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Monogram Club Musings: Northwestern Edition

Nov 18, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

For the first time in five weeks, the Fighting Irish were back at home on Saturday afternoon, as Northwestern made the short trip to South Bend from Evanston, Illinois.

Unfortunately for the Notre Dame faithful, the Wildcats pulled off a 43-40 overtime stunner on one of the coldest home football Saturdays in recent memory.

Still, the outcome of the game did not stop it from being another nice weekend of Monogram Club fellowship.

It’s hard to believe, but there is only one more home football weekend in 2014. Have a look back at Northwestern in the latest Monogram Club Musings!

Northwestern Game Notes

It was a busy Saturday afternoon for the Monogram Club, as more than 200 Monogram winners from all sports and programs formed the pre-game tunnel and greeted the Fighting Irish as they ran onto the field.


Pre-Game Tunnel (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging)

Also prior to kickoff, Monogram Club President Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) presented the flag, and the University recognized Elizabeth Tucker (’14, soccer), who was recently named the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year, becoming the first Notre Dame student-athlete to ever earn that distinction.


Monogram Club President Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) presented the flag prior to kickoff. (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging)


2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Elizabeth Tucker (’14, soccer) was honored before the game. (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging)

As always, 2010 honorary Monogram recipient Sgt. Tim McCarthy delivered a signature end of the third quarter traffic safety pun:

Sightings Around Campus

  • ESPN’s Mike & Mike broadcast live from Sports Heritage Hall on Friday. The popular morning show is co-hosted by two-sport Monogram winner and proud ND dad Mike Golic (’85, football & wrestling). Head coach Brian Kelly appeared on set, and former Irish quarterback Brady Quinn (’07), now a college football analyst with FOX Sports, was a featured caller during the show.

Monogram Club Events

On Friday, more than 250 Monogram members and their guests joined the Monogram Club in the Schivarelli Football Players’ Lounge at Notre Dame Stadium. Normally an exclusive benefit for football Monogram winners, the Club welcomed members from all sports for the Northwestern weekend, and a number of alumni enjoyed their first visit to the historic Notre Dame locker room.

The Monogram Club hosted its usual pre-game reception on Saturday in the Monogram Room. Executive Director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) and men’s tennis head coach Ryan Sachire (’00, tennis) offered a few brief remarks to Club members and guests in attendance. Sachire, now in his second season as head coach, spoke about the Monogram Club’s impact on his program. In 2012, the Club helped fund the Irish’s tickets to the Notre Dame vs. Navy football game while they were in Ireland.

As usual, the Club concluded the weekend with post-game Mass in the Monogram Room celebrated by team chaplain Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C. (’81, ’85, ’92).

The 2014 Notre Dame home schedule wraps up on Saturday against Louisville, as the Irish look to send the senior class out with a victory.

Make sure to follow @NDMonogram on Twitter for all the updates throughout the fall. Go Irish.

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