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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: "Nifty Moves" and Goals for Everyone

Notre Dame student athletes took to the field, court, and rink this week and earned Irish victories in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s tennis, and, in a preseason match, hockey.

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


Soccer: The 9th-ranked men's team (10-3-0, 2-2-0) came up huge offensively against Pittsburgh last Wednesday, winning 7-1. The Irish took 36 shots, their most in Notre Dame's time in the Big East, and 5 players netted goals in the match. Goals for everyone.

Saturday, the Irish took the 3-0 victory over no. 3 Georgetown. This was their third win over a top-10 team this season. Ryan Finley, who scored twice against Pittsburgh, scored twice again against Georgetown - both times in the 66th minute!

Unfortunately, the men dropped their game at Northwestern 1-2 last night in a non-conference match-up. On to the next.

The no. 24/25 women's team (11-3-1, 6-0-0 Big East) claimed another victory this weekend, this time, over Seton Hall. In an impressive 5-1 win, the Irish brought their undefeated streak to 7 games. Notre Dame then drew a 2-2 tie with Rutgers, taking it to 8.


Volleyball: The Irish (12-6, 5-1 Big East) racked up wins over the weekend against Big East opponents Connecticut and St. John's. Notre Dame dominated UConn in straight sets, then overpowered St. John's, 3-1, behind Jeni Houser's 16 kills and 7 blocks. Houser was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for her 24 kills, 12 blocks, and .537 hitting over the weekend.


Tennis: The men's team played extremely well in the Tom Fallon Invitational at Notre Dame over the weekend, racking up wins in 30 of 37 singles matches and 7 of 10 doubles matches. Four Irish players earned their way onto the all-tournament team and ND's Blas Moros was named MVP.

The women's team hasn't played again since the Adidas Hoosier Classic at the end of September, but Britney Sanders, who was a perfect 7-0 at the tournament, took Big East Women's Tennis Player of the Month honors last week.


Golf: The men's team came in eighth at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic at the Warren Golf Course last week, and after a tough start, had an outstanding final day with a 10-shot improvement over their first round.

The women's team finished up the Windy City Collegiate Classic last week and earned a seventh place finish in a 15-team field with 9 ranked opponents.


Hockey: The season hasn't started yet, but the Fighting Irish took to the ice for a little preseason action over the weekend playing the USA National Under-18 Team. The Irish tied the game (with overtime) at 1-1, with David Gerths scoring the single Irish goal. ND won an ensuing shootout 2-1, with scores from T.J. Tynan and Bryan Rust (with a "nifty move") and saves by Mike Johnson. And don't forget: like Irish football, Irish hockey will be playing at Soldier Field this season, and it will undoubtedly be another excellent Chicago outing for Notre Dame.


We'll bring you updates again next week on the Notre Dame Olympic sports and help you to root for the Irish beyond those long-awaited and well-loved fall Saturdays. Go Irish. Beat Stanford - and everybody else.