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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Tournament Time

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

Sergio Pekovic led the no. 1 Irish in their NCAA tournament quarterfinals win over Albany with 5 goals and an assist.
Sergio Pekovic led the no. 1 Irish in their NCAA tournament quarterfinals win over Albany with 5 goals and an assist.
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After a brief hiatus, "The Week in ND Athletics" returns. Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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Since we last checked in, no. 24 Irish baseball (35-19, 17-13) went 7-4, with a loss to 9-6 Michigan State, a 2-0 win over Sacramento State, a 2-1 series loss to Northwestern St., a 3-0 series sweep of no. 20 North Carolina, and a 2-1 series win over Boston College.

The Irish have been seeded third for the ACC tournament. They begin ACC tournament play against North Carolina State in Durham, NC, this Thursday to open the ACC tournament (11:0 a.m. ET, WatchND, Regional Sports). Friday, they'll play the winner of Virginia/Georgia Tech (11:00a.m. ET, WatchND, Regional Sports) and Saturday, if they advance, they'll play Miami (3:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, Regional Sports). The championship will be played on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

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Since we last checked in, no. 21/22 softball (42-15) went 3-3 to finish out their great season. They bested Michigan State, 16-1, to finish the regular season and earn their 40th win. They then fell to Pittsburgh, 8-1, in the ACC tournament quarterfinal. The Irish then lost to Ball State, 6-3, in their NCAA opener, beat Northwestern, 14-5, and Ball State, 15-4, to get into the regional final, and finally fell to Kentucky, 4-3, after carrying a 3-2 lead into the 7th inning. So ends an outstanding season for the Irish.

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Since we last checked in, no. 1 men's lacrosse (12-2, 4-1) earned 3 post-ACC tournament wins, first beating Army, 17-8, at West Point to close out the regular season. They then bested Towson, 12-10, in the first round of NCAA tournament play and then outplayed Albany for a thrilling 14-10 NCAA tournament quarterfinals win this past Saturday in Denver, CO. Sergio Pekovic led the Irish with 5 goals and 1 assist.

Paul Rigney's excellent game recap and look ahead to the final four can be found right here.

The Irish next play Denver this Saturday in the NCAA tournament semifinals in Philadelphia, PA (1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2). If they advance, they'll face either Maryland or Johns Hopkins in the championship game on Monday (1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

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No. 11 women's lacrosse (11-9, 4-5) finished up their season with a win over Ohio State, 13-11, and a loss to Northwestern, 16-11, in the NCAA tournament over the past two weeks. In their 1st round game vs. the Buckeyes, the Irish fell behind, 7-4, in the first half before rallying mid-game to clinch the 2-point victory. Cortney Fortunato led the Irish with 2 goals, 2 assists, and 4 draw controls.

Despite hat tricks from Heidi Annaheim and Rachel Sexton and a 7-7 tie at half time, Notre Dame was unable to advance past Northwestern in their 2nd round match this past Sunday and fell, 16-11.

So ends another very strong season for the Irish.

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No. 35 men's tennis finished their season as a team with a closer-than-it-looks 4-1 loss to Vanderbilt in the 1st round of NCAA tournament play the weekend of May 8th. Three Irish student athletes will head to Waco, TX, this Tuesday through Sunday for the NCAA singles and doubles championships.

The no. 34 women's squad finished their season, as well, with a close 4-2 loss to no. 17 TCU in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament the weekend of May 8th. The women's squad will send a doubles team to the NCAA doubles championship this weekend in Waco, TX.

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Irish track & field competed in the ACC championships this past week in Tallahassee, FL. The women's squad came in 5th overall and the men came in 9th in a field of 15. The Notre Dame women earned top 10 finishes in 12 events: 1st in the 5000m, 100m hurdles, and 4x400m relay; 2nd in the 10,000m; 3rd in the 4x100m relay; 4th in the triple jump; 5th in the 200m; 6th in the shot put; 2nd and 7th in the 400m; 3rd and 9th in the heptathlon; 9th in the discus and long jump; and 10th in the high jump. The men earned top 10 finishes in 12 events, as well: 2nd in the 400m; 5th in the 200m, pole vault, and discus; 6th in the 1500m; 7th in the 5000m, high jump, long jump, and decathlon; 6th and 8th in the 10,000m; 8th in the 4x400m relay and javelin.

Next up for the Irish is the NCAA East Regional tournament beginning next Thursday, May 28th.

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After finishing 6th at the ACC women's championship the previous week, women's golf closed out their season with an 8th-place finish in a field of 18 at the NCAA South Bend Regional the weekend of May 8th. Two ND golfers came in tied for 19th overall with their team-high scores of 221 (+5). Thus ends the season for the team.

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No. 19 Irish rowing earned a 2nd place finish in the ACC championship this past week in Clemson, SC, behind only perennial favorite Virginia.

We'll find out soon if the Irish will compete in the NCAA championship at Lake Natoma in Folsom, CA, the weekend of May 30th.

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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.