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Region 4 Update

Events in (or near) our Region through April 30th:

  • Beginning Thursday, March 20th – Saturday, March 22nd, members of ND’s Women’s Swimming Team will compete at the NCAA Championships at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. For tickets, go to: http://www.ncaa.com/tickets
  • On April 8th, ND Men’s Lacrosse plays Marquette in Milwaukee.
  • Purchase tickets for the April 12th Blue-Gold football game. General admission and reserved gold tickets may be purchased online: CLICK HERE
  • The Drake Relays, one of Track and Fields premier events, takes place Thursday April 24 – 26th in Des Moines, IA.
  • Watch for potential tournament sites for Hockey.
  • We had a great time at the ND Track and Field reunion in February!
  • 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. Check out the latest news at the ND Monogram Club website.

Sport Updates

Track and Field
After strong performances on day one of the NCAA Indoor Championship, the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field teams went to work on the second and final day of competition. The men finished 17th in the country and the women placed 29th.

Fifth-year student Jeremy Rae placed ninth in the finals of the men’s mile with a time of 4:05.07. Next up, junior Jade Barber made her mark as the seventh fastest women’s 60m hurdler in the country with a time of 8.10.

The Irish had two athletes running in the finals of the men’s 400m dash. Junior Chris Giesting placed fifth with a time of 45.74 and senior Patrick Feeney was right behind him in seventh place at 46.19.

Finally, the men’s 4×400 relay team placed eighth in the finals. Giesting and Feeney along with seniors Harvey Smith and Jarrod Buchanon made up the team that ran the race in 3:08.51.

Men’s Soccer
Notre Dame senior soccer player, Harrison Shipp, who helped lead his team to a national championships during his collegiate careers, is the recipient of one of the NCAA’s most prestigious honors — an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Shipp is the 51st Irish student-athlete to win the award.

Football
According to Scout.com, Notre Dame again landed a top 10 recruiting class, including 5-star linebacker Nyles Morgan from Crete, IL. ESPN ranked Notre Dame’s class #11 in the country.

Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football game begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium. It’s a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at the 2014 Fighting Irish football squad.

Notre Dame Announces 2014, 2015, 2016 Football Schedules (Scheduling Notes)

Baseball
ND dropped its conference game to Duke on Saturday at Jack Coombs Stadium in Durham, NC. After the Blue Devils got the Irish to go 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th, a walk-off walk by Kevin Koplove in the bottom half of the 10th gave the home team a 4-3 victory. With the loss, the Irish fall to 6-10 on the year, 0-4 in ACC play and 2-2 in extra-inning games.

Softball
An offensive barrage to the tune of 14 hits and nine runs, with five runs scoring in the top of the sixth inning, carried the University of Notre Dame softball team to a 9-5 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday in the final game of the weekend Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) series.

The Irish nearly surpassed their combined hit total of 15 from the first two games of the series, and exceeded their run count of six from Saturday’s contests. A pair of home runs also gave No. 22 Notre Dame (19-7, 3-3 ACC) its fifth multi home run game of the season.

Hockey
Senior goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 30-of-32 shots and Notre Dame got goals from Stephen Johns, Sam Herr, Bryan Rust and Jeff Costello to lead the Irish to a 4-2 win over Boston College in game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinal round at Conte Forum.

Boston College got goals from Kevin Hayes and Patrick Brown on the night. The Irish shut out Hobey Baker candidate Johnny Gaudreau as his 31-game point streak came to an end and he remains tied with Maine’s Paul Kariya for the Hockey East consecutive point streak record.

The win improves 11th-ranked Notre Dame to 23-12-2 while second-ranked Boston College goes to 26-7-4. The Irish will play at TD Garden in Boston on Friday, March 21 against UMass-Lowell in the 5:00 p.m. game. The River Hawks advanced by beating Vermont, two games to one. Providence will meet New Hampshire in the other semifinal.

Men’s Basketball
Pat Connaughton scored 19 points for the 13th-seeded Fighting Irish (15-17), who lost their ACC tournament debut to Wake Forest, 81-69. The league newcomers shot 40 percent and had won at least one game in their previous five Big East tournaments.

Zach Auguste added 14 points, Eric Atkins had 13 and Garrick Sherman finished with 12 for the Irish, who briefly made things tense in the final moments when Atkins spun in a 3-pointer to make it 68-62 with 2:10 left.

