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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Baseball Sweeps, WLax Conquers

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

Muffet McGraw & Irish women's basketball are headed to their 4th national championship game in 5 years on Tuesday night.
Muffet McGraw & Irish women's basketball are headed to their 4th national championship game in 5 years on Tuesday night.
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Notre Dame currently has an impressive 4 top-15 teams among its ranks. Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.


Baseball (20-10, 6-9) went a strong 4-0 over the past week, besting Eastern Michigan, 6-0, and sweeping Pittsburgh on the road, 8-1, 7-1, and 7-3, behind some very strong pitching.

Highlights from the shut-out win over Eastern Michigan:

The Irish next play the South Bend Cubs, the region's single-A minor league team, at Four Winds Field in South Bend this Tuesday (6:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Wednesday, they'll host Valparaiso (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). They host Florida State on Friday evening (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), Saturday afternoon (2:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), and unday afternoon (1:05 p.m. ET, WatchND).


Softball (27-11, 7-5) earned yet another impressive 4-0 sweep over the past week, bringing themselves to 13 consecutive wins and a perfect 9-0 at home. They bested Eastern Michigan, 10-2, then swept Pittsburgh at home, 13-5, 14-0, and 3-2, again behind impressive pitching.

Highlights from the 10-2 win over Eastern Michigan:

This Tuesday, the Irish host Western Michigan (5:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Wednesday, they'll face Butler at home (6:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Notre Dame visits Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, on Saturday for a double-header. The teams face off again on Sunday at noon to round out the series.


No. 1 men's lacrosse (7-1, 3-0) earned another big win this past Saturday, downing no. 7 Duke on the road, 15-10, and ending their 21-game home win streak. Notre Dame relied on hat tricks from Conor Doyle (3g, 4a), Matt Kavanagh (3g, 2a), Nick Ossello, and Mikey Wynne. Shane Doss had 17 saves in-net for the Irish.

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

The Irish next play Marquette this Tuesday afternoon at home (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).


No. 13 women's lacrosse (7-5, 2-3) conquered no. 4 Virginia, 14-4, on the road over the weekend. Star Cortney Fortunato had 6 goals and 2 assists in the complete effort for the Irish, who leapt out to an 11-0 lead and earned their 1st double-digit road win over a ranked opponent in 10 years.

This Tuesday, the Irish play no. 7 Syracuse on the road (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3). Sunday, Notre Dame hosts Michigan (1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).


No. 35 men's tennis fell to two highly-ranked opponents this past weekend on the road. They first lost to no. 5 Duke, 5-2, then to no. 19 North Carolina by the same score. Friday, the Irish host Clemson.

The no. 40 women's squad won both of their last week's matches, dominating Wake Forest, 7-0, then winning a close one to no. 34 Virginia Tech, 4-3. The Irish next play Miami at home this Friday.


Women's golf competed in the Bryan National Collegiate this past weekend in Greensboro, NC. They came in 7th overall in a field of 18, beating 4 ranked opponents, with their strongest individual performance coming from Talia Campbell, who tied for 6th. Another 2 players finished in the top 20.

The Irish next compete for the ACC Championship the weekend of April 17th in Greensboro, NC.

Men's golf placed 11th overall in a field of 14 at the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Nashville this past weekend. Matthew Rushton led the Irish, finishing in a tie for 27th.

Next up for the Irish is the ACC Championship in New London, NC, the weekend of April 24th.


Irish track & field had a strong showing at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, CA, this past weekend. The Irish claimed 1st place finishes in the men's 4x400m relay, 400m, and 1500m, and in the women's 100m hurdles, 4x400m relay, 400m, and 5000m. Alongside these, they claimed top-5 finishes in the men's 800m, 400m, 1500m, discus, and hammer throw, and in the women's 200m, 800m, 4x100m relay, hammer throw, and shot put. All in all, the Irish had great performances across the board.

Next up for the Irish is a trip to the ACC/Big 10 Challenge in Louisville, KY, this Saturday.


No. 14 Irish rowing was idle this past week. They return to the water this weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Folsom, CA.


No. 2 women's basketball (36-2, 18-1 ACC) won their way into the NCAA championship game this past Sunday night in their Final Four match-up against no. 3/4 South Carolina. After keeping things fairly close most of the game, the Irish pulled ahead late, then lost their lead in the closing minutes. Notre Dame snagged the one-point victory over the Gamecocks, 66-65, behind Jewell Loyd's 22 points, Brianna Turner's 17 points and 8 rebounds, and a game-winner from Madison Cable with 19 seconds on the clock.

The Irish compete for the national championship against UConn this Tuesday night in Tampa, FL (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). It's their 4th championship game in the last 5 years (no big deal).


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