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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Hockey Back, Soccer Strong

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in men’s soccer, women’s soccer, hockey, volleyball, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. That’s a lot of wins.

SO MANY Irish wins this week.
SO MANY Irish wins this week.
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Without further ado, we give you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups and look ahead at what's on the schedule this week.

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No. 7/4 men's soccer (8-2-3, 3-1-1) took a draw and a win this past week, tying Michigan, 1-1, and besting Duke, 3-2, both at home. The Irish scored second vs. Michigan, from Thomas Ueland late in the first half. Notre Dame controlled the game in the second half and extra time and led in shots (18-14) and shots on goal (9-6), but they trailed in corner kicks (5-10) and were unable to net a second goal and steal the win.

Against Duke, Notre Dame had goals from Patrick Hodan (2g), and Jeffrey Farina, who netted the game winner in the 96th minute after Duke pulled even with the Irish with 15 minutes left in the match. The teams were about even in shots, shots on goal, and corner kicks and momentum shifted throughout the match.

Next up for the Irish is a road trip to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech this Friday (5:30 p.m. ET).

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No. 16/11 women's soccer (10-3-1, 3-3-0) claimed 2 shut-out wins this past week, first blanking Syracuse at home, 1-0, then taking down Boston College, 2-0. Sandra Yu netted the early lone goal for the Irish vs. the Orange and the Irish dominated on the attack, taking 18 shots to Syracuse's 1.

Against the Eagles, Notre Dame scored on a Taylor Klawunder header off a corner kick and on a rebound by Kaitlin Klawunder. Once again, the Irish offense dominated, leading in shots, 21-5, shots on goal, 8-2, and corner kicks, 12-7.

This Friday night, the Irish host Wake Forest (7:00 p.m. ET).

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Irish hockey is back! The team begans their pre-season this past weekend with a pair of exhibition matches. Friday, they defeated Guelph in a high-scoring affair, 7-5. The team then earned a 2-2 draw against the US National Team Development Program U-18 Team on Sunday. Irish goals vs. Guelph came from Luke Ripley, Anders Bjork (just 34 seconds apart within the first 2 minutes of play), and Steven Fogarty (PP) in the first period, Dennis Gilbert (PP) and Jake Evans (PP) in the second, and Dennis Gilbert again and Andrew Oglevie in the third.

Four of the five goals ND allowed came on power plays; Guelph went 4-8 on them. ND, on the other hand, went 3-7 on power plays. Once again, the Irish have Chad Katunar (6 saves, 3 goals allowed) and Cal Peterson (9 saves, 2 goals allowed) in net; the pair split time in the exhibition game.

Against the USNTDP U-18 Team, Notre Dame skated to a 2-2 tie; both teams scored a single goal in each of the second and third periods, were scoreless in OT, and went 1-2 on power plays. Justin Wade and Mario Lucia (PP) scored for the Irish.

The Irish travel to University Park, PA, for a match with Penn State this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET) and Saturday (3:00 p.m. ET).

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The Irish volleyball team (6-12, 1-5) split their last week's matches, earning a first ACC win in 5 sets on the road vs. Clemson (3-2, 25-12, 25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 15-13), but falling to Georgia Tech in Atlanta (3-0, 25-12, 25-18, 25-17).

The Irish host Duke this Friday evening (7:00 p.m. ET), then Wake Forest on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).

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Men's tennis traveled to Tulsa, OK, for the ITA All-American Championships this past week. The Irish were represented at the tournament by Eddy Covalschi, Alex Lawson, Alex Lebedev, and Quentin Monaghan. The Irish had some success in singles play, the results of which are rather detailed to convey here. I'd encourage you to check out the top few stories here on UND.com to get the full story on how ND's team fared.

Next, the Irish will host the men's ITA Midwest Regional Championships near the end of the month.

The women's tennis squad finished up play at the ITA All-American Championships this past week in Pacific Palisades, CA. As above, the results are a bit clumsy to convey briefly, so I'd encourage you to see UND.com's write-ups and results from doubles competition here and here, and the same for singles competition here and here I'll just say here that the Irish representatives, Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson, had some success in both singles and doubles play, but didn't claim any huge victories.

The Irish head to the women's ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Ann Arbor near the end of the month.

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The women's golf team is looking good this year! They won a second tournament outright at the Chip-N-Club Invitational this past week in Lincoln, NB. This time, ND dominated the event, finishing 4-under par (860, 297-280-283) and 30 strokes ahead of the competition in a field of 13. The Irish also had stellar individual performances, with players taking the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spots (two of them tied for that one). Well done all around.

Next up for the Irish is the Cardinal Cup in Louisville, KY, this coming Monday and Tuesday.

Men's golf is currently in Carmel, IN, in the midst of the Crooked Stick Invitational this Monday and Tuesday. We'll bring you results from the tournament next week.

The team next hosts the Notre Dame Invitational in Waterville, Ireland, near the end of the month. That's right. In Ireland.

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Irish swimming and diving opened the season last Friday, hosting the annual Dennis Stark Relays. The women's squad, under a brand new head coach, Mike Litzinger, came in first at the event in a field of five, with top finishes in every event except the 3x100 breaststroke relay.

The men's team also won their branch of the relays in a field of five, with first-place finishes in every event except the 400 medley relay and the 3x100 breaststroke relay, as well as the 1-meter dive.

The women's squad heads to Ft. Myers, FL, to face Florida Gulf Coast near the end of the month and then they'll rejoin the men's squad, hosting Michigan State at the end of the month.

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This past week, cross country was idle. The Wisconsin Invitational is up next for them this Friday in Madison, WI.

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If you happen to be at Notre Dame for the USC game (BEAT SC), treat yourself to one of the above games—women's soccer or volleyball on Friday (7:00 p.m.); volleyball again on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET)—or enjoy a scrimmage while you're on campus: Irish baseball will hold intrasquad scrimmages on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (TBA).

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We'll bring you updates again next week on the whole range of Notre Dame sports. For now, go Irish. Beat USC and everybody else.