Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.
Baseball (19-10, 6-9) went a strong 4-0 over the past week once again. After besting Valparaiso, 6-0, the Irish impressively swept no. 7 Florida State in an ACC home series, 5-2, 4-1, and 2-1, once again behind some very strong pitching.
Highlights from the win over Valparaiso:
Highlights from Friday's win over FSU:
From Saturday's win:
And from Sunday's win:
The Irish next play Toledo at home this Wednesday (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). They host North Carolina State on Friday evening (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), Saturday afternoon (2:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), and Sunday afternoon (1:05 p.m. ET, WatchND).
Softball (32-11, 12-5) earned yet another impressive 4-0 sweep over the past week, bringing themselves to 17 consecutive wins, 4 ACC series sweeps in a row, and a perfect 10-0 at home. They bested Butler, 8-0, early in the week, then swept Boston College on the road, 5-2, 8-5, and 10-2.
Highlights from the home win over Butler:
This Tuesday, the Irish host Bowling Green (6:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Wednesday, they'll face Northwestern at home (6:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Notre Dame hosts Syracuse on Saturday for a double-header (1:00 and 3:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). The teams face off again on Sunday at noon ET to round out the series (WatchND).
No. 1 men's lacrosse (8-1, 3-0) downed no. 15 Marquette at home last Tuesday, 14-7. Notre Dame was led by Conor Doyle's 4 goals and Sergio Pekovic's 3 goals and 2 assists.
Look for a game recap and preview of the team's next match from Paul Rigney here soon.
The Irish next play no. 2 North Carolina in a huge match-up this Saturday afternoon at home (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU).
No. 13 women's lacrosse (9-5, 3-3) earned two big wins over the past week, first downing no. 7 Syracuse, 12-11, in overtime, then dominating Michigan, 21-12, on Sunday. Against Syracuse, Liz O'Sullivan had 9 saves in goal for the Irish, who had hat tricks from Rachel Sexton and Stephanie Troy.
Against the Wolverines (a first time meeting between the teams), the Irish were led by Cortney Fortunato's six goals; 9 others scored.
This Thursday, the Irish host Northwestern (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Sunday, Notre Dame hosts Louisville (12:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).
No. 38 men's tennis claimed a close and thrilling 4-3 victory over no. 70 Clemson this past weekend. Friday afternoon, the Irish host Wake Forest. They host North Carolina State on Saturday.
The no. 31 women's squad, up 9 spots in the rankings, fell to no. 17 Miami at home this past Friday, 5-2. The Irish next play Clemson on the road this Friday, then Duke at home on Sunday.
Irish track & field competed in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge in Louisville, KY, over the weekend. The women's squad earned 7 event victories, including in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 100m hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and javelin. The men earned just 2 top finishes in long jump and javelin, but clinched top-5 finishes in 14 events.
Next up for the Irish is a trip to the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, VA, and to Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, GA, beginning this Friday.
No. 16 Irish rowing hit the water this weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Folsom, CA, where they earned 7 runner-up finishes vs. no. 3 California and no. 6 Stanford on day one, then a top finish in Group B over San Diego and Gonzaga on day two.
The Irish next compete in the Dale England Cup in Bloomington, IN, near the end of the month.
After no. 2 women's basketball (36-3) played their way into the NCAA championship game once again (for the 4th time in 5 years), they were held off by a seemingly indomitable UConn team, falling 63-53 last Tuesday night. The Irish were led by Brianna Turner, who earned a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds), and Jewell Loyd (12 points, 5 rebounds).
With that, the season draws to a close for Notre Dame. While Jewell Loyd has declared for the WNBA draft, the Irish return their impressive core next year and go into it with a ton of promise (with several star recruits on the way in).
Women's golf was idle this past week. The Irish compete for the ACC Championship this weekend in Greensboro, NC.
Men's golf was also idle this past week. Next up for them is the ACC Championship in New London, NC, the weekend of April 24th.
We'll bring you updates again next week on how Notre Dame's Olympic sports are faring. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.