The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Marching Onward

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

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

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Soccer: The other no. 1 Notre Dame team, men's soccer (17-3-1), wrecked Michigan State, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Goals came unsurprisingly from Irish stars Harrison Shipp and Ryan Finley, with assists on both from Dillon Powers; Max Lachowecki claimed the third goal for the Irish late in the game. The stout Irish defense (defense wins championships, you know) allowed the Spartans just two shots on goal as they claimed their 9th shutout on the season.


The no. RV/23 women's team (15-5-2, 11-2-1 Big East) claimed two NCAA Tournament victories over the weekend. First, the Irish upset no. 10/12 Wake Forest with a 2-1, come-from-behind victory last Friday. Sunday, the Irish underdogs shut out no. 8/10 Florida, 2-0, clearing their path to the NCAA Quarterfinals. They'll face no. 7/4 FSU Friday night.

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Volleyball: The no. 3-seed Irish (20-8, 13-3 Big East) were upset, 3-2, by no. 6-seed South Florida in their Big East quarterfinal match-up last Friday. The Irish, who played USF close but shot themselves in the foot with 8 service errors, face Ohio this Friday to finish the regular season. They may still land an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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Hockey: The no. 7/8 Irish (8-3-0, 5-1-0-0) travelled to Ann Arbor to face the no. 13 Wolverines last Thursday and Friday, and they pulled off the sweep in Yost Arena. Thursday, they claimed the win on two third-period goals in the final 6 minutes to put the 1-1 game in Irish hands. Goaltender Summerhays stopped 24 of 25 shots; the Irish took 33 shots and impressively, their first goal on the night came short-handed.

Friday, three Irish players racked up four goals against Michigan to win 4-1 in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,800. Summerhays stopped 27 of 28 shots and the Irish only logged 19 shots. Three of their goals came in the third period. In true Brian Kelly-in-November style, head coach Jeff Jackson attributed his team's late-game fortitude to their strength and conditioning coach, Tony Longo Rolinski. The Irish had not swept Michigan at Yost Arena since 1978.

Friday and Saturday, powerful North Dakota comes to South Bend to face the Irish at home.


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Swimming and Diving: The no. 18/20 women's team (2-3) claimed victory in the Kansas Classic over the weekend, beating no. 2 Kansas in the 6-team field with wins in 11 of 18 events. This was a strong win for the Irish, who finish their fall schedule Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Hawkeye and Ohio State Invitationals.

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Cross Country: Both teams competed in the NCAA Championships over the weekend. The women finished 15th overall (their highest since 2005) and the men, competing without their injured top-performer, came in 28th. The Oregon women's and the Oklahoma State men's teams took first. The Championships end the season for the Irish.

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Golf: The fall season has ended, but the women's team finished ranked 14th nationally and in freshman Lindsey Weaver, has the country's current no. 1 collegiate golfer. The Irish finished with six victories over top-25 teams and a 49-13-0 record (all 13 losses came against top-25 teams). The ranking is Notre Dame's best ever mid-season ranking.

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Basketball: The no. 5/6 women's team trounced UMass in its home opener Sunday, winning 94-50. Last night, the Irish dominated Mercer, 93-36. The Irish face UCLA on Friday afternoon in Westwood.

The no. 20 men's team sits at 3-1 on the season after falling to Saint Joseph's in OT, 79-70, last Friday at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York. The Irish bounced back to beat BYU, 78-68, on Saturday night. Tonight, the men face George Washington at 7 p.m. (ET).

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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 Southern Cal - and everybody else.

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