AL.com - A group of University of Notre Dame student-athletes and administrators wrapped up a week of volunteering in tornado relief Thursday on a fall break service trip organized by Notre Dame and the University of Alabama. The trip, called Fight for Tide, brought 24 students and six administrators to Tuscaloosa to work in collaboration with Project Team Up, an initiative to rebuild communities partnered with Nick Saban's foundation Nick's Kids. Students representing the Notre Dame baseball, cross country, cheerleading, fencing, men's golf, women's lacrosse, rowing and track and field teams were selected for the trip based on essays they wrote. Sarah Smith, program coordinator for student athlete welfare and development at Notre Dame, said the idea to help Tuscaloosa began with a former Notre Dame employee who currently works in the ticket office at Alabama. He emailed the athletics office at Notre Dame and asked them to collect relief supplies that Alabama would pay to ship. Smith, who is originally from a town an hour away from Joplin, Missouri, began to come up with an idea of a service trip when students started talking over the summer about going to down to Tuscaloosa to help. "I just kind of ran with the idea and started calling people to see if it would be a possibility, and people started wanting to support it and make it happen," Smith said. After arriving Saturday, the group has worked at two sites in Alberta City, clearing storm debris on lots where new houses are planned to be built. They also met with Alabama athletics director Mal Moore and went on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium, had dinner with Notre Dame's Alabama alumni club at Dreamland, attended Mass with students at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish on the Alabama campus and toured the baseball and softball facilities. On Thursday, at a site just off University Boulevard on 21st Avenue East, Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy and several players joined the group from Notre Dame in clearing debris from destroyed houses and carrying limbs to the street. Notre Dame baseball player Tommy Chase said the experience changed his perspective on the important things in life. "I look at this as a great opportunity to help where there's a need," Chase said. "We get caught up at school doing a lot things for ourselves, whether it's in sports or in the classroom. Those are all great things, but it's revolved around our own needs and goals. Being able to come down here and help others is really important for my own personal development, but also I want to hopefully inspire this community in some way." Notre Dame sophomore cheerleader Erin Garfield took time away from her team to travel to Tuscaloosa because the fall break gave her time to join the service trip. On Saturday night, she'll be cheering on the sidelines as the Irish face USC in South Bend. "It's just been a great experience all around, hearing all these stories from people who experienced the tornado and getting to meet all these amazing people, Garfield said. Alabama sophomore softball player Ryan Iamurri said she was glad to share the experience of volunteering in Alberta City with the students from Notre Dame. "When you live here, you kind of get back in your normal routine, and if you don't cross this bridge (to Alberta), you forget what it's like," Iamurri said."It was so nice of them because we realize there's still so much more to do. To come out here with them is special."
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- Despite an overwhelming edge in shots and quality scoring chances in the second half and both overtime periods in its BIG EAST Conference women's soccer match at Rutgers, Notre Dame wasn't able to find the winning solution and wound up sharing the spoils with the Scarlet Knights, as Sunday's matinee ended in a 0-0 draw at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. ... it was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Fighting Irish and keeps Notre Dame unbeaten in its last four matches, as well as six of their last seven outings ... the Fighting Irish finished with a 21-9 advantage in total shots for the afternoon, including a 17-3 edge during the final 45 minutes and the two 10-minute overtime sessions. - A second straight BIG EAST Conference volleyball road win came in the form of a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-12) victory for Notre Dame Sunday afternoon at the West Virginia Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. ... paving the way for the Irish over host West Virginia was senior Kristen Dealy and her 16 kills ... in fact, Dealy hit an eye-popping .533 on the day without an error in 30 attempts. - Sean Lorenz, Anders Lee and T.J. Tynan each had a goal and an assist and Notre Dame got strong play from its special teams as the Irish rallied to overcome a 2-0 second-period deficit on the way to a 5-3 hockey win over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Saturday night in front of 6,303 fans at AMSOIL Arena ... Nick Larson and Kevin Lind added the other two Irish goals while Sam Calabrese chipped in a pair of key assists for