The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Huge Wins for Hockey & Lacrosse

Irish women's basketball finished their perfect regular season, 29-0. - Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Spor

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

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

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No. 11 Irish hockey (20-12-2, 9-9-2) gloriously upset no. 1 Boston College on Saturday in overtime in Chestnut Hill, 2-1. The final regular season game brought the Eagles' 19-game win streak to a bruising end in front of a sell-out crowed nearing 8,000 according to UND.com.

After a scoreless 1st, the Irish scored first off a wrist shot from Kevin Lind less than a minute into the middle period. Goaltender Steven Summerhays stretched his school-record shutout streak to 231:50, setting it there when BC scored on a power play with less than 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd period. The sole overtime shot - the game-winner - was netted by Vince Hinostroza 1:56 into OT.

From First Down Moses, a few gifs from the game - first, a great block by T.J. Tynan:

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The game winning goal from Hinostroza:


And a little post-goal celebration for the Irish:

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The Irish and the Eagles were nearly neck-and-neck in shots (ND edged BC, 21-20) and power plays (ND had 3, BC, 2). This isn't the first time the mercurial Irish have beaten the no. 1 team this season: they bested Minnesota (23-4-5) - the top-ranked team then and now - in early November.


The Irish play Boston University this Saturday at home in their first post-season match (7:05 p.m. ET, WatchND) to open the Hockey East tournament.

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No. 20 men's swimming and diving (7-5-1) finished 6th at the ACC Swimming Championships in Greensboro, N.C. this past weekend. The Irish claimed 1st-place finishes in 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 freestyle and set 15 school records.


The no. 24 women's team (8-5) was idle this past week after earning 6th place overall at the ACC Championships 2 weeks ago.

Both Irish squads next travel to Columbus for the NCAA Zone Diving Qualifier and then Austin for the NCAA Championships in mid-March.

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No. 6 men's tennis (11-4) split their matches this past week, besting Virginia Tech in their ACC opener, 4-3, before slipping against Virginia, 6-1.

The Irish are idle this week, but will travel to California 2 weeks from now to face USC.

The no. 25 women's team (5-5) fell to no. 1 Duke this past weekend, 6-1. Irish doubles team Quinn Gleason and Britney Sanders did beat their Duke foes, the 4th-ranked doubles team in the nation.


The Irish will face Clemson at home this Friday afternoon and Florida State on Sunday. Next Tuesday, they hit the road to face Charleston.

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Notre Dame's track & field team competed in the ACC Indoor Championships this past weekend. Both men's and women's teams claimed 3rd with multiple top-5 finishes, including 1st and 2nd in the men's 400m, 2nd in the men's 200m, 3000m, and mile, 1st in the women's 60m hurdles, 2nd in the women's 4x400m relay, and 3rd in the women's mile. A full recap can be found here.

Next up for the Irish is the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Notre Dame fencing hosted the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships this past weekend and claimed a 2nd-placed finish behind Ohio State. You can see detailed results for each weapon class here.

Next weekend, the Irish will participate in the NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifiers.

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No. 6 men's lacrosse (2-1) rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to beat no. 2 North Carolina on Saturday, 11-10. Paul Rigney recaps the impressive comeback victory for you here. We've also got an Xs-and-Os breakdown for you of Notre Dame's approach to dealing with zone defense.

A few gifs from the Irish victory (thanks to First Down Moses):

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The 9th Irish goal:

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And, basically, a summary of the Irish 2nd half:

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Highlights from the Irish upset:


This Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET, the Irish face Denver in Costa Mesa, CA.

No. 12 women's lacrosse (2-1) fell this past week to no. 1 North Carolina, 19-9. The Irish face Northwestern on the road this Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET), then Louisville at home on Saturday.

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Baseball (5-6) split their weekend matches, 2-2, once again. The Irish fell to UCLA, 2-1, then lost to Michigan, 4-2, before earning wins over Youngstown State, 6-3, and Appalachian State in 11 innings, 4-3, at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic.


The Irish next travel to Raleigh to face North Carolina State on Friday (3:00 p.m. ET), Saturday (4:00 p.m. ET), and Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, all on WatchND, WatchESPN).

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No. 23 Irish softball (14-3) went 4-0 against this past weekend's packed slate. At the Citrus Classic in Florida, the Irish first beat Fordham, 7-3, then Illinois State, 4-2, and Ohio State, 9-1, before winning out over UNO, 5-3.

Here are WatchND's highlights from the Fordham match:


This Saturday, the Irish face Georgia Tech in a double-header on the road in Atlanta (1:00 and 3:00 p.m. ET). Sunday, they go another round with the Yellow Jackets in the afternoon (1:00 p.m. ET, Watch ESPN).

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No. 2 women's basketball (29-0) earned 2 more wins over the past week to finish the regular season without a loss. The Irish defeated no. 14/11 North Carolina, 100-75, then beat no. 13/17 North Carolina State, 84-60.

Highlights from the NC State match:


Highlights from the game against UNC:


Congratulations to the Irish on an incredible regular season. Here's alstein's recap of the victory over North Carolina State and the team's undefeated regular season.

The Irish next begin play in the ACC Championship tournament in Greensboro, N.C. They start this Friday with the quarterfinals (2:00 p.m. ET), then the semifinals on Saturday (TBA) & the finals on Sunday (TBA, all on WatchND, WatchESPN).

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Men's basketball (15-13, 6-9) split their past week's matches, besting Georgia Tech, 65-62, then falling to Pitt in overtime, 85-81 (alstein has a recap of the loss here). Monday night, after overcoming a first-half deficit, Notre Dame fell in a close fight to no. 19/21 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 63-61.

The Irish now prepare for the ACC Tournament which begins on March 12th.

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Both Irish golf teams began spring play over the past few weeks. Up next for the men's team is the San Diego Intercollegiate tournament next Monday and Tuesday. This next week, the women's team is idle and returns to the tee in mid-March at the Clover Cup in Arizona.

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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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