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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Dominant Wins for Soccer, Hockey

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

No, he's not on the soccer team. Or the hockey team. But he's sort of in charge of them - all of them!
No, he's not on the soccer team. Or the hockey team. But he's sort of in charge of them - all of them!
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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.


No. 14 men's soccer (9-3-5, 4-2-2) cruised past Pitt, 5-0, on senior day Saturday afternoon. Jon Gallagher had an early goal for the Irish, then the team laid on the gas around the 55 minute mark, with goals from Evan Panken, Brandon Aubrey, and Mark Gormley, capped by a 67th-minute goal from Jeffrey Farina. Notre Dame dominated in shots taken, 27-4, as well as corner kicks (14-1).

The Irish next host Virginia in the ACC tournament quarterfinals this Saturday (2:00 p.m. ET).


No. 14/8 women's soccer (14-4-1, 7-4-0) earned two strong wins over the weekend, first besting no. 22 Duke on the road, 1-0, then overpowering no. 5/4 Virginia Tech, 3-0. Against Duke, a penalty kick by Anna Maria Gilbertson in the 3rd minute of play won the otherwise scoreless affair. ND led in shots, 11-8, and corner kicks, 5-0.

The Irish finished their regular season with an impressive, upset victory at home over Virginia Tech. Notre Dame had goals from Ginny McGowan and Anna Maria Gilbertson again (2g). ND dramatically led in shots (21-8) and the teams were even in corner kicks (2 apiece).

With the regular season behind them, the team now awaits word on the first round of NCAA tournament play.


No. 18 Irish hockey (3-1-2) swept UConn on the road over the weekend. Saturday, they earned a 2-1 win behind goals from Jordan Gross (PP) at the start of the 2nd period (UConn responded with their own a few minutes later) and from Sam Herr midway through the 3rd. Cal Peterson was in goal for the Irish and made 14 saves to the UConn goalie's 28.

Sunday, ND took the lead early in a high-scoring affair (for them, at least), snagging 3 goals in the opening period of an 8-2 win over the Huskies. Goals came from Jake Evans, Dylan Malmquist, and Thomas DiPauli, followed by 2nd period goals by Steven Fogarty (PP) and Joe Wegerth; the Irish had another 3 in the 3rd period, these from Bobby Nardella, Tony Bretzman, and Anders Bjork. UConn's two came late in the 2nd and midway through the 3rd. Cal Petersen was in goal again and claimed 19 saves to the UConn goalies' 29. ND led in shots, 37-21.

The Irish host a series with Minnesota this weekend. The teams play Friday (7:35 p.m. ET) and Saturday (6:35 p.m. ET).


The Irish volleyball team (6-18, 1-11) took 2 more losses on the road this past weekend, but claimed several sets and continue to show fight. They were downed by NC State, 3-2, in an exciting and competitive match (23-25, 22-25, 25-28, 25-29, 16-14). They then lost to North Carolina in 4 sets (27-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20).

The Irish next host Virginia Tech on Friday (7:00 p.m. ET), then Pittsburgh on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).


The Irish men's swimming and diving squad took on Michigan State this past weekend and dominated, raking in 8 top finishes.

The women's team also took on Michigan State on Friday and won with style, claiming 11 first-place finishes. On Saturday, they hit the road and faced Purdue and Ohio State in West Lafayette; they lost to both squads in team scoring, but earned 5 top-3 finishes.

The Irish (both men and women) next travel to Christiansburg, VA, to face Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech on Friday evening (5:00 p.m. ET) and Saturday (10:00 a.m. ET).


Men's tennis was idle this past week. The team will compete in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, NY, in mid-November.

The women's tennis squad was also idle this past week. They next reconvene for the Illinois Blast this weekend in Champaign, IL.


This past week, cross country competed in the ACC Championship in Tallahassee, FL, where they finished 3rd in the women's team scoring and 6th in the men's. The big news is that ND's Molly Seidel claimed the ACC title in the women's 6k championship; ND's Anna Rohrer awesomely finished 2nd in the same race.

The team next competes in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in mid-November.


Men's basketball has gotten things rolling. The team hosted St. Francis III for an exhibition match last Friday, and downed their opponent, 87-56. Check out PadRah's review of that win for you right here.

The Irish face Caldwell in another home exhibition match this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.


Irish women's basketball gets things started this weekend when they host an exhibition match against Wayne State on Saturday (12:00 p.m. ET).

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