Crunch Time

Author: Ryan Murphy


Men and Women's Golf

Men’s golf is off to a strong start, receiving 11 votes in the latest round of the Bushnell/Golfweek D1 Coaches Poll on Oct. 6. The Irish opened their season placing first at the Folds of Honor Collegiate, which Michigan State hosted. The team bested the hosts by one stroke and No. 10 Arkansas by two strokes. Senior Angelo Marcon led Notre Dame, tying for second and shooting 213 (E). In their second tournament of the fall, the Irish finished eighth at the Gopher Invitational. Freshman Jacob Modleski was the Irish’s top finisher, placing fourth and shooting 209 (-4). Notre Dame finished 11th at Northwestern’s Windon Memorial Classic before hosting their own Fighting Irish invitational Oct. 1-2. On their home turf at Warren Golf Course, Notre Dame finished fourth. No.5 Tennessee took the top prize, while Notre Dame shot a team total 842 (+2).

The women's golf team is also in the swing of their season, with four tournaments so far. The Irish began their season at Purdue’s Boilermaker Classic from Sept. 4-5, where they finished fifth — Notre Dame’s best placement to date. The Irish were led by graduate student Lauren Beaudreau, who shot 211 (-5) and tied for fourth. Notre Dame shot a team total 211 (+15) at the event, finishing behind host Purdue, Alabama, Minnesota and Louisville. Two weeks later, Notre Dame participated in the Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State. The Irish placed 11th out of 15 teams in East Lansing, and the following week placed eighth out of 10 teams at the Glass City Invitational hosted by Toledo. In their most recent outing, Notre Dame traveled to Virginia Beach and finished 10th at Old Dominion University’s Evie Odom Invitational. Beaudreau was again Notre Dame’s highest finisher, shooting 216 (+6) and tying for 18th.

Men and Women's Cross Country

The Notre Dame men’s and women’s cross country squads wrapped up their regular season on Oct. 13 at Wisconsin’s Nuttycombe Invitational. The Irish men finished 11th in a field that included 22 of the top 30 ranked teams nationally, led by senior Josh Methner’s 39th place finish. The Irish women placed sixth, and graduate student Olivia Markezich finished ninth individually. In their first three races of the season — two of which Notre Dame hosted — both Irish sides had finished no worse than second. At the conclusion of the regular season, both teams were in position to be the top seeds at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 10. In the latest NCAA Division I Coaches’ Poll, the Irish men were ranked 14th, while the women slotted at No. 8.

Men's Hockey

There is a youthful energy in the air around Compton Family Ice Arena. With the seventh youngest team in the country, the Irish have ridden the highs and lows of growth early on this season. The team opened their season at home with a series split against Clarkson, before being shut out on the road 3-0 at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Irish returned home after fall break and once again split a series, this time with No. 6 Boston University. The Irish looked their best during Friday’s 4-1 win, in which they outskated the highly talented Terriers. They looked their worst in Saturday’s 8-2 drubbing. With a 2-3-0 record, Notre Dame looks ahead to the start of non-conference play in early November. Team captain Landon Slaggert has been an early bright spot for the Irish, leading the team with three goals. Despite being pulled in the loss to BU, graduate student netminder Ryan Bischel has been solid again to start the year, sporting a .919 save percentage in five starts.