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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: 5 Teams in the Top 10

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

No. 3 Irish women's basketball's Hannah Huffman is pumped.
No. 3 Irish women's basketball's Hannah Huffman is pumped.
Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Hockey (8), fencing (2), men's lacrosse (1), women's lacrosse (7), and women's basketball (3) are all ranked in the top 10 of their respective sports right now.

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.


No. 8 Irish hockey (16-5-7, 12-2-2) swept Vermont in their 2 weekend matches, 2-1 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. In the first game, Vermont opened scoring early in the second period; ND responded a minute later with a goal from Steven Fogarty. Thomas DiPauli scored the game winner for the Irish mid-way through the closing stanza on a power play. Cal Petersen had 23 saves in net for ND, who had 30 shots to Vermont's 24. ND went 1-for-5 on power plays; Vermont went 0-for-2.

In the closer, ND's Jordan Gross netted the first goal of the game just shy of 5 minutes into play. The game held at 1-0 until mid-way through the third period when Jake Evans scored another for the Irish. UVM put it back to 2-1 a few minutes later, and Sam Herr had the last of the game for ND in the closing minutes in an empty net. Cal Petersen, once again in net for the Irish, made 38 saves. ND took 27 shots to Vermont's 39. ND went 0-for-4 on power plays and UVM went 0-for-6.

The Irish host Maine this Friday (6:40 p.m. ET) and Saturday evening (7:10 p.m. ET). Both games will be televised on NBCSN.


Irish track & field hosted the much-loved Meyo Invitational last Friday. In a packed field, Notre Dame earned top finishes in the women's 400m, 3000m (we see you, Molly Seidel), and 60mH.

The team splits up this weekend, traveling to the Spire D-I Invitational in Geneva, OH, and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, IA, on Friday and Saturday.


The no. 2 Irish fencing team put up a great showing at the Duke Duals over the weekend. The no. 2 men's squad (32-3, 2-0) went 4-1, falling only to no. 4 Penn State, 16-11, and the no. 2 women (35-0, 2-0) went 5-0 to finish up the regular season. The men foiled (so-to-speak) Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, no. 9 Duke, and North Carolina. The women bested Duke, no. 10 Temple, no. 9 Penn State, Brandeis, and North Carolina.

Next up for the Irish are the Junior Olympics in Cleveland, OH, this Friday through Monday.


No. 36 men's tennis fell, 5-2, to no. 12 Illinois this past week before besting no. 53 Indiana by the same score and sweeping Ball State, 7-0. This Saturday, they host Michigan.

No. 33 women's tennis was idle this past week. They welcome Pittsburgh on Friday, then visit Michigan this Sunday.


Preseason no. 1 men's lacrosse hosted MLL - Atlanta in their final exhibition match on Sunday. They begin the season in earnest on February 20th against Georgetown.

No. 7 women's lacrosse opened their season with a 18-5 road win over Jacksonville on Saturday. Cortney Fortunato had 4 goals and 4 assists for the Irish.

The team next hosts Stanford this Saturday (12:00 p.m. ET).


Men's basketball (17-7, 8-4) once again split their last week's matches, first falling to no. 17 Miami on the road, 79-70, then overcoming no. 2/1 North Carolina, 80-76, in a court-storming thriller. Check out our review and analysis of the former right here and the latter here.

Monday night, ND earned another win, this time over Clemson, 89-83, on the road. Here's our recap.

The Irish play host to Louisville this Saturday (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).


No. 3 women's basketball (23-1, 11-0) earned wins over North Carolina State, 82-46, and no. 13 Louisville on the road, 66-61, this past week, taking their win streak to 16 consecutive games (and breaking Louisville's own 15-game win streak). Madison Cable led ND with 25 points against NC State in the Wolfpack's worst loss of the year so far. The AP story over at includes this great quotation from NC State coach Wes Moore:

The third period they looked like the Globetrotters and we looked like the Generals....They just put on an exhibition there, knocking down shots.

Well done, everyone.

Against Louisville, the Irish crafted a come-from-behind win after three periods of poor shooting. ND trailed by 6 with 3 minutes remaining before pulling ahead for good. Arike Ogunbowale had 15 points for the Irish and Madison Cable and Brianna Turner both had 13 points; Cable added 12 rebounds.

Notre Dame hosts Miami on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).


Men's and women's swimming & diving is in a bit of a scheduled lull right now as they prepare for the ACC Championships at the end of the month.


Men's golf is in the midst of the Yestingsmeier Match Play in Dade City, FL. We'll bring you final results next week.


Softball gets their season started this Friday in Tempe, AZ, with a match against Utah and another against Kentucky. Saturday, they face BYU and University of California, Berkeley. Sunday, it's Georgia State.


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