No. 14 Irish hockey (19-12-2, 8-9-2) swept Boston University over the weekend, shutting the Terriers out in back-to-back matches - something that hadn't been done before in the 72-year history of BU hockey. Irish goalie Steven Summerhays, Hockey East co-defensive player of the week, earned the 13th and 14th shutouts of his career, putting him atop the school record books and at no. 1 in the nation for shutouts this season with 8.
Friday night, the Irish earned a 2-0 win behind goals from Austin Wuthrich midway through the 1st period and Stephen Johns early in the 2nd, with 19 shots stopped by Summerhays. Notre Dame put 20 shots on goal and went 0-for-3 on power plays; BU went 0-for-4.
Saturday - senior night - Notre Dame notched another 2-0 victory, this time with goals coming late in the 3rd period from Austin Wuthrich and Jeff Costello (PP). ND outshot BU, 40-22, and went 1-for-5 on power plays, while BU went 0-for-4. According to UND.com, the team's 3 consecutive shutouts are the most ever recorded by the Irish in program history.
The Irish play no. 1 Boston College this Saturday in their final regular season game (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).
No. 24 women's swimming and diving (8-5) earned 6th place overall at the ACC Championships this past week in Greensboro, N.C. Six Irish swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships at the conference meet. Notre Dame earned finished 1st in the 200 IM and the 100 and 200 breast (all Emma Reaney - all school and ACC records), plus top-10 finishes in the 200 and 400 medley relay, 800 free relay, 200 and 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, and 200 fly.
Notre Dame's incredible Emma Reaney not only set 5 school records at the championship: she set an American record in the 200-yard breast stroke (2:04.34). The time beats the previous record-holder, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, by .14 seconds.
Here's her record-setting swim:
And a post-swim interview:
The no. 20 men's team (7-5-1) placed 7th at the ACC Diving Championships this past weekend, with a good showing among ND's 4 participants. The Irish men's team begins competition at the ACC Swimming Championships in Greensboro, N.C. this Wednesday.
No. 10 men's tennis (10-3) split their matches this past week, falling in a taxing and very close showdown with no. 1 Ohio State, 4-2 (just a week ago, the Irish fell to the previous no. 1 team, Virginia - how's that for a schedule?). Hours later, Notre Dame blanked Ball State, 4-0.
From the Ohio State match:
The Irish welcome Virginia Tech this Friday evening, then head to Charlottesville to face Virginia on Sunday.
The no. 22 women's team (5-4) dropped their first 2 ACC matches this past week, first falling to no. 25 Georgia Tech, 4-3, then to no. 17 Miami, 6-1.
The Irish will face Duke on the road this Friday evening.
Notre Dame's track & field team hosted the Alex Wilson Invitational this past weekend, their last of the regular season. Irish athletes claimed top finishes in the women's distance medley, pole vault, weight throw, mile, and 400m, the men's 400m dash (school record) and pole vault, plus 17 other top-5 finishes.
Beginning this Thursday, Notre Dame heads to Clemson for the ACC Indoor Championships.
No. 4 men's lacrosse (1-1) fell in a close match with no. 12 Penn State, 8-7.
This Saturday at noon ET, the Irish face North Carolina in Chapel Hill (Watch ESPN).
No. 15 women's lacrosse (2-1) defeated no. 12 Stony Brook, 8-7, this past weekend.
The Irish face North Carolina on the road this Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET, Watch ESPN), then Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Sunday.
Baseball (3-4) split their weekend matches, 2-2. The Irish fell to Santa Clara, 2-1, then bested Gonzaga, 3-2, and Incarnate Word, 8-2, before falling to Santa Clara again, 8-7, in the Baseball Classic Championship Game.
The Irish next travel to Cary, N.C. to face UCLA on Friday (6:30 p.m. ET, WatchND) and Youngstown State on Saturday (11:30 a.m. ET, WatchND). Saturday afternoon, they play Michigan (3:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Sunday morning, it's Appalachian State.
No. 24 Irish softball (10-3) went 4-2 against this past weekend's packed slate. At their weekend tournament, the Irish first earned shutouts over Pacific, 1-0, and BYU, 6-0, before defeating UC Davis, 12-11. They then fell to Cal, 5-3, before blanking Cal State Fullerton, 8-0. Finally, the Irish fell to no. 6 Oregon, 2-0, after 7 scoreless innings to open the match.
This Friday, the Irish face Fordham and Illinois State in a double-header on the road in Florida (1:15 p.m. ET, Watch ESPN). Saturday, it's Ohio State and Radford, then Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday.
No. 2 women's basketball (27-0) earned 2 more wins over the past week, first dominating Wake Forest, 86-61.
They then took down no. 7 Duke on Sunday, 81-70, and in doing so, claimed the regular season ACC Championship. Sophomore Jewell Loyd earned ESPNW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week honors. Alstein wraps up the top-10 win for us right here.
The Irish next face North Carolina at home on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, Watch ESPN). Sunday, they play North Carolina State in Raleigh (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).
Men's basketball (14-12, 5-8) took another 2 losses this past week, first dropping a road match to Miami, 71-64, behind a last-minute comeback try, then getting crushed by Virginia, 70-49. JoeSchu recaps the loss to the Hurricanes here and the Cavaliers right here.
The Irish next welcome Georgia Tech on Wednesday night (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN2). Saturday, they face Pittsburgh at the Purcell Pavilion (2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2, WatchND). Then it's North Carolina on the road Monday night for the Irish (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN).
Both Irish golf teams began spring play over the past few weeks in Florida. Up next for the men's team is the San Diego Intercollegiate tournament in mid-March. This past week, the women's team finished 8th at the Central District Invitational with a team score of 881 (+17). The Irish return to the tee in mid-March at the Clover Cup in Arizona.
Notre Dame fencing was idle again 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.
We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.