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Region 4 Update

Events in (or near) our Region:

  • No athletic events have been scheduled for Notre Dame teams to complete in Region 4 during January and February.
  • For those of you who participated in Track and Field, there is a Track Reunion scheduled for the weekend of February 21- 22 on the Notre Dame campus.  Hope to see many of you there.
  • We are going to plan another event in the spring.  Watch for more in coming editions!

For a complete listing of team’s schedules, check out this site: http://www.und.com/ot/sched-download.html

If you have not already done so, do not forget to pay your Monogram Dues!

Check out the latest news at the ND Monogram Club website: http://www.und.com/sports/monogramclub/nd-monogramclub-body.html

Sport Updates

Men’s Soccer
For the first time in the school’s proud athletic history, Notre Dame was on top of the men’s college soccer world. Led by goals from Andrew O’Malley and Leon Brown, and another big game from College Cup co-Most Outstanding Player Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame won its first men’s soccer title with a 2-1 victory over Maryland on Sunday at PPL Park. The Fighting Irish finished the season 17-1-6.

Football
Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals for the Fighting Irish (9-4), who defeated Rutgers 29-16 on the slick turf at Yankee Stadium, in the Pinstripe Bowl. 

Tommy Rees threw for 319 yards and no interceptions in his final college game, leading No. 25 Notre Dame to a 29-16 victory against Rutgers that was far from pretty but ultimately successful – and offensive lineman Zack Martin won the MVP award. Prior to Irish senior OT Zack Martin, the last time an offensive lineman was named the sole MVP of a bowl game was when center Jay Huffman of Penn State was the MVP of the inaugural Liberty Bowl, a 7-0 win over Alabama, on Dec. 19, 1959, at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium.

Kyle Brindza’s five field goals yesterday in the Pinstripe Bowl tied the record for the most field goals made in a single bowl game.

University of Notre Dame senior wide receiver TJ Jones was named 2013 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player.

With Notre Dame’s win and Michigan’s bowl game loss, Notre Dame regained the all-time lead in winning percentage. With Notre Dame’s win the all-time Irish record is 874-305-42 which equates to .7330. With the Michigan loss last night the Wolverines are at 910-321-36 which is .7324.

It will be very interesting to see which Irish players will be drafted into the NFL this spring. Some mock drafts have both Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt as potential first round picks. Either one of those players would look great in Packer green and gold. Zach Martin is also highly regarded and may also be selected in the first two rounds.

Men’s Hockey
Senior left wing and team captain Jeff Costello scored twice and senior goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped all 13 shots he faced to lead Notre Dame to a 5-0 shutout victory over Alabama Huntsville on Saturday night. The home win came in front of 4,891 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The win was the second in a row for the 15th-ranked Irish and improves them to 12-8-1 overall. The loss for the Chargers was their eighth straight and third versus Notre Dame and drops them to 1-24-0 for the 2013-14 campaign.

During the contest, Vince Hinostroza closed out the scoring as he jumped a loose puck in the crease and slid it home at 19:06 for his fifth of the season. Mario Lucia (Plymouth, MN) ripped a shot from the left circle that went off Larose’s glove and over his shoulder and into the crease where Hinostroza finished it off.

Men’s Basketball
Trae Golden scored 20 points, Daniel Miller added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Georgia Tech beat Notre Dame 74-69 on Saturday, January 11th.  Notre Dame (10-6, 1-2), playing its first ACC road game after spending the last 18 seasons in the Big East Conference, were led by Eric Atkins’ 20 points and Garrick Sherman’s 13.

Garrick Sherman recorded his team-best fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds … it was his second straight game with a double-double … all five double-doubles have occurred in the last eight games.

Women’s Basketball
Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw and No. 2 Notre Dame survived their toughest test of the season to remain unbeaten.  Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and the Fighting Irish survived a late challenge to beat Virginia 79-72 on Sunday. The win extends Notre Dame’s record to 15-0.

Men’s Swimming
After more than a month away from official competition, the University of Notre Dame men’s 20th ranked swimming and diving team will open its 2014 schedule with a double-dual meet Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET) against Northwestern and No. 1 Michigan at the Norris Aquatic Center in Evanston, Ill. 

The Irish closed the 2013 half of their regular season slate with a first-place finish at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational on Dec. 6-8 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Women’s Swimming
In its first meet of 2014, the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team won six individual events and a relay to power the Irish to victories over former BIG EAST foe Rutgers (206-94) and Big Ten member Northwestern (160-140) in a four team dual meet Saturday at Northwestern Aquatic Center. Notre Dame’s lone loss on the day came to Big Ten member Michigan (168-132).

Men’s Tennis
With Notre Dame’s opening meet against William & Mary just two weeks away, the Intercollegiate Tennis Assoication (ITA) has released its preseason rankings, slotting the Irish in the 29th spot.

The Irish finished the spring of 2013 ranked 31st, meaning they will open up this next season two places higher even after graduating three seniors last year.

Individually, senior Greg Andrews enters the season ranked No. 22 after being named BIG EAST Player of the Year for the second consecutive season last year. Andrews also moved up nine places from his preseason ranking of 31st in September.

Women’s Tennis
The Irish have earned a 21st-place ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Assoication (ITA) preseason rankings, putting them two places ahead of where they finished at the end of the spring in 2013.

Individually, sophomore Quinn Gleason will open the season ranked 67th in singles and Notre Dame also has two doubles teams in the rankings as well. Freshman Monica Robinson and senior Jennifer Kellner are at No. 26 while senior Britney Sanders and Gleason are just behind them at No. 30.

Notre Dame kicks off the spring season on Saturday, Jan. 18 against Western Michigan (12 p.m.) and IUPUI (5 p.m.) in the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Women’s Soccer
Randy Waldrum, head women’s soccer coach at the University of Notre Dame since 1999 and the architect of Fighting Irish national championship teams in 2004 and 2010, announced his resignation on Friday in order to pursue a professional opportunity with the expansion Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Notre Dame assistant coaches Dawn Greathouse and Corey Holton will share oversight of the Fighting Irish program’s day-to-day operations on an interim basis while a national search is conducted to identify Waldrum’s successor.

Women’s Volleyball
Just a week after earning East Coast all-region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, University of Notre Dame volleyball player Jeni Houser has received AVCA honorable mention All-America accolades for the second year in a row after an outstanding junior campaign, the national organization announced on Dec. 18.

With the honor, Houser becomes just the fourth player in school history to earn AVCA honorable mention All-America or All-America accolades two or more times in her career, joining Lauren Brewster (2003-05), Lauren Kelbley (2003-05) and Christina Kaelin (2008-09).

Of Note…

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday that it has signed forward Harrison Shipp as a Homegrown Player. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Lake Forest, Ill., native finished his senior season with 12 goals and 10 assists in 24 matches, earning 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team honors.

The NCAA also recently announced 523 sites have been awarded as hosts for 82 of its 89 championships for the 2014-18 seasons, making it the largest collection of host site announcements in association history. When the announcements were finished, the University of Notre Dame found out that it would serve as the host school for a pair of NCAA championships during the 2016-17 season. Notre Dame was selected to host the NCAA Fencing Championships along with the Indiana Sports Commission at the Fishers S&E Center in Fishers, Ind., from March 23-26, 2017. In April of 2017, the Irish will team up with the Chicago Sports Commission to serve as hosts of the 2017 Frozen Four to be held at Chicago’s United Center, April 6-8.

Rick Mulvey
ND Class of 1988 – Track and Cross Country
Region 4 Monogram Club Representative

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