The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Everybody Wins

Notre Dame lacrosse is now up and running. The men beat Jacksonville in their season opener. - Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, men’s tennis, track & field, men’s & women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, and men’s & women’s basketball.

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

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No. 15 Irish hockey (17-12-2, 6-9-2) battled to a tie and a win over Providence on the road this past weekend. Friday night, Notre Dame settled for a 2-2 tie behind goals from T.J. Tynan and Sam Herr and the career-high 47 saves by netminder Steven Summerhays. After the Friars scored first late in the opening stanza (from a deflection off an ND defenseman), Tynan and the Irish answered early in the second on a breakaway as the senior came out of the penalty box. Later in the period, Herr gave the Irish the lead with a deflection of a shot from Stephen Johns. The Friars tied the game a little over a minute later on a rebound. The Irish were outshot, 49-28, and went 0-for-5 on power plays; Providence went 0-for-3.


Saturday night, the Notre Dame carried off a 3-0 win over the Friars. It was a good night for goaltender Summerhays, whose 6th shutout of the season puts him at top in the nation and ties him for 1st at Notre Dame. To his 36 saves, the Irish added goals from David Gerths, Bryan Rust, and an empty-netter from Jeff Costello in the closing minute. Gerths scored 6 minutes into the game, then Rust netted a power play goal midway through the middle period. The Irish were again outshot, 36-27, and went 1-for-5 on power plays while Providence went 0-for-5.


The Irish host Boston University this weekend in their final regular season home series, facing off Friday night (7:05 p.m. ET, NBCSN, WatchND) and Saturday night (7:05 p.m. ET). The following weekend, they'll head to Chestnut Hill to face the current no. 1 team, Boston College.

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No. 16 men's tennis (9-2) continued their strong season this past week, happily beating no. 30 Northwestern on the road, 4-1. This past weekend, they fell in the 1st round to no. 1 Virginia at the ITA National Indoor Championships, 4-2, but won out over no. 9 Mississippi State, 4-1, and no. 12 Florida, 4-0, in 2 dominating performances.

The Irish next welcome Ohio State this Saturday at noon, then Ball State in the evening.

The no. 22 women's team (5-2) fell to no. 13 Michigan on Saturday, 6-1.

The Irish will host Georgia Tech this Friday afternoon, then make the trip to face Miami on Sunday.

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Notre Dame's track & field team travelled to both the SPIRE Invitational and the Husky Invitational this past weekend. The Irish had 15 top-5 finishes at the former, including a 1st-place finish in men's heptathlon and a 4th-place finish for NDFB's John Atkinson in the 60m. At the Husky Invitational, a single Irish participant, Nick Happe, earned 4th in the 3000m.

This weekend, Notre Dame hosts the Alex Wilson Invitational.

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No. 5 men's lacrosse opened the season with a dominating win over Jacksonville, 19-7, on Sunday. Paul Rigney, who will be covering the team for us this season, has the game wrap-up for you right here.


This Saturday afternoon, the Irish face Penn State at home.

No. 11 women's lacrosse split their season-opening matches this past week, first setting school records with a 25-1 win over Cincinnati.


They then fell to no. 17 Boston College, 15-10, over the weekend.


The Irish host Stony Brook this Saturday at noon.

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Baseball (1-2) commenced a new season this past weekend. They started things off with a series split, 1-2, against no. 24 Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. After pummeling FAU in a 9-2 opener, ND dropped their two follow-up games, 16-6 and 13-3 with 9 Irish errors between the two.

The Irish next travel to San Antonio to face Santa Clara on Thursday (8:00 p.m. ET, WatchND) and Gonzaga on Friday (1:30 p.m. ET, WatchND). Saturday, they play Incarnate Word (5:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Based on how those games go, the Irish will play one of those teams again on Sunday.

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Irish softball (6-1) swept this past weekend's slate, 3-0, with wins over no. 23 Louisville, 6-3, Jacksonville, 9-1, and Louisville again, 11-4.

This Thursday, the Irish face Pacific and BYU in a double-header on the road in California. Friday, it's UC Davis, and then Cal Berkeley and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. They'll play Oregon on Sunday.

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No. 2 women's basketball (25-0) earned 2 more wins over the past week, first running over Boston College, 82-61.


They then took down Georgia Tech on Monday, which was senior night, 87-72. The Canadian national anthem was performed in honor of Natalie Achonwa and the Irish continued their march toward an undefeated season.


The Irish next face Wake Forest on the road on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Sunday, they welcome no. 7 Duke (1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN).

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Men's basketball (14-12, 5-8) finally had a good week, notching 2 wins, first over Clemson, 68-64 in double-overtime, then over Boston College, 73-69. Alstein has the story on the win over Clemson for you here and the BC victory right here.

Here are the highlights from the Boston College win:


The Irish next face Miami in Coral Gables on Wednesday night (9:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, RSN). Saturday, they face Virginia on the road (2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchND).

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Both Irish golf teams began spring play this past weekend in Florida - the women's squad, at the Florida State Match-Up and the men's team, in the Notre Dame Alumni Match. When results are available, we'll have them here.

Irish swimming and diving - the no. 20 men (7-5-1) and the no. 24 women (8-5) - were idle this past week and next compete in the ACC Diving Championships (men) and ACC Championships (women) beginning this Wednesday. They men head to the ACC swimming championships beginning on February 26th.

Notre Dame fencing was idle this past week as the regular season draws to a close. The Irish head into post-season competition over the next few weeks, first hosting the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships on March 1-2, then participating in the NCAA Midwest Regional the following weekend. In the meantime, catch up on the many Irish fencers competing internationally this winter.

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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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