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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Men’s Soccer Falls in NCAA Quarterfinals

With the fall season coming to an end, the Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

Just pretend that this is ND women's basketball's Madison Cable celebrating one of her 22 points-worth of shots vs. UCLA.
Just pretend that this is ND women's basketball's Madison Cable celebrating one of her 22 points-worth of shots vs. UCLA.
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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 men's soccer (11-5-6) brought their season to a close with an NCAA tournament quarterfinal loss to no. 10 Maryland on Sunday. The Irish fell, 2-1, in the home match. Maryland netted the game's first two goals in the 21st and 38th minute and ND's Patrick Berneski responded just before the end of the half, but the team wasn't able to rally despite creating some great chances and playing well throughout. The teams were even in shots, 13-13, and ND led in corner kicks, 7-3, as well as fouls, 12-5.

You can find a full, detailed recap and photos from the match at UND.com right here. That does it for the men's soccer team for the season. Well done, Irish.

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No. 18 Irish hockey (6-4-4, 3-1-2) hosted the 6th annual Shillelagh Tournament this past weekend. They split their matches in the event, first dropping their opener vs. Harvard, 4-1, then winning over Western Michigan, 3-1. Mario Lucia started the scoring in the opening period on a power play, putting ND ahead, 1-0, but Harvard then put up 4 unanswered goals - 1 in the opening period, 2 in the middle (both PP), and 1 in the final (PP) - to earn the win. Cal Petersen was in net for the Irish until the final 6 minutes, stopping 19 total shots and allowing 4 goals; then Chad Katunar took his place.

Against WMU, the Irish opened scoring with a mid-second period goal from Dawson Cook. WMU answered a few minutes later on a power play, then ND scored twice in the closing stanza off the sticks of Sam Herr and Thomas DiPauli. Cal Petersen was in net once again, this time stopping 31 shots.

The Irish host Massachusetts this week on Friday (7:35 p.m. ET) and Saturday evening (6:10 p.m. ET).

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The Irish volleyball team (7-25, 2-17) dropped their final two matches of the season, but they went down fighting, winning sets in both. They first fell to Syracuse, 3-1 (27-29, 25-12, 25-17, 25-16), on the road. They then dropped a near win to Boston College, going ahead 2-1 before ultimately losing, 3-2 (25-19, 14-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13), in a nail-biter of a final set. That does it for the Irish this season. They'll be back for year 2 under their new head coach Jim McLaughlin with an experience-hardened squad.

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No. 18 men's basketball (4-2) took 2 close losses and a win over the past week at the Advocare Invitational, first falling to Monmouth, 70-68, then beating Iowa, 68-62, and falling to Alabama, 74-73. We covered the loss to Monmouth here and our recap of the win over Iowa is right here.

The Irish play Illinois this Wednesday night on the road (9:15 p.m. ET). They then host Stony Brook next Tuesday (9:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 3 Irish women's basketball (6-0) earned 2 wins in the Bahamas this past weekend at the Junkanoo Jam, overwhelming Denver, 94-52, and outlasting UCLA in overtime, 92-84. Brianna Turner was out of competition with a shoulder injury, but ND pushed ahead without their star forward. Marina Mabrey had 19 points for the Irish vs. Denver and 18 vs. UCLA; Madison Cable led the team vs. UCLA with 22 points.

Notre Dame plays host to Ohio State this Wednesday evening (7:00 p.m. ET). Saturday, they face nemesis UConn on the road (5:15 p.m. ET).

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Track & field begins their outdoor season this Friday when they host the Blue & Gold Invitational.

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