Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame. Hockey and basketball won ALL their games. - Andy Lyons
Notre Dame student athletes studied their way through finals week for the most part, but hockey and basketball continued to post strong performances and rack up wins.
Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.
Hockey: The no. 1/3 Irish (14-4-0, 10-1-0-0) continued their impressive win-streak with a 4-1 victory on the road over Bowling Green State Saturday night. The Irish haven't played well when they don't score first this season, but they came back strong from an 0-1 deficit (earned on a power play goal) early in the game with four unanswered goals (2 on power plays).
The scores came from T. J. Tynan, Bryan Rust, Mike Voran, and Shayne Taker. Assists came from Mike Voran, Shayne Taker, Jeff Costello, Anders Lee, T. J. Tynan, and freshman Mario Lucia on two goals. Lucia (5 goals, 5 assists in his first 9 games) has played very well for the Irish after returning from a preseason broken leg. Goaltender Steven Summerhays, ranked 5th in the country in goaltending, had 18 saves on the night. The Irish are ranked second in the country in total defense (of 59).
Basketball: The no. 5 women's team (6-1) had a bit of time off for exams, but return to the court tonight to face the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas.
The no. 22 men's team (10-1 on the season) earned an 81-68 victory over Purdue on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Jack Cooley led the way for the Irish, statistically, scoring 18 points and grabbing 9 rebounds; Eric Atkins had 17 points and 7 assists. Pat Connaughton and Garrick Sherman also scored in double digits for Notre Dame.
The Irish faced the Mastodons of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on Monday and won, 74-62. The eighth-consecutive Irish victory saw Connaughton score 18 points (he was 7 of 9 from the field), plus 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Cooley and Scott Martin followed with 14 and 13 points in the victory (Martin was 3 of 5 from the 3-point range).
The Irish face Kennesaw State at home tonight (the game can be viewed on ESPN3.com, 7:00 p.m.).
Irish basketball will continue through the next few weeks, but all other sports are on hold until the first week of January. "The Week in Notre Dame Athletics" will be on hiatus until then, and our basketball writers will keep you up to date on what's happening on the court.
We'll be back with TWINDA on January 9th (with a new crystal football to our names, perhaps?).