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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Women’s Lacrosse Slips, Softball Still Strong

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

No. 22/20 softball went 2-1 and baseball went 3-1 this past week.
No. 22/20 softball went 2-1 and baseball went 3-1 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 (7-1) ran over no. 7 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, cruising to a 17-7 victory. Matt Kavanagh had 3 goals and 6 assists for the Irish. Check out our full game recap here.

Notre Dame next hosts Duke this Sunday at noon ET (ESPNU).

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No. 5 women's lacrosse (10-3, 3-3) was downed by no. 3 North Carolina, 14-8, on the road Sunday. The Irish came back from a 9-1 deficit to make it 10-7 late in the game, but they weren't able to complete the rally. The team's 3 losses have all been to top-6 teams. Alex Dalton and Rachel Sexton led the Irish with 2 goals apiece.

Next up for the team is a visit to Northwestern in Evanston, IL, on Sunday afternoon.

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No. 22/20 softball (26-6, 5-3) went 2-1 this past week, downing IPFW, 5-0, then splitting their series with no. 9/8 Florida State: the Irish took a 14-5 loss to the Seminoles in the opener, but won the second game, 5-4.

Highlights from the win over IPFW:

And from the split series with no. 9/8 FSU:

The Irish host IUPUI this Tuesday evening and DePaul on Thursday evening. Saturday, ND hosts Pittsburgh in a double-header. The teams play again on Sunday.

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Baseball (15-11, 6-6) went 3-1 this past week, besting Oregon, 6-3, then taking their series with Wake Forest with a 6-5 opening win, a 15-13 loss, and a 10-2 win to finish.

From the closing win:

The Irish host Michigan on Tussday (6:05 p.m. ET, ESPN3). Wednesday, they host Valparaiso (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). Then Miami comes to town this weekend. The teams play on Friday (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), on Saturday, and again on Sunday.

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Men's tennis (11-12, 4-6) took two losses and earned one win this past week, falling closely to no. 22 Florida State, 4-3, and to Virginia Tech, 6-1, then besting Chicago State, 6-1 and 5-1. This Friday, they host North Carolina in the afternoon. Virginia Tech visits at noon on Sunday and the Irish play Chicago State that same evening.

No. 44 women's tennis (10-9, 4-6) split their last week's matched, besting no. 57 Florida State, 4-3, then falling to no. 10 Duke, 4-1. They next play Clemson at home on Friday afternoon. Then Georgia Tech comes to visit midday Sunday; ND hosts Eastern Illinois in the afternoon.

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Women's golf came in an impressive 5th overall (tied) in a field of 15 at the Bryan National Collegiate this past weekend. Talia Campbell had the best individual finish for the Irish, tying for 8th overall in a field of 84. Next up is the ACC Championship in Greensboro, NC, in mid-April.

Men's golf came in 8th overall in a field of 12 at the Clemson Invitational in Salem, SC, this past weekend. Matthew Rushton led the Irish, tying for 9th among 60 individual scores. The Irish next host the Battle at the Warren in mid-April.

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Irish track & field competed in the Stanford Invitational this past weekend. The Irish earned top-10 finishes in the men's discus (1st) and 800m, and the women's shot put (where they claimed both 1st and 2nd), 5000m, discus, and hammer throw.

The Irish next head to Tempe, AZ, for the Sun Angel Track Classic this Friday and Saturday.

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The no. 16 Irish rowing competed in the Big 10-ACC Double Duel on Saturday in Bloomington, IN. We'll have results for you next week. Up next for the Irish is the Lake Natoma Invitational in Sacramento, CA, in mid-April.

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The fencing team was idle this past week after competing in the NCAA Championships the previous week. Certain Irish fencers now look ahead to the USA Fencing Division I Championship this Friday through Monday.

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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.