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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Onward & Upward

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in fencing, baseball, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, track & field, and women’s basketball.

Notre Dame's Lee Kiefer, left (at the London Olympics), swashbuckled her way to a junior world championship this weekend.
Notre Dame's Lee Kiefer, left (at the London Olympics), swashbuckled her way to a junior world championship this weekend.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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First things first: a few weeks ago, as you may recall, sophomore Lee Kiefer of Notre Dame's fencing team earned the NCAA national championship in women's foil. This past Sunday, she added another title the first - WORLD CHAMPION. Kiefer claimed the title at the Junior World Foil Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Fellow NCAA national champion Gerek Meinhardt (also foil) competes in the senior event later this week. Congratulations to Lee.

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No. 10 men's lacrosse (4-4) struggled to a 15-7 loss on Saturday to no. 3 Duke. Paul Rigney has a full game recap for you right here.

This Tuesday (today), the Irish face Marquette on the road (4:00 p.m. CT). Saturday, they'll welcome Robert Morris to campus (1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).

No. 8 women's lacrosse (7-4) suffered another upset this past weekend, falling to no. 16 Stanford, 13-8.

This Friday, the Irish welcome Duke (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).

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Baseball (9-17) went 1-3 last week, earning a big 11-1 win over Valparaiso before dropping their series against no. 1 Florida State in Tallahassee. After taking a 7-5 lead in the 8th inning, the Irish fell, 8-7, to the top-ranked Seminoles in 12 in game 1; a Sunday doubleheader saw Notre Dame fall, 11-2, and then fight to a 4-3 loss in the series finale.

Highlights from the win over Valparaiso:


The Irish face Chicago State in Chicago this Tuesday (6:00 p.m. CT, WatchND). Wednesday, Notre Dame travels to Ann Arbor to face Michigan (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). They play Boston College Friday night in Chicago (7:05 p.m. CT, WatchND), Saturday (2:05 p.m. CT, WatchND), and again on Sunday (1:05 p.m. CT, WatchND).

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No. 23/25 Irish softball (22-10, 5-6) went 2-1 this past week, notching big 11-4 victories over both Ball State and Michigan State before falling to a late-game DePaul rally, 4-2.

Highlights from the win over Michigan State:


This Wednesday, the Irish will travel to Chapel Hill to play North Carolina in a doubleheader (4:00 and 6:00 p.m. ET). Sunday, they'll play a doubleheader vs. Florida State at home (12:00 and 2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). The teams match up again Monday night (7:00 p.m. ET, ACC Monday/ESPNU).

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The no. 12 men's tennis squad (14-8) split their weekend matches, first besting Wake Forest, 4-3, before falling to North Carolina State, 4-3.

Next for the Irish is a visit from Miami this Friday, then a match with Florida State and Valparaiso on Sunday.

No. 20 women's tennis (12-8) had another great weekend, sweeping both Maryland and Pittsburgh, 7-0.

The Irish will welcome Virginia Tech this Friday afternoon, then will face North Carolina State on Sunday.

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The men's golf team finished in an impressive tie for 6th at the Irish Creek Collegiate in North Carolina and ND's Niall Platt earned a co-runner-up finish (70-70-69, -4). Next up for the Irish is the Oak Hill Intercollegiate in New York on April 21st and following.

The women's team tied for 13th at the Rebel Intercollegiate this weekend in Oxford, MS. Next up for the Irish is the ACC Championships two weekends from now.

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Notre Dame's track & field team has begun the outdoor season and made a strong showing at the Stanford Invitational this past weekend. The Irish logged 8 performances in the top 10 nationally in the NCAA this outdoor season, including the top-ranked time in the men's 5000m.

Up next for the Irish is the Border Battle in Louisville this weekend.

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No. 2 women's basketball (37-0) clocked a dominating win against the Maryland Terrapins in their Final Four match-up Sunday night. Despite losing Natalie Achonwa to a torn ACL, the Irish bested the Terps, 87-61, clearing their last hurdle on the way to the NCAA Tournament championship game. Alstein sums up the victory here.


The Irish play for the championship this Tuesday (tonight) at 8:30 p.m. ET in Nashville (ESPN). One undefeated team - the University of Connecticut Huskies (39-0) or the Fighting Irish (37-0) - will walk away with the title.

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Irish rowing gets back in the water this weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational in California. Best of luck to them.

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