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@FightingIrish Top-10 Photos Of The Year

Dec 31, 2013, 10:45 AM EST

As we bid adieu to 2013 tonight, I thought it would be cool to take a look at the top-10 photos of the year in Notre Dame athletics.

#10 – Andrews Heads Home Winner Over No. 1 UNC (Sept. 15)

Photo By Shane Lardinois

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Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H./Milford) headed in a cross from sophomore defender Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) midway through the first half to provide the only scoring as No. 8 Notre Dame toppled No. 1 (and previously-unbeaten) North Carolina, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 3,742 fans at Fetzer Field.

#9 – Irish Take On Alabama In BCS Championship Game (Jan. 7)

Photo By Matt Cashore

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#8 – Sherman Helps Irish Down In-State Rival IU (Dec. 14)

Photo By Chris Howell – Herald Times

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Jerian Grant had 23 points and nine assists Saturday, and Pat Connaughton scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead Notre Dame past Indiana 79-72 in the Crossroads Classic.

#7 – McDaniels Scores Against Rose Bowl Bound MSU (Sept. 21)

Photo By Matt Cashore

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Notre Dame took advantage of a trick play that backfired, as well as four pass interference calls and a holding penalty that kept drives alive, to defeat Michigan State for the third straight time. The mistakes led to all of Notre Dame’s points in the 17-13 victory, including two on the game-winning drive after a pass by Michigan State receiver R.J. Shelton led to an interception by safety Matthias Farley, setting up the go-ahead touchdown.

#6 – O’Malley Heads Home NCAA Title-Winning Goal (Dec. 15)

Photo By Mike Bennett

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Confetti rained down, the Notre Dame fight song “Victory March” blasted on the loudspeakers and everyone on the Fighting Irish’s soccer team ran to one side of the field to celebrate. For the first time in the school’s proud athletic history, Notre Dame was on top of the men’s college soccer world. Led by goals from Andrew O’Malley and Leon Brown, and another big game from College Cup co-Most Outstanding Player Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame won its first men’s soccer title with a 2-1 victory over Maryland on Sunday at PPL Park. The Fighting Irish finished the season 17-1-6.

#5 – Irish Knock Off UConn In 3 OT’s To Win BIG EAST Title (Mar. 4)

Photo By Joe Raymond

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Skylar Diggins found another way to beat Connecticut – maybe the toughest way yet. The second-ranked Fighting Irish trailed by six in the first overtime Monday night, then five in the second overtime before finally beating the third-ranked Huskies 96-87 in three overtimes Monday night to win BIG EAST regular-season title outright for the second straight year.

#4 – Icers Play On The Pond At Soldier Field (Feb. 17)

Photo By Matt Cashore

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish played their first-ever outdoor hockey game in the 45-year history of the program on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, handing the Miami RedHawks a 2-1 loss in front of 52,051 fans at the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic. On a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the low 30’s, the Irish got goals from Mario Lucia and Jeff Costello to offset the lone Miami goal by Kevin Morris to salvage a win in the series. Notre Dame dropped a 3-1 decision to the RedHawks on Friday night in Oxford, Ohio.

#3 – Tommy Caps His Career On Senior Day (Nov. 23)

Photo By Mike Bennett

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Tommy Rees finished his last home game to chants of “Tommy” as the clock ran out in a 23-13 victory over BYU on Saturday.

“That was a very special moment. We’ve been through a lot, this entire senior class. Not only on the team, but everybody here,” Rees said. “They could have chanted anyone’s name, it’s a whole senior class effort, but that was definitely a memory I’ll hold very closely for a long time.” The game was played in intermittent snow, with temperatures in the 20s and winds gusting to 30 mph. The field was worn and torn despite being replaced a little more than a month ago. Several times, ball carriers fell as they tried to make cuts. But the Irish improved to 13-1-3 all-time in games where it snows, with the lone loss coming to Indianapolis Artillery in 1895.

#2 – Irish Upend Louisville in 5 OT Thriller (Feb. 9)

Photo By Joe Raymond

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Notre Dame watched a video of great boxing knockouts knowing their game against Louisville would probably be bruising. It turned out to be the longest game in Big East regular-season history. “I talked about it being a 15-rounder and taking punches and being put on the mat,” coach Mike Brey said. “At the fourth or fifth timeout I said, ‘Has there ever been a 20-rounder?” If so, it couldn’t have been any more thrilling than the No. 25 Fighting Irish’s five-overtime victory over the 11th-ranked Cardinals on Saturday night, a 104-101 decision in which the two teams traded great plays and missed shots.

#1 – Men’s Soccer Wins First NCAA Title (Dec. 15)

Photo By Mike Bennett

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Starting goalkeeper Pat Wall (Right) celebrates winning the program’s first NCAA Title while Andrew O’Malley and Harrison Shipp embrace in the background. The Irish defeated ACC-foe Maryland, 2-1, in the College Cup championship match.

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