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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Everybody Hurts

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in men’s and women’s basketball. Yeah, it was a really rough week.

Freshman women's basketball forward Brianna Turner was a bright spot for the Irish in a bleak week.
Freshman women's basketball forward Brianna Turner was a bright spot for the Irish in a bleak week.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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No. 1 men's soccer (12-5-4, 7-2-3) fell to no. 16 Virginia, 1-0, at home in the NCAA tournament round of 16 this past Sunday, bringing a great season to an untimely end. During the regular season, the Irish earned a 1-1 tie with the Cavaliers; in the ACC tournament, they beat Virginia in the quarterfinals, 3-0. The game winning goal on Sunday came from the Cavaliers in the 82nd minute from 16 yards out. ND controlled the game and led in corner kicks, 5-3, and shots, 11-8, but both teams came away with just 2 shots on goal. Five Irish shots came from midfielder Patrick Hodan.

So ends the season for the Irish, and for a number of them, their time in blue and gold, including forward Leon Brown, defender and tri-captain Andrew O'Malley, goalkeeper Patrick Wall, and midfielder and tri-captain Nick Besler. Seniors with remaining eligibility include forward Vince Cicciarelli, defender and tri-captain Luke Mishu, defender Max Lachowecki, midfielder Brendan Lesch, defender Robby Gallegos, and defender Trevor Gonzales.

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Irish hockey (6-8-2, 2-2-2) took 2 losses in the Shillelagh tournament this past weekend, first falling 3-2 in an overtime heartbreaker to Union College, then dropping the tournament's 3rd-place match to Ohio State, 5-1.

Thursday night, Chad Katunar was in goal for the Irish, who went up 2-0 on defending national champion Union College with a 1st period goal from Sam Herr and a 2nd period goal from Austin Wuthrich. UC clawed their way back into the game with a goal 8 minutes into the 3rd, then a tying score on a power play with just over a minute and a half left. With just 22 seconds remaining in the first 5-minute overtime period, Union scored the game winner. They ultimately led the Irish in shots on goal, 38-27, and went 1 for 3 on power plays, while ND went 0 for 3, including 0 for 1 in overtime.

Friday, with Cal Peterson in goal, Notre Dame fell behind the Buckeyes in the opening stanza, 2-0, but unlike Union, was unable to recover, eventually taking a 5-1 loss. Steven Fogarty scored for the Irish in the final minute of the 1st period, but OSU went up by 2 again on a power play goal early in the 2nd, then scored again early and midway through the 3rd. Notre Dame edged their opponent in shots on goal, 30-28, but again went 0 for 3 on power plays; OSU went 1 for 2. Thus ends a 1-6-2 month for the Irish.

The Irish next hit the road to play Massachusetts this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET) and Saturday (7:00 p.m. ET, audio for both on WatchND, video available through paid video stream here for Friday and here for Saturday).

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A very difficult Irish volleyball (6-23, 3-15 ACC) season ended with another loss on Friday, this time to Pitt, 3-0. After tying the 1st match at 14-14, young and injury-plagued ND struggled to final match scores of 25-20, 25-14, and 25-18 on senior day.

This was a particularly rough season for the Irish, who recently went 13-18 (7-13 ACC) in 2013, 20-10 (13-2 Big East) in 2012, 17-13 (8-6 Big East) in 2011, 18-13 (10-4 Big East) in 2010, and 21-7 (14-0 Big East) in 2009. Here's hoping for a great off-season and a strong return in 2015.

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Over the past week, men's basketball (6-1) downed Grambling State, 81-54, and Chicago State, 90-42. Check out our game review (with video highlights) of the Grambling State victory here and the Chicago State win here.

The team hosts Michigan State this Wednesday (7:15 p.m. ET, WatchND, Watch ESPN, ESPN2), then Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday (8:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN3).

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Last Tuesday night, no. 2/1 women's basketball (7-0) bested Quinnipiac, 112-52, as Jewell Loyd put up 23 points, freshman Brianna Turner put up 20, and the Irish scored 15 before the Bobcats scored at all.

Sunday, Notre Dame won out over Kansas, 89-47, behind another 23 points from Jewell Loyd and 17 from Michaela Mabrey.

The Irish will play no. 10 Maryland this Wednesday evening in Fort Wayne, IN (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, Watch ESPN, ESPN3).

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Men's swimming and diving was idle this past week. The Irish next compete in the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City this weekend.

The women's squad was also idle this past week. They next head to Austin in beginning this Thursday for the Texas Invitational and, also this weekend, to Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational.

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After a great run the previous week, fencing enjoyed a week away from competition. Next up for the Irish is the North American Cup in Dallas, TX, this weekend.

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Track & field gets started this Friday with their season-opening Blue & Gold Invitational. The team will travel to Kent State to compete in the Golden Gala Multis on Saturday and Sunday.

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We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.