notching 53 kills to the opponent's 34. Notre Dame heads to Georgetown Friday, then faces Villanova on Sunday.

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Cross country: The Irish team finished their regular season at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational last Friday. The women earned a 12th-place finish and the men, 26th, among a field of 37 nationally-ranked teams. Notre Dame's top finishers included Jeremy Rae, who came in 14th out of 316 in the 8k race, and Rebecca Tracy, who came in 56th among 49 squads in the 6k. The women bested five ranked teams. The men's team is currently ranked 13th.

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Golf: Four Notre Dame sophomores on the men's team participated in the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, hosted by Ball State University, over the last two days. All competed as individuals in a 47-player field, and Tyler Wingo earned a very impressive runner-up finish with one four-over and two one-under par rounds. Peyton Vitter came in 13th.

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Swimming and diving: The men's team hosted the 48th Annual Dennis Stark Relays last Friday and won seven of twelve events, claiming the team title in strong fashion. The Irish claimed victory in the 200 free relay, 400 IM relay, the 300 breast relay, the 200 medley relay, the 400 free relay, the 1M diving relay, and the 3M diving relay. They will travel to two meets against Oakland and Michigan State at the end of the month.

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Lacrosse: Though not in season, the men's team has been keeping busy this fall, playing Navy in a scrimmage and sharing a meal with the Middies last Saturday before being introduced on-field at the football game. The weekend prior, when Notre Dame football traveled to Chicago for the Shamrock Series game vs. Miami, the lacrosse team traveled to the Windy City as well. There, they played two scrimmages vs. Bellarmine and Detroit as part of the Playing for Peace Catholic Lacrosse Showcase, ran a youth clinic, and performed service work at two local Catholic schools, some of whose students got to attend the scrimmages. When the season does start for the lacrosse team, they'll surely be the better for the work and service they put in together this fall.

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Hockey: The no. 13 Irish (2-0-0) got off to a strong start with victories over Maine and Nebraska-Omaha in last weekend's Ice Breaker Tournament.


The Irish won out, 1-0, against Maine on Friday night. Goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 22 shots in the match and T.J. Tynan scored the game-winner for Notre Dame. Sunday, the Irish bested Nebraska-Omaha with a 3-2 finish. Summerhays stopped 28 shots; Irish goals came from Peter Schneider, Anders Lee, and Thomas DiPauli.

The Irish take the ice at home this Thursday and Friday against Minnesota Duluth. If you're in town for the BYU game, make sure to first catch the Irish on the ice Thursday and Friday at 7:35 p.m. at the outstanding Compton Family Ice Arena.

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We'll bring you updates again next week on the Notre Dame Olympic sports and help you to root for the Irish beyond those long-awaited and well-loved fall Saturdays. Go Irish. Beat BYU - and everybody else.

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