Sep 24, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT
Upcoming Events in our Region
- October 19th – Cross Country – Wisconsin Adidas Invitational – Madison, WI
- October 25th – Men’s Hockey – Minnesota Duluth – Duluth, MN
- November 15th – Cross Country – NCAA Great Lakes Regionals – Madison, WI
The Monogram Club will sponsor a number of special events throughout the 2013 season. During the weekend of September 28, members of the 1957 Fighting Irish squad that snapped Oklahoma’s 47-game winning streak will return for a reunion, coinciding with this season’s game versus the Sooners.
Notre Dame’s last national championship football team, the 1988 squad, will celebrate a 25-year reunion during the USC football weekend on Oct. 18-19. The weekend feature several events, including a Friday dinner, Saturday afternoon tailgate, and pregame recognition on the field.
During Navy weekend (Nov. 1-2), the fencing program will host a reunion for all team alumni. The weekend will be an opportunity to visit with former team members, tour the Castellan Family Fencing Center and meet with the coaches and current team.
In addition to on-campus events, the Club will also host a regional reception in Ft. Worth, in conjunction with the Shamrock Series game against Arizona State on Oct. 5 at Cowboys Stadium. The Monogram Club reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 at The Flying Saucer from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Dues-paying Monogram members can RSVP by clicking here.
If you have questions about any of the above events, feel free to call the Monogram Club office at (574) 631-5450.
Region 4 Student-Athletes
As we begin a new year, I would like to share with you the names and the sports of the Irish athletes representing Region 4 in 2013-2014:
- Connor Little – Football – Lake Elmo, MN – Hill Murray HS
- James Onwualu – Football – St. Paul, MN – Cretin-Derham Hall HS
- Eric Gebeke – XC/Track – Lino Lakes, MN – White Bear Lake HS
- Megan Kilbride – XC/Track – Lakeville, MN – Lakeville South HS
- Katie Moran – XC/Track – Edina, MN – Convent of the Visitation HS
- Molly Seidel – XC/Track – Hartland, WI – University Lake School
- Megan Yanik – XC/Track – Plymouth, MN – Ladywood HS
- Ryan Bull – Baseball – Eden Prairie, MN – Eden Prairie HS
- Donnie Hissa – Baseball – Iron River, WI – Maple Northwestern
- Robert Youngdahl – Baseball – New Brighton, MN – Hill Murray HS
- Jeff Costello – Hockey – Milwaukee, WI – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
- Steven Fogarty – Hockey – Edina, MN – Penticton Vees (BCHL)
- Eric Johnson – Hockey – Verona, WI – Dubuque Saints (USHL)
- Mario Lucia – Hockey – Plymouth, MN – Penticton Vees (BCHL)
- Ben Ostlie – Hockey – Edina, MN – Omaha Lancers (USHL)
- Emma Claire Fontenot – Lacrosse – Eden Prairie, MN – Eden Prairie HS
- Mark Gormley – Soccer – Minneapolis, MN – Shattuck St. Mary’s
- Patrick Hodan – Soccer – Brookfield, WI – Marquette University HS
- Evan Panken – Soccer – Edina, MN – Edina HS
- Brittany Von Ruedden – Soccer – Mequon, WI – Divine Savior Holy Angels
- Reed Fujan – Swimming & Diving – Byron, MN – Byron HS
- Hannah Bowen – Swimming & Diving – Lake Elmo, MN – Stillwater HS
- Wyatt McCoy – Tennis – Shoreview, MN – Moundsview HS
Notre Dame took advantage of a trick play that backfired, as well as four pass interference calls and a holding penalty that kept drives alive, to defeat Michigan State for the third straight time and improve its record to 3-1. The mistakes led to all of Notre Dame’s points in the 17-13 victory, including two on the game-winning drive after a pass by Michigan State receiver R.J. Shelton led to an interception by safety Matthias Farley, setting up the go-ahead touchdown.
- Notre Dame has now won three consecutive games against Michigan State for the first time since 1992-94.
- The Fighting Irish are 12-0 under Brian Kelly when they do not commit a turnover in the contest.
- The Irish had a punt blocked early in the first quarter. It was the first Irish punt that was blocked since the 2008 game against Boston College. Notre Dame had gone 254 straight punts without being blocked.
