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  1. Winter heats up the Spring, Wins National Player of Week

    Apr 28, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    The Irish softball team will be hosting a Wounded Warriors celebrity softball game at Melissa Cook Stadium.

    There are 291 softball teams who compete in the NCAA at the Division 1 level, with each team fielding roughly 18 players per roster. After some calculator-assisted arithmetic, one can see that there are about 5,240 girls playing D-1 softball—an incredible number.  This week, Laura Winter of the Notre Dame Softball team received some more-than-incredible…

  2. Softball Strikeout Cancer Weekend

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Wind, hail and temperatures hovering around freezing were not enough to keep fans out of the stands at the Melissa Cook Softball Stadium this past Saturday. These conditions may have deterred some fans on any other weekend, but not this time. No, this weekend the Irish Softball team celebrated their 3rd annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend,…

  3. A Season’s Reflection

    Apr 5, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    photo by Matt Cashore

    Well, this past weekend did not turn out quite the way the Irish hoped it would. The Fighting Irish just could not produce in their NCAA Tournament matchup against St. Cloud State. They simply had an off game at the worst time possible. On a stroke of bad luck, the Irish were matched up against…

  4. CCHA Reflections

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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    The Fighting Irish were no joke at the Joe this weekend. They showed up ready to play both nights, and did just that, knocking off Ohio State and Michigan to take home the final CCHA Championship. It was the first CCHA title won by the Irish since the 2008-2009 season, and therefore, the first championship…

  5. CCHA Quarterfinal Reflections

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

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    As I sat in the living room of my cozy Buffalo home last Friday evening, surrounded by old friends who I had not seen in months, I found it difficult to perform my duties as a host while receiving live updates of the Notre Dame-Bowling Green CCHA playoff matchup. It became especially difficult when I…

  6. Senior Weekend Reflections

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    photo by Marcus Snowden

    The Fighting Irish could not have ended their season at the Compton in a more fitting way. With their parents in the stands and no doubt a few tears in their mothers’ eyes, the senior players on the Fighting Irish put on a show for the crowd. Each senior played his role to the fullest…

  7. Western Michigan Reflections

    Feb 27, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    photo by Matt Cashore

    It is safe to say that we saw arguably two of the most evenly matched teams take on one another this past weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich. when the Fighting Irish took on the Western Michigan Broncos. They split the weekend and did so in nail-biting fashion. Both nights, the games were decided in shootouts; the…

  8. Miami Weekend Reflections

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

    After having their three-game winning streak routed by the #3 Miami Redhawks on Friday night, the Irish came back with a big win at an even bigger venue; the Irish lost 3-1 in Oxford, Ohio, but they were able to pull out a victory on the 50-yard line at Soldier Field in front of 52,000…

  9. On the Ice, Under the Sky: The Outdoor Hockey Game Tradition

    Feb 18, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    Hockey vs Miami of Ohio at Soldier Field in Chicago...Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

    This weekend, The Fighting Irish men’s hockey team got back in touch with the roots of the sport’s history—playing outdoors, with the brisk wind in their faces and the sun above their heads. As an ode to the historic days of Irish hockey (the 1963-1968 years), the Irish Icers sported their throwback jerseys. The new…

  10. Michigan Weekend Reflections

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    photo by Tim Singler

    If the Fighting Irish had to name one potentially season-changing weekend, their second sweep of the Michigan Wolverines might be it. The Irish did not just beat Michigan, they rolled them. Notre Dame put up thirteen goals this weekend—an incredible amount by any standard. The offensive play was unbelievable, particularly from the line of Anders…

  11. Reflections: Ohio State Weekend

    Feb 5, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    Irish goalie Mike Johnson makes a save. (photo by Matt Cashore)

    Although experiencing some speed bumps, the Fighting Irish were able to salvage a win this weekend in Columbus, Ohio against the Ohio StateBuckeyes. After dropping their Friday night matchup, 6-3, it did not seem like things were going to bode well for the Irish the following night. Changing things up a bit, Coach Jeff Jackson…

  12. Reflections: Ferris State Weekend

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Irish captain Jeff Costello is set to throw out the first pitch at tonight's Boston Red Sox game (photo by Matt Cashore).

    The Fighting Irish hockey season could very well have been standing on the edge of a knife this past Friday night. The Irish dropped an extremely important game to Ferris State Friday which put them in a tight spot. Another loss Saturday would have put the Irish (who had already slipped into 4th place in…

  13. Reflections: Alaska Weekend

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    photo by Matt Cashore

    I suppose there’s no other way to say it; the Irish hockey team is in a slump. This past weekend, the #4 ranked Irish dropped both games to Alaska; this means they’ve lost five of their last six games. This was the first time all season the Fighting Irish have lost a series, and to…

  14. Reflections on Ice: Dec. 6

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    Shayne Taker (3), Bryan Rust (21), Stephen Johns (28) (Photo by Allison Wagner)

    The Irish have finally strung together two strong games in a row at home, giving Lake Superior State their first series sweep of the season. Up until this point, the Lakers had split every single series they had played in. Part of this sweep was due to the Irish’s onslaught of shots (and, more importantly,…

  15. Reflections on Ice: Nov. 27

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

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    Although the battle of the NDs turned out to be a split series (1-1), the Fighting Irish definitely had the advantage. The Irish lost an absolute heartbreaker to North Dakota in the first game of the series where they had a goal called off on a very controversial call. Had the goal stood, it would…

  16. Reflections on Ice: Nov. 21

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Photo by Joseph Weiser

    The brooms and dust pans had to be pulled out at Yost Arena for the first time in 34 years this past weekend. The Fighting Irish pulled a remarkable feat of sweeping Michigan (a perennial powerhouse) in its home rink for the first time since 1978. Beating a team like Michigan is difficult enough, but…

  17. Reflections on Ice: Nov. 15

    Nov 15, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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    Although the Irish have done it four straight times, they cannot be expected to beat a #1 ranked Boston College team every time they play them. There’s no denying it, the Irish have a very talented team this year, but Boston College has just as much fire power on its side. Couple a powerful BC…

  18. Fighting Irish Hockey Participates in “Movember”

    Nov 9, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

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    It is that month of the year again. Put the razors away and hide the shaving cream. That’s right, we’re about a third of the way through No-Shave November. It’s the one month out of the year where it becomes socially acceptable for teenagers and young adults to let their scraggly facial hair run wild…

  19. Reflections on Ice

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

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    Another two games in the books. One win, one loss. What can the Irish fan base take away from this weekend? Well, a few things are for certain: 1. The Irish know how to recover. The Fighting Irish cannot seem to pull out a win during their Friday night games at the Compton, but they…

  20. Hockey Limbo: The Junior Hockey Years

    Oct 29, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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    There are few people who understand the time, effort, and commitment it takes to become a Division I hockey player. Sure, it takes a whole lot of time, effort, and commitment to become a Division I athlete of any sort, but I am inclined to say that hockey is unlike all the rest. The usual…

  21. Anders Lee: A Very Capable Captain

    Oct 18, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    It’s the little things which set Anders Lee apart from other hockey players. Some would say it’s his size; others, his talent. But the fact of the matter is that plenty of other players have those attributes—they just don’t have those “little things.” It’s hard to put a finger exactly on what it is that…

  22. Victory Over USA U-18 Shows Irish are Ready for Seasonal Play

    Oct 9, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    The Irish may not have run the score up against the USA National Under-18 team, but they definitely looked more than promising. Big hits, phenomenal passing, and highlight reel moves were some of the high points of Sunday night’s game. Freshmen Peter Schneider was one of the more impressive players in the exhibition game. Early…

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