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Saints men’s tennis beats Judson in CCAC tournament

The Holy Cross men’s tennis team was victorious on Thursday in the CCAC tournament, beating Judson by an overall 4-3 scoreline. Freshmen Perry Gregg, Karel Blom, and Ciaran McCarthy all won their singles matches. Gregg and McMurphy won in straight sets and Blom won a narrow three-set match. On the doubles side, Holy Cross held a 2-1 advantage to claim the point. The team of Gregg and sophomore Issac Chan won, along with Blom and McCarthy. With the win, Holy Cross will face Cardinal Stritch in the CCAC Championship.

Saints women’s tennis falls to Olivet Nazarene in CCAC tournament

Olivet Nazarene shut out the Holy Cross Saints 4-0 on Thursday in the CCAC Semifinals. The Tigers earned the all-important doubles point with both of their doubles teams earning the victory. The Tigers also easily swept the Saints in the singles matches, winning all three of the completed matches in straight sets.

Irish women’s lacrosse begins ACC tournament play against Duke

After opening the season with a disappointing 4-7 record, the Irish women’s lacrosse team has now won four of its last five games to finish the season on a high note. They will look to remain hot in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament against the Duke Blue Devils. The whole ACC tournament, excluding the championship, will be played at Arlotta Stadium as well, which should benefit the Irish. The Blue Devils and Irish met earlier this season at Arlotta Stadium in March. The Blue Devils triumphed in that game by a score of 15-12. Friday’s game will begin at 2:30 pm EST. The winner advances to play the winner of UNC and Pitt’s matchup.

Irish junior attacker Madison Ahern runs onto the field before Notre Dame’s 24-5 win over Central Michigan on Feb. 11.

Saint Mary’s lacrosse falls to Trine in overtime heartbreaker

The Belles played a great game on Wednesday night but ultimately lost a heartbreaker to Trine by a 14-13 scoreline in overtime. Senior midfielder Bridget Kane led the way for the Belles, scoring five goals and recording three assists. Kane got the scoring going for the Belles early on, but Trine fought back to score the next three goals. They earned a 3-1 advantage with ten minutes to play in the first quarter. However, the Belles then answered with three goals of their own to take a 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Trine scored the opening goal of the second quarter, but the Belles fought back and held a 7-5 lead at halftime.

The beginning of the second half was back and forth and the Belles held a 9-7 lead with six minutes to play in the third quarter, but Trine scored a string of goals at the end of the quarter to take a 12-11 lead into the fourth. The Belles scored an early goal in the fourth quarter to tie it up at 12 apiece. Then, both teams were held scoreless until there were less than five minutes left in the game. Although Trine snagged a 13-12 lead with 4:32 to play, Kane answered just over a minute later. Ultimately the game would go to overtime, and Trine ended up winning it at the 3:10 mark.

Saint Mary’s softball goes 1-3 in midweek doubleheaders

In the series opener, the Hornets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. They then added three more runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. The Belles got two runs back in the fifth with junior Caitlin Traxler’s two-run double. After both teams failed to score in the sixth, the Belles used a four-run seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead. It was senior Mandi Hettinger who delivered a clutch single to score two of the runs and grab the lead. Although the Hornets would tie it up in the bottom of the inning, senior catcher Natalie Quinlan drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning. The Belles closed the game out in the bottom of the inning to record a 7-6 victory.

In the second game of the series, the Hornets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning and ended up with an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning. The Belles fought back to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth and get back within striking distance. The Hornets were able to hold off the Belles in the seventh, though, ultimately winning 8-5.

Thunder sweep Belles

Saint Mary’s dropped Thursday’s doubleheader opener against Wheaton by a score of 5-3. The Belles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning off junior outfielder Paige Madden’s RBI single in the second inning and freshman Grace Renschen’s two-run double in the third inning. The Thunder clawed their way back, though, and scored two runs in the top of the fourth to bring the score to 3-2. Wheaton then took a 4-3 lead in the fifth and tacked on an insurance run in the seventh to win 5-3.

The Thunder dominated the second game. They thrashed the Belles to earn a 10-2 victory in five innings. Although the Belles took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, they only recorded two more hits over the remainder of the game. The Thunder, on the other hand, came out swinging and thrashed the Belles pitching staff. Tied at two after three innings, the Thunder used a five-run fourth inning to break it open. Then a three-run fifth inning secured the sweep of the doubleheader.

Tags: Bridget Kane, Caitlin Traxler, Ciaran McCarthy, Emilie Gist, Grace Renschen, Holy Cross men’s tennis, Holy Cross Women’s Tennis, Isaac Chan, Karel Blom, Mandi Hettinger, Natalie Quinlan, Notre Dame Lacrosse, Paige Madden, Perry Gregg, Saint Mary’s Lacrosse, Saint Mary’s Softball

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