The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Down to the Wire

Go Irish. Beat everyone. - fishoutofwater

Notre Dame student athletes competed fiercely this past week, earning wins in lacrosse, baseball, softball, track & field, and tennis.

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

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Lacrosse: The no. 2 seed men's team (11-4) clawed their way back from a 7-3 4th-quater deficit in their first-round NCAA tournament game against Detroit on Saturday to claim a hard-fought 9-7 win. Strong Irish defense kept Detroit from scoring for nearly the last 20 minutes of the game and freshman Matt Kavanagh scored a season-high 4 goals for ND, netting 3 of the team's final 6 goals in the crucial 4th quarter.


The Irish face no. 7 Duke in NCAA tournament quarterfinals on Sunday in Indianapolis (2:30 p.m. EST, ESPNU).


Unfortunately, the women's team (12-5) lost 8-7 to Stanford in the first round of NCAA tournament play on Friday night. Stanford's winning goal came with just 4 seconds remaining in the contest, overshadowing an Irish comeback that saw them claim a 7-6 lead after getting down 3-6 with just 5 minutes left in the game. The Irish finish their impressive season with 5 all-Big East and all-region performers after a strong 10-0 start.

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Baseball: The Irish (30-21, 9-12) went 1-2 in their 3-game series at St. John's this past weekend, falling 4-1 in the first match and 2-1 in the second, then routing the Red Storm with a 16-7 win in the third. Tuesday, the Irish faced Western Michigan on the road and earned a 13-10 win in an unexpected thriller: the Irish led, 13-2, in the bottom of the ninth, when WMU racked up 8 runs - Notre Dame escaped with the possible tying run on deck and clinched the victory.


The Irish next play Cincinnati on Thursday and Friday evening, then Saturday afternoon on the road. Big East Tournament play begins next Wednesday, the 22nd.

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Softball: The Irish (42-13, 20-4) dominated DePaul in the opening round of the Big East tournament, claiming a 9-1 victory this past Friday to proceed to the championship game on Saturday. Unfortunately, the hard-fought championship saw the Irish lose 1-0 in the 10th inning. Starting pitcher and conference player of the year Laura Winter had an outstanding game, but it wasn't enough to give the Irish the win.

Though they fell in the conference championship game, the Irish hold the Big East regular season conference title and begin NCAA tournament regional play this Saturday and Sunday in Lexington (ESPN3).

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Track & Field: The Irish competed in the Second to Last Chance Meet at Grand Valley State over the weekend and claimed "5 event victories, 2 runner-up finishes, and 19 top-10 finishes." Event victories came for the Irish in the women's 100m, 400mH, pole vault (2 ND team members tied for 1st), and men's 400m, with 2nd-place finishes in the men's 800m and women's 1500m.

The Irish now turn their attention to the regional preliminary round of the NCAA tournament on May 23-25, then to the tournament itself on June 5-8.

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Tennis: The no. 24 women's team (18-9) began NCAA tournament play last Friday vs. North Carolina State in Ann Arbor. After winning with strong play in the first round over NC State, 4-1, the Irish fell in the second round to no. 10 Michigan, 4-0.

The no. 28 men's team (19-8) faced no. 37 Washington in the opening round of NCAA tournament play on Friday in Columbus. Unfortunately, the Irish fell 4-3 to the Huskies in a closely fought, 4-and-a-half hour match. The Irish exit the NCAA tournament but carry with them the Big East Championship, the conference's major awards, a 9-match win-streak, and wins over nine ranked teams.

Members from both teams compete in the NCAA singles championships in Champaign, IL, next Wednesday.

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Golf: The no. 26, Big East-champion women's team claimed 15th place at the NCAA East Regional over the weekend, logging a 44-over-par, 908 stroke total. Lindsey Weaver came in at 6-over-par (222), tying for 39th overall and leading the Irish. Talia Campbell tied for 44th with a 7-over-par record of 223. Who won? Umm . . . Alabama. That's right. With a 20-under par 844.

The finish means the Irish will not advance in NCAA tournament play. All the same, this was a strong season for the Irish, who return all of their top five next season.

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Rowing: The no. 12 Irish compete in the Big East Championship this Sunday in Mercer County, NJ. Best of luck to all.

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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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