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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Go Irish. Beat Snowpocalypse.

As winter break rolls on and South Bend slips into a deep freeze, Fighting Irish athletes earned wins this past week in men’s and women’s basketball and a loss in hockey. All other winter sports resume over the next few weeks.

The Irish battled Boston College at Fenway Park. Last year, it was Miami (Ohio) at Soldier Field.
The Irish battled Boston College at Fenway Park. Last year, it was Miami (Ohio) at Soldier Field.
Jonathan Daniel

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

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No. 15 Irish hockey (10-8-1) hit the ice on Saturday in their Frozen Fenway match-up with no. 5 Boston College. Though they rallied after slipping to a 2-0 deficit, the Irish ultimately lost to the Eagles, 4-3, in front of over 31 thousand fans enduring the cold at Fenway Park. The Irish secured goals from Mario Lucia, T.J. Tynan (PP), and Bryan Rust. The Eagles scored short-handed early in the 3rd period and Rust responded with an assist from Tynan to tie the game at 3-3 7:29 into the final stanza, but a minute later, BC's Johnny Gaudreau netted the game-winner. The Irish did kill 9 BC power plays, but went just 1 for 5 on their own.


Here's a gif for you of Mario Lucia's falling-down-goal:

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via cdn0.sbnation.com

Evan Sporer at SB Nation's college hockey site has a full game wrap-up right here. Jeff Cox has a good piece at the same site examining (and endorsing) Irish HC Jeff Jackson's comments critical of the recent increase in outdoor hockey games right here.

The Irish next host Alabama-Huntsville at the CFIA this weekend in a 2-game series. The teams face off Friday night (7:35 p.m. ET, NBCSN, WatchND) and Saturday night (7:05 p.m. ET).

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Men's basketball (9-3), as you surely know, claimed a huge win over no. 7 Duke over the weekend, 79-77. Our basketball guys have us well covered on this one: alstein's "Instant Reaction" thread is right here and JoeSchu's game wrap-up, complete with gifs and lots of video highlights, is right here.


Basically, what happened was this:

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via i.imgur.com

The Irish next face North Carolina State at home Tuesday evening (9:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network, WatchND). Saturday, they play Georgia Tech in Atlanta (12:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC Network).

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No. 2 women's basketball (13-0) earned 2 more strong wins this past week, first over South Dakota State, 94-51, then over Clemson, 71-51, in their ACC debut on Sunday.


The Irish next face Boston College Thursday night at home (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Sunday, they travel to Charlottesville to face Virginia (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).

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Men's swimming and diving returned to the pool this weekend at the Copa Coqui Meet in Puerto Rico. No news on how the Irish fared yet, but we'll bring it to you next week.

The women's swimming and diving squad gets back in the pool this Saturday in Evanston, where they'll swim against Rutgers, Michigan, and Northwestern.

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We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports as they start to pick back up. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.