Hagar Earns At-Large Bid To NCAA Singles Championship

May 3, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame men’s tennis senior Josh Hagar will represent the Irish at this year’s NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships, earning an at-large bid into the 64-player singles field. The 2017 tournament will take place at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Georgia, from May 24-29.

Hagar currently owns a 20-15 overall singles ranking and a No. 48 national ranking. He went 11-11 at No. 1 singles for the Irish this season and was 7-11 against nationally ranked opponents. His best win of the season came on Senior Day on April 23 in a straight-set victory over then-No. 3 Petros Chrysocos.

Hagar’s selection marks the 11th straight season the Irish have sent a representative to the NCAA Singles Championship.


Irish Set To Tangle With Jayhawks In NCAA First Round

May 2, 2017

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By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team will make its 22nd consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Championship appearance this season, as the Irish head to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Kansas in the tournament’s first round.

The No. 33 Irish (17-9) and No. 31 Kansas (13-10) will face off in the first-round match on May 13, while the host No. 4 Ohio State (28-2; No. 3 overall seed) takes on Buffalo (14-8) on the other side of the pod. The winners will match up on May 14 for the opportunity to advance to the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Georgia, where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship, May 19-23.

The matches shall be regulation dual matches. Three doubles matches consisting of six-game sets will be played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point; played the best of three sets. No-ad scoring will be used and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) will be played at six-games-all. The team winning four or more team points advances in the championship bracket.

During the championships, all matches will be stopped after the doubles point is decided. All remaining individual matches will be stopped once a team winner (four points won) has been determined. The score will only reflect completed matches. The complete list of teams and sites is included on the official bracket, which is available at www.NCAA.com.

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WSOC | Irish Game Versus Red Stars Moved To Chicago

April 4, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team’s scheduled spring exhibition against the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League, originally scheduled to be played Thursday at Alumni Stadium, has been moved to Friday in Bridgeview, Illinois.

The teams will play at 6 p.m. ET at the grass training field at the Red Stars’ home venue of Toyota Park. The game was initially slated for 5 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The Irish are 1-0-1 so far this spring, having defeated Purdue and tied with Iowa.

ND BASEBALL – Bielak & Guenther Stymie Wolfpack

March 31, 2017

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By Michael Scholl

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The Notre Dame baseball team saw pitchers Brandon Bielak and Sean Guenther combine to hold NC State to one run as the Irish took a 4-1 victory in the first of a three-game set on a chilly, misty Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium.

Bielak started on the mound, battling through 5.2 innings while conceding the one run on five hits. The starter worked out of a couple jams to keep the Wolfpack at bay. Guenther pitched the final 3.1 innings, earning his second save of the year. He gave up just two hits while striking out five and issuing no walks.

At the plate, Jake Johnson paved the way, knocking in a pair of runs, including a solo home run. Nick Podkul and Kyle Fiala had the other RBI for the Irish.

Key Innings

Top Third
NC State’s first hit came with two outs, as Stephen Pitarra singled to right, then Will Wilson dumped a double into left-center to set up runners on second and third. Bielak kept the game scoreless, inducing Josh McLain to ground out to Daniel Jung at first for the third out.

Bottom Fourth
Johnson opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth, drilling a dinger to right for his first career home run.

Top Fifth
The Irish couldn’t get the shutdown inning in the fifth, as the Wolfpack came back to tie the game. Andy Cosgrove singled to start the inning and was sacrificed to second by Brock Deatherage. Pitarra grounded out to first, moving Cosgrove to third, setting up a two-out single by Wilson to make it 1-1. Bielak got McLain to bounce right back to the mound to end the frame.

Bottom Fifth
The big inning for the Irish started with a one-out walk to Ryan LidgeCole Daily singled, with Lidge hustling to beat the throw to third and Daily following up to second on the throw. NC State went to the pen, bringing in Joe O’Donnell to replace Sean Adler. O’Donnell then walked Jake Shepski to load the bases and followed with a walk of Podkul to score Lidge and put the Irish ahead. Johnson struck again, singling through the right side to score Daily before Fiala drew a walk to plate the third run of the inning. Matt Vierling went down on strikes before Daniel Jung flew out to end the inning with Notre Dame on top, 4-1.

Top Sixth
Bielak continued to battle into the sixth, getting a lineout before walking a pair and getting a pop-up for the second out. With two on and two out, Mik Aoki made the call for Guenther. The southpaw got Andy Cosgrove to ground into a fielder’s choice, slamming the door and keeping the Irish lead at 4-1.

On Deck

The Irish and Wolfpack will play the second game of the three-game series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The game can be seen live on ACC Network Extra and heard live on WatchND, as well as on 103.1 FM in South Bend.

