Crunch Time

Author: Caroline Pineda

Crunch Time

Cross Country


Two in a row: The men’s cross country team has now won back-to-back ACC Championships after a dominant performance on Oct. 29. Their 32 points placed them well ahead of runner-up Syracuse, who tallied 84. 


Notre Dame’s top seven finishers all placed in the top 20, highlighted by a second-place finish from Dylan Jacobs, a fourth-place finish from Danny Kilrea and a fifth-place finish from Yared Nuguse. 


Meanwhile, the women’s cross country team placed fifth overall, with a high individual finish of ninth by Maddy Denner. 


Men’s soccer


ACC Tourney: The men’s soccer team finished the regular season with a 9-5-2 record, winning eight of its 10 home matchups. Jack Lynn leads the team in goals and points, with seven and 17, respectively. Matthew Roou has tallied six goals, followed by Dawson McCartney and Eno Nto with five each.


The Irish beat NC State 1-0 in the first round of the ACC Tournament, then advanced to the semifinals on a 3-0 penalty shootout against Louisville. Goalkeeper Bryan Dowd was responsible for a pair of saves in the shootout to help advance the Irish to a semifinal matchup with Pitt on Nov. 10.


Women’s soccer


To the tournament: The women’s soccer team put together a 13-4-1 regular season that featured a 9-1-1 home record and only three conference losses. But a disappointing early exit from the ACC Tournament after a 3-2 loss to Clemson left them waiting for the selection show on Nov. 8.


In the meantime, graduate student Sammi Fisher was named to the First Team All-ACC, and the Third Team list included senior Olivia Wingate and freshman Korbin Albert.


The Irish were awarded a No. 3 national seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host SIUE on Sunday, Nov. 14.




Heading into conference play: The hockey team opened its season with three wins over Long Island University, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. The Irish suffered their first loss, a 3-2 overtime loss to Rochester Institute of Technology, before rebounding with a 6-0 victory the following day. Most recently, Notre Dame dropped a pair of road games to No. 5 Minnesota. The Irish rebounded from the pair of losses with a home sweep of Holy Cross. Graham Slaggert and Max Ellis turned in solid performances on the weekend, each scoring two goals across both games. 


Through nine games, Max Ellis leads the Irish with five goals and is tied for the team lead in assists with six.


Women’s basketball


New faces making a mark: Stanford grad transfer Maya Dodson led the team with 24 points and shot 11-of-14 from the field in the women’s basketball team’s first exhibition game — a 104-46 win over Division II Emporia State. Dodson added eight rebounds and five blocks.


Sam Brunelle and Dara Mabrey each scored 12 points, while freshmen Sonia Citron and Olivia Miles tallied 15 and 13, respectively. 


The Irish open their regular season on Nov. 9 against Ohio.