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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Orange Fall & More Conference Titles

Notre Dame athletics continue to impress on so many levels. More conference titles and individual accolades are rolling in now as the spring sports begin to wind down and the 2011-12 school year comes to a close.

There's lots of good stuff in TWINDA this week so keep reading after the jump.

Go Irish.

Tennis: 20-8 (Men's) & 20-7 (Women's)

The men's tennis team is coming off a third place finish in the Big East tournament and will find out today if they have qualified for the NCAA tournament. The decision will come at 5 PM ET today and you can watch live at

Also of note, sophomore Greg Andrews was named the Big East Player of the Year compiling a 25-3 record during the spring season in singles matches.

The women's team brought home more awards after winning their fifth straight Big East title. Senior Shannon Matthews was named the Big East Player of the Year and Irish head coach Jay Louderback was named Big East Coach of the Year as well.

Senior Kristy Frilling and sophomore Britney Sanders joined Matthews on the All-Big East Team too.

The women have already clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and await their seeding.

Track and Field

The track and field team was split up again as some athletes traveled to Iowa and others to Michigan.

In the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Notre Dame won the 4x800m relay on the women's side and the Irish finished with three top-3 finishes on the day overall.

At the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Patrick Lesiewicz won the 5,000m run while Notre Dame placed fourteen top-3 finished on the day.

Both sides will travel to Tampa, Florida for the Outdoor Big East Championships this weekend.

Golf: Men's & Women's

The men's golf team is in Orlando at the moment competing in the Big East tournament and currently sit in first place at -4 under after the first day. The Irish took the course yesterday as well and we'll have the results from the tournament next week.

On the women's side, Notre Dame came up just short as a team as South Florida took home the Big East title. However, freshman Ashley Armstrong won the Big East Women's Championship on the third hole of a playoff.

Congratulations to Armstrong and the women's team on their fine season.

Baseball: 22-20

The Irish baseball team is on the skids since we last checked, having lost 4 straight games.

Last Wednesday, Notre Dame fell to Central Michigan by the score of 9-4. Over the weekend they didn't fare any better as they were swept by St. John's at home during a 3-game series.

Baseball will host Butler and Valparaiso on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and then travel to Villanova for a 3-game series this weekend.

Softball: 26-13

Softball is on an absolute mission right now, winning 6 straight games since last week and now 11 straight games dating back to April 18th.

The Irish took care of Michigan State at home 7-1 early last week and followed that up with a 2-game sweep of Seton Hall on Wednesday.

Over this past weekend, they swept Providence in a 3-game series, outscoring the opponent 27-9 in the process.

Notre Dame looks to keep their winning streak alive as they host Northern Illinois today and Eastern Michigan tomorrow. They will travel to Pittsburgh for a 3-game series to wrap up the regular season this weekend.

Lacrosse: 11-1 (Men's) & 13-3 (Women's)

Men's lacrosse had a historic day over the weekend, defeating Syracuse 8-6 for the first time ever (previously 0-5 against the Orange) and clinching the program's first ever outright Big East regular season title in the league's third year of existence.

Notre Dame came into that game ranked 3rd in the country and will now be the top-seed in the Big East Tournament this week. The Irish face off against St. John's this Thursday in the semi-finals while Syracuse takes on Villanova in the other tilt. The games can be viewed on ESPNU and ESPN3.

The women's lacrosse team suffered a big set back last Wednesday, falling to Northwestern 17-7 on the road. However, the Irish took out their frustration on Saturday with a 22-2 Senior Day victory over Cincinnati in the regular season finale.

Notre Dame is the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament and will face Loyola this Thursday at 5:30 PM ET from Syracuse. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.


Over the weekend, the Notre Dame crew team won the Big East Invite in Indianapolis, bringing home 12 total victories in the water.

Notre Dame will now head to New Jersey in a couple weeks for the Big East Championships as they look to win their 9th consecutive conference title.