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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Down the Home Stretch

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

The season is winding down quickly for the last Irish sports in play - baseball and softball, lacrosse, rowing, and track & field.
The season is winding down quickly for the last Irish sports in play - baseball and softball, lacrosse, rowing, and track & field.
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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. 5 men's lacrosse (11-3, 3-2) earned a strong 15-7 win over no. 13 Air Force at home on Saturday to open NCAA tournament play. Mikey Wynne led the team with 5 goals and Ryder Garnsey had 3. Check out our full game recap here.

Another happy note: It was announced this weekend that defenseman Matt Landis is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the national player of the year.

The Irish continue NCAA tournament play against North Carolina in the quarterfinals on Sunday at noon ET in Columbus, OH (ESPN2).

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No. 6 women's lacrosse (14-6, 5-4) took down Northwestern, 15-3, at home on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Cortney Fortunato and Grace Muller led the team with 4 goals apiece. The Irish held Northwestern to just 16 shots and caused the same number of turnovers in an impressive defensive performance.

We learned this weekend that defensive star Barbara Sullivan is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, which goes to the national player of the year.

The Irish next play North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.

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No. 20/23 softball (41-11, 13-7) went 2-1 this past weekend in the ACC tournament in Raleigh, NC, falling in the conference championship game to no. 6 Florida State, 7-3. They beat Virginia Tech, 5-4, and Louisville, 4-2, to get there. Well done, Irish.

Highlights of the quarterfinal win over Virginia Tech:

Highlights of the semifinal win over Louisville:

This week, ND heads to Ann Arbor, MI, to begin NCAA regional play. They face Miami, OH, on Friday, then either Michigan or Valparaiso on Saturday (TBA). The regionals continue on Sunday (TBA). If they advance, they'll compete in the NCAA super regionals at the end of the month.

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Baseball (27-23, 11-13) went 1-3 this past week, dropping their home double header with no. 11 LSU, 1-0 in 11 innings and 3-2 in 7 last Wednesday. They then split their road series with no. 17 North Carolina, losing the opener, 3-0, winning the second game, 3-1, then losing the series closer, 8-1, on Tuesday night.

Highlights from the doubleheader vs. LSU:

Highlights from ND's win over UNC:

The Irish host a series with no. 17 Clemson this week: the teams play Thursday evening (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), Friday evening (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND), and Saturday (1:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). Notre Dame then begins ACC tournament play on Tuesday of next week in Durham, NC.

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Irish track & field competed in the ACC tournament this past weekend. The women's team finished fifth overall. Kaila Barber earned first in both the 100m and 400m hurdles, and helped the women's team claim 2nd in the 4x400m relay. The women also came in 3rd in the 4x100m, 2nd in the 400m, and 4th in the 200m. The men's team finished 11th overall with a pair of top-10 finishes.

The Irish next compete in the NCAA East Regional at the end of the month in Jacksonville, FL.

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The no. 15 Irish rowing came in fourth overall in a field of 9 at the ACC Championships this past weekend in Clemson, SC, behind Virginia, Duke, and Syracuse. They earned a handful of top-4 finishes in the event's races and two Irish rowers were named to the All-ACC Rowing Team (one to the First Team, one to the Second).

Now ND waits to learn whether they'll earn a spot in the NCAA regatta. The announcement will come this Tuesday evening.

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Women's tennis fell in the first round of NCAA tournament play to UCLA, 4-1, in Columbus, OH, on Friday. With that, the season draws to a close for the Irish.

The men's team also concluded their season with a first round loss, this one to Stanford, 4-1, in the NCAA tournament in Evanston, IL, on Saturday.

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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.