Notre Dame sports four years in review
Observer Sports Staff | Friday, May 19, 2017
MEN’S SOCCER WINS FIRST NATIONAL TITLE
Dec. 15, 2013
Following a disappointing NCAA tournament in 2012, Notre Dame advanced to the College Cup the next season and bested Maryland in the final, 2-1, to win its first NCAA championship. The victory also marked the first national title for Irish head coach Bobby Clark in his 27th season as a college coach.
Notre Dame was ranked in the top 10 for the entire season, winning games against No. 13 Clemson, No. 12 Wake Forest and No. 18 Michigan State. The Irish entered the ACC tournament as co-regular season champions and No. 1 in the country. However, Notre Dame fell in the semifinals to No. 10 Virginia 4-3 in penalties.
Earning a No. 3 seed for the NCAA tournament, the Irish stormed to the final where they faced off against fifth-seeded Maryland, the team that split the regular season ACC title with Notre Dame.
Thanks to goals from Andrew O’Malley and Leon Brown, the Irish emerged victorious. Notre Dame had five players in the NCAA all-tournament team, including co-Most Outstanding Player Harrison Shipp. Clark was also named NSCAA Division I Coach Of The Year.
CAMPUS CROSSROADS TO RESTRUCTURE STADIUM
Jan. 30, 2014
As part of the largest building project in Notre Dame history, Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick announced Notre Dame Stadium would be expanded. As part of the project, new academic and athletic facilities will be added onto Notre Dame Stadium. The project is set to be completed by the fall of 2017.
MEN’S LACROSSE MAKES TRIP TO NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS
May 26, 2014
After going 11-5 in the 2014 regular season, the Irish plowed through postseason opponents to capture the ACC title and advance to the championship game in the NCAA tournament.
Playing for the title in Baltimore against Duke, Notre Dame fell 11-9.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONTENDS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP
April 7, 2015
A Final Four appearance in 2015 was the fifth in a row for the Irish, and a win over South Carolina gave Notre Dame its fourth championship game berth in five years.
In the title game, the Irish fell to Connecticut for the third year, this time by a score of 63-53 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
MOLLY SEIDEL WINS MULTIPLE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 12, 2015
Senior Molly Seidel won the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter events in March of 2016, the NCAA cross country title in November and the 10,000-meter event in the NCAA track and field championships in June 2015.
Seidel returned to Notre Dame for a fifth season this spring.
MEN’S BASKETBALL REACHES BACK-TO-BACK ELITE EIGHTS
March 25, 2016
Following a historic run in 2015, the Irish returned to the Elite Eight after finishing the regular season 24-12 in 2016.
Notre Dame was the only team in the Elite Eight to make it that far each of the last two seasons. The Irish squeaked by Stephen F. Austin in the second round with a last-second tip-in.
BRIAN VANGORDER FIRED AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Sept. 25, 2016
After a 1-3 start in which the Irish gave up 134 points, the most ever by a Notre Dame football team in its first four games, Brian VanGorder was fired as defensive coordinator. Defensive analyst Greg Hudson assumed his duties.
In the offseason, the Irish hired Mike Elko, former defensive coordinator at Wake Forest, as defensive coordinator.
FENCING WINS NINTH NATIONAL TITLE
March 26, 2017
For the first time since 2011, Notre Dame captured the NCAA national title. Led by senior captain Lee Kiefer, whose four career individual titles mark only the third time a collegiate fencer has accomplished such a feat, the Irish won the finals by 25 points and also had nine All-Americans, the most of any program.
HOCKEY REACHES PROGRAM’S THIRD FROZEN FOUR
March 26, 2017
After upsetting top-seeded Minnesota in the Northeast regional, the Irish came from behind to defeat UMass Lowell 3-2 in overtime, only a week after the River Hawks had dominated the Irish 5-1 in the Hockey East semifinals.
Notre Dame’s trip to the Frozen Four was the program’s first since 2011 and also marked the first time since 2006 that the host team of the tournament reached the national semifinals. But the Irish hit a roadblock in No. 1 Denver, who defeated the Irish 6-1 on the way to the national title.
MUFFET MCGRAW ELECTED INTO NAISMITH HALL OF FAME
April 1, 2017
Irish women’s head basketball coach Muffet McGraw became Notre Dame’s first woman to be elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Her 765 wins at Notre Dame are the most by any coach in Irish history, and she is the sixth-winningest female coach in women’s basketball history.