a two-point night on the score sheet ... Steven Summerhays made 21 saves in helping Notre Dame to a split of the weekend series. - The 11th-ranked men's soccer team played No. 1 Connecticut to a scoreless draw in BIG EAST Blue Division action on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,943 fans at Alumni Stadium on the Notre Dame campus ... the tie snapped Connecticut's 11-game win streak. - Here are some of Brian Kelly's comments from Sunday's media teleconference: "We've said, listen, if we want to make the playoffs we have to win each and every week. We said, let's get to the top 14 in the country, you're in the playoffs and that means you've got to win a lot of games. It's a must-win situation each week and every game is a playoff game for us." "Any time you are preparing against the option, yards have nothing to do with the outcome. It's about keeping the points down." "When you have to prepare for triple option and the ability of the quarterback to run, you put in one less coverage for Michael Floyd and you put in one less blitz package to get after Tommy Rees because you're afraid you may get caught in that when (Andrew) Hendrix is in the game So it protects him (Rees) more when you have that kind of versatility in your offense." "When you can protect the quarterback at the level that we do and to run the ball the past two weeks for over 250 yards, that's about as complete as it gets for an offensive line." - Here are some leftover football notes from the Notre Dame-Air Force contest: * The last time Notre Dame had seven different players score TDs in a game was in the 48-17 win over Arizona State in 1999 at Notre Dame Stadium. * The last Notre Dame QB to run for 100 yards was Carlyle Holiday who had 22-109 vs. Boston College in 2001; Andrew Hendrix had six for 111. * The 555 total yards by Notre Dame is the most this season (551 last week at Purdue). * Notre Dame's 59 points are most by an Irish team since 62-0 vs. Rutgers in 1996 in Lou Holtz's last game at ND Stadium * It was first time Irish have scored 50 anywhere since a 57-7 win at Stanford in 2003. * It was first time Irish have been over 50 points at Notre Dame Stadium since a 52-20 win over Boston College in 1997. * The last time a Notre Dame team scored more points in any half than first-half 42 vs. Air Force was 48 in second half vs. Georgia Tech in 1977. * Last time an Irish QB threw four TD passes in first half of a game was Brady Quinn who did it in 2004 in first half vs. Washington at Notre Dame Stadium. * Tommy Rees now has at least one TD pass in 11 straight games - third on all-time list behind Brady Quinn (16) and Jimmy Clausen (13)
When you consider all the technology available today, it's downright amazing to think how archaic athletic communications were just a few short years ago. Need the latest University of Notre Dame football statistics? They'd be calculated and typed by hand on a manual typewriter (eventually the "big innovation" IBM Selectric typewriter came along), reproduced and mailed on Sunday nights and maybe you'd receive them via ordinary mail by Thursday. Need them quicker than that? The hit commodity in technology in the 1970s was the Xerox Telecopier (a facsimile machine) that required either four or six minutes (depending on how clear you wanted the type to read) to send a single page of copy to another Telecopier on the other end. If a media representative out of town needed your entire news release, depth chart and stats, it might take an hour or more to send it all. Breaking news happening on one of the Irish athletic fields? There was no simple way to communicate it. Pick up the telephone and dictate. Call media outlets one at a time to alert them about a hiring or press conference. Three technology advances changed everything in the sports information world everywhere - cell phones, the Internet and e-mail. For years the joke around the Notre Dame athletic offices was that the Irish quarterback on a given day might break his leg and - given that practices were closed to the media - there was some chance no one would find out until the next day. There was no texting, no Facebook - maybe no way for the word to get out other than old-fashioned word of mouth. The World Wide Web prompted the offering of athletic sites like und.com that debuted in 1995. In the beginning sites like Notre Dame's offered strictly the basics - mostly what was available via traditional press releases. There was no video in the "early days," and media members weren't yet routinely carrying computers or laptops. So, quite often, the plea to media to utilize school sites for time-sensitive items like statistics went unheeded. About that same time, cell phones changed the face of telecommunications. When current athletics staffers consider all the detailed scheduling and adjustments that go into, for example, a weeklong stay for a postseason bowl game, it's hard to imagine how those events ever occurred without cell phones. The Orange Bowl provided some new contraption-style portable phones to Notre Dame reps one year, but they looked more like walkie-talkies than the current variety and they didn't exactly fit in your pocket.
