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Baseball Season Update

Baseball Season Update

Author: Grant DelVecchio

Link Jarrett was hired as the 21st head coach in team history — after seven seasons at the helm of UNC-Greensboro — the summer before the 2020 season. Since then, the Irish have experienced a total resurgence.

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Women's Lacrosse Season Update
Men's Golf Season Update

Men's Golf Season Update

Author: Lee, Michael

Although the COVID-19 pandemic cut the team’s 2020 season short, Notre Dame’s 2021 performance thus far has proven that the Irish coaching staff and players viewed the pandemic as an opportunity to improve.

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Featured Performer: Palmer Jackson
By the Numbers
Mid-Season Lacrosse Update
Featured Performer: Caroline Meuth
Volleyball Spring Season Update
Softball Season Update
Notre Dame Baseball has Found its Missing Link
By The Numbers

By The Numbers

Author: Englehart, Matthew

4 — The number of third-period goals scored by the Irish on Feb. 20 in a game on the road against Wisconsin. The Irish entered the third-period trailing 3-1 and staged a major comeback that ended in a shootout victory for the Irish.

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Results from ND’s Trip to the Track ACC Championships

Results from ND’s Trip to the Track ACC Championships

Author: Matt Cotner

The Notre Dame men’s and women’s track teams traveled to Clemson Feb. 25 to 27 to participate in the ACC Indoor Championships. Both squads looked to build off strong performances in the 2020 championships, which saw the women finish third and the men finish fourth.    

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Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Still Looking to Get Over the Hump

Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Still Looking to Get Over the Hump

Author: Luke Thompson

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team now sits at 9-11 overall, and 6-8 in the ACC, putting them at 11th in the conference standings. The biggest standout for the Irish thus far has been forward Nate Laszewski, who is averaging 14.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game (both team highs) while shooting a remarkable 64.8% from the field and 51.5% from beyond the arc, ranking him 23rd and seventh respectively among shooters in NCAA Division I basketball. Guard Prentiss Hubb has added 13.7 points per game while leading the team in assists with 6.2 per game, and Guard Dane Goodwin has seen his role on the team expand and is averaging 12.5 points per game.

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Hockey Season Update

Hockey Season Update

Author: Helenna Xu

The Notre Dame hockey team soared in its recent games against Ohio State. The series against the Buckeyes marked a bright spot on the schedule after the Irish dropped a series to Michigan and split a series with Penn State. The team won its second game against Penn State after a close loss the night before, despite 34 saves from goalie Dylan St. Cyr.

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A New Journey With Head Coach Niele Ivey
Featured Performer: Alex Steeves

Featured Performer: Alex Steeves

Author: Englehart, Matthew

As the Notre Dame hockey season starts winding down, it is time to highlight one of the team’s best players: Alex Steeves. The Irish currently boast a record of 10-12-2, which has them tied for third place in the Big Ten standings, and Steeves is a major reason for that.

Steeves has played in all 24 games and has 26 points, which leads all Irish skaters. Steeves also leads the team in goals with 13, including two against Wisconsin on Feb. 20, which was a come-from-behind shootout win for the Irish.

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FSU

FSU

Author: Grant DelVecchio

By the time No. 5 Notre Dame received the opening kickoff against Florida State under the lights inside Notre Dame Stadium, it had been three full weeks since the Irish last played.

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Louisville

Louisville

Author: Grant DelVecchio

After cruising through the first three games, No. 4 Notre Dame hit its first major roadblock of the season versus Louisville. Against the backdrop of future foe Clemson’s 73-7 rout of Georgia Tech, the Irish (4-0, 3-0) survived against the Cardinals (1-4, 0-4) 12-7. The team extended the FBS-longest active winning streak to 10 games, but with a matchup against No. 1 Clemson looming on the horizon, the win was anything but far-reaching.

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Pitt: Proving their Prowess Away From Home

Pitt: Proving their Prowess Away From Home

Author: Spencer Kelly

A month and a half after their first game, with a season-threatening COVID-19 outbreak in between, the undefeated No. 3 Fighting Irish were finally forced to leave the friendly confines of Notre Dame Stadium and go on the road to face the Pittsburgh Panthers.

