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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Revenge Against West Virginia

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Another week gone by and another busy schedule for Notre Dame athletics.

The women's basketball team and hockey squad are battling in offseason tournaments, women's lacrosse remains undefeated, and more.

Get your knowledge on after the jump.


Women's Basketball: 29-2 overall, 15-1 Big East

The women's Irish hoops team opened up the Big East Tournament in Hartford with a 69-54 win over DePaul. Last night in the tournaments semifinal, the women avenged their loss to West Virginia in early February with a 73- 45 win over the Mountaineers.

Notre Dame moves on the finals in the Big East tournament and will face pesky UConn once again.

The Irish are 2-0 against the Huskies this year.

Men's Hockey: 19-16-3 overall, 12-13-3 CCHA

The hockey team had a big turn around over the weekend by taking out Ohio State in the CCHA playoffs. The Irish took the first game 2-0 and sealed the series win with a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

For the first time in weeks, Notre Dame has received quality goaltending and it is starting to lead to wins.

The Irish will travel to No. 2 seed Michigan this weekend in the next round of the p

layoffs. They will have to run the table in this tournament to get into the NCAA tournament.

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

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

Fencing: 40-7 (Men's) & 34-9 (Women's)

The Notre Dame fencing team finished in 2nd place at the Midwest Conference Championships over the weekend, breaking their two-year claim of the league title.

The men went 11-1 in the competition and took home first place, but the women went 9-3 and finished 3rd.

Both teams will train for NCAA qualifying coming up soon.

Tennis: 12-5 (Men's) & 9-4 (Women's)

The men split their weekend series, losing 5-2 to Ohio State but coming back for a 5-2 win over Maryland.

They now have two weeks off before traveling down south for a match against USF on the 17th of March.

Notre Dame's women's tennis team also split their weekend series. The Irish blew out Iowa 7-0, but then fell to a strong Duke squad 6-1.

The women will travel to Hawaii early next week for a series of matches.


Track and Field

Notre Dame hosted the Alex Wilson Invitational inside Loftus Center over the weekend and the Irish came away with some big performances.

The men's distance medley team won gold with a school-record time which automatically qualified them for the NCAA Championships. Kevin Schipper won the men's pole vault, while Maddie Buttinger won the women's high jump and finished second in the long jump.

The second day of the meet saw three track records fall all by opposing schools.

Unfortunately Notre Dame didn't pick up any victories on the second and final day of competition. Football player Josh Atkinson did finish 5th in the 60 meter dash however.

Golf: Men's

The golf team was in Hilton Head for a golf tournament but the results have not been officially posted yet.

Baseball: 5-4

Baseball has the epitome of a terrible weekend, dropping all three games down in Texas State and failing to score a single run in any of the contests.

The Irish lost 6-0, 6-0, and 5-0.

They will travel to Baton Rouge this weekend for a pair games against both the hometown LSU Tigers as well as Michigan.

Softball: 7-6

The softball team put together their second straight solid weekend, winning 3 games and losing the last to put the team's record over .500 for the first time all season.

The Irish defeated Long Island, Ohio State, and Fordham in games played in Buena Vista, Florida but dropped the final game to Virginia Tech.

Softball travels to California this weekend to play Oregon State, Charleston Southern, and UNLV in the Long Beach State Invite.

Lacrosse: 2-1 (Men's) & 3-0 (Women's)

Men's lacrosse earned a gritty 6-5 road win over Drexel on Saturday to move their record over .500 early in the season.

They will again take to the road this weekend for a game at Hofstra.

Women's lacrosse continued their impressive start to the season with a 16-7 pounding of Ohio State on the road.

They will also hit the road again this weekend for a game at Boston University.

Student-Athlete of the Week: Alexa Maldonado (softball)

  • Senior outfielder from Short Hills, New Jersey is a two-time Big East All-Conference player. Maldonado has also played for the U.S. Women's National team as well.
  • She hit .413 as a junior and .40 as a sophomore coming into this week with a team-leading .395 average. Alexa has already recorded 17 hits on the season to go with 4 home runs.
  • She is currently a marketing major enrolled in the Mendoza School of Business.