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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: 4 Sports Finish the Season

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The Fighting Irish earned two wins this past week in softball while men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, softball, and baseball all saw their seasons come to an end.

Men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball, and baseball all closed up shop this week with tournament losses.
Men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball, and baseball all closed up shop this week with tournament losses.
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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. 7 men's lacrosse (11-4, 3-2) lost their chance to advance to the NCAA tournament semifinals with a 13-9 loss on Sunday to no. 12 North Carolina in Columbus, OH. After a strong opening period, the Irish were held nearly scoreless in the second and third. An impressive 6-goal final quarter wasn't enough for the Irish to overcome UNC's 11-3 lead. Mikey Wynne scored 4 goals for the Irish and Matt Kavanagh had 2; Ryder Garnsey was held to just one. Notre Dame led in shots, 43-34, and had 10 turnovers to UNC's 16, but only won 8 of 25 faceoffs and went 1-for-4 on extra-man opportunities.

With that, the Irish are done until next year.

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No. 6 women's lacrosse (14-7, 5-4) fell to no. 3 North Carolina, 10-6, in Chapel Hill, NC, on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Cortney Fortunato and Kiera McMullan led the Irish with 2 goals apiece. UNC led, 6-4, going into the half and ND trailed by 8-5 with under 20 minutes to play; that was as close as the Irish came to catching their ACC foe before the game ended.

With that, another strong season comes to an end.

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No. 23 softball (43-13, 13-7) went 2-2 this past weekend in NCAA regional play, bringing their great season to a close with a 6-2 loss to no. 2 Michigan on Sunday. The Irish took a 3-2 loss in their opening regional game against Miami (Ohio), but recovered to earn wins over Valparaiso (8-0 in 5 innings) and Miami (Ohio, 5-0) on Saturday. The loss to the highly-ranked Wolverines on Sunday ended the tournament for Notre Dame. So ends the season.

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Baseball (27-27, 11-17) went 0-3 this past week, dropping their home double series with no. 16 Clemson. The Tigers took the opener, 2-1 in 11 innings, the second game, 11-1, and the closing contest, 6-2, on Sunday.

With that, the Irish baseball season comes to an end.

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Irish track & field was idle this past week. They compete in the NCAA East Regional this Thursday through Saturday in Jacksonville, FL. Those athletes who earn a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships will compete in Eugene, OR, from June 8-11.

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Women's tennis wrapped up the season a week ago, but several players will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships this Wednesday in Tulsa, OK.

The men's team also concluded their season a little over a week ago. Several players will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship in Tulsa, OK, this Wednesday; several will also compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships on Thursday.

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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.