The no. 2 men's soccer team (8-0-5, 5-0-4 ACC) drew another 1-1 tie this past week, this time to no. 13 Northwestern in the rain. The lone Irish goal came from left back Max Lachowecki on a cross and the Irish outshot the Wildcats 22-6 on the night.
On the road Saturday, Notre Dame claimed a 2-1, come-from-behind victory over North Carolina State. Goals came from Patrick Hodan on a cross from Lachowecki and, in the 65th minute, from Lachowecki with assists from Hodan and captain Harrison Shipp.
This Saturday afternoon, the Irish take on no. 16 Virginia at home (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).
The no. 13/9 women's team (9-5-1, 5-4-1 ACC) has hit a rough patch, dropping their 4th straight match last Sunday, this one to Duke in double overtime, 2-1. The Irish overpowered the Blue Devils throughout the game, leading in shots (20-14), shots on goal (9-7), and corner kicks (12-1), but allowed an unassisted goal with under 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd overtime period.
Notre Dame next faces Boston College at home on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), then Clemson on Sunday at 1:00 p.m ET (ESPN3) on the road.
No. 2 Irish hockey (4-0-0) continued an impressive season-opening win streak with 2 weekend victories over Michigan Tech. Friday night, Notre Dame claimed the 3-2 win behind early goals from Steven Fogarty and Robbie Russo and a crucial 3rd-period goal by T.J. Tynan. Opponent goals came on an Irish power play and on a 5-on-3 Michigan Tech power play, both in the 2nd period, which ended Steven Summerhays's 147:27 minute scoreless streak. The Irish outshot the Huskies, 43-24, who benefitted from strong play by fabulously named goaltender Pheonix Copley.
Sunday, the Irish notched a wild 7-3 victory over Michigan Tech behind pairs of goals from Vinny Hinostroza and Sam Herr, plus goals from Shayne Taker, Jeff Costello, and Mario Lucia. Four came on power-plays, which isn't surprising given that the Huskies racked up 18 penalties worth an ND-opponent record 85 minutes. The Irish chipped in their own 14 penalties for 28 minutes, but kept the Huskies at 0-8 on power plays. Notre Dame outshot Michigan Tech, 33-25, and Summerhays earned his 40th career win.
The Irish take on Minnesota Duluth on the road this Friday at 8:07 p.m. ET (WatchND), then again on Saturday night (8:07 p.m. ET, WatchND).
Irish Volleyball (8-11, 2-5) claimed a big home victory over the ACC's no. 1 Miami (FL), 3-1, this past Friday. The game was marked by offensive struggles and Notre Dame dropped their second set, but the match quickly turned in their favor after that.
Sunday, the Irish lost convincingly at home to an offensively dominant no. 19 Florida State team, 3-0.
Friday night, the Irish face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. They then confront Virginia in Charlottesville on Sunday afternoon.
Cross Country finished up the regular season this past weekend at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison. The men's team finished 14th and the women's team, 13th, in a field of 28 nationally-ranked teams. The Irish had runners place 16th (Kelly Curran) and 45th (Jeremy Rae), both out of fields of 288 individual runners.
In two weeks, the Irish head to the ACC Championships in North Carolina.
The men's tennis team competed in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships throughout last week and fell in the finals of both singles and doubles play. Greg Andrews fell to no. 1 seed Peter Kobelt of Ohio State in a tie-breaking third set. He and doubles partner Alex Lawson then fell in another tiebreaker to Kobelt and Ohio State partner Keven Metka to finish the tournament. The Irish wound up with an impressive 5 singles players in the round of 16.
The Irish next head to Austin for the UT Invitational and to Orlando for the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational this weekend.
The women's team was idle this past week, but returns to competition in November at the ITA National Individual Indoor Championships in New York and in Florida at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic.
The men's golf team claimed a strong finish in the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate tournament early last week. The team placed 8th in a talented field and Niall Platt, now ranked 83rd nationally, finished in a tie for 15th overall.
The Irish are currently in the middle of play in the Georgetown Intercollegiate tournament in Maryland. We'll bring you results next week. Next up, the Irish compete in the Invitational at Kiawah this weekend in South Carolina.
The women's golf team was idle this past week and next participates in the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, NC this weekend.
Irish men's swimming was idle this past week. Next up is a dual meet with the U.S. Air Force Academy on the road with the football team in Colorado (Friday, 8:00 p.m. ET).
The women's team was also idle this past week and next hits the road to face Purdue on November 1st.
Finally, get ready: men's basketball commences the season against Indianapolis next Monday at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Purcell Pavilion (WatchND).
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 Air Force and everybody else.