Notre Dame student athletes hit the court, rink, pool, track, and strip this week and notched a bevy of victories along the way.
Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.
Hockey: The Irish (16-10-0, 12-6-0-0) continued a lousy stretch of play with a 3-1 loss to Ferris State on Friday, but things turned back in the right direction with a big 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday. Friday, the Irish outshot Ferris State, 33 to 25, but was slow in forward play, sloppy on defense, and did a poor job screening the goaltender. Anders Lee's lone goal wasn't enough to avert the fifth loss in a row for the beleaguered team, which fell to third place in the CCHA.
The Irish finally broke their losing streak, donning outstanding old school jerseys (auctioned for charity), on Saturday with a 5-2 win. Irish goals came from Kevin Nugent (1g, 1a), David Gerths, Thomas DiPauli, Mario Lucia (1g, 2a), and T. J. Tynan. After another sloppy start in which they fell behind, 2-1, and missed on a penalty shot, the Irish swung the momentum back in their direction mid-way through the second period. The final goal came from Tynan on a five-on-three power play, snapping a four-game 0-for-14 streak on power plays for the Irish. The Irish outshot Ferris State, 29-24.
The Irish face Ohio State this Friday and Saturday night before returning to the CFIA next weekend.
Track & Field: The men's and women's teams competed impressively in the Indiana Relays over the weekend, where they claimed 6 victories and 35 top-five finishes, including one in the women's 4x800m relay that broke a 25-year old record at host IU's Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Irish next host the Meyo Invitational this weekend.
Fencing: The no. 3 men's and no. 2 women's teams began competition last weekend in the St. John's Invitational, where the women swept all five of their matches and the men claimed three of five dual wins. The Irish claimed 8 of 10 head-to-head dual matches in the invitational.
At the NYU Invitational on Sunday, the Irish won 7 of 10 matches. The men's team went 3-2, and the women's, 4-1.
This weekend, the Irish compete in the Northwestern Duals.
Tennis: The no. 18 women's team (3-1 dual match record) won out over no. 22 Georgia Tech, 4-3, after falling behind, 3-1, at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick Off Weekend. Sunday, the Irish fell to no. 17 Nebraska, 4-1. They'll next face no. 23 Tennessee this Sunday at home and Iowa on Monday.
The no. 30 men's team (3-2) has been busy, losing out to Northwestern, 4-3, in a nearly three-and-a-half hour match last Tuesday night, then to no. 28 Harvard, also 4-3, on Saturday. The Irish did sweep no. 31 Memphis, 4-0, on Sunday. They'll return to action this Sunday at home against no. 5 Duke and IUPUI.
Swimming: The no. 20 men's team (7-1 dual record) bested Towson, 279-69, but lost to undefeated Harvard, 264-100, in last weekend's Shamrock Invitational. The Irish return to competition and finish the regular season this weekend at the Northwestern Invitational.
The women's team claimed a dominating victory over Towson, 309-60, in last weekend's Shamrock Invitational. The Irish swept every event, breaking two pool records and falling just short of breaking the school records for points in a dual meet or invitational and margin of victory.
February 9th, the Irish women's team faces the Toledo Rockets in their final dual meet of the season.
Basketball: The no. 2 women's team (19-1, 7-0) notched 3 more victories this week, including dominant wins over Pittsburgh, 73-47, and Providence, 89-44, where Skylar Diggins scored her 2,000th career point in a first half in which she scored 21 points and made 9 of 9 shots. Monday, the Irish beat no. 9 Tennessee, 77-67, in Knoxville. Diggins scored a career-high 33 points.
They face Cincinnati on Saturday (2:00 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. 24 men's team (16-4, 4-3) bested USF, 73-65, on Saturday behind the 18 points of Jerian Grant and career-best 17 points of Tom Knight. The senior, stepping in for the injured Scott Martin, hit 8 of 10 shots, with seven rebounds.
The Irish face Villanova tonight (Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2), DePaul on Saturday (2:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2), and Syracuse on Monday (7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN).
Lacrosse starts up this weekend as the men's team takes on Detroit at home. Preseason rankings are out, and the Irish are ranked third nationally, as noted over at SB Nation's College Crosse.
We'll bring you updates again next week on all our Notre Dame Olympic sports. Go Irish.