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Georgia Tech: Get Through to Get to Clemson

Georgia Tech: Get Through to Get to Clemson

Author: Spencer Kelly

Facing a mediocre 2-5 team with the Clemson matchup on the horizon, No. 4 Notre Dame’s game against Georgia Tech had the markings of a trap game. But in order to stay on track for a playoff berth, the Fighting Irish needed to handle business in Atlanta on Halloween.

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Clemson: A Victory that Will Go Down in History

Clemson: A Victory that Will Go Down in History

Author: Grant DelVecchio

Notre Dame’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the 2013 national championship game marked the nascence of murmurs that, maybe, the Irish weren’t cut out for the big games. Those murmurs began to crescendo over the years as Notre Dame lost top-10 matchups against Florida State (2014), Ohio State (2015), Miami (2017) and Clemson (2018). Add in two close losses to Georgia (2017, 2019), two last second losses to Stanford (2015) and Clemson (2015) along the way and by the time No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 1 Clemson met inside Notre Dame Stadium in 2020 the roars were loud and clear: “Notre Dame can’t win a big game,” “Notre Dame doesn’t belong with college football’s elite.”

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Boston College: An Irish Victory in the “Holy War”

Boston College: An Irish Victory in the “Holy War”

Author: Thomas Richter

There were many factors to consider before Notre Dame’s game against Boston College: it was only Notre Dame’s third away game of the season, it was quarterback Phil Jurkovec’s opportunity for revenge against his former school, and it took place a week after Notre Dame’s thrilling double-overtime win against No. 1 Clemson. The setting felt eerily similar to the 1993 Boston College upset against the Fighting Irish only a week after Notre Dame’s win in the “Game of the Century” against No. 1 Florida State. Despite Notre Dame being projected as a 13-point favorite, these factors combined to make many Irish fans feel nervous before kickoff.

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UNC

UNC

Author: Englehart, Matthew

After a well-deserved bye week, the No. 2 Irish (8-0) traveled down to Chapel Hill for a Friday afternoon game against the No. 19 North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2). Notre Dame came into the game off of two of their best wins of the year but also had given up 71 points in those two games, which was more than they had allowed in the first six games. This could’ve been a major problem, as the Tar Heels touted a strong offense led by their two star running backs: Javonte Williams and Michael Carter.

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Syracuse

Syracuse

Author: Bridget Curtis

A week before their final regular season game against a struggling Syracuse Orange team, the Irish had been notified that they would be competing in the ACC Championship regardless of the result. Nevertheless, there was plenty to play for.

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Wake Forest: The Matchup that Never Was

Wake Forest: The Matchup that Never Was

Author: Lee, Michael

It was a matchup that was supposed to happen on Sept. 26 at Wake Forest, but because of COVID-19, the game was rescheduled to Dec. 12. Unfortunately, seven Notre Dame football players tested positive for the virus several days before the originally scheduled game, which resulted in the isolation of 13 players. Furthermore, the Notre Dame football program wanted to ensure the safety of the rest of its players, so it paused all football-related activities for several days. Head coach Brian Kelly stated that “with student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures.” In the meantime, it was time for the team to redirect its attention to the upcoming game against Florida State.

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ACC Championship: Clemson’s Revenge

ACC Championship: Clemson’s Revenge

Author: Emily DeFazio

On Dec. 19, the undefeated Fighting Irish arrived at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., marking the beginning of the playoff season for the team. The ACC Championship set the stage for the highly anticipated Notre Dame-Clemson rematch, after the No. 4 Irish defeated the then-No. 1 Tigers during their regular season matchup in South Bend.

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Column: A Window Into the Future
2021 Draft Preview

2021 Draft Preview

Author: Matt Cotner

The coronavirus pandemic has made scouting and player evaluations even more difficult this year than in years past, so the upcoming NFL Draft will be filled with heightened uncertainty. After a second trip in three years to the College Football Playoff, the Fighting Irish will graduate a large swath of the talent that has sustained their success over the past few seasons.  Many of those graduating are hoping to hear their names called this spring at the NFL Draft.

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Behind the Playbook

Behind the Playbook

Author: Daphne Saloomey

The 2020 football season was one of unprecedented changes for top programs across the country, including the Fighting Irish. The season marked the beginning of Tommy Rees’ tenure as offensive coordinator as well as the departure of Clark Lea, the defensive coordinator, after Notre Dame’s Rose Bowl defeat.

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