No. 15 Irish hockey (12-8-1) quite happily swept their weekend series with Alabama-Huntsville, putting on an offensive show in 7-1 and 5-0 wins over the Chargers. Friday night, Bryan Rust earned a hat trick for the Irish; the 4 other Irish goals came from T.J. Tynan (1g, 3a), Sam Herr (1g, 1a), Robbie Russo (who opened the scoring just 38 seconds into the game), and Vince Hinostroza. Big freshman Chad Katunar (he's 6'5") minded the net for ND, stopping 16 of 17 shots, and senior goalie Joe Rogers manned the goal for the game's final 5 minutes. The Irish outshot Alabama-Huntsville, 37-18, went 2-for-4 on power plays, and only saw the penalty box twice.
Saturday, the Irish claimed a 5-0 shutout victory over the Chargers behind goals from Jeff Costello (2g), Sam Herr, Vince Hinostroza, and Bryan Rust (1g, 1a). With Steven Summerhays manning the goal, the Irish outshot Alabama-Huntsville, 43-13, and netted "3 first-period goals in a 5:11 span." The Irish went 1-for-5 on power plays. According to UND.com,
Summerhays recorded his fourth shutout [of the] season and that ties him with Quinnipiac's Michael Garteig for the national lead. The whitewashing was the 10th of his career as he is now third on Notre Dame's all-time shutout list, just two behind the leaders - David Brown `07 and Jordan Pearce `09.
Also of note,
With his six-point weekend (1g, 5a), T.J. Tynan has moved into 17th on Notre Dame's all-time points list with 51 goals and 95 assists for 146 career points in 145 career games.
The Irish next host Lake Superior State at the CFIA this weekend in a 2-game series. The teams face off Friday night (7:35 p.m. ET, NBCSN, WatchND) and Saturday night (7:05 p.m. ET).
No. 20 men's swimming and diving (4-4-1) returned to the pool this past weekend in a dual meet against Northwestern. For just the 2nd time in program history, the Irish earned a 150-150 point tie in the road battle.
The women's squad also returned to competition this past weekend in Evanston, where they claimed wins over Rutgers and Northwestern, but fell to Michigan. The Irish earned victories in 7 of 16 events, 3 in individual events from Emma Reaney.
The Irish next face Louisville on the road this Saturday.
No. 2 women's basketball (15-0) earned 2 impressive victories this past week, first over Boston College, 95-53, then over Virginia, 79-72, in their first ACC road game.
The Irish next face Pittsburgh on the road Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Monday, they travel to Knoxville to face Tennessee (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchND).
Men's basketball (9-5) dropped their 2 games this past week, first falling to North Carolina State, 77-70, then dropping a close heartbreaker to Georgia Tech, 74-69. JoeSchu covered the NC State loss for us right here and alstein has the wrap up on the Georgia Tech loss right here.
The Irish next face Maryland in College Park Wednesday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchND). Next Tuesday, they play Florida State in Tallahassee (8:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC Network).
Men's tennis returns to competition this Friday evening as they host William & Mary. Sunday evening, they host Toledo. The women's team hits the court Saturday against Western Michigan and IUPUI.
Also returning to play this weekend is Notre Dame's track & field team, which heads to the Michigan Invitational on Saturday.
Fencing also takes to the mat this weekend in Virginia Beach for the NAC Division I Juniors.
We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports as they start to pick back up. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.