Sep 12, 2016, 12:57 PM EDT
The football home opener always creates a special buzz around campus and this past weekend was no different. It was nice to see so many Monogram winners back in South Bend to cheer on the Irish and take part in some special events. Plus, it’s always great when the Irish win!
One of the weekend highlights for the Monogram Club was presenting longtime Notre Dame strength and conditioning coach Tony Rolinski with an honorary Monogram on Friday during a surprise ceremony inside the Compton Family Ice Arena. Rolinski currently works with the men’s basketball and hockey teams and there were current and former members of both programs present. Several Monogram winners from other Irish programs that Rolinski has worked with over the years also attended the event.
The Stanley Cup also was in town as Fighting Irish hockey alums Ian Cole and Bryan Rust were honored for helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the title in June.
Here is a look back at the weekend …
There was a marquee matchup at Alumni Stadium on Friday evening as the #1 Notre Dame men’s soccer team took on Virginia Tech, which also entered the contest undefeated, in the ACC opener. The Fighting Irish prevailed 4-1 to improve to 5-0-0 on the season.
On Saturday morning Monogram Club board member T.J. Mathieson (’04, hockey) was among a group of over 40 individuals who biked from Chicago to South Bend. The annual ride takes place on the day of the Notre Dame home opener. T.J. branded his journey “100 miles for 100 years of the Monogram Club”. Congrats, T.J.!!
A great finish to every home football Saturday is the Monogram Club’s post-game Mass. The Club welcomed nearly 250 members and guests to the Monogram Room for the Mass, which was presided over by football team chaplain Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C.
On Sunday the focus shifted to cheering on all the Monogram winners who were opening up their NFL seasons!
Away from campus the Fighting Irish volleyball team captured the Art Carmichael Invitational in Rhode Island and the #20 Notre Dame women’s soccer squad ventured to the West Coast and tied Santa Clara (0-0) and #2 Stanford (2-2).
We’ll leave you with this…
On Friday evening the Notre Dame rowing program dedicated the new McConnell Family Boathouse, which is located on the St. Joseph River near downtown South Bend. What was planned to be a celebration took on a somber tone after the passing of rowing alum Ailish Sheehan (’15) earlier in the day. READ MORE
Our thoughts & prayers are with Ailish’s family and friends.