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Staff Predictions

| Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mike Gotimer, Sports Writer

In a year where the NCAA Tournament has been filled with upsets, Notre Dame has remained the only constant, as the Irish head to the College Cup for the fifth straight season. With two teams making their first appearance in the Final Four and another seeking perfection, Notre Dame finds itself in an ideal situation with the fewest distractions of the four remaining teams. While the Irish have dominated on both ends of the field throughout the tournament, their experience will reign supreme in this year’s College Cup.

FINAL RESULT: Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0 — Irish win national championship


Allan Joseph, Sports Writer

It’s an interesting foursome in the College Cup. With traditional powers Notre Dame and Stanford matching up against Final Four newcomers Boston College and Ohio State, there’s a unique dynamic awaiting in North Carolina. The Cardinal and Irish absolutely dominated their regions, while the Eagles and Buckeyes struggled somewhat. I fully expect comfortable semifinal wins to set up a marquee Stanford-Notre Dame national championship. Both of those teams are loaded with talent, and while it’ll be about as nerve-wracking a final as possible, the experienced, even-keeled and tested Irish will prevail.

FINAL RESULT: Notre 3, Stanford 2 (OT) — Irish win national championship


Chris Masoud, Sports Writer

I’m not quite sure how the Buckeyes made it this far with four losses to their name, but I’ll take it. Notre���Dame should blow past Ohio State by a wide margin to make it back to the title game. Although the Irish defense no longer features All-American Carrie Dew, it has lifted this team to the College Cup unlike previous years. That should be the difference that pushes this team to a national title. But Stanford will be Notre���Dame’s toughest opponent yet, and even if Melissa Henderson plays like Melissa Henderson (which I think she will), the Irish may not get much.

FINAL RESULT: Notre Dame 0, Stanford 0 (5-4 PKs) — Irish win national championship