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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Men’s Tennis Downs #1

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

Men's tennis earned a huge 5-2 win over no. 1 North Carolina this past week.
Men's tennis earned a huge 5-2 win over no. 1 North Carolina this past week.
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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. 1 men's lacrosse (8-1, 3-0) took down no. 12 Duke, 8-6, on Sunday with an impressive late-game defensive showing. Check out our full game recap here.

Notre Dame next hosts Marquette this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

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No. 5 women's lacrosse (10-4, 3-3) fell again, this time to no. 13 Northwestern, 17-12. ND made an attempt at a comeback after getting behind, 10-3, pulling within 3, but Northwestern kept their lead. Cortney Fortunato scored 5 for the Irish and had 2 assists.

Next up for the team is a visit from no. 15 Duke on Saturday at noon ET. The Irish host no. 7 USC on Monday (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).

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No. 20 softball (28-6, 6-3) earned 2 wins this past week. They downed IUPUI, 11-3, then Pittsburgh, 13-1, both in 5 innings. Not bad at all.

From the downing of IUPUI:

And from the win over Pitt:

The Irish host Butler this Thursday evening. Saturday, ND travels to Blacksburg, VA, to face Virginia Tech first at noon ET (ESPN3), then at 2:00 p.m. ET (ESPN3). The teams play again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

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Baseball (16-12, 6-7) split their 2 games this past week; 4 scheduled games were postponed or cancelled due to the inclement weather (1 with Valparaiso, 3 with no. 2 Miami). The Irish did beat no. 17 Michigan, 9-5, which is excellent, but fell to a very strong no. 2 Miami squad, 10-2, on Sunday.

From the win over the Wolverines:

And the loss to Miami:

The Irish host Chicago State on Tuesday (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). Wednesday, they host Valparaiso (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND)—this game was postponed last week. Then Boston College comes to town this weekend. The teams play on Friday (6:05 p.m. ET, ESPN3), on Saturday (3:05 p.m. ET, ESPN3), and again on Sunday (1:05 p.m. ET, ESPN3).

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Men's tennis (13-12, 5-6) earned a huge 5-2 win over no. 1 North Carolina on Friday night in the team's final home match of the season. This Sunday, Notre Dame travels to Raleigh, NC, to face North Carolina State.

No. 45 women's tennis (10-11, 4-8) lost two close decisions on Friday and Sunday, first falling to no. 31 Clemson, 4-3, then to no. 17 Georgia Tech, 4-3. They next play Virginia Tech at home on Friday afternoon. Then the Irish travel to Charlottesville, VA, to play Virginia on Sunday morning.

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Irish track & field competed in the Sun Angel Track Classic at Arizona State University over the weekend, where they earned numerous top-5 finishes. The Irish had first-place wins in the women's 400m and the women's 4x400m relay (Margaret Bamgbose earned both). Other top-5 finishes came in the men's 400m and in the women's 400m, shot put, 200m, 4x100m relay, 400mH, 100m, and 100mH.

The Irish next head to Louisville, KY, for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this Saturday.

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Freshman Irish fencer Sabrina Massialas won the FIE Junior World Women's Foil Championship this past week in Bourges, France. Massialas was also the ACC and NCAA Midwest Regional women's foil champion and took 3rd at the NCAAs.

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Women's golf was idle this past week. Next up is the ACC Championship in Greensboro, NC, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Men's golf was also idle this past week. The Irish next host the Battle at the Warren this Saturday.

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The no. 16 Irish rowing was idle this past week. Up next for the Irish is the Lake Natoma Invitational in Sacramento, CA, this Saturday and Sunday.

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