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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: More Big East Titles & NCAA Tournament Action

The regular season is almost over for every Notre Dame sports team. Some have already had their seasons come to an end, but many of them reached the NCAA Tournament or competed well in the Big East Tournament.

This Week in Notre Dame Athletics brings news of another Big East title coming home to South Bend, plus some big action in men's lacrosse and track and field.

More after the jump.

Tennis: 21-9 (Men's) & 20-7 (Women's)

In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Notre Dame men's tennis team defeated Vanderbilt 4-3. However, the Irish lost in the second round to Ohio State 4-0 thus ending their season.

However, the season is not over for a few of the players on the team.

Three members of the team will now turn their attention towards the singles and doubles portion of the championship. Andrews will take place in the NCAA Singles Championship, while Fitzgerald and Watt will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship. The brackets will be released soon and action gets underway on May 23 and goes through May 28 at the University of Georgia. Stay tuned to for complete information on the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.

Over on the women's side, it was the same result. The Irish shutout Hawaii 4-0 in the NCAA tournament first round, but fell 4-2 to Northwestern in the second round.

The women also have a few athletes participating in the individual portions of the NCAA tournament.

Despite seeing their team season come to a close, Mathews and Frilling now turn their attention to the NCAA Individual Championships. Mathews will compete in both the singles and doubles draw, while Frilling will team with Mathews in the doubles tournament. Competition is set to take place May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga

Track and Field

The track team is preparing for the NCAA East Regionals and participated in the Grand Valley Last Chance---winning six events on the weekend.

Sophomore Michelle Brown (55.08) won the 400m dash.

Freshman Emily Morris won the shot put with a throw of 14.45m.

Senior Susanna Sullivan won the 5,000m run in 17:11.24, finishing more than five seconds before her nearest competition.

Senior Mitch Lorenz won the men's 800m run in 1:50.41.

Senior Johnathan Shawel won the 1,500m run by over two seconds with a time of 3:45.65.

Senior Kevin Schipper took another pole vault title, this time vaulting 5.22m, to win by .15 meters.

Golf: Men's & Women's

The men's golf team has another couple weeks until the NCAA Regionals begin in Ann Arbor, but last week senior Max Scodro was named the Big East Player of the Year while Notre Dame head coach Jim Kubinksi was also named Big East Coach of the Year. Both won the awards for the second straight season.

The women's golf team had their season come to a close over the weekend as they finished in 15th place at the NCAA Central Regional.

Baseball: 27-23

The Irish baseball team is entering their last week of regular season play and took 2 out of 3 games from Rutgers this past weekend.

Notre Dame will hit the road today for one game at Northwestern and then to Connecticut for a 3-game series to wrap up the season this weekend.

Softball: 38-14

The Notre Dame softball team had a tremendous season and came so close to winning the Big East tournament over the weekend. The Irish roughed up Rutgers 5-0 in the quarterfinals as well as St. John's 9-3 in the semifinals, but they ultimately were defeated in heartbreaking extra-inning walk-off homerun fashion, falling to Louisville 4-3 in 8 innings.

The good news is that Notre Dame earned an at-large big to the NCAA Tournament and will be playing Hawaii in the Tuscon Region.

Lacrosse: 12-2 (Men's) & 13-5 (Women's)

The men's lacrosse team opened up the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 13-7 win over Yale.

"I thought it was a similar game to what I hoped it would be and in a lot of ways expected it to be, but I didn't expect us to pull away from them," Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. "These were two very similar teams in a lot of ways. We got a lead early, which made them have to come to us and not be able to stall quite as much. That was an important part of the game."

Notre Dame will face-off against Virginia in the quarterfinals this Sunday.

The women's lacrosse team had their season end with a 12-7 loss to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


Out on the water, Notre Dame won its 9th consecutive Big East title with five victories on Mercer Lake in New Jersey over the weekend.

As a result of their success at the 2012 BIG EAST Championship, the Irish coaching staff was selected as the Coaching Staff of the Year and six rowers were named members of the all-BIG EAST teams. Kacsits, Kelly and O'Neill each earned first-team billing with Boxberger, Gaberino and Sheehan being named to the second team.

Notre Dame now awaits its fate for the 2012 NCAA Championships. The field, comprised of the top 16 crews in the country, will be selected Tuesday at 5 p.m. (ET). The Irish are hoping to earn a spot in the regatta for the first time since 2007.

Go Irish.