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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Everybody Wins

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, fencing, men’s & women’s tennis, track & field, men’s & women’s swimming & diving, softball, and men’s & women’s basketball - that’s every sport in season right now. Yeah, it was a good week.

6'3" freshman forward Brianna Turner pulls down a rebound as ND women's basketball wrecks Virginia, 75-54.
6'3" freshman forward Brianna Turner pulls down a rebound as ND women's basketball wrecks Virginia, 75-54.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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Irish hockey (12-14-4, 7-5-4) earned a tie and a win over Maine this past weekend on their latest road trip. Friday night, they finished 4-4 behind goals from Anders Bjork, Jordan Gross (PPG), Peter Schneider, and Mario Lucia. After starting Chad Katunar in net, the Irish subbed in Cal Petersen for the 3rd period and overtime; Maine scored all 4 of their goals in the opening 2 stanzas, as did Notre Dame. Maine led the Irish in shots, 39-24.

Saturday night, the Irish came out on top, earning an impressive 5-1 finish. The Irish scored in all 3 periods, but pulled ahead, 4-1, in the 2nd, allowing Maine to score only mid way through the opening stanza. Notre Dame had goals from Anders Bjork, Sam Herr, Vince Hinostroza, Jake Evans, and Vince Hinostroza again into an empty net at the game's end. Cal Peterson served in goal for the Irish, stopping 33 of 34 Maine shots compared to ND's 28. After scoring on power plays in 8 consecutive games, the Irish failed to do so Saturday night, partly because they had only one 35-second power play opportunity throughout the game.

Notre Dame next hosts no. 12 Providence College this Friday (7:35 p.m. ET, WatchND, NBCSN). The teams play again on Saturday (8:05 p.m. ET, WatchND, NBCSN).

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Irish fencing hosted the DeCicco Duals this past weekend and finished the tournament undefeated. Both squads went 9-0 against Wayne State, Cleveland State, Lawrence, Detroit, and a number of club teams. With that, the men's team (23-6) and the women's team (29-2) finish the regular season and begin preparation for the ACC Championships on February 21 and 22 and then the NCAA Championships Midwest Regional Qualifier in early March. For full results from the event, see UND.com's coverage here and here.

Some members of the team travel to Richmond, VA, for the Junior Olympics this Friday through Monday.

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No. 16 men's tennis earned 2 strong wins this past Sunday at home, first defeating Ball State, 7-0, then besting Wisconsin, 6-1. The Irish next travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan this Saturday evening.

The no. 19 women's squad split their matches this past week, dropping their meeting with no. 8 Stanford, 6-1, at home, then overcoming no. 31 Ohio State, 4-3. This weekend, the Irish play Illinois in Champaign, IL, then Indiana in Bloomington, IN.

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Track & field hosted the Meyo Invitational this past weekend. The women's team earned top finishes in the 5,000m (also the 11th best time in the country this season), the 400m (the 5th best Div. I time in the country this season), and the 4x400m relay, as well as 2nd in the mile, 3rd in the 60m hurdles and shotput, 6th in both the weight throw and long jump. The men's team earned 3rd in the distance medley relay and 4th in the mile.

This Friday and Saturday, the Irish travel to both the Grand Valley Big Meet in Allendale, MI, and to the SPIRE DI Invitational in Geneva, OH.

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Women's swimming and diving bested Cleveland State at home this past weekend to close out the regular season, scoring 209 points to their opponent's 80. Notre Dame claimed top finishes in 14 of 16 events. The Irish swept the 1m and 3m diving events, as well. Near the end of the month, the team will compete in the ACC Championships in Atlanta, GA.

The men's team (6-6) dominated Cleveland State this past weekend, 226-66, in their final season dual meet under their 1st-year head coach. The Irish swept both the 1m and 3m diving events and the 1st-place finisher, Joe Coumos, set a school record in the latter. The team heads to the ACC Championships near the end of the month.

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No. 21/22 softball (4-1) began play this past weekend in southern California and got off to a hot start, taking 4 of 5 games. The Irish bested Utah, 3-1, and no. 6/7 UCLA, 8-4, in a late-game rally on Friday. Saturday, they beat Northwestern State, 8-5, and fell to Cal State Fullerton 8-7, before winning over Fullerton on Sunday, 7-2.

This coming Saturday, the Irish travel to Baton Rouge to face Central Arkansas and LSU. Sunday morning, they'll play Hofstra, then LSU again mid-day.

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No. 4 women's basketball (23-2, 10-1 ACC) again earned two strong wins over the past week. The Irish first beat Virginia, 75-54, last Thursday. Freshman forward Brianna Turner earned a double-double, scoring 26 for the Irish and making 13 rebounds.

Sunday, Notre Dame dominated Boston College, 89-56, bringing their win streak to 9 games. Michaela Mabrey carried the Irish, scoring 20 and making 6 3-pointers on 9 attempts.

The Irish now enjoy a week off, facing Duke next Monday night at home (9:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN2).

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No. 10 men's basketball (21-4, 9-3 ACC) split their last week's games, first outlasting Boston College, 71-63, after letting the Eagles close a significant lead, then falling convincingly to Duke, 90-60, in the teams' second meeting this season.

Our analysis of the win over Boston College can be found here and of the loss to Duke here.

The team next plays Clemson on the road this Tuesday night (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchND), then welcomes Wake Forest a week later (next Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPNU).

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NEXT UP:

After finishing exhibition play, no. 2 men's lacrosse faces Georgetown at home this coming Saturday (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3). This year, the team will be captained by seniors Jim Marlatt, Conor Doyle, and Jack Near.

Baseball gets the season started this Friday in Norman, OK, vs. SIU-Edwardsville (2:00 p.m. ET) and vs. Oklahoma (6:00 p.m. ET, both on WatchND). They'll play Oklahoma again on Saturday (6:00 p.m. ET) and Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, both on WatchND).

Women's lacrosse also begins play at Cincinnati this Friday afternoon, then hosts Detroit on Sunday at noon ET.

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