Men’s Lacrosse
A seven-goal second quarter and a nine-goal fourth quarter put the No. 11 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team well on its way to an 18-9 victory over No. 7 Virginia on Sunday evening inside the Loftus Sports Center. The win moves the Fighting Irish to 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and places them in a tie with Maryland for first place in the league.

Notre Dame (3-2, 2-0) used 11 different goal scorers in the win and the offense was spearheaded by a four-goal, two-assist effort from sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh, while junior midfielder Nick Ossello chipped in with his first career hat trick. Not only did senior Liam O’Connor go 19-for-24 in faceoffs, he tallied a goal and an assist.

Women’s Lacrosse
Rachel Sexton netted a hat trick for the second straight game but it wouldn’t be enough for the No. 7/6 Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team as the Fighting Irish (6-3, 1-3 ACC) fell, 16-10, to No. 2 Maryland (9-0, 3-0) on Saturday afternoon in College Park.

Eight different Notre Dame players would score a goal in the contest. Senior Margaret Smith ended up having another robust stat line in the defensive midfield for Notre Dame, gaining five ground balls, causing three turnovers and controlling two draws. Stephanie Peragallo also caused a trio of turnovers. The Irish won the ground ball battle 25-20 but extra possessions would hurt the team on Saturday as Maryland controlled 22 draws to Notre Dame’s five.

Women’s Basketball
Make it two tournament titles in two leagues and two years for the second-ranked Fighting Irish, who capped their perfect first run through the ACC by beating No. 10 Duke 69-53 in the final Sunday night. The Irish will play Robert Morris on Saturday in Toledo, Ohio, in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Fighting Irish picked up two major honors on Tuesday when senior guard/tri-captain Kayla McBride (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) was named the ACC Player of the Year and head coach Muffet McGraw was chosen as the ACC Coach of the Year, according to a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches announced Tuesday by the conference office.

Men’s Swimming
A total of three standout University of Notre Dame men’s swimmers were tabbed as individual entrants into the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, as was announced earlier this week. Senior two-time All-American Frank Dyer and junior All-Americans Zach Stephens and John Williamson will each compete in the national championship meet on March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

Women’s Swimming
For just the third time in school history, the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving program is taking eight swimmers to the NCAA Championships as four student-athletes will compete in individual races and four others will join them for three relays.

Qualifying automatically were freshman Katie Miller, juniors Bridget Casey and Emma Reaney and senior Christen McDonough, while freshman Catherine Mulquin, juniors Suzanne Bessire and Courtney Whyte and senior Kelly Ryan will join the foursome to make up the Irish relays in Minneapolis, Minn., March 20-22

Men’s Tennis
The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team suffered a loss to the University of Southern California earlier this afternoon. The Trojans took down the Irish, 7-0, continuing their season-long undefeated streak at home. Notre Dame now moves to 11-5 on the season.

Women’s Tennis
Notre Dame is shipping up to Boston. The women’s tennis team will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass, to take on Boston College. The match comes after a 7-0 sweep of College of Charleston earlier this week. The Irish are coming off two straight victories and looking to improve their 7-6 (1-4) record against their next ACC foe.

Notre Dame, ranked No. 25, has never lost a match Boston College; the all-time series currently sits at 11-0.

Women’s Soccer
Having already secured the nation’s No. 3-ranked incoming freshman class according to Top Drawer Soccer, the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer program announced Monday it added an 11th student-athlete to this elite group when Karin Muya, a 5-6 forward from London, England (Burntwood School/Chelsea Ladies FC), signed her National Letter of Intent to enroll at Notre Dame beginning in the fall of 2014.

Muya will be the first English-born player to suit up for the Fighting Irish, as well as the ninth international player in program history.

Notre Dame senior soccer player, Elizabeth Tucker, who helped lead her team to national championships during her collegiate careers, is the recipient of one of the NCAA’s most prestigious honors — an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Tucker is the 52nd Irish student-athlete to win the award.

Of Note…

The names of three former University of Notre Dame football all-stars–linebacker Bob Crable, wide receiver Thom Gatewood and wide receiver/kick returner Raghib Ismail–appear on the 2014 National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-A) ballot. The ballot contains names of 75 players and six coaches vying for induction.

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

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