Just look at where the Fighting Irish play in 2013 and in the years to come, especially when it comes to covering the three most fertile recruiting areas of California, Texas and Florida:
- Notre Dame plans to annually play in California each year at the end of the regular season, versus archrival USC in even-numbered years and Stanford in odd-numbered years.
- For the second time in five years, Notre Dame’s “Shamrock Series” outing will be held in Texas. The Lone Star state saw the Fighting Irish play Washington State in San Antonio in 2009, and this year Arizona State will face Notre Dame in Arlington.
- Starting in 2014, when it will play five games each year against Atlantic Coast Conference teams in football, Notre Dame has the Atlantic seaboard and the southern territories covered. In 2014, its ACC ties will see it travel as far south as Tallahassee, Fla., to play the Florida State Seminoles, while also covering the northeast corridor with a game against the Syracuse Orangemen in East Rutherford, N.J.
- In years to come against the ACC, there will be road games in Atlanta (Georgia Tech), South Carolina (Clemson) and Florida (Miami, in addition to the Seminoles), along Tobacco Road with the quartet of North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest, in Virginia and major eastern hubs such as Pitt and Boston College (not to mention a game in Philadelphia versus Temple).
As a reminder for any of you coming in for a home game this season, please review the new bag policy.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
As they have on so many other occasions when hosting this annual event, the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s cross country teams captured their respective team titles at the 34th annual National Catholic Championships, held Friday at the nine-hole Notre Dame Golf Course.
Six of the Irish men’s runners were able to get in a group up front early in the five mile race. Sam Penzenstadler of Loyola (24:55.4) took first in a field of 260 runners. Notre Dame’s Jake Kildoo (25:05.4), Michael Clevenger (25:05.4), Martin Grady (25:05.6), Jeremy Rae (25:05.8), Walter Schafer(25:06.0) and Patrick Lesiewicz (25:09.7) nabbed the next six spots as the Irish cruised to victory.
The Irish women nabbed the top three spots in the women’s race. Seniors Kelly Curran and Alexa Aragon along with junior Emily Frydrych came in first, second and third, respectively, with times of 17:17.9, 17:18.5 and 17:34.4 to pace the Irish in a field of 298 runners on the 5K course.
Notre Dame’s matchup with the Iowa in the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods that is set to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Iowa City, Iowa will be televised by ESPN2 at 9:15 p.m. (ET). The Irish, who are set to begin play in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013-14, will be making their first-ever appearance in the event.
Head coach Mike Brey and his Irish squad will usher in 2014 and the new conference on Saturday, Jan. 4 when four-time national champion Duke comes to Purcell Pavilion to tip off the 18-game conference regular-season slate. The contest will be televised by CBS Sports at 4:00 pm (ET) and is one of 15 regular-season games that will be televised nationally throughout Notre Dame’s 2013-14 campaign.
When Notre Dame takes the floor in November, it will have four starters and nine monogram recipients back from last season’s 35-2 squad that advanced to the NCAA Women’s Final Four for the third consecutive season (fifth overall) and was ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. The Fighting Irish, who also welcome in a four-player freshman class ranked as high as third in the nation by multiple outlets, also are coming off a sweep of the BIG EAST Conference regular-season and tournament titles in their final season in that league (and its last at its former configuration), winning their second consecutive BIG EAST regular-season crown (third overall) and earning their first-ever BIG EAST Championship trophy.
The University of Note Dame men’s tennis team concluded the elite OFCC Invitational with another strong day Sunday, winning four of five singles matches and a doubles contest against a field littered with ranked opponents and top talent. Earning the big win on the day was senior Greg Andrews, who is ranked 31st in the country, as the Richland, Mich., native took down No. 17 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Also performing well on day three were Quentin Monaghan, Nicolas Montoya and Billy Pecor, who all earned impressive wins. Monaghan took down Kentucky’s Kevin Lai, 7-5, 6-3, Montoya bested Illinois’ Brian Page, 8-2, and Pecor outlasted, Memphis’ David O’Hare, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team continued its solid play Saturday on day two of the Wolverine Invitational at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center. The Irish earned a total of 12 wins combined in doubles and singles matches during the day’s action.