WTEN RELEASE | Irish Capture 4-3 Road Victory Over Hokies

March 31, 2017

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By Joanne Norell

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team continued to improve upon its best start to Atlantic Coast Conference play since joining the league, defeating Virginia Tech 4-3 on Friday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

The Irish (16-3) improved to 7-2 in ACC play and strengthened its position in the top third of the conference with five regular-season matches remaining.

How It Happened

The Irish picked up the doubles point, rebounding after losing the first doubles match on Court 1 and winning close matches on the remaining courts. Juniors Brooke Broda and Allison Miller defeated Elena Cereza-Codina and Natalie Novotna 7-6(4) at the No. 2 spot, followed by a 7-5 win by senior Jane Fennelly and freshman Zoe Spence over Nancy Ghanem and Sansitha Nandakumar.

Virginia Tech pulled even with the first decision of doubles. At the No. 1 position, No. 102 Francesca Fusinato defeated senior Monica Robinson 6-3, 6-1.

Robinson’s classmate Mary Closs regained the lead for Notre Dame, though, defeating Ghanem 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 to improve to 11-3 on the season. Sophomore Rachel Chong extended it at 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Katherine Butler on Court 6.

Cereza-Codina got one back for the Hokies, defeating Miller in three sets, but Spence came through with her 15th victory of the year, winning 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-1 over Caroline Daxhelet at the No. 4 spot.

The Hokies tacked on their final point at the end when Novotna downed Broda in three sets on Court 2.

Up Next

The Irish will get a week off before welcoming Duke at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, April 7, at the Courtney Tennis Center.


No. 27 Notre Dame 4, Virginia Tech 3
March 31, 2017
Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center
Blacksburg, Va.
1. No. 102 Francesca Fusinato (VT) def. Monica Robinson (ND) 6-3, 6-1
2. No. 92 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Brooke Broda (ND) 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(3)
3. Elena Cereza-Codina (VT) def. Allison Miller (ND) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
4. Zoe Spence (ND) def. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-1
5. Mary Closs (ND) def. Nancy Ghanem (VT) 6-4, 6-2
6. Rachel Chong (ND) def. Katherine Butler (VT) 7-5, 6-0
1. Francesca Fusinato / Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Mary Closs / Monica Robinson (ND) 6-2
2. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller (ND) def. Elena Cereza-Codina / Natalie Novotna (VT) 7-6(4)
3. Jane Fennelly / Zoe Spence (ND) def. Nancy Ghanem / Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 7-5

MTEN | Irish Fall In 4-3 Heartbreaker To NC State

March 31, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For the second straight match, the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team found itself in a last-match-on-the-court situation, but the Irish were unable to pull out the deciding point Friday in a 4-3 loss to NC State at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Last week, the Irish defeated Virginia Tech 4-3 in Blacksburg, but were unable to replicate the effort against the Wolfpack.

How It Happened

The Irish (10-7, 2-3 ACC) jumped to an early lead after doubles, picking up wins on Courts 2 and 3 to win the point. Sophomore Alex Lebedev and freshman Matt Gamble cruised to a quick 6-2 win over Nick Horton and Georgiy Malyshev at the No. 2 spot, followed by a late-break 6-4 win by sophomore Grayson Broadus and junior Brendon Kempin over Igor and Ivan Saveljic.

The Wolfpack (11-10, 2-4 ACC) wasted no time in halting the momentum, picking up the first singles point when No. 87 Nick Horton defeated 45th-ranked senior Josh Hagar 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1.

Notre Dame regained the lead, however, as freshman Guillermo Cabrera downed Michael Ogden 6-4, 6-1 for his 10th dual win of the season.

NC State answered with the next two points to go up 3-2 on the Irish. Malyshev defeated Lebedev 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4, followed by a close decision for the Wolfpack at No. 2, where Alexis Galarneau defeated senior Eddy Covalschi 7-6(1), 7-6(4).

With two matches remaining in third sets, the Irish leveled things as Gamble defeated Igor Saveljic 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

The Irish could not recreate the three-set win at the end, however, and Ivan Saveljic broke Broadus on match point, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, with Broadus playing through apparent lower-body pain.

Up Next

The Irish will return to home action on Sunday with matches against Georgia Tech (noon ET) and IUPUI (5 p.m ET).


