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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Spring Winds Down

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

Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh, seen here celebrating vs. Duke a year ago, will face them again on Friday. He had the game-winner over UNC last Saturday.
Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh, seen here celebrating vs. Duke a year ago, will face them again on Friday. He had the game-winner over UNC last Saturday.
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Notre Dame has 4 teams currently ranked in the top 25. Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.


Baseball (19-10, 6-9) split their last week's matches, going 2-2 overall. After falling to Toledo, 5-0, the Irish earned the home series win over North Carolina State, claiming a 2-0 opening win, dropping the 2nd game, 4-2, and taking the final, 7-2.

Highlights from Friday's win over NC State:

And highlights from Saturday's loss to NC State:

The Irish next play Indiana on the road this Tuesday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), then Chicago State at home on Wednesday (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). They travel to Wake Forest for games on Friday evening (6:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), Saturday afternoon (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), and Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET, WatchND).


No. 25 softball (37-11, 16-5) earned yet another impressive sweep over the past week, this time going 5-0 and bringing themselves to 23 consecutive wins and 5 consecutive ACC series sweeps. They bested Bowling Green, 8-2, and Northwestern, 3-2, early in the week, then swept Syracuse, 10-1, 7-6, and 12-0.

Highlights from Saturday's win over Syracuse:

Highlights from Sunday's win over Syracuse:

This Tuesday, the Irish host DePaul (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Wednesday, they'll face Toledo at home (5:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Notre Dame hosts North Carolina 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 (9-1, 4-0) earned the regular season ACC title with a huge, field-storming 15-14 win over no. 2 UNC on Saturday. The game was tight all the way through, with 6 lead changes and 10 ties. After falling behind, 14-12, Notre Dame scored 3 goals in the final 1:15 of the game, including netting the game-winner with just 7 seconds to play, to claim the thrilling victory. Matt Kavanagh had the game-winner for ND among his 4 goals; Mikey Wynne had 4 goals and an assist.

Highlights from the victory:

Here's an ICON clip looking at the game's final 86 seconds:

Look for a game recap and preview of the team's next match from Paul Rigney here soon.

The Irish next play Duke in another big match-up this Friday in Chester, PA, in the ACC tournament semifinal (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU). The final is on Sunday, and if the Irish get to it, they'll play either North Carolina (once again) or Syracuse (1:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU).


No. 10 women's lacrosse (9-7, 3-4) dropped their two matches of the last week, first being edged by no. 7 Northwestern, 10-9, then falling to no. 14 Louisville, 10-8, to finish the regular season. Against the Wildcats, Notre Dame tied things up 6 times in the very evenly-matched game and Caitlin Gargan earned a hat trick for the Irish.

Against Louisville, the Irish struggled down the stretch after earning a 6-6 tie at the half, going nearly 20 minutes of the 2nd half without scoring. Cortney Fortunato had 4 goals and 2 assists for the Irish (her 10th hat trick or better of the season), but it wasn't enough, and Notre Dame went down, 10-8.

This Thursday, the Irish play Virginia on the road in Charlottesville in the ACC tournament quarterfinals (1:00 p.m. ET, RSN/ESPN3). Should they advance, Notre Dame will face either UNC or VA Tech in the ACC semifinals on Friday (1:00 p.m. ET, RSN/ESPN3); the championship game will be played on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, RSN/ESPN3).


No. 37 men's tennis split their regular-season-ending matches over the weekend, dropping a close one to no. 12 Wake Forest, 4-3, then beating out no. 36 NC State by the same score. Thursday morning, the Irish will face Georgia Tech in the first round of ACC tournament play in Cary, NC. If they advance, they'll compete in the ACC quarterfinals on Friday morning and the semifinals on Saturday morning; the finals are on Sunday morning (10:00 a.m. ET, ESPN3).

The no. 33 women's squad took two hard losses over the weekend to strong teams, falling to both no. 21 Clemson, 5-0, and no. 23 Duke, 4-1. The Irish next play Florida State or Pittsburgh in the second round of ACC tournament play in Cary, NC, this Thursday. If they advance, they'll play in the tournament quarterfinals Friday; the semifinals are on Saturday afternoon and the final, on Sunday (2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).


Irish track & field competed in two locations this past weekend, at both the Georgia Tech Invitational and the Virginia Challenge. In Georgia, the Irish notched top-5 finishes in the women's 400m (both 1st and 5th), 100m hurdles (1st and 4th), 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay (both 1st), pole vault, triple jump, shot put, and discus, as well as the men's 400m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, high jump, pole vault, discus, hammer throw, and javelin. In Virginia, Notre Dame placed in the top 5 in the women's 1500m and heptathlon.

Next up for the Irish is a trip to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA, beginning this Thursday.


Women's golf came in 6th overall at the ACC Championship this past weekend in Greensboro, NC, in a field of 11. Notre Dame's top performers came in 11th (Talia Campbell, 215, -1) and 26th (both Kari Bellville and Ashley Armstrong) overall among the 55 competing golfers. The Irish will compete in the NCAA regional at Notre Dame the weekend of May 7th.

Men's golf was idle this past week. Next up for them is the ACC Championship in New London, NC, beginning this Friday.


No. 16 Irish rowing was idle this past week. They next compete in the Dale England Cup in Bloomington, IN, beginning this Friday.


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