#ByTheNumbers: April 2018

Author: Capuano, Leah



The number of times the Notre Dame hockey team has competed in the Frozen Four since the program was founded. In 2008, the Irish made their debut when they defeated Michigan in overtime, but they were defeated in the national championship game against Boston College. In 2011 and 2017, the team was defeated in the semifinal games. This year, the Irish made it to the championship in Saint Paul, Minnesota, coming up just short in a 2-1 heartbreaker against Minnesota-Duluth.



The record-breaking point comeback that the women’s basketball team made during the NCAA championship game on April 1. The Irish were down by 15 points in the second half, making this the biggest comeback in an NCAA title game. Junior Arike Ogunbowale hit a jump shot in the last three seconds of the game, securing a thrilling 61-58 point victory against Mississippi State. The team was met with a warm welcome by excited fans as they returned to campus the following day.



The number of points scored that captured the fencing team’s 10th national title in March, marking the first time since 1978 that the Irish have won back-to-back championships. Columbia finished in second with 170 points. Freshman Nick Itkin was an individual champion in the men’s foil crown, and ten more athletes were named All-Americans.



The number of points scored by the swimming and diving team at its four-day meet in Minneapolis. The team won 23rd place, the best finish at the meet for Notre Dame in program history. Freshman Zach Yeadon placed fourth in the 1650-meter freestyle, earning him First-Team All-American honors.