- The Hockey East Association and Notre Dame announced today that the Fighting Irish have been accepted into the league as the 11th member school and will begin hockey play in the 2013-14 campaign ... the announcement came at a press conference on the ice at Notre Dame's new Compton Family Ice Arena ... in making the announcement, Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna said, "It is not an overstatement to say that this is one of the most significant days in the history of our conference. The addition of new institutions is always exciting but Notre Dame brings a unique set of qualities and circumstances to the continued growth of our league. We are proud to welcome Notre Dame into the fold and we look forward to getting to the many details that come with this announcement." ... Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said, "We are excited to be joining Hockey East beginning in the 2013-14 season. Many factors played a role in our decision, but three were of special importance to us. The first two were the critical issues of the student-athlete experience and Notre Dame's fit with the other schools in the conference. But of special importance in this instance, was our goal of giving our hockey program an unprecedented level of national exposure through our expanded partnership with the NBC Sports Group. Athletics at Notre Dame has always served as a platform for promoting the University." ... Irish head coach Jeff Jackson added, "We are honored and pleased to join Hockey East for the 2013-14 season. The conference is an established league with a great tradition and outstanding programs that share Notre Dame's values. The exposure for our players and team in a major media and NHL market will be second to none. Hockey East's commitment to playing a smaller league schedule will allow us to enhance our home and non-conference schedule with traditional western and Big Ten rivals. This will allow us to bring great games to the Compton Family Ice Arena and create a more diverse, nationally-televised schedule. We are grateful to Joe Bertagna and the Hockey East Association members for this tremendous opportunity." - Notre Dame already has sold out its allotment of women's basketball season tickets in Purcell Pavilion for the 2011-12 season ... a limited number of single-game tickets go on sale next week, with season-ticket holders having first shot at those. - Speaking of tickets, hockey tickets are a hot-enough item in the new Compton Family Ice Arena that a number of Irish home games already feature only stand-room availability. - There are three former Irish players alive in the Major League Baseball playoffs - John Axford and Craig Counsell with the Milwaukee Brewers and Brad Lidge with the Philadelphia Phillies. - As the Dan Devine sculpture dedication looms on Friday afternoon, consider some of the assistant coaches who worked under Devine: * The late Jim Johnson, who became a highly-successful NFL defensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles and also coached with Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis and Seattle * Jim Gruden, later a longtime NFL scout and father of Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden * Merv Johnson, who went on to become offensive coordinator for 20 seasons at Oklahoma. * Greg Blache, who became a successful NFL defensive coordinator with the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears * Hank Kuhlmann who went on to coach in Green Bay and Tampa Bay and briefly served as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 1989 * Johnny Roland who coached with Arizona, New Orleans, Green Bay, Philadelphia, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Chicago in the NFL * Bill Meyers who coached with Pittsburgh and the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders in the NFL * Francis Peay, later the head coach at Northwestern * Gene Smith, now the athletics director at Ohio State * Ron Toman, later an NFL Indianapolis Colts assistant * Longtime Irish assistants Joe Yonto and Brian Boulac - The men's golf team climbed to 20th in this week's (Oct. 5-11) Golfstat rankings ... it marks the first time since October of 2005 that the Irish have been ranked in the Golfstat polls .. in addition to finding themselves within the top 25 of the Golfstat rankings, the Irish also debuted at 28th in the first Golfweek/Sagarin rankings of the 2011-12 season, which was released Sunday. - Men's golfer Max Scodro has been tabbed BIG EAST Men's Golfer of the Month for September ... the Irish senior notched three top-15 results during the month while finishing as the top Notre Dame golfer at each of the three events ... entering his final campaign with the Irish, Scodro sat third in career stroke average (minimum 35 rounds played) at 73.99 and after a three-tournament September slate that saw him finish fourth, tied for sixth and tied for 11th, Scodro has moved into second on that prestigious list with a73.80 average. - The BIG EAST and Big Ten conferences have announced the pairings for the 2012 Big Ten-BIG EAST Baseball Challenge, hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission ... the fourth annual event begins Feb. 17 and will feature a 24-game schedule spanning three days and five venues in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area ... Notre Dame opens the event against Illinois and return to action with games against Iowa and Purdue throughout the weekend.
