The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: A South Bend Cold Snap

Go Irish. Beat everybody. - USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame student athletes are getting back in the game as winter takes hold in South Bend. Hockey, track and field, tennis, swimming, and basketball all competed this last week, claiming wins in four of the five.

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

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Hockey: The no. 4/5 Irish (15-9-0, 11-5-0-0) finished a very rough January stretch of games with two more losses, these to Alaska on Friday and Saturday. Friday's 4-5 loss ended on Alaska's game-winning goal with just three seconds of play remaining in regulation. The shootout, which saw Notre Dame score first but eventually have to fight back from a 2-goal deficit, ended in heartbreak for the Irish, who had goals from Anders Lee, Austin Wuthrich, T. J. Tynan, and Mario Lucia. The Irish outshot Alaska, 28-27, but Steven Summerhays logged just 22 saves.


The 1-2 loss to Alaska that followed on Saturday night gave the Irish their first series loss of the season. Both Alaska goals came within just thirty-five seconds of each other during a 5-minute power play. Mario Lucia scored the single Irish goal mid-way through the first period. The Irish outshot Alaska, 20-17, in a match that became chippy and saw a combined seven penalties for 25 minutes.

After struggling through this exhausting stretch of six games in just eleven days, the Irish, tied for first in the CCHA, face Ferris State at the CFIA this Friday (7:35 EST, CBSSN) and Saturday (7:05 EST, streaming live on UND.com).

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Track & Field: The men's and women's teams had a strong showing at the Notre Dame Invitational over the weekend. The women claimed the title and the men took a very close second in the four-team meet. Thirteen of thirty-two events went to Notre Dame. The Irish next compete in the Indiana Relays this coming weekend.

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Tennis: The no. 19 women's team (2-0 dual match record) won out over both Bowling Green, 7-0, and Illinois, 4-3, in their weekend competition.

The no. 30 men's team impressively claimed a pair of 7-0 victories over Marquette and Western Illinois over the weekend in the spring season's first matches.

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Swimming: The no. 20 men's team (6-0 dual record) bested Cleveland State, 131-112, in a weekend dual meet. The Irish claimed first in six events.

The women's team fell to Indiana, 175-125, in their weekend dual meet. The Irish did claim victories in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 IM (all Emma Reaney), 100 and 200 fly, and 1- and 3-meter dives (both Jenny Chiang).

Friday, the two-day Shamrock Invitational begins, pitting Notre Dame against Towson and Harvard.

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Basketball: The no. 2 women's team (16-1, 5-0) earned a 74-50 win over St. John's on Sunday. Skylar Diggins led the way with 18 points, ahead of Natalie Achonwa with 16 points and a double-double.

They face Pittsburgh this Wednesday (7:00 p.m. EST), then Providence on Saturday (2:00 p.m. EST, streaming on UND.com) and Tennessee on Monday (7:00 p.m., ESPN2).

The no. 20 men's team (15-4, 3-3) bested Rutgers, 69-66, but fell to Georgetown, 47-63, in a dismal Monday night showing. Jack Cooley's double-double and 19 points allowed the Irish to hang on for the win against Rutgers, but the victory came after two disappointing losses and preceded a third. The Georgetown loss was, in fact, Mike Brey's second worst on Notre Dame's home court.

The Irish hit the court again to face USF on Saturday (12:00 p.m. EST, BEN).

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While not yet on the field, Irish lacrosse is previewed this week over at SB Nation's College Crosse alongside their Big East opponents. Read up on the team's prospects here.

We'll bring you updates again next week on all our Notre Dame Olympic sports. Go Irish.

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