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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Men's Lax to the Final Four & More

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Welcome to another edition of TWINDA.

This week we cover a lot of NCAA Tournament and postseason action as Irish sports are wrapping up for the academic calendar.

More news after the jump.

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

The men's tennis team has three individuals participating in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament this week at the University of Georgia.

The women will send two players to Georgia as well.

The team portion of the season is over and each side rested this past week.

Track and Field

Notre Dame had a whole bunch of athletes qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary's this weekend in Jacksonville.

Fifteen women and 14 men from the Notre Dame track and field squads have qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round next weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., the NCAA announced on Thursday.

On the women's side, 14 women qualified for 10 individual events, while Aijah Urssery qualified for the 100 and 200m dashes. In addition to the individuals, the 4x100 and 4x400m relay squads also qualified.

The men qualified 12 individuals in nine events, while the 4x400m relay team also earned a bid.

Individuals on the women's team that qualified in the top 15 in their event include Jessica Rydberg(10,000m), Rachel Velarde (10,000m), Gabby Gonzales (10,000m), Jade Barber (100mH), Kaila Barber(400mH), Megan Yanik (400mH) and the 4x100m relay team of K. Barber, J. Barber, Michelle Brownand Urssery.

Chris Giesting (400m), Jeremy Rae (1,500m), Martin Grady (10,000m), Kevin Schipper (Pole Vault) and the 4x400m relay team of Brendan Dougherty, Feeney, Mitchell Lorenz and Giesting all qualified in the top 15 in their events.

"We are absolutely thrilled with how many qualifiers we have for the East Prelims," said head coach Joe Piane. "I believe it is the most we have ever had qualify in one year. We are looking forward to seeing how many can advance to Iowa and the NCAA Outdoor Championships."

For an individual to qualify for nationals, they would have to be near the top of their heat or one of the next fastest times. Twelve total competitors from each event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which are scheduled for June 6-9, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.

George and Josh Atkinson also qualified in the 100 meter with times of 10.36 and 10.39 respectively.

Golf: Men's & Women's

The men's golf team finished in a tie for 6th place in the NCAA Central Regional held at Michigan over the weekend. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championship which means the season is now over for the Notre Dame men's golf team.

They did have a good season however:

For the Irish, it marks their highest career NCAA regional finish since the NCAA Championship instituted the regional structure in 1989. The squad also posted its lowest 54-hole tournament mark with their 859, besting last year's score of 865.

The women's golf team finished their season last week with a 15th place finish at the NCAA Regional.

Baseball: 29-25

The Irish have played .500 ball since we last checked in. They defeated Northwestern 9-4 in the middle of last week but then dropped 2 of 3 on the road to UConn.

The Big East Tournament now begins this week as the No. 7 seed Notre Dame takes the field against the No. 2 seed St. John's in Clearwater, Florida.

Softball: 40-16

The Irish softball team fought hard but couldn't make it out of the Tuscon Region in the NCAA Tournament this weekend.

Notre Dame defeated Hawaii 7-3 in the opening game but dropped a contest to the hometown Arizona Wildcats 7-2. They were able to stay alive in the double elimination format by beating North Dakota State 8-4, but the Irish ultimately fell to Arizona for the second time 8-3.

This was the fourth straight 40-win season for the Notre Dame softball team so congratulations to them on a fine season.

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

The women's lacrosse team's season came to an end last week but the men are still alive and vying for a national title.

After advancing last week against Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Irish topped defending national champion Virginia 12-10 this past Saturday to earn a berth to the Final Four at Gillette Stadium.

"I'm just thrilled to get a win against a very good Virginia team," said Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan. "I'm also thrilled to have a chance to play next week."

"The great thing about our team is that we don't have any idea who's going to step up in the next game," commented Corrigan. "The players are all buying in to what we are doing. It seems like every game or every half it changes who we are getting plays from. The most gratifying thing about that is that means everyone is out there trying to make plays."

Notre Dame as a No. 4 seed will face No. 1 seed Loyola (MD) this Saturday in the national semifinal.

Rowing

After winning the program's 9th straight Big East title, the rowing team found out that it will be part of the 16-team NCAA Championship this weekend.

Good luck to all the participants.

Go Irish.