Notre Dame claimed a clean 4-0 sweep in doubles play to open the morning against Tulane, giving the Irish a total of 10 victories in 11 total matches against the Green Wave during the tournament.
The team will travel to Italy next summer. This will be the latest foreign adventure for the program, which has journeyed to Japan (2010), Czech Republic (2005), England/Ireland/Wales (2001) and Ireland (1995). These trips include playing games and conducting lacrosse clinics and the overall experience is one more example of how Corrigan and his staff try to provide the student-athletes with an enriching career at Notre Dame.
Coming off a 2013 season that saw the Irish go 12-5, qualify for the NCAA Championship and produce a first team All-American in defender Barbara Sullivan, Notre Dame will see familiar foes during the fall campaign in 2013 opponents Ohio State, Northwestern and Marquette.
It was understandable that the University of Notre Dame volleyball team looked a little sleepy in the first set against North Dakota State Saturday morning after arriving in Lawrence, Kan., at 9 p.m. (CT) Friday and then heading to the arena at 8 a.m. (CT) Saturday for serve and pass before the 9:30 a.m. (CT) match. However, the Irish woke up in the second frame and claimed the final three sets to top the Bison, 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-12), at the Horesji Center on the campus of Kansas University.
North Dakota State (0-11) came into the match looking for its first win of the season, and the scrappy and energetic squad gave the Irish all they could handle early, taking the first set, 25-21, and then leading the second set as late as 10-9.
By the time the Notre Dame men’s soccer team takes to the pitch Saturday evening at Boston College it will have been nearly two weeks since the Fighting Irish surrendered a goal. The stingy defense is a key reason why the Irish are undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The Fighting Irish (3-0-2, 1-0-1) will put their scoreless streak of 272:27 on the line when they face the Eagles in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash that is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Newton Campus Field in Newton, Mass. The Irish are aiming for their first three-game shutout streak since 2008.
For No. 7/4 Notre Dame, Thursday’s thrilling 1-0 victory over Syracuse, on a goal by junior defender Sammy Scofield (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) with three seconds remaining, was a sweet reward for what had, to that point, been a frustrating evening at Alumni Stadium.
The Fighting Irish (7-1, 3-0 ACC) certainly had their share of chances against the Orange, piling up 19 shots, including seven shots on goal (and another that clipped that crossbar). Of the first six shots on target, two were cleared off the line by Syracuse defenders and Orange netminder Brittany Anghel stopped the other four, as the visitors’ strategy of playing deep and allowing Notre Dame to dominate the possession battle seemed to be working.
Senior captain Niall Platt showed why he is one of the most consistent players in University of Notre Dame men’s golf history Monday, turning in a masterful three-under par 68 to vault into a tie for sixth place (71-71-68, 210) during the final round of the Gopher Invitational at the Windsong Farm Golf Club.
Platt birdied seven holes during the round, extending his overall count to a team-high 12 for the two-day tournament. Freshman Matt Rushton capped off his solid Notre Dame debut with a final round one-under par 70 (67-73-70, 210) to join Platt in sixth place.
The Irish improved by three strokes from the second round to place seventh overall with a team score of 870 (289-292-289).
The University of Notre Dame women’s golf team closed the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, hosted by the University of Tennessee, in a tie for 12th place with a team score of 298 Friday at the Cherokee Country Club.
The University of Notre Dame women’s rowing team will host its third annual Pancreatic Cancer Erg-A-Thon Friday, Sept. 27 from 12 to 8 p.m. at Field House Mall, located behind the LaFortune Student Center on the Notre Dame campus. A total of 80 percent of the funds raised will go toward the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which specializes in pancreatic cancer awareness and research, with the remaining 20 percent being distributed to the undergraduate research laboratory at Notre Dame’s own Harper Cancer Research Institute. The institute and the College of Science will also match all donations by a 3-to-1 ratio.
If you attend an Irish football home game this season, stop by the Knights of Columbus steak sandwich sale – proceeds go to great cause. Plus, my son, Tom, is one of the officers in the club who organizes and runs the event!
ND Class of 1988 – Track and Cross Country
Region 4 Monogram Club Representative