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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Notre Dame Defeats UConn Once Again

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Coming off last week's Big East titles in men's swimming and track and field, this week didn't offer as much glory for Notre Dame athletics.

But as always, there are Irish teams out there doing their thing and being successful.

More after the jump.

Women's Basketball: 28-2 overall, 15-1 Big East

While the men's basketball team had their winning streak snapped and have dropped two straight now, the women just sewed up the Big East regular season title with a successful Saturday and Monday.

Over the weekend, Notre Dame defeated South Florida 80-68 on Senior Night. They turned around and beat UConn again to finish the season---winning 72-59.

That all but clinches a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the Fighting Irish and they will sit around for a while to play in the Big East tournament.

Men's Hockey: 17-16-3 overall, 12-13-3 CCHA

The Irish hockey team picked up a big win over the weekend with a 2-0 shutout of Michigan State, however they dropped the regular season finale at home 4-2.

It was a fitting end to a disappointing season for Notre Dame who started the season in the top 5 and ended the season losing 10 of their last 14 games.

The Fighting Irish are the No. 8 seed in the CCHA tournament and will host No. 9 Ohio State in a best-of-three series. The first game is this Friday at Compton Family Arena.

Swimming: 6-4 (Men's) & 6-6 (Women's)

Both swimming and diving squads are done with the regular season and conference championships.

Fencing: 29-6 (Men's) & 25-6 (Women's)

The fencing teams continue to train for their conference championship which come up this weekend.

Tennis: 11-4 (Men's) & 8-3 (Women's)

The women's tennis team continued their successful season with two more victories over the weekend. On Friday the Irish defeated Indiana 6-1 and followed that up with a 4-3 win over Georgia Tech.

They will host Iowa and Duke this weekend before a 3-game trip to Hawaii in two weeks.

The men's tennis team dominated on the weekend with a 7-0 shutout of Michigan State followed up by a 6-1 defeat of Marquette. They will travel to Indiana tomorrow and host Ohio State and Maryland this weekend.

Track and Field

Both track and field teams are done with the regular season and conference championships.

Golf: Men's

Men's golf was idle this week after winning the Match Play in Orlando last week. They will play in the Alumni Match in Hilton Head, South Carolina this weekend.

Baseball: 5-1

The baseball team was in North Carolina at the USA Baseball Complex and ended up sweeping Hofstra in a 3-game series. The Irish won the games 6-3, 10-8, and 5-4 in the finale.

Notre Dame will head down to San Marcos this weekend for a 3-game set against Texas State.

Softball: 4-5

The softball team recently returned from Chapel Hill where they came away with a 3-1 record on the weekend after a rocky start to the season a week ago.

The women beat Penn State 6-3, North Carolina 6-5, but did drop their third game to Minnesota 9-1. The Irish finished up the weekend with a 9-3 pounding of the Tar Heels in their second matchup of the weekend.

Softball will visit Buena Vista this weekend for another 4-game series.

Lacrosse: 1-1 (Men's) & 2-0 (Women's)

After a huge upset win over No. 2 Duke to start the season, the men's lacrosse team dropped their second game in overtime to Penn State by the score of 4-3.

"I think we left a lot of plays on the board today," said Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan. "We simply didn't make plays. You have to play well and you have to make plays and we made zero plays today."

"We have to get back to work on Monday and make ourselves better," added Corrigan. "I don't think we had a great week of practice. I don't think our concentration was great. We were so sharp mentally coming into the Duke game and I don't think we prepared ourselves in the same way and that's my responsibility."

The men lax team will travel to Philadelphia for a game with Drexel this Saturday.

The women's lacrosse stayed undefeated with a 17-7 thrashing of Duquesne this past Saturday.

They will play at Ohio State this weekend.

Student-Athlete of the Week: T.J. Tynan (hockey)

  • Sophomore center from Orland Park, Illinois just finished as the first Irish player to win the CCHA scoring title. Tynan finished conference play with 29 points in 28 games, while his 40 points in 35 games overall is good for a tie for 13th in the entire nation.
  • Led Notre Dame in scoring last year as a freshman, totaling 54 points in 44 games, earning himself CCHA and NCAA Rookie of the Year Honors. Tynan's scoring abilities puts him in elite company in Notre Dame history.
  • A 3rd round selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL draft, Tynan is currently enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.