The no. 3 men's soccer team (14-1-6) won out over no. 14 Wake Forest, 4-2, in a thrilling round-of-16 NCAA tournament match Sunday night. The Demon Deacons scored early, but Notre Dame's Patrick Hodan answered off a corner kick less than 2 minutes later. Shortly thereafter, an Evan Panken cross was deflected into the Wake Forest goal by a Wake player before halftime. Not long into the 2nd half, the Demon Deacons scored to make it 2-2, but Panken netted the 3rd Irish goal in the 70th minute and Harrison Shipp put in the 4th on a cross from Max Lachowecki 4 minutes later. Wake out-shot the Irish (14-9) and led in corner kicks (7-3).
The Irish face Michigan State (whom they beat, 2-0, in season) in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals this Saturday evening at home (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). This is the 3rd NCAA quarterfinals appearance for the Irish in program history.
No. 13 Irish hockey (9-6-1, 2-3-1), still injury-hobbled, split their weekend matches in the CFIA-based Shillelagh Tournament. Friday night, Notre Dame earned a strong 5-2 victory over Alabama Huntsville. Irish goals came from T.J. Tynan, Mario Lucia, and defensemen Andy Ryan, Stephen Johns, and Robbie Russo. Notre Dame's 1st 3 came in the opening period, including 1 on a power play. Alabama Huntsville made it 3-2 midway through the 2nd, but Notre Dame responded minutes later with Lucia's goal. The final and only goal of the 3rd period came from Russo when the Irish were short-handed. Freshman Chad Katunar started in goal for the Irish and stopped 13 of 15, while Notre Dame flung 44 shots at the opponents' goalie.
Saturday night, the Irish battled Northeastern in the tournament championship game and fell, 3-2. After pulling away with a 2-0 lead behind special teams goals from Shayne Taker and Stephen Johns (one power play, one short-handed), momentum shifted behind a series of Irish penalties and Northeastern was able to tie the game up on a power play goal. The game-winning goal came from Northeastern with under 3 minutes remaining in the final period. After leading 14-4 in shots through the first half of the game, the Irish were outshot, 35-33. The Irish led Northeastern in penalties, 10-6.
The Irish hit the ice against Massachusetts at home this Friday (7:35 p.m. ET, NBCSN) and Saturday evening (6:35 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Irish Volleyball (13-18, 7-13) split their weekend matches once more, first defeating Boston College, 3-1, and then falling to Syracuse, 3-1, on Senior Day. This was an uncharacteristically down season for the Irish, who are finished for the fall. On to brighter, harder-hitting days ahead.
Both men's and women's swimming and diving teams were idle this week and next travel to Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational this weekend.
Track & field starts up this weekend with the Golden Gala Multis in Kent, OH, and the Blue & Gold Meet at Notre Dame. Best of luck to the Irish as they line up in the starting blocks for the indoor season.
Men's basketball earned a convincing 101-67 win over Cornell on Sunday. Up next for the Irish is Iowa tonight (Tuesday) at 9:15 p.m. ET on the road (WatchND, WatchESPN, ESPN2). Saturday, they face Delaware at home to kick off the Gotham Classic (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, RSN), followed by Bryant on Monday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPNU) and North Dakota State next Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPNU).
No. 5 women's basketball knocked down no. 25 DePaul, 92-76, last Tuesday.
They then dominated Duquesne, 100-61, north (east? Larz?) of the border in Toronto on Sunday. Rolling right along!
The Irish face Penn State on the road Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, WatchND) and then play UCLA at home on Saturday at noon ET (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 everybody.