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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Fighting On

Notre Dame student athletes competed hard this week, racking up wins in lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track and field.

Go Irish. Beat everyone.
Go Irish. Beat everyone.

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


Lacrosse: The no. 4 men's team (9-2, 3-1) claimed a close 10-8 victory over Georgetown last weekend after falling behind 4-0 to start the match, then going 8-3 in the final three quarters.

The Irish face Syracuse this Friday in NY (7:00 p.m. EST, CBSSN), then Villanova on Saturday at home (2:00 p.m. EST, ESPNU and

The no. 5/6 women's team (11-1) dropped their first game this season last Friday, losing 14-13 in double overtime to no. 17/20 Loyola. Sunday, though, the Irish rebounded with a big 13/12 win over no. 8/8 Georgetown, led by goalie Ellie Hilling's 14 saves.

The Irish face Connecticut on the road on Sunday, then Northwestern at home on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. EST).


Baseball: The no. 16 Irish (19-15, 4-8), had a cruel weekend in Pittsburgh, getting swept by the Panthers in three games. The Irish fell 4-0 on Friday, 4-2 on Saturday, and 12-3 on Sunday. Tuesday, Denard Robinson was on the mound for Michigan briefly to throw out the first pitch as Notre Dame took on the Wolverines. Unfortunately, the Irish fell, 8-2, in the road contest.

The Irish face Bowling Green this evening (Wednesday) at home (5:35 p.m. EST), then Quinnipiac on Friday (5:35 p.m. EST), Saturday (3:30 p.m. EST), and Sunday (1:05 p.m. EST). If you're in town for the Blue Gold Game, go cheer them on. Tuesday, they face Toledo at home (5:35 p.m. EST), and Wednesday, Michigan State (5:35 p.m. EST).


Softball: The Irish (30-10, 10-1) claimed three wins over the weekend in a series sweep over Rutgers. First came an 11-2 win on Saturday in five innings, then 5-1 and 8-6 victories in Sunday's doubleheader. The Irish climbed back from a 6-1 deficit in the last contest with an impressive 7-run bottom of the seventh.

Tuesday afternoon, the Irish took on Michigan State in East Lansing and claimed a 2-0 victory.

The Irish face Valparaiso at home this Thursday (5:00 p.m. EST) and Pittsburgh on the road on Saturday (doubleheader) and Sunday. Tuesday, they face Connecticut at home in a doubleheader (12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST).


Tennis: The no. 25 women's team (14-8, 3-0) won their last two matches of the regular season this past weekend, claiming victories over Central Florida, 6-1, and USF, 5-2, in the sunshine state. Notre Dame heads to the Big East championships this weekend in Tampa. Best of luck to all competing.

The no. 32 men's team (16-7, 3-0) won out over rival no. 47 Louisville, 5-2, on the road this past weekend. The Irish begin Big East tournament play this weekend at home. Best of luck to all competing.


Track & Field: The Irish competed in the Border Battle in Louisville over the weekend, where they represented team "Hoosierland" with Indiana against team "Commonwealth" (Kentucky and Louisville). Both men's (97-103) and women's (99-101) teams just barely lost, coming within a few points of the Commonwealth and earning 9 first-place individual finishes and 3 of 4 relay victories with Indiana. The Irish claimed first in women's triple jump (2 Irish women tied for first), 1500m, 800m, 400m, 400mH, and men's long jump, triple jump, and 400m.

Some of the Irish travel to the west coast for the Mt. Sac Relays this weekend, while others head to Bloomington for the Polytan Invitational.


Golf: The no. 23 women's team were idle this past week and compete in the Big East Championship in Florida this coming Sunday through Tuesday. Best of luck to all.

The men's team finished 11th at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City this past weekend. Niall Platt tied for 11th among individuals in the tournament, finishing 4-over par in three rounds. Cory Sciupider earned the tournament-low score of 5-under on the 72-par course in his second round. The Irish now turn to preparation for the Big East Championship coming up at the end of the month.


Rowing: The no. 13 Irish were idle this past week and next compete in the Lake Natoma Invitational in Sacramento, CA, this weekend.

Soccer: The men's team continues spring play this Saturday evening in a road match with Xavier in Cincinnati.

Leprechaun? Yes, leprechaun. Last week, a handful of candidates competed to win the leprechaun's suit for next year, and Johnny Romano claimed the victory. Look for him leading the football team out of the tunnel in the fall.


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