No. 18 Irish hockey (15-11-1, 4-8-1) is struggling through a road-game rut at the moment: they have gone 0-for-5 outside of the CFIA since the beginning of November. This past Friday, they dropped their 1st game in their series with New Hampshire, 4-2. Irish goals came from Mario Lucia in the 2nd period and Bryan Rust in the 3rd (short-handed). Though the Irish scored 1st and outshot the Wildcats, 40-28, they gave up a power play goal that evened the score and fell behind, 2-1, midway through the game. With just 4:32 remaining in the 3rd, Rust tied things up when the Irish were short-handed, only to see the Wildcats pull ahead, 3-2, on the power play. The final New Hampshire goal settled into an empty Irish net in the closing seconds. The Irish were 0-for-3 on power play opportunities, while UNH was 2-for-4.
Saturday night, Notre Dame dropped their second series game to New Hampshire, 5-2. Irish goals came from Mario Lucia and T.J. Tynan. The Wildcats struck first, but Lucia tied the game up with a 1st-period goal; early in the 2nd, UNH scored to regain the lead, then Tynan tied things up at 2-2 at 13:26 in the middle stanza. A short-handed New Hampshire goal in the 2nd and an early 3rd-period score put the game out of reach for the Irish, who gave up the 5th goal with an empty net at game's end. While out-shooting their opponent 34-22, the Irish went 0-for-4 on power plays and lost a short-handed goal.
The Irish welcome Maine to the CFIA this weekend. The teams face off Friday night (7:35 p.m. ET, NBCSN, WatchND) and Saturday night (8:05 p.m. ET, NBCSN, WatchND).
No. 20 men's swimming and diving (6-5-1) took both its opponents at the Shamrock Invitational this past weekend, besting Missouri State, 223-147, and Iowa, 224.5-145.5. The Irish won 7 events outright and took 2nd in another 9.
The no. 24 women's squad (7-5) claimed 16 of 20 events in a dominating effort over Iowa at the Shamrock Invitational, claiming 253 points to Iowa's 106. The Irish set 2 pool records in the match, in both the 200 IM (1:58.42, Emma Reaney) and the 800 free relay (7:22.65, Emma Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Katie Miller, Bridget Casey).
The Irish - both men's and women's teams - host Cleveland State this Saturday.
No. 22 men's tennis (6-0) is still undefeated after claiming another victory over no. 13 Kentucky this past weekend. After besting the Wildcats the previous week, the Irish snagged another 4-3 win over their higher ranked foe.
The Irish next travel to Champaign to play Illinois on Wednesday, then they're back on the road to face Northwestern next Tuesday.
The no. 23 women's team (5-1) won out over both no. 42 Illinois and no. 39 Indiana this past weekend, both with 4-3 finishes.
They next head to Charlottesville for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships this weekend.
Notre Dame's track & field team split up this weekend to compete at the Indiana Relays and the New Mexico Invitational. Out west, the men finished 3rd overall and the women, 4th, with 20 top-5 finishes among Irish participants. Among many impressive performances, CB Josh Atkinson claimed first in the 60M dash (6.84). At the Indiana Relays, the Irish earned 9 top-3 finishes.
This weekend, the Irish host the Meyo Invitational.
Irish fencers competed with prowess as usual this past weekend at the Northwestern Duals, where various squads faced teams from opposing schools in each weapon class. The Irish dropped 6 matches, all by close margins, but won 7. Full results can be found right here.
Next up for the Irish are the DeCicco Duals on their home turf this Saturday.
No. 2 women's basketball (21-0) dominated the Hokies of Virginia Tech this past week, 74-48, before routing no. 3 Duke, 88-67, in an on-the-road trampling. Alstein took a look at the latter impressive Irish victory right here.
The Irish next face Florida State on the road on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Sunday afternoon, they host Syracuse (3:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC/Regional Sports).
Men's basketball (12-11, 3-7) dropped their match with Virginia last week, 68-53, then battled Boston College to an overtime win, 76-73, on Saturday.
Monday night, they fell on the road to no. 1 Syracuse, 61-55, in a hard-fought and impressively close match. JoeSchu's write-up on the match is right here.
JoeSchu's coverage of the Virginia game is right here. His breakdown of the Boston College win is right here. While you're at it, check out his in-depth statistical analysis of Irish hoops here in part I, part II, and part III.
The Irish next face North Carolina at the Purcell Pavilion on Saturday at noon ET (WatchND, ACC Network). Next Tuesday, the get a visit from Clemson (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, RSN).
Men's lacrosse started its season this past weekend with a pair of exhibition matches. Saturday they bested Bellarmine, 12-5, and they dominated Detroit on Sunday, 22-7. Detailed coverage of the scrimmages can be found here from The Observer. OFD's Paul Rigney has a great primer on the season ahead right here.
This Saturday, the Irish host the Michigan Wolverines at 7:45 p.m. ET.
Irish softball gets the season started this weekend with games in Auburn against Tennessee Tech, North Dakota State, Morehead State, and Auburn.
We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.