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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: ACC Tournament Time

The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in baseball, softball, and women’s lacrosse. A number of teams, including men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s golf, competed in their respective sport’s ACC tournament over the past week.

Notre Dame baseball (28-15) went 2-2 over the past week.
Notre Dame baseball (28-15) went 2-2 over the past week.

Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.


Baseball (28-15, 12-12) split their last week's matches, going 2-2 overall for the second consecutive week. After blanking Chicago State, 11-0, the Irish dropped their road series to Wake Forest, winning the opener, 9-5, then just barely falling in the last two games, 4-2 and 5-4.

Highlights from the win over Chicago State:

The Irish next play Michigan State at home this Tuesday (7:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), then Sacramento State at home on Wednesday (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). They host Northwestern State in games on Friday evening (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), Saturday afternoon (2:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), and Sunday (11:35 a.m. ET, WatchND).


No. 25 softball (39-12, 17-6) went 2-1 in their last week's matches, first besting Toledo, 11-1, then splitting their series with North Carolina: the Tar Heels took the win in the first round of Sunday's double-header, 7-3, and the Irish claimed the second, 17-9.

Highlights from the win over Toledo:

And highlights from Sunday's double-header vs. UNC:

This Tuesday, the Irish face Michigan State on the road for their final game of the regular season (4:00 p.m. ET, paid video stream). They'll then prepare for the ACC championship tournament late next week.


No. 1 men's lacrosse (9-2, 4-1) may have earned the regular season ACC title, but they fell in the ACC tournament semifinals to no. 6 Duke, 13-8, on Saturday in Chester, PA. Riding a 6-game win streak, the defending ACC tournament champs struggled to put the ball on the net. Duke did, as well, in the scoreless first quarter, but in the second, the Blue Devils began to pull away, opening up a 5-1 lead at the break and a 12-2 lead in the second half. The Irish rallied, bringing the score to 12-8 with fewer than 5 minutes remaining, but they were unable to close the gap further.

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

The Irish next play Army this Saturday at West Point (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network). After that, they'll prepare for the NCAA tournament beginning on Saturday, May 9th.


No. 11 women's lacrosse (10-8, 4-5) fell in the ACC tournament semifinals over the weekend, first beating no. 5 Virginia, 7-6, in the quarterfinals, before falling to no. 2 North Carolina, 18-4. The Irish had beaten Virginia, 14-4, a few weeks back, and played them close on the Cavaliers' home turf, holding them scoreless until 26:46 minutes into the game. Goalie Liz O'Sullivan had 12 saves for the Irish and had 2 goals a piece from Rachel Sexton and Heidi Annaheim in the victory.

The Irish played UNC to a close 9-8 loss a month ago, but in the semifinals match, the Tar Heels were too much for ND. Rachel Sexton again led the Irish in scoring with 2 goals, but the Irish weren't able to stop UNC's veteran offense and their 22 attempts on goal, allowing 18 to get through.

Notre Dame will learn their placement among the 26 teams in the NCAA tournament this Sunday evening. The tournament itself will begin on May 9th.


No. 37 men's tennis was swept by Georgia Tech, 4-0, in their opening round of ACC tournament play this past weekend.

The no. 36 women's squad fell to Florida State at the ACC championships over the weekend, as well, dropping a very close 4-3 battle.

Both Irish tennis squads next compete in the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament the weekend of May 8th.


Irish track & field competed in two locations this past weekend, at both the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA, and at the GINA Relays in Hillsdale, MI. In Des Moines, the Irish notched top-5 finishes in the men's 4x200m relay and in the women's 100m hurdles, 4x200m relay, and 4x400m relay. In Michigan, Notre Dame placed in the top 5 in the men's hammer throw, high jump, 110m hurdles, and 400m hurdles, and in the women's hammer throw, 1500m, and 400m hurdles.

Next up for the Irish is the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Columbus, OH, beginning this Friday.


Men's golf came in 11th overall in a field of 12 at the ACC Championship in New London, NC, this past weekend. Notre Dame's top finisher at the event was Blake Barens (tied for 43rd).

After finishing 6th at the ACC women's championship the previous week, women's golf was idle this past week. They next compete in the NCAA regional at Notre Dame the weekend of May 8th.


Irish rowing came in 3rd overall in a field of 4 at the Dale England Cup in Bloomington, IN, this past weekend, behind no. 12 Texas and no. 11 Indiana. The team next competes in the ACC championships beginning mid-May in Clemson, SC.


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