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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: No. 3 Men’s Soccer Advances

The Irish earned wins this past week in men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

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

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The no. 3 men's soccer team (13-1-6) won out over no. 19 Wisconsin, 4-0, in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament Sunday night. Playing at a crisp 21 degrees at Alumni Stadium, captain Harrison Shipp netted 2 of the Irish goals, with Patrick Hodan and Vince Cicciarelli behind the others. The Irish dominated play and notched their 1st goal - Cicciarelli's - in the 7th minute of the game, with their 2nd coming before the half. The 2nd and 3rd goals came on free kicks for Notre Dame. The Irish led in shots (15-7), shots on goal (7-2), and corners (3-2).


The Irish face Wake Forest in the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament (the round of 16) this Sunday evening at home (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).

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The no. 23/19 women's team (13-8-1, 7-6-1 ACC) climbed their way into the 3rd round of NCAA tournament play before falling Sunday in unsurprisingly heartbreaking fashion. Friday, the Irish defeated Western Michigan in Ann Arbor, 1-0, with the golden goal coming from Cari Roccaro midway through the 2nd half. Notre Dame led in shots (24-4) and shots on goal (8-2), as well as corner kicks (3-1).

No. 11 Michigan claimed the 1-0 win over the Irish in the 3rd-round on Sunday evening, dropping ND from the tournament. That game's lone goal came on a Wolverine penalty kick awarded early in the 2nd half after a Notre Dame defender got an hand on the ball inside the goal box. The Irish lost a player for the last quarter of the game after Sammy Scofield received a red card for, as Tony Jones notes on UND.com, "impeding the progress of Michigan forward Nkem Ezurike after both players jostled shoulder-to-shoulder down the pitch." Michigan led Notre Dame in shots (22-10), shots on goal (8-4), and corners (5-3).

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No. 11 Irish hockey (8-5-1, 2-3-1), burdened by injuries, dropped their weekend road games at no. 8 UMass-Lowell. Friday night, Notre Dame was shut out, 1-0, despite outshooting their foe, 40-28. The game's lone goal came on a River Hawk power play in the 1st period. The Irish - or rather NORTE DAME? NORTRE DAME? who knows? - were 0-for-3 on power plays in the match.


Saturday night, UMass-Lowell claimed a 3-1 victory, with all 4 goals coming on power plays and the last from the River Hawk's hitting the back of an empty net. The Irish edged their opponents in shots (35-34), but went just 1-for-5 on power plays. As noted on UND.com, coach Jeff Jackson looks forward to the Irish returning to full strength:

"It's a little challenging right now. We are missing our second and third line centers and that takes away our wingers ability to generate offense [sic]. I rotated three centers tonight and they get tired. I even rotated a few wingers in there to get them a break. That has a lot to do with our ability to generate offense. That will resolve itself over time."


The Irish hit the ice against Alabama-Huntsville at home this Friday (7:35 p.m. ET, NBCSports.com), then, if they win, against either Northeastern or Western Michigan on Saturday evening (7:35 p.m. ET, NBCSports.com). The games are part of the 2013 Shillelagh Tournament, which also features a Friday afternoon match (4:05 p.m. ET) between Western Michigan and Northeastern.

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Irish Volleyball (12-17, 6-11) split their weekend matches, first defeating Virginia Tech, 3-1, then falling to Virginia, 3-0.


This Friday, the Irish continue their season-ending homestead as they take on Boston College (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND) and, on Saturday afternoon, Syracuse (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).

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After finishing 3rd and 4th at the ACC Championships and at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, Notre Dame's men's and women's cross country teams finished in 23rd (of 31) and 29th (of 31) place overall at the NCAA Championships this past weekend. Just being at the championships puts ND near the top of all Division I teams, which is an admirable feat. Notre Dame's Martin Grady placed 35th in the field in the 10K race and Kelly Curran finished 94th and first among Irish women runners.

While this brings the cross country season to an end, track and field starts up right about now, with the season-opening meet at Notre Dame in just a week and a half.

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Both men's and women's swimming and diving teams were idle this week and next travel to Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational at the beginning of December.

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Men's basketball claimed two wins over the weekend, first against Santa Clara, 84-69, then against Army, 93-60. 4pointshooter recaps the victories for you here.


Up next for the Irish is Cornell this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET in the Purcell Pavilion (WatchND, ESPN3). They then face Iowa on the road next Tuesday (9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchND).

No. 5 women's basketball soundly defeated Penn, 76-54, this past Friday. On Saturday morning, Muffet McGraw chatted up host Peter Sagal and answered questions about tuffets on the quiz show "Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me" (based in Chicago, but on the road in Elkhart). You can listen here.

The Irish face DePaul at home tonight (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND) and then play Duquesne in Toronto on Sunday afternoon (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).

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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 the Cardinal and everybody else.