The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Champions of Club & Racket

Golden is thy fame. - fishoutofwater

Notre Dame student athletes competed hard this week, racking up wins in lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, and golf. Irish women’s tennis, men’s tennis, and women’s golf all claimed Big East Championships.

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

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Lacrosse: The no. 2 men's team (10-2, 4-1) slid past no. 19 Villanova with a 13-9 victory. Villanova led 6-4 midway through the third quarter, but the Irish went 7-3 in the fourth to net the win.


The Irish face no. 3 Syracuse this Saturday on the road (6:30 p.m. EST, ESPNU and watchespn.com).

The no. 9/10 women's team (11-4) dropped all three of their matches over the past week, first falling 11-8 to no. 5/5 Syracuse, then losing 10-7 to no. 19/RV Connecticut on the road as the Huskies managed to close down the usually-strong Irish offense. Wednesday, the Irish dropped a close, fierce match to a talented Northwestern squad, 10-8.

The Irish face Marquette at home on Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m. EST).

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Baseball: The Irish (23-16, 4-8) went 4-1 over the past week after rain unfortunately put the brakes on their 12-0 lead over Bowling Green in the fourth inning last Wednesday. They swept Quinnipiac over the weekend, first to the tune of 9-6, then 6-0 in the second match, and 5-1 to complete the set of victories. Tuesday, the Irish fell to Toledo, 15-3, behind shoddy defense. Wednesday, the Irish faced the Michigan State Spartans at home and came away with a solid 7-3 victory.

The Irish face Connecticut at home on Friday (5:35 p.m. EST), Saturday (2:05 p.m. EST), and Sunday (1:05 p.m. EST). They then play Central Michigan on the road on Tuesday and Eastern Michigan at home on Wednesday (5:35 p.m. EST).

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Softball: The Irish (35-10, 15-1) went 5-0 over the past week, sweeping Pittsburgh on the road with decisive 7-1, 10-2, and 7-0 victories. They then swept Connecticut in Tuesday's doubleheader at home, 6-0 and 11-1 in five innings, earning head coach Deanna Gumpf her 500th career win and pitcher Laura Winter Big East Pitcher of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week honors.

The Irish face DePaul in Chicago on Saturday in a doubleheader, then again on Sunday. They play Eastern Michigan at home on Tuesday (5:00 p.m. EST) and Western Michigan in Kalamazoo on Wednesday.

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Tennis: The no. 21 women's team claimed their 6th consecutive Big East Championship this past week behind tournament victories over Marquette, 4-0, DePaul, 4-3, and USF, 4-1. Britney Sanders was deemed Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Congratulations to all! NCAA tournament play begins May 11th.

The no. 28 men's team also claimed the Big East Championship this past week behind tournament victories over St. John's, 4-0, Marquette, 4-1, and archrival Louisville, 4-0. The men's team last won the conference championship in 2008. Congratulations to all! NCAA tournament play begins May 10th.


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Track & Field: The Irish competed in several meets this past week. At the Mt. SAC Relays and the California Invitational, the Irish won a 1st-place sectional finish, claiming the 5th-fastest time in the country this season in the men's 1500m (Jeremy Rae) and taking first in the "A" section of the CA Invitational decathlon (Ted Glasnow).

At the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, the Irish claimed a dominant 42 top-5 finishes and 14 event victories. Notre Dame victories came in the women's 4x100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m, long jump, 100mH, 400mH, hammer throw, triple jump, men's 200m, 4x100m, hammer throw, and triple jump.

Some of the Irish travel to Hillsdale, MI, for the Hillsdale Gina Relays this weekend, while others head to Des Moines for the Drake Relays.

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Golf: The no. 26 women's team won their fifth Big East Championship in Florida this past weekend. After 54 holes, the Irish carded a 6-under-par total of 861, 17 strokes ahead of runner-up Louisville. The Irish were carried by the tournament-best, 6-under par totals of 210 from Lindsey Weaver and Talia Campbell - best in the history of the Big East women's championship. A hearty congratulations to the women's team! NCAA tournament regional play begins on May 9.

The men's team was idle this past week and competes the Big East Championship in Orlando this coming this Sunday through Tuesday. Best of luck to all.

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Rowing: The no. 12 Irish tied for third in the highly competitive Lake Natoma Invitational in Sacramento, CA, this past weekend, finishing just 2 points behind the winning no. 1 USC team and tying no. 9 Stanford.

The Irish compete in the Dale England Cup this weekend in Bloomington, IN.

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Soccer: The women's team continues spring play in a match with the Haiti National team this Friday evening at home.

The men's team continues spring play this Friday evening after the women's game against the Mexico Under-20 team.

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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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