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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Baseball & Lacrosse Get Underway

The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, baseball, softball, men’s & women’s lacrosse, men’s & women’s tennis, track & field, and men’s & women’s basketball.

Freshman Brianna Turner & no. 4 Irish women's basketball won out over no. 10 Duke on Monday night.
Freshman Brianna Turner & no. 4 Irish women's basketball won out over no. 10 Duke on Monday night.
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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 (13-15-4, 8-6-4) split their weekend home series vs. Providence, taking Friday's game, 2-0, behind the excellent goaltending of Cal Peterson, then dropping Saturday's rematch, 3-2. We have a full recap and analysis of the series for you here from ndistops, which you should definitely check out.

Here are the highlights from Friday's 2-0 shutout win:

And from Saturday's close 3-2 loss:

Notre Dame next travels to play Boston University this Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, paid video stream here, WatchND). The teams play again on Saturday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).

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Baseball (3-1) got the season off to an impressive start this past weekend in Norman, OK, notching a win over SIU-Edwardsville, 7-6, then dropping their 1st match with Oklahoma, 6-1. They then bested Oklahoma, 10-9, behind a late game rally, and won the rubber match, 5-1.

The Irish next travel to San Antonio, TX, where they'll face Incarnate Word this Thursday (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND) then Villanova on Friday (3:35 p.m. ET, WatchND). Saturday, they face Northwestern (2:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). If they fare well, they could compete again on Sunday at noon vs. a team TBD (WatchND).

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No. 19/20 softball (5-4) continued their early season play this past weekend in Baton Rouge, LA, going 1-3. The Irish bested Central Arkansas, 4-1, then fell to Louisiana State, 3-2, and Hofstra, 3-2, in a pair of very close matches, and finally lost to Louisiana State once more, 7-1.

This Thursday, the Irish travel to Cathedral City, CA, to face Tennessee and Maryland. Friday, they'll play UNLV, then Texas on Saturday morning and Georgia in the evening.

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No. 2 men's lacrosse (1-0) earned a season-opening 14-12 win over Georgetown at home this past Saturday. The surprise of the day, perhaps, was freshman Mikey Wynne's career-starting 6 goal performance. Sergio Perkovic added 3 goals and 2 assists of his own. Look for a game recap and preview of the team's next match from Paul Rigney later this week at OFD.

The Irish play Michigan on the road on Saturday (1:00 p.m. ET).

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Women's lacrosse (2-0) got their season off to a strong start with 2 big wins this past week. They dominated Cincinnati on the road, 14-5, then ran over Detroit at home, 17-5.

This Friday, the Irish travel to CA to play Stanford (10:30 p.m. ET). They face Cal in Berkeley on Sunday afternoon.

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After finishing their regular season the previous week, Irish fencing continued preparation for the ACC Championships on February 21 and 22 and then the NCAA Championships Midwest Regional Qualifier in early March. Several members of the team participated in the Junior Olympics this past weekend in Richmond, VA, and earned 14th in junior women's foil, 12th and 13th in junior men's epee, 3rd and 14th in junior men's sabre, and 12th in junior men's foil; an Irish signee earned 7th in the latter class.

The Irish compete at the ACC Championships in Chapel Hill, NC, this Saturday and Sunday.

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No. 16 men's tennis notched a 5-2 road win over no. 47 Michigan this past week. The Irish next travel to face Ohio State on the road this Saturday.

The no. 20 women's squad split their matches this past week, besting no. 44 Illinois, 5-2, and falling to no. 52 Indiana, 4-3. This Friday afternoon, the Irish play Louisville on the road. Sunday, they travel to play Pittsburgh.

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Track & field traveled to 2 events this past weekend - the Iowa State Classic and the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. At Iowa State, the Irish took 1st in the women's 5000m (Molly Seidel set the school record and ranks 7th nationally this year in the event) and 14th in the men's 5000m. In Ohio, the Irish earned top-10 finishes in the women's 200m (2x), pole vault, 60m hurdles, 60m, shot put, 4x400m relay, and in the men's heptathlon, pole vault (2x), and 4x400m relay.

This Saturday, the Irish host Pitt at the Alex Wilson Invitational (11:00 a.m. ET).

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No. 4 women's basketball (23-2, 10-1 ACC) enjoyed a week off to rest and practice. They got back to it Monday night as they hosted no. 10 Duke. After Duke claimed a 14-5 early-game lead, Notre Dame pulled away behind the impressive play of guard Jewell Loyd (who was 5 of 6 on 3-point attempts) to earn a 63-50 win.

The Irish next play Georgia Tech on the road on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC-RSN). Monday evening, they host Louisville (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN2).

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No. 10 men's basketball (22-4, 10-3 ACC) hung in to beat Clemson last Tuesday, 60-58, before embarking on a week's respite. Our analysis of the win over the Tigers can be found here.

The team next hosts Wake Forest this Tuesday night (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU, WatchND), then travels to Boston College on Saturday (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, RSN).

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After finishing their regular season the previous week, women's swimming and diving were idle over the past one. Beginning this Wednesday, the team will compete in the ACC Championships in Atlanta, GA.

The men's team (6-6) similarly finished up the regular season recently and sat the last week out. The diving unit begins competition in the ACC Diving Championship this Wednesday in Atlanta, CA. The swimming squad heads to the ACC Championships near the end of the month.

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Women's golf begins their spring season this Sunday at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, AZ.

Men's golf will compete in the Jones Invitational in Los Angeles, CA, next Monday and Tuesday.

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