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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Individual National Championship for Molly Seidel of Cross Country

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in cross country, men’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, fencing, and men’s and women’s basketball.

Brianna Turner's been strong - unsurprisingly - for the 3-0 Irish women's basketball team.
Brianna Turner's been strong - unsurprisingly - for the 3-0 Irish women's basketball team.
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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.


This past week, cross country's enormously accomplished Molly Seidel earned a national championship at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, KY. Seidel won a national championship in the NCAA outdoor track and field competition last spring in the 10,000m; she also won the ACC and NCAA Great Lakes Regional cross country titles over the last few weeks. Seidel ran the championship 6k in 19:28.6.

The Irish women's squad came in 8th overall. Anna Rohrer came in 6th in the women's race behind Seidel and the team had 3 named All-Americans. Michael Clevenger finished 38th in the men's race for the Irish.

That does it for cross country's season. Much of the team will reconvene for track and field in a few weeks' time.


No. 7 men's soccer (12-4-5) advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament after besting Tulsa on penalty kicks (3-0) over the weekend. The teams tied, 1-1, in regulation and couldn't end it in overtime. Notre Dame's lone goal came from Jeffrey Farina; they led the Golden Hurricanes 17-12 in shots and 8-5 in corner kicks.

The Irish host Maryland in the round of 16 game this Sunday (2:00 p.m. ET).


No. 10/7 women's soccer (14-5-1) wrapped up a very good season in the second round of NCAA tournament play last Friday vs. no. 18/14 UConn in Piscataway, NJ. The Irish fell to the Huskies, 2-0. Notre Dame led in shots, 15-7, and corner kicks, 9-1, and played an especially strong first half, but couldn't overcome their opponent's 2 second-half scores. That'll do it for the Irish after a very strong season.


No. 15 Irish hockey (5-3-4, 3-1-2) took a tie and a loss on their road trip to no. 5 UMass Lowell. In the first game of the weekend series, ND earned a 2-2 tie with 2nd and 3rd period goals from Dennis Gilbert (PP) and Anders Bjork (PP). UMass Lowell had gone up on the Irish, 2-0, on 1st and 2nd period goals. Though they didn't complete the rally, ND held strong in overtime with Cal Petersen in goal.

In the series ender, the Irish matched UMass Lowell's early 2nd period power play goal with one from Thomas DiPauli, but were unable to even things up after UML scored early in the 3rd on another power play. UML scored a final goal into an empty net. Cal Petersen was in net again for the Irish.

The Irish host Harvard this week on Friday (7:35 p.m. ET), then play either WMU or RPI on Saturday (7:35 p.m. ET).


The Irish volleyball team (7-23, 2-15) split their weekend games to finish up their season at home. They took a 3-1 loss to Georgia Tech (19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-22), but swept Clemson, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-16). That officially gives this team (which played only freshmen and sophomores) more wins than they had last season.

The Irish wrap up the season this week with a trip to Syracuse on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET), then Boston College on Friday (1:00 p.m. ET).


The women's swimming and diving squad finished 2nd at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, IN, this past weekend. ND notched a 1st place finish in the 200 back, 2nd place finished in the 200 fly and platform dive, and 3rd place finishes in 200 back and 100 free.

The men's squad came in 3rd overall at the Boilermaker Invitational, earning 1st place finishes in the 100 free, 100 fly, and 400 free relay, 2nd place finishes in the 200 back and platform dive, and a 3rd place finish in the 1650 free.


Irish fencing impressed at the Penn Elite Invitational, going 9-1 overall to open the regular season. Foes felled by the Irish women included NJIT, Ohio State, Northwestern, Penn, and Princeton. The men similarly bested NJIT, Ohio State, and Princeton, as well as Air Force, with their sole loss coming to Penn, 14-13.

Up next for the Irish is some individual competition at the USA Fencing North American Cup events over the next two months. They return to team competition in mid-January.


No. 18 men's basketball (3-0) took 2 wins over the past week, first besting Milwaukee, 86-78, then trouncing UMass Lowell, 83-57. Check out our recap of the former here and the latter here.

The Irish play Monmouth on Thursday night (6:30 p.m. ET) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, then either Dayton or Iowa on Friday (TBA). They'll play a last game on Sunday (TBA), depending on how they fare.


No. 3 Irish women's basketball (4-0) took 3 wins this past week, overwhelming Toledo, 74-39, and topping South Dakota State, 75-64. Against SDSU, Brianna Turner had 20 points and Madison Cable had 14 for ND.

Monday night, the Irish topped Valparaiso on the road, 110-54. Marina Mabrey nabbed a triple-double for ND wit h18 points and 10 assists; Kathryn Westbeld had 16 points.

Notre Dame plays Denver on Friday (7:00 p.m. ET) in the Bahamas (YES, IN THE BAHAMAS), and either UCLA or Louisiana Tech on Saturday (TBA).


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