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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Baseball, Lacrosse Continue Strong Start

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

Freshman Brianna Turner (foreground in white) led the Irish with 15 points and 9 rebounds against Pitt.
Freshman Brianna Turner (foreground in white) led the Irish with 15 points and 9 rebounds against Pitt.
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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 (15-16-5, 10-7-5) split their weekend home series vs. no. 9 Boston College, dropping Friday night's opener, 2-0, before besting the Eagles, 3-1, behind freshman goalie Cal Peterson's 55 saves on Saturday. Happily, we have two great, full-size game reviews for you from ndistops and ndroyalsfan: read up on Friday's loss here and on Saturday's big win here.

Here are highlights from Friday night's 2-0 loss:

And from Saturday night's 3-1 win:

Notre Dame next hosts Massachusetts this Friday (7:35 p.m. ET) and Saturday (7:05 p.m. ET).

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Baseball (10-1) went 3-0 over the past week, sustaining their impressively strong start to the season. In their final non-conference round of play, the Irish bested Belmont, 6-4, Mercer, 8-2, and Akron, 5-4.

The Irish next travel to Atlanta, GA, where they'll face Georgia Tech this Friday (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN3), Saturday (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN3), and Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN3).

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No. 23 softball (12-6) went 3-1 on the road over the weekend. The Irish first bested Missoui, 3-2, then Georgetown, 12-3, to open the tournament; ND then fell to Mississippi, 6-1, and shutout UNO, 7-0, to finish the Citrus Classic.

This Saturday, the Irish travel to Raleigh, NC, to face North Carolina State in a double-header. Sunday, they'll face the Wolfpack again.

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No. 2 men's lacrosse (3-0) earned a dominant 20-5 win over Dartmouth this past weekend (a score perfectly predicted by OFD's very own Paul Rigney). Matt Kavanagh led the Irish with 2 goals and 5 assists in the high-scoring affair and 3 of ND's players had hat tricks.

Look for a game recap and preview of the team's next match from Paul Rigney later this week at OFD.

The Irish play Denver on the road this Saturday afternoon.

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No. 16 women's lacrosse (3-2, 0-1) dropped their first ACC match of the season, falling to no. 5 Duke, 17-3, on the road.

This Saturday, the Irish travel to Newton, MA, to play Boston College.

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A number of Irish fencers competed in the USFA Division I National Championship in Reno, NV, over the past few days. The Irish earned 3rd in both the women's foil and the women's epee, and both 6th and 7th in the women's sabre.

The Irish compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier in Evanston, IL, this Saturday. The NCAA Championships are quickly approaching, beginning March 19th.

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No. 14 men's tennis fell in an very close match to no. 3 Illinois, 4-3, over the weekend. The Irish next travel to Blacksburg, VA, to face Virginia Tech this Friday afternoon. Sunday, they travel to face Louisville.

The no. 26 women's squad split their past week's matches, first outplaying Syracuse, 5-2, then falling to no. 5 Virginia, 6-1. The Irish have the week off, next facing East Carolina next Tuesday.

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No. 24 track & field competed in the ACC Championships this past week. The women finished 3rd overall and the men finished 12th. The Irish claimed 3 top finishes and Molly Seidel was named women's Most Valuable Track Performer. Seidel had 2 of the top finishes, earning 1st in both the 5,000m and 3,000m; Margaret Bamgbose came in 1st in the 400m. The Irish also had top-5 finishes in the women's 4x400m relay, mile, 60m hurdles, shotput, and triple jump, as well as the men's 400m and 4x400m relay.

The Irish next compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships in mid-March.

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Men's swimming and diving team finished 5th overall at the ACC Championship this past week, setting school records in the 200 back and 1650 free, and earning multiple NCAA B cuts. The NCAA Zone C Diving Meet begins on March 12th, followed by the NCAA Championships at the end of the month.

The women's team was idle this past week. The team's divers next travel to Columbus, OH, for the NCAA Zone C Meet mid-month. The NCAA Championships run from March 19-21 in Greensboro, NC.

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Women's golf was idle this past week. They next travel to Mesa, AZ, for the Clover Cup mid-month.

Men's golf was idle this past week. They'll travel to California for the Lamkin San Diego Classic this coming Monday and Tuesday.

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No. 4 women's basketball (28-2, 15-1 ACC) finished up the regular season this past week, claiming 2 wins and clinching the ACC regular season title. Last Thursday, they outplayed Pitt, 87-59, shooting 63% and 70% in the 2nd half. The Irish had 4 players score in double-digits and freshman Brianna Turner led the team with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Sunday, they bested North Carolina State, 67-60. The win was a little too close for comfort and marked by turnovers, but Jewell Loyd racked up 16 points for the Irish.

The Irish next face either Miami or Virginia in the ACC Quarterfinals this Friday afternoon in Greensboro, NC (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC Regional Sports). Should they advance, they'll play in the ACC Semifinals on Saturday at noon ET (WatchND, ESPNU); the final is on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, WatchND).

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No. 9/8 men's basketball (24-4, 12-3 ACC) was idle this past week. They next travel to Louisville on Wednesday evening (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN2). Saturday, they host Clemson (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACCN/RSN).

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