The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Swinging for the Fences

Go Irish. Beat everyone. - USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame student athletes were once again competing like crazy this week, racking up wins in lacrosse, fencing, baseball, softball, tennis, and basketball.

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

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Hockey: The no. 11 Irish (19-12-3, 15-8-3-2) tied both of their weekend games against no. 8 Western Michigan, ranked one spot ahead of ND in conference. Friday, the two teams earned a 3-3 overtime tie and WMU won the extra point in the ensuing shootout, 2-1. Notre Dame goals came from David Gerths, Bryan Rust (who scored in both regulation and the shootout), and Austin Wuthrich in a game that saw the Irish fight back from behind 3 times. Notre Dame outshot WMU, 28-25, and Summerhays made 22 saves in regulation and 2 (of 4) in the shootout.


Saturday, the Irish fought to another tie with the Broncos, 1-1. Notre Dame, earning third place in the CCHA, won the extra point in a 2-0 shootout. The Irish goal in regulation came from Bryan Rust and in the shootout, again from Rust and from captain Anders Lee. The Broncos' lone score came on a powerplay. Summerhays (getting his confidence up after mid-season struggles, according to head coach Jeff Jackson) stopped 25 of 26 in regulation and both shootout shots. Notre Dame had 38 shots on goal.

The Irish face Bowling Green this Friday (7:35 p.m. EST) and Saturday (7:05 p.m. EST) at the CFIA.

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Lacrosse: The no. 3 men's team (2-0) won a thrilling over-time match against no. 8 Penn State over the weekend, 10-9. The Irish had tied the game up in regulation with 24 seconds on the clock, scored again, then found themselves in a tie as the clock ticked down. An overtime goal from freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh secured the Irish victory between two very evenly matched teams.

The Irish face North Carolina at home this Saturday at noon. Outdoors. Which, right now, means a balmy 27-degree game-time temperature. Windy, though.

The no. 8/9 women's team (1-0) was off this last week, but they face Ohio State tomorrow at home and Duquesne in Pittsburgh on Saturday, then Detroit at home on Tuesday.

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Fencing: The no. 1 women's team (20-1) and the no. 2 men's team (12-7) swept the field in the Notre Dame Duals over the weekend (yes, it's "duals," much as you'd hope it was "duels"). The women went 6-0 on the day and held all opponents to single digits, even shutting out Detroit, 27-0. Six Irish fencers went undefeated in their 8 to 12 matches, and the women went 52-2 overall. The men went 7-0 and held 6 of 7 opponents to single digits after struggling to defeat Cleveland State (15-12). Six Irish fencers went undefeated in their 5 to 7 matches.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame's Gerek Meinhardt earned bronze at the Foil World Cup in La Coruna, Spain, over the weekend. This Saturday, the Irish will compete in the Midwest Conference Championships, hosted at Notre Dame.

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Baseball: The no. 23 Irish (5-1) are off to a great start, nationally ranked by Baseball America for the first time in 7 years. Notre Dame swept Tulane in a 3-game series over the weekend in which they never trailed. The Irish won with final scores of 2-1, 3-1, and 8-3 over the Green Wave. The Irish face Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Rhode Island this weekend in Cary, NC.

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Softball: the Irish (8-5) happily claimed victories in all 4 of their weekend games at the ECU Pirate Invitational. Notre Dame downed East Carolina, 9-1, and Liberty, 10-2, on Saturday; they then conquered Fairfield, 5-4, and East Carolina, 6-0, on Sunday.

The Irish face Boston College, Georgia Tech, LIU Brooklyn, and Maryland this weekend in Buena Vista, FL.

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Tennis: The no. 22 women's team (7-3) won out over no. 19 Baylor, 4-2, over the weekend, overcoming an early deficit and turning things around after the previous week's two losses. They also snagged an exciting 4-3 victory over no. 60 Indiana. Notre Dame faces Western Michigan at home on Thursday, then DePaul on Saturday and Duke and on Sunday.

The no. 25 men's team (6-5) were swept, 7-0, by no. 4 Ohio State over the weekend. Notre Dame faces Wisconsin on Sunday, then Illinois at home on Tuesday.

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Swimming and diving: Both men's and women's swimming and diving teams will participate in the Big East Championships starting tomorrow and running (swimming?) through the weekend in Indianapolis. Best of luck to them.

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Track & Field: Both men's and women's teams were idle this week after their success in the Big East Indoor Championship. Notre Dame hosts the Alex Wilson Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

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Basketball: The no. 2 women's team (26-1, 14-0) routed DePaul on Sunday in its 20th straight victory, putting together an 84-56 win behind Skylar Diggins's triple-double (her second and just the fourth in school history): she had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Jewell Loyd pitched in 19 points and Kayla McBride, 16.


Last night, the Irish faced a fiesty no. 22/18 Syracuse. After falling behind 39-25, the Irish recovered exceptionally with a 40-10 run, eventually nailing down a 79-68 win. Kayla McBride chipped in a career-high 25 points; Skylar Diggins scored 24, and Natalie Achonwa earned her league-leading 15th double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds. Senior night brought the Irish their 21st consecutive win.

The Irish match up with Providence on Saturday (4:00 p.m. EST, BETV) and Connecticut at home on Monday (7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2).

The no. 25 men's team (22-6, 10-5) won convincingly with strong defense against Cincinnati, 62-41, over the weekend. Alstein's write-up on the victory is right here. They next face Marquette on Sunday (2:00 p.m. EST, ESPN) and St. John's at home on Tuesday (7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2).

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The Bengal Bouts finals are this Friday at 7:00 p.m. EST and will be streamed live, for the first time, on ESPN3. The amateur annual charity boxing tournament, started by Knute Rockne in 1920, raises funds for Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh. You can read more about the tradition here.

In the finals, men's basketball's Mike Broghammer will compete in the Heavy Weight Division. Brian Salvi, law student and brother of football walk-on Will Salvi and graduated-walk-on-turned-scholarship-player/Bengal Bouts alum Chris Salvi, will compete in the 185 lb. division. Garrity McOsker, brother of freshman football walk-on Eamon McOsker, will compete in the 155 lb. division. Football walk-ons Eamon McOsker and junior Tyler Plantz both won their quarterfinal matches and competed in the 194 lb. division semifinals, but fell to their opponents, Ricky Neville and Bobby Manfreda, last night.

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

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