Hot Takes

Author: Rich Hidy

Notre Dame women’s lacrosse will win the ACC Title.

After an ACC Semifinals loss last season to North Carolina, the Irish are poised to advance deeper in postseason competition. The Irish, currently ranked No. 8, have started the season 3-0 with wins over ranked opponents Stanford and Boston College. Junior Courtney Fortunato (13 goals, 6 assists) and senior Rachel Sexton (7 goals, 3 assists) have generated a massive scoring spree to begin the season.

Notre Dame men’s basketball will reach the Sweet 16.

Just seconds from a Final Four last year, Notre Dame will continue to build on an impressive recent tournament resume with a trip to the Sweet 16. Ranked in the top 25 and led by an offense rated as the most efficient in the nation, the Irish will use their ACC experience to propel them to a strong finish. Wins against UNC, Duke and Louisville show that the Irish can compete with the gauntlet of the ACC.

Notre Dame softball outfielder Karly Wester will eclipse her program best career batting average.

In 2015, Wester was an All-ACC first team selection and was named a top 26 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award. Wester finished the season as Notre Dame’s all-time leader in batting average (.441) and on-base percentage (.501) while starting over 100 games. As a junior, Wester is off to an even better start in 2016. The native of Huntington Beach, CA currently is second on the team with a .475 batting average and has continued to show her aptitude for stealing bases. Wester has the capacity to lead not only the Irish, but also the nation in batting average as the season progresses. Her approach to hitting and ability to put the ball in play has made her one of the most dynamic and consistent hitters in the country.