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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Some Stumbling, Some Success

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Notre Dame student athletes are back in class this week and back in the game after the winter break. Basketball, hockey, and track and field all competed this last week.

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Swimming, fencing, tennis, and lacrosse pick up within the next few weeks, followed by softball, baseball, and golf in February.

Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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Hockey: The no. 1/5 Irish (15-7-0, 11-3-0-0) returned to conference play this past week as they faced Michigan State Friday and Saturday in East Lansing. Notre Dame blanked MSU on Friday, 1-0, but lost 1-4 in their second match. Goaltender Steven Summerhays, who allowed 4 opponent goals against top-ranked Minnesota earlier last week, had 30 saves in the Friday night shutout; Robbie Russo scored Notre Dame's one goal mid-second period.


Summerhays didn't have much help on Saturday with 21 saves on 25 shots. Anders Lee had the lone goal for the Irish in 34 shots in the 1-4 loss. After tying the game 1-1 in the second period, MSU claimed the lead, scoring their third goal with the Irish short-handed, 5 on 3, and their fourth with Summerhays pulled late. Eighteen third-period shots couldn't get the puck in the net for the Irish.

Last night, in a game that was tied 1-1 at the mid-point, the Irish were upset by Bowling Green, 4-2. T. J. Tynan and Bryan Rust claimed the Irish goals. Mike Johnson served as goaltender, making 27 saves on 31 shots. The Irish had just 22 shots on BGSU.

After struggling through this stretch of four road games in which ND came out just 1-3, the Irish face Alaska at the CFIA this Friday (7:35 EST, streaming on UND.com) and Saturday (7:05 EST on CBSSN).

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Track: The men's and women's teams had a strong showing at the Bob Eubanks Open this past week, claiming 11 victories in the two-day meet. The event was serendipitously held at the Kelly Family Sports Center at Grand Valley State University.

Irish wins came in the men's 60m hurdles, 4x400m relay, 300m, 400m, 600m, and heptathlon; women's 200m, 300m, 400m, triple jump, pentathlon, shot put, and second in the women's 4x400m relay (alas - Michigan beat the Irish by less than a second).

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Basketball: The no. 2 women's team (15-1, 4-0) claimed wins over its two opponents this past week. The Irish conquered Rutgers, 71-46, and Georgetown, 79-64.


They face St. John's this Sunday (12:00 p.m. EST, ESPNU).

The no. 20 men's team (14-3, 2-2) dropped their two matches this past week. Connecticut won out, 65-58, as did St. John's, 67-63, after a failed but furious last-minute comeback by the Irish. You can read all about the loss in alstein's account here.

The Irish face Rutgers on Saturday (8:00 p.m. EST, BEN) and Georgetown on Monday (7:30 p.m. EST, ESPN).

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While not on the field at the moment, Irish soccer claimed a few victories this past week: freshman Cari Roccaro was named 2012 Soccer America Freshman of the Year and seniors Ryan Finley and Dillon Powers were named Soccer America MVPs, while freshman Max Lachowecki was named All-Freshman Second Team. Well done by all.

We'll bring you updates again next week on all our Notre Dame Olympic sports. Go Irish.