NC State 4, No. 43 Notre Dame 3
March 31, 2017
Eck Tennis Pavilion
Notre Dame, Ind.
1. No. 87 Nick Horton (NCSU) def. No. 45 Josh Hagar (ND) 6-0, 6-1
2. Alexis Galarneau (NCSU) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 7-6(1), 7-6(4)
3. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Igor Saveljic (NCSU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
4. Georgiy Malyshev (NCSU) def. Alex Lebedev (ND) 6-2, 6-4
5. Ivan Saveljic (NCSU) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
6. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Michael Ogden (NCSU) 6-4, 6-1
1. No. 11 Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) vs. Michael Ogden / Alexis Galarneau (NCSU) 5-6, unfinished
2. Matt Gamble / Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Nick Horton / Georgiy Malyshev (NCSU) 6-2
3. Grayson Broadus / Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Igor Saveljic / Ivan Saveljic (NCSU) 6-4

Notre Dame Hockey: Frozen Four Game Notes

March 31, 2017

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — As hosts, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey program was always going to be involved in the 2017 Frozen Four in some capacity. But a strong second semester push against a challenging schedule and then a pair of comeback wins at the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional ensured the best kind of Irish involvement: a national semifinal game appearance.

The No. 4 seeded Irish will meet No. 1 seed (and first overall seed) Denver at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night (April 6) in the second NCAA semifinal game at the United Center in Chicago.

Notre Dame is the first host school to advance to the Frozen Four since 2006 when Wisconsin hosted at Bradley in Milwaukee. The Badgers went on to win the 2006 NCAA Championship.

The Irish advanced to the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four by defeating UMass Lowell in overtime, 3-2, on March 26 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire in the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional Final.

Sophomore forward Andrew Oglevie, who is in the midst of a breakout offensive season for the Irish, provided the overtime heroics with his 21st goal of the season, scored at 2:44 of the first overtime. It was Notre Dame’s first overtime win since Jake Evans scored the game winner to defeat Miami 3-2 on December 28, 2014, in the first round of the Florida College Hockey Classic in Estero, Florida.

At the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional, the Irish erased deficits against both No. 1 seed Minnesota and No. 2 seed UMass Lowell to post back-to-back 3-2 victories. In 2017’s 12 regional semifinal and regional final games, Notre Dame was the only team to trail in the second period or later and post a win.

Anders Bjork scored a pair of goals against the Gophers, including the game winner, and then had the primary assist on all three goals in the NCAA Regional Final win over the River Hawks. A Top Ten finalist for the Hobey Baker award, he was voted the NCAA East Regional’s Most Outstanding Player and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

GAME 40 — NCAA Championship Semifinal
 No. 4 seed Notre Dame vs. No. 1 seed Denver
Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Site: Chicago
Arena: United Center
Television: ESPN2
Play-By-Play: John Buccigross
Analyst: Barry Melrose
Reporter: Quint Kessenich
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Live Radio: WZOC 94.3 FM
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Radio: Westwood One | Sirius/XM 84
Talent: Alex Faust, Colby Cohen & Shireen Saski
Live Updates: @NDHockey
Series History: Denver leads, 35-10-5 (50 games)

Select Company

  • Notre Dame will be playing in the Frozen Four for the third time in the last 10 years.
  • The only other schools that can make that claim are North Dakota (5) and Boston College (5).

Of Note

  • The Irish have now reached the Frozen Four three times in school history (2008, 2011 and 2017), all under head coach Jeff Jackson.
  • Junior goaltender Cal Petersen has started 89 consecutive games in the Irish net dating back to a 5-1 win over Maine on Feb. 7, 2015. It is the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history (men’s DI).
  • Notre Dame is out-scoring opponents 52-28 (+24) in third periods this season. The 52 third-period goals are tied for the fourth-most in the country.
  • Anders Bjork has seven points in three career NCAA Championship games on three goals and four assists. He was named the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional’s Most Outstanding Player.
  • Notre Dame is playing in the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season, the fourth time in the last five years and the ninth time in program history.
  • It marks the eighth NCAA Championship appearance by the Irish under head coach Jeff Jackson.

Series Notes

  • Former WCHA opponents from 1971-81, Denver and Notre Dame have played 50 times before meeting in the 2017 Frozen Four.
  • The teams played to a pair of overtime ties last season, ringing in the new year with a 1-1 tie on Jan. 1, followed by a 2-2 tie on Jan. 2.
  • Irish goaltender Cal Petersen was the de facto MVP of that series as he posted a 1.40 goals against average to go along with an impressive .968 save percentage (stopped 92 of 95 shots faced).
  • Prior to last season, the teams had not met since a 5-2 Denver win on Oct. 11, 2008 in the Hall of Fame Game (Denver, Colorado).
  • On December 8, 1972 the two teams played at Chicago Stadium, with the Pioneers posting a 5-2 win on that day (the Irish rebounded with an 8-6 home win the following night).
  • It marked the only previous neutral site meeting between the two teams.

Familiar Foe

  • Denver head coach Jim Montgomery’s first college coaching job was as Jeff Jackson’s volunteer assistant coach in 2005-06 (Jackson’s first year with the Irish).
  • Jackson’s Lake Superior State team won NCAA titles in 1992 and 1994, but was denied in the 1993 title game when Montgomery scored a hat trick against his future boss to lead Maine past the Lakers.