The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Hockey’s Season Opening Sweep

Go Irish. Beat everyone. - fishoutofwater

The Irish brought home an impressive set of wins this past week in men’s soccer, hockey, and volleyball.

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

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The no. 2 men's soccer team (7-0-4, 4-0-3 ACC) drew a 1-1 tie on the road with no. 5 Maryland this past week. Vince Cicciarelli's mid-game goal was matched by the Terps in the 72nd minute and Notre Dame led in both shots and shots on goal.


Friday, the Irish won out over Virginia Tech, 1-0, off the last-minute heroics of captain Harrison Shipp, whose goal came with just under 45 seconds remaining. Notre Dame led in shots (23-13), shots on goal (9-1), and corners (10-5).

Tuesday night, the Irish take on no. 13 Northwestern at home (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Saturday night, they head to Raleigh to face North Carolina State (7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN3).

The no. 9/5 women's team (9-4-1, 5-3-1 ACC) dropped both of their last week's matches on the road. They dropped a double-overtime decision to no. 1 Virginia, 3-2. Both Irish goals came off the foot of captain Elizabeth Tucker, but the Cavaliers pulled ahead for the win just one minute into the 2nd OT period. Sunday, Notre Dame fell, 1-0, to no. 10/12 Virginia Tech on a goal in the 86th minute. With 3 losses by one goal against top 10 teams, the Irish are 3 consecutive losses deep in a slump.

They next face Virginia on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET), then Virginia Tech on Sunday at noon ET (ESPN3) on the road.

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No. 4 Irish hockey (2-0-0) opened their season with a 2-shutout sweep of Western Michigan over the weekend, pulling off a feat last matched 46 years ago according to UND.com. Hockey East co-defensive player of the week and Irish netminder Steven Summerhays had 22 saves both Friday and Saturday night in the home-and-home series. In the opening contest, the Irish won, 4-0, off goals from Austin Wuthrich, Vince "Vinnie" Hinostroza, Jeff Costello, and Robbie Russo. The Irish were just 2 of 9 on power plays, but killed a 6-on-3 Bronco advantage late in the game (the WMU power play saw 2 Irish players in the penalty box and the Bronco goalie pulled).


Saturday, facing a hostile WMU crowd, the Irish won, 3-0, behind goals from Thomas DiPauli, Sam Herr, and Kevin Lind. Summerhays snagged an assist on Lind's empty-net goal at the end of the game. The Irish outshot WMU 41-22 but the score held at 1-0 until the last minute of the game and Notre Dame was just 1-for-9 on power plays. Still, 2 shutout wins and 7 goals is a strong start. And all the "Slubowski" chants...

The Irish take on Michigan Tech at the CFIA at 7:35 p.m. ET (WatchND) this Friday, then again on Sunday (2:05 p.m. ET, WatchND).

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Volleyball: The Irish (7-10) fell to Clemson in 3 close sets last Friday (27-25, 25-22, 25-21), but turned a huge corner on Saturday when they earned their 1st ACC win with a road sweep of Georgia Tech. The victory put a 7-match losing streak to bed and hopefully signals a turn in the team's season.

Friday, the Irish face Miami (FL) at home (7:00 p.m. EST, WatchND).

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The women's tennis team began play in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships this past weekend in Ann Arbor. One Irish doubles team made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to the no. 1 seed; 3 singles players fell late in the tournament to highly ranked opponents. Several Irish players participated in the Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan over the weekend; Katherine White went undefeated in singles and doubles play and the two other players claimed multiple victories.

The women's team returns to competition in a few weeks in Florida at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic.

The men's team competes in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships throughout this week and weekend.

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The women's golf team competed in the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill this past weekend, placing 17th after 3 days of play. Talia Campbell tied for 19th place after finishing just 2 over par in 3 rounds.

The men's golf team was idle this past week and is currently competing in the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate tournament, which began Monday and continues Tuesday. As of Monday evening, Cory Sciupider was 6 strokes behind the top 5. We'll bring you the final results next week.

The Irish begin play in the Georgetown Intercollegiate next Monday in Maryland.

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Irish men's swimming kicked off the fall season with the Dennis Stark Relays this past Friday at home. They came in 3rd behind defending NCAA champion Michigan and top-10 Auburn in a field of 5. They then took on Auburn and Michigan in a tri-dual meet on Saturday, placing 3rd overall but claiming top finishes in the 100 free, 200 breaststroke, and 1- and 3-meter dives.


The women's team claimed 2nd overall in the Dennis Stark Relays behind top-15 Auburn in a 6-team field, with 1st place finishes in 4 events. Saturday, they came in behind Auburn and top-15 Indiana in their tri-dual meet, but earned 5 event victories, including 2 to Emma Reaney (100 breaststroke, 100 fly).

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Cross Country picks back up this weekend at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison.

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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. For now, go Irish. Beat USC and everybody else.


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