Notre Dame Fighting Irish News: Going for the ACC championship, more

  • Hannah Hidalgo and company are playing for a title
  • Fighting Irish lacrosse stay on the winning path
  • Baseball pitching keeps struggling

Notre Dame v Virginia Tech
Notre Dame v Virginia Tech / Lance King/GettyImages

Hannah Hidalgo and her Notre Dame Fighting Irish teammates are continuing what’s been a hot run at the end of the season. On Saturday, they routed the Virginia Tech Hokies 82-53 to advance to the ACC Tournament championship. They’ll play the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Sunday at noon.

While Hidalgo shined once again, scoring 15 points while hauling down 6 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists, the Fighting Irish won thanks to a concerted team effort. Four Notre Dame players scored in double figures, with Sonia Citron leading the pack with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.

The victory was the 7th straight for Niele Ivey’s crew, though they’ll need to find a way to stay focused and committed for a little while longer. Her team’s last loss just happened to be to the Wolfpack. 

That game wasn’t particularly close either as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended up losing by 16, 59-43. As they say, revenge is a dish best served cold, but when your team is red hot.

More Notre Dame Fighting Irish news

  • While Hannah Hidalgo and her teammates keep their hot streak going, her male counterparts are back on the struggle bus a bit. After going through a stretch where they won five of six, Micah Shrewsberry’s bunch finished the regular season on Sunday with their second straight loss. However, they did play Virginia Tech tough in the 82-76 defeat.
  • One bright side in a loss that saw Notre Dame hoops finish the regular season 12-19 was Markus Burton’s continued development. He had 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists on Saturday. 
  • The Irish will now open the ACC Tournament as the 12-seed against 13th-seeded Georga Tech on Tuesday at 1pm.
  • The Notre Dame lacrosse team is continuing its march to another title defense as it toppled the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, 13-10. Chris Kavanagh had an all-around career day, posting a career-high eight points off a career-best five goals and three assists. Now sitting at 4-1, The Notre Dame defense has now held four of its five opponents in 2024 to 10 goals or less.
  • The Notre Dame Hockey season came to a close, getting swept by the Michigan Wolverines in a best-of-three Big Ten Tournament series. UM proved too strong for the Irish at the end of the season, as a scheduling quirk saw the two teams face off four straight times in Ann Arbor. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost all four games with the last three all being by one goal.
  • The Notre Dame baseball team’s struggles on the mound continued this weekend as they lost their second straight to Virginia Tech. On Saturday, they followed up an 11-3 loss with a 10-5 defeat. After a great start to the year, they’re now just 9-4 on the year and 0-2 in the ACC.