The no. 1 men's soccer team (12-2-5, 8-2-3) won out over Duke, 1-0, last Tuesday at home in the ACC Championship quarterfinals. The lone goal of the Irish-controlled match was scored by Patrick Hodan on a brilliantly executed set piece (at :52 in the video below). Notre Dame led in shots (16-3) and corner kicks (5-2), and trailed the Blue Devils in called fouls (21-9).
Last Friday night, the Irish fell to no. 10 Virginia, 4-3, on penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw, in an ACC semifinal match that saw defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. In the 84th minute of the meeting, Notre Dame led the Cavaliers, 3-1. Two quick goals by the opponent tied the score and took the match to overtime, where neither team was able to net the game-ender. The penalty kick shootout was won by Virginia, 4-3, after the Cavalier goalie was able to stop 1 more shot than Notre Dame's Patrick Wall. Virginia edged the Irish in shots (15-13) and corners (7-6). The Irish goals came from Harrison Shipp (ACC Offensive Player of the Year), Patrick Hodan, and Andrew O'Malley. Notre Dame's only other loss this season came to - of course - Virginia.
The third-seeded Irish face either Wisconsin or Milwaukee in the second round of the NCAA tournament this Sunday evening at home (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).
The no. 23/19 women's team (12-7-1, 7-6-1 ACC) claimed an impressive victory over no. RV/25 Iowa, 4-1, on Friday to begin NCAA tournament play. Goals came from Morgan Andrews (2g), Katie Naughton (1g off a corner), and Elizabeth Tucker (1g, 1a), whose suspension had been lifted last week after a bad card in a recent (and spirit-crushing) loss. The Irish led in shots (32-4) and corner kicks (12-3) in the match.
They continue play in the second round of the NCAA Championship this Friday afternoon in Ann Arbor against Western Michigan (4:00 p.m. ET). If they advance, they'll play in the third round on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).
No. 6 Irish hockey (8-3-1, 2-1-1) earned a shutout win and a draw with Merrimack this past weekend. Friday night, goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 31 shots (again) as the Irish put together an impressive 4-0 win in their 1st home Hockey East match. After a scoreless 1st period, goals came from freshman Ali Thomas (his 1st), Peter Schneider (2g), and Mario Lucia on a power play (with an assist from Summerhays).
Saturday, the Irish battled to a 2-2 tie with Merrimack behind goals from Shayne Taker (on a power play) and T.J. Tynan (short-handed). The Notre Dame team was hobbled by injuries, left to play without 4 of their regular forwards and a defenseman. The lost a 2-1 lead with just over a minute remaining in the game, when Merrimack pulled its netminder to outnumber the Irish at the goal. The Irish trailed in total shots, 32-27.
The Irish hit the ice against U Mass Lowell on the road this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), then again on Saturday afternoon (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).
Irish Volleyball (11-16, 5-10) struggled this past weekend on the road. Both Miami and no. 22 Florida State swept Notre Dame in 3 sets, bruising a squad that has fought hard throughout a trying season.
The matches were the last on the road for the Irish, who will finish the season with 4 home contests. This Wednesday, the Irish take on Virginia Tech (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3) and on Friday afternoon, they host Virginia (4:30 p.m. ET, WatchND).
Men's swimming and diving (4-4) earned impressive victories against both Michigan State (197-103) and Wisconsin (191.5-108.5) this past weekend. Against the Spartans, 11 of 16 events went to the Irish. On Saturday, they claimed 12 event victories over the Badgers. Standout Frank Dyer walked away with 7 first-place finishes in the two meets.
The women's team (4-3) earned strong wins this past weekend over Valparaiso (219-60) and no. 24 Wisconsin (171-126). The Irish swept every event - 16 of them - vs. Valpo, then claimed 10 of 16 vs. the Badgers. Standout Emma Reaney won 5 events between the 2 dual meets.
Both Irish teams next travel to Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational at the beginning of December.
After finishing 3rd and 4th at the ACC Championships a few weeks ago, Notre Dame cross country finished in the same spots once again, this time at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Madison, WI, this past weekend. The men's team claimed 3rd in a field of 31 teams and the women, 4th in a field of 33.
After receiving an at-large bid, Notre Dame heads to the NCAA Championships this Saturday in Terre Haute, IN, where they will compete amid fields of 31 teams.
No. 21/22 men's basketball fell to Indiana State, 83-70, this past Sunday in a disappointing early season loss (alstein recaps it for you here).
Up next for the Irish is Santa Clara this Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET in the Purcell Pavilion (WatchND, ESPN3). They then host Army on Sunday (2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3, WatchND).
No. 6 women's basketball soundly defeated Valparaiso, 96-46, this past Saturday.
The Irish face Penn on the road this Saturday afternoon (3:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Next Tuesday, they'll play DePaul at home (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).
We'll bring you updates again next week on the Notre Dame Olympic sports and help you to root for the Irish beyond those long-awaited and well-loved fall Saturdays. For now, go Irish. Beat Cougars and everybody else.