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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Baseball to the NCAA Tourney

The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in baseball and men’s tennis; the season came to an end for men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis.

Sergio Perkovic led the Irish with 5 goals in their overtime semifinals loss to Denver, 11-10, on Saturday.
Sergio Perkovic led the Irish with 5 goals in their overtime semifinals loss to Denver, 11-10, on Saturday.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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No. 20 Irish baseball (36-21, 18-15) went 1-2 in the ACC tournament this past weekend in Durham, NC, falling to NC State, 3-0, besting no. 24 Virginia, 8-2, and losing to no. 6 Miami, 6-5, after 2 final-inning runs pushed the Hurricanes ahead.

Here are highlights from ND's 3-0 loss to NC State:

Highlights from the 8-2 Irish win over the Cavaliers:

And highlights from the 6-5 loss to Miami:

The Irish begin NCAA regional tournament play this Friday for the first time since 2006. They'll face Wright State at 1:00 p.m. ET in Champaign, IL. If they advance, they'll play either Illinois or Ohio on Saturday (TBA), then play again on Sunday, then Monday (also TBA).

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After beating Albany in the NCAA quarterfinals the week previous, no. 1 men's lacrosse (12-3, 4-1) fell 11-10 in overtime of their thrilling NCAA tournament semi-finals match against Denver in Philadelphia this past Saturday. After falling behind, 10-6, in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame mounted a furious rally on the back of Sergio Perkovic, who scored 5 goals for the Irish. ND tied it up at 10-10 with seconds to spare, but Denver scored the game winner in the sudden-death overtime period that followed.

Look for a game review from Paul Rigney later in the week.

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After no. 35 men's tennis finished their season as a team in the 1st round of NCAA tournament play a few weeks back, 3 Irish student athletes headed to Waco, TX, this past week for the NCAA singles and doubles championships. Singles player Quentin Monaghan and the Irish doubles team advanced to the round of 16, then Monaghan played himself into a program-record-setting NCAA tournament semifinals match before falling, 6-4, 6-1. Congratulations to the 9th-ranked Monaghan on an excellent season and outstanding tournament performance.

The no. 34 women's squad finished their season in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament several weeks back, as well, but sent a doubles team to the NCAA doubles championship this past weekend in Waco, TX. No. 29 Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson fell in the 1st round to the no. 7 pair, 6-2, 6-1.

So ends a strong year for men's and women's tennis.

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After the women placed 5th and the men placed 9th overall at the ACC tournament in fields of 15, Irish track & field has been preparing for the  NCAA East Regional, which begins this Thursday. Best of luck to the Irish in the tournament.

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After placing 2nd in the ACC tournament, no. 19 Irish rowing now prepares for competition in the NCAA tournament at Lake Natoma in Folsom, CA, this coming weekend. Best of luck to the Irish as they compete for the national championship.

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We'll keep you updated on how Notre Dame's Olympic sports are faring. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.