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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Everybody Splits

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in women’s lacrosse, softball, baseball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, track & field, and rowing. Just about every team won some and lost some in the past week.

You win some, you lose some?
You win some, you lose some?
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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 (9-2, 3-1) dropped their Saturday match vs. no. 16 North Carolina, collapsing late and giving up a five goal lead in the final seven minutes. Check out our full game recap here.

The Irish face Duke in Kennesaw, GA, on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU) to begin ACC tournament play. This is just a four-team tournament, so if they win, the Irish will play in the final on Sunday (12 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

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No. 6 women's lacrosse (12-5, 4-3) split their two big matches this past week, first falling in a defensive battle to no. 5 USC, 5-4, then besting no. 15 Ohio State on the road, 17-9. Against the Trojans, ND saw their lowest scoring game in school history as the lead bounced back and forth between the tightly-matched opponents. Cortney Fortunato paced the Irish with 2 goals.

In their regular-season-ending 17-9 win over the Buckeyes, Fortunato led the team with 5 goals; Casey Pearsall had 3 goals and 2 assists.

Notre Dame faces Louisville in Blacksburg, VA, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET (RSN/ESPN3) to open the ACC tournament. If they advance, they'll play the winner of Syracuse-Boston College on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, RSN/ESPN3). The ACC tournament final is on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET (RSN/ESPN3).

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No. 25 softball (35-8, 10-5) went 3-2 this past week, winning out at home over Western Michigan, 6-3, and Valparaiso, 7-3, then splitting their weekend road series vs. North Carolina, first losing 7-4, then winning 12-2 in 5 innings over the Tarheels on Sunday. In the series closer on Monday, ND lost, 7-6, after a UNC sac fly in the 7th put the Tarheels ahead by one.

Highlights from the win over Valparaiso:

This Wednesday, DePaul comes to town. ND hosts a series with Louisville this weekend, with games on Saturday (1:00 and 3:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3) and Sunday (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).

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Baseball (23-15, 9-10) went 2-3 this past week, which was about what one might've expected. They bested no. 21 Michigan State, 1-0, then Central Michigan, 7-6, but were swept by no. 7 Florida State in their weekend road series, 12-6, 7-6, and 11-6.

Highlights from the win over Central Michigan:

ND football's Torii Hunter Jr. did have this fabulous over-the-fence catch vs. the Seminoles, though:

The Irish take a trip to Indianapolis to play Indiana on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, they host Eastern Michigan (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). Then ND hosts a weekend series vs. Ohio. The teams play on Friday (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), on Saturday (4:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), and again on Sunday (1:05 p.m. ET, Watch ND).

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Men's tennis (15-13, 7-7) won their ACC tournament opening match vs. Duke, 4-1, but then fell in a close one in the quarterfinal to no. 7 Wake Forest, 4-3. With that, the team's season draws to an end.

No. 47 women's tennis (14-13, 7-10) took two wins in a loss in ACC tournament play this past week. They bested Pittsburgh, 4-0, in the first round, then downed no. 29 Clemson, 4-1, to advance to the quarterfinal, where they lost to no. 15 Georgia Tech, 4-0. Thus ends the season for the Irish.

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Irish track & field put up a strong showing at the Virginia Challenge over the weekend. ND earned top finishes in the women's 400m, 800m, and shot put. They had additional top-10 finishes in the women's 10,000m, 400mH (2), and 4x400m relay, and in the men's discus throw, high jump, and 10,000m.

The Irish next head to Des Moines, IA, for the Drake Relays this Thursday through Saturday.

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Men's golf finished 10th overall in a field of 12 at the ACC Championships in New London, NC, over the weekend. Matthew Rushton tied for 16th, earning the top individual finish among his Irish teammates. The Irish faced 6 top-25 teams among their competitors.

Women's golf was idle this past week as they await the start of their ninth consecutive NCAA regionals appearance in early May. They'll play in Birmingham, Alabama, at the historic Shoal Creek Golf Club, May 5-7.

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The no. 17 Irish rowing wrapped up their regular season over the weekend in Bloomington, IN, winning the Dale England Cup outright in a field of four, including no. 14 Indiana and no. 3 Duke. The team took first in four of the final seven races and earned second in the others.

The team now looks ahead to the ACC Championships mid-May in Clemson, SC.

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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.