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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: #13 Hockey and #1/2 Fencing Sweep

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, men’s & women’s swimming & diving, fencing, men’s tennis, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

Hockey, fencing, and women's basketball are on hot streaks right now, unlike the weather in South Bend.
Hockey, fencing, and women's basketball are on hot streaks right now, unlike the weather in South Bend.
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Without further ado, we give you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups and look ahead at what's on the schedule this week.

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No. 13 Irish hockey (13-4-7, 8-1-2) claimed two dominating wins over Merrimack over the weekend, posting 7-2 and 5-1 wins and pushing their unbeaten streak to 11 games. In their first match, the Irish had a goal from Sam Herr to open scoring in the first period; then goals from Bobby Nardella (PP) and Mario Lucia in the second; and goals from Anders Bjork and Sam Herr in the third. Merrimack scored theirs midway through the closing stanza. Cal Petersen had 16 total saves in net for the Irish in their 5-1 finish.

In the series closer, Notre Dame opened scoring early in the first with a goal from Anders Bjork (PP), which Merrimack answered minutes later to make it 1-1; Mario Lucia scored again at the end of the period, then Andrew Oglevie scored consecutive second-period goals to put the team up, 4-1. Merrimack answered again late in the second before Notre Dame scored 3 in the final period from Jordan Gross, Bobby Nardella, and Jake Evans (PP). Cal Petersen had 24 saves for the Irish in net against 27 shots and ND took 28 total shots.

The Irish face New Hampshire on the road this Friday evening (7:05 p.m. ET) and Saturday evening in Durham, NH (5:05 p.m. ET).

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Men's and women's swimming & diving both claimed wins over Northwestern in their weekend home dual meet. The former won, 166-132, while the latter, 156.5-143.5. Notre Dame earned top finishes in 17 of 32 events.

The Irish squads next host the Shamrock Invitational at the end of the month.

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Irish track & field got their season rolling at the Wisconsin Open in Madison this past Saturday. The men fell, 80-45, and the women fell, 73-62, but the teams earned 9 first-place finishes. The Irish had especially strong wins in the weight throw and the women's 200-meter and 400-meter dash.

The team hosts the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.

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The Irish fencing team swept the DeCicco Duals this past weekened. The no. 1 women's squad and no. 2 men hosted 5 varsity teams and the University of Florida's club team on day one and 8 college club teams on day two. All fell to the Irish, and the Irish shut out Indiana (women), Michigan State (men), and Detroit (women).

Next up is an invitational at NYU on Saturday. Sunday, they'll compete at St. John's.

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No. 37 men's tennis opened up their season with a pair of dominating wins: the team bested Michigan State, 6-1, and Detroit, 7-0. The Irish play Illinois on the road in Champaign, IL, this Friday. They'll face an opponent TBD on Saturday based on how they fare vs. Illinois.

Women's tennis is starting things back up this week, welcoming Western Michigan this Tuesday evening. They face Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK, on Saturday. Sunday, they'll face either Northwestern or Arizona State, depending on how they fare against their host.

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Men's basketball (12-5, 3-2) earned 2 big wins this past week, first over Georgia Tech, 72-64, then on the road vs. no. 9/6 Duke, 95-91. Check out our review and analysis of the former right here and of the latter, here.

The Irish host Virginia Tech this Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET). Saturday, they play Boston College at home (12:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 3 Irish women's basketball (17-1) downed Boston College, 63-50, and no. 18 Tennessee, 79-66, this past week, taking their win streak to 10 consecutive games. Marina Mabrey led the Irish vs. the Eagles with 14 points and Brianna Turner put up 8 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

Against the Vols, Turner scored 14 points; Kathryn Westbeld had 13 on 6-of-7 shooting.

Notre Dame hosts Syracuse on Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET). Sunday, they host Virginia Tech (1:00 p.m. ET).

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Men's soccer had 2 players selected in the MLS draft: Max Lachowecki went 25th to Real Salt Lake and Patrick Hodan went 28th to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Women's soccer also had 2 players drafted by the NWSL: Cari Roccaro went 5th overall to the Houston Dash (coached by former ND women's soccer head coach Randy Waldrum) and Katie Naughton went 19th to the Chicago Red Stars.

We'll bring you updates again next week on the whole range of Notre Dame sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.