The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Tennis, WBB Undefeated

Snooooowwww Irish. Freeeezzzze everyone. Kayla McBride & the no. 2 Irish down Maryland, 87-83. - Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the Siberian freeze into which South Bend has now been thoroughly plunged, the Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, men’s and women’s tennis, track & field, and women’s basketball.

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

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After winning 4 straight, no. 14 Irish hockey (15-9-1) wildly split their weekend matches with no. 11 Northeastern, taking a 4-0 beating on Friday night before shutting out the Huskies, 3-0, on Saturday. Friday, the Irish suffered from a bad night out of goaltender Steven Summerhays, who gave up 4 goals on 7 shots in the opening period-and-a-half. The next 7 shots from the Huskies were stopped by freshman goalie Chad Katunar, who replaced Summerhays, but the Irish couldn't net the goals needed to make it a game. The Irish outshot Northeastern, 30-14, but went 0-for-3 on power plays and had to kill 6 penalties of their own. Despite controlling the puck at times, the Irish were unable to mount a response to the Huskies' onslaught.


Saturday night, led by Summerhays's 36 saves, Notre Dame earned a 3-0 shutout win over Northeastern. Goals came from Vince Hinostroza (1g, 1a) and Mario Lucia (PPG, 1g, 1a) in the opening period, then Peter Schneider (1g, 1a) scored short-handed for the Irish in the 2nd. The Irish were 1-for-3 on power plays and killed all 6 of their penalties.

As Darin Pritchett noted, goaltender Summerhays now leads the nation in shutouts with 5 and is 3rd on ND's all-time list for shutouts with 11; he's tied for 4th on the school's all-time win list with 49 career wins.


The Irish travel east to play New Hampshire on the road this weekend. The teams face off Friday night (7:00 p.m. ET, Fox College Sports, WatchND) and Saturday afternoon (4:00 p.m. ET, New England Sports, WatchND).

NDFIDM's student athlete of the week this past . . . week . . . was hockey's Mario Lucia. Here he is talking about the classes that he did indeed come to play:


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No. 20 men's swimming and diving (4-5-1) fell to no. 7 Louisville on the road over the weekend, 186-114. The Irish had 4 event wins, as well as 8 silver finishes at the meet.

No. 24 women's squad (6-5) was idle this past week. The Irish - both men's and women's teams - host the Shamrock Invitational this weekend.

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The undefeated no. 29 men's tennis squad (5-0) earned a 4-3 win over no. 39 Minnesota over the weekend at the ITA Kick-Off in Lexington. Sunday, they happily and impressively upset no. 8 Kentucky, 4-3.

The Irish will welcome Kentucky to town for a re-match on Sunday afternoon.

The no. 21 women's team (3-1) split their matches at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, first falling 4-0 to no. 26 Arizona State. Sunday, the Irish swept no. 29 Oklahoma State, 4-0.

The Irish next host Illinois on Friday afternoon and Indiana on Sunday.

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Notre Dame's track & field team hosted the Shamrock Invitational this past weekend. The Irish women claimed 1st place overall and the men earned 2nd in a field of 4 teams, coming in just behind Michigan State (179-171). Full event-by-event results can be found right here.

This Friday, the Irish head to a pair of weekend meets: some will travel to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Team Invitational and some to Bloomington for the Indiana Relays.

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Fencing showed up big in competition in New York over the weekend. The men's squad claimed 2nd place overall and the women walked away with 3rd. Meanwhile, at the World Cup of fencing in Paris this past week, Notre Dame foilist Gerek Meinhardt (a member of the U.S. National Team) came in 3rd overall, falling by 1 point to a French foilist; alumnae Courtney and Kelley Hurley came in fourth in the women's epee team competition. Irish team captain Gerek Meinhardt was ranked the no. 1 men's foilist in the world this past week, which is no small feat. Congratulations to Gerek. More like SWORDfighting Irish, right?

Next up for the Irish is the SPAC event at Northwestern on Saturday.

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No. 2 women's basketball (19-0) handled Miami last Thursday, netting a 79-52 victory over the Canes.


Monday night, they faced no. 8 Maryland on the road in a high-stakes match. After losing all but the last of a 22-point lead, the Irish won out, 87-83, maintaining their perfect record. Alstein covered ND' win over the Terrapins for us right here.

The Irish next face Virginia Tech at home on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3). Sunday, they face Duke on the road (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN).

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Men's basketball (11-9, 2-5) dropped their two ACC matches this past week, first falling to Florida State, 76-74, and then dropping another close game to Wake Forest, 65-58. JoeSchu breaks down the FSU loss right here and has a full and reflective look at the Wake loss right here.

The Irish next face Virginia at the Purcell Pavilion on Tuesday night (9:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, Watch ESPN, ESPNU) - just hours after the state of emergency is supposed to break in South Bend. Saturday, they host Boston College (12:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC Network). Then on Monday, they face Syracuse on the road (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchND).

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Men's lacrosse starts the season this Saturday as they host Bellarmine (2:00 p.m. ET). Sunday, they play Detroit at noon ET. Paul Rigney will be awesomely covering Irish lacrosse for us this spring. Look for his primer on the team later in the week. To catch up on where Notre Dame stands amidst its conference foes at the moment, check out College Crosse's "2014 College Lacrosse Preview: ACC Outlook."

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We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.

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