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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: No. 9 Hockey Sweeps

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

Also dominating this past week: Brianna Turner and no. 3 Irish women's basketball, with wins over Syracuse & Virginia Tech.
Also dominating this past week: Brianna Turner and no. 3 Irish women's basketball, with wins over Syracuse & Virginia Tech.
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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. 9/10 Irish hockey (14-4-7, 10-1-2) swept New Hampshire over the weekend in their road series, besting the Wildcat's 5-1 and then 3-2. In the first game of the series, Notre Dame scored 4 consecutive goals, from Connor Hurley and Mario Lucia in the first period, then from Anders Bjork (PP) and Mario Lucia in the second; after New Hampshire netted their lone goal to close the middle period, Sam Herr scored the final goal of the match midway through the final stanza. Notre Dame led in shots, 40-26, and Cal Petersen had 25 saves in net for the Irish.

In the series closer, Notre Dame opened scoring again, this time with a pair of power play goals from Thomas DiPauli midway through the first and Jake Evans early in the second. New Hampshire scored twice in the second half of the middle stanza to tie the game at 2-2, but Mario Lucia finished off his huge weekend (3g, 1a) with the game winner midway through the third period. The Irish led in shots again, 29-24, and Petersen made 22 stops for ND in goal.

The Irish host no. 5 Boston College this Friday evening (7:35 p.m. ET). It should be a thriller—Notre Dame bested the Eagles, 4-3, on the road in December.

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Irish track & field claimed 5 first-place finishes at the Notre Dame Invitational this past weekend, including in the women's 400m and 4x400m relay and in the men's 200m, 4x400m relay, and pole vault. Both men's and women's squads finished 4th in the field of 5 and 6, respectively.

The team travels to Bloomington, IN, for the Indiana University Relays on Friday and Saturday.

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No. 36 men's tennis fell, 4-0, to no. 7 Illinois, and 4-3 to no. 24 Tulsa on the road this past week.

The Irish travel to Evanston, IL, to face Northwestern on Friday.

No. T-32 women's tennis swept Western Michigan, 7-0, then fell to no. 11 Oklahoma State, 4-0, and no. 27 Arizona State, 4-0, to open the season the past week.

The Irish next host Illinois and Bowling Green on Sunday.

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Men's basketball (14-5, 5-2) earned 2 big wins this past week, first with a comeback over Virginia Tech, 83-81, then vs. Boston College, 76-49. Check out our review and analysis of the former right here and the latter here.

The Irish visit Syracuse this Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET). Sunday, they host Wake Forest (1:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 3 Irish women's basketball (19-1) downed Syracuse, 90-62, and Virginia Tech, 80-41, this past week, taking their win streak to 12 consecutive games. Against the Orange, Michaela Mabrey led the team with 20 points with 6 3-pointers; Brianna Turner had 19 and 6 blocks.

Turner put up 18 points and 6 rebounds against the visiting Hokies on route to a dominant 39-point win (which was, despite it's size, slow to develop - the Irish were 2-for-11 to start).

As noted here at UND.com, former ND basketball stars Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride, and Jewell Loyd are on the shortlist of 25 in contention to make the 12-person roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in Rio. Ruth Riley was the last Irish alumna to play Olympic basketball for the U.S. (2004). Loyd was named WNBA Rookie of the Year after her first pro season in 2015; she left ND after her junior season.

Notre Dame plays Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA, on Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET). Monday night, they face Duke on the road (6:00 p.m. ET).

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The Irish fencing team's planned bouts at NYU and St. John's were cancelled this past weekend due to the storm, unfortunately. Next up for them are the Northwestern Duals on Saturday and Sunday at Notre Dame.

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Men's and women's swimming & diving were idle this past week. The Irish squads host the Shamrock Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

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Men's golf starts spring competition at the Alumni Match in Orlando, FL, on Saturday and Sunday.

Men's lacrosse hosts their first exhibition match on Saturday vs. Air Force.

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