Notre Dame hockey has found a new home. The new Compton Family Ice Arena is not the only change coming the way of the program, as Notre Dame announced today its move from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) to the Hockey East Association, effective for the 2013-14 season. Notre Dame's transfer follows in the wake of a national restructuring of the collegiate hockey conferences. The Big Ten announced in April that it would introduce its own conference in 2013-14, partly due to Penn State's new Division I hockey team. The new Big Ten conference fragmented both the CCHA and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), taking Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State from the CCHA and Minnesota and Wisconsin from the WCHA. Hockey East was not the only conference considered by the Fighting Irish. While the Irish contemplated joining the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), the NCHC put an end to all speculation with a news release on Sunday stating it would go forward with the eight teams already committed. Hockey East includes Boston College, Boston University, Maine, Providence, University of Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, New Hampshire, Vermont, Northeastern and Merrimack. After a trip to the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn., last April with a large freshmen class in tow, the Irish solidified their spot in the national picture as a perennial powerhouse. In both the CCHA coaches and media 2011 preseason polls, the Irish were given the No. 1 spot.
And for now, the Irish are comfortable in their reign.- Hilary Ferguson (Saint Mary's '12)
- Adriana Leon celebrated a very happy birthday with a goal and an assist, while Lauren Bohaboy and Jessica Schuveiller also scored goals, leading Notre Dame to its second consecutive shutout victory, a 3-0 BIG EAST Conference women's soccer decision over Providence on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium ... Melissa Henderson chipped in with her BIG EAST-leading sixth assist of the season (third of the weekend), while Molly Campbell and Sammy Scofield also added assists for the Fighting Irish - for Scofield, it was the first point of her collegiate career. - Lola Arslanbekova knocked down 28 kills on a .375 clip with 14 digs and four blocks to lift visiting Louisville over Notre Dame in BIG EAST Conference volleyball action Sunday at Purcell Pavilion ... Louisville responded after hitting .026 in the first set to post the 3-1 (17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-21) win while handing Notre Dame its third straight loss ... the Irish looked crisp in the opening set while hitting .237 and receiving four blocks from both Andrea McHugh and Toni Alugbue to set the tone for a great all-around team effort in the frame. - St. John's Daniel Herrera tallied the golden goal in the 110th minute as the 15th-ranked Red Storm topped No. 10 Notre Dame 2-1 in BIG EAST men's soccer action on Saturday night at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. ... the loss snapped Notre Dame's four-game win streak and five-game unbeaten streak ... St. John's grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute on a goal from Andres Vargas ... that was the first goal Notre Dame had surrendered in the last 323:39 of play. - Notre Dame leads the nation in fewest rushing touchdowns surrendered in 2011 (tied with Alabama, Louisville, Michigan and Utah) with one - and that one on a one-yard run by Michigan's Denard Robinson after picking up a fumble ... but that streak figures to endure a severe test Saturday as Air Force comes to Notre Dame Stadium with the third-best rushing offense in the country (364.5 yards per game) ... the Falcons already have 15 rushing touchdowns combined in their four games to date ... over Notre Dame's last 10 football games (last five in 2010, first five in 2011), Irish opponents have scored only twice on the ground ... both those were one-yard quarterback sneaks (by Robinson and USC's Mitch Mustain) ... in fact, the previous two opponents rushing touchdowns also came from quarterbacks (Navy's Ricky Dobbs). - Notre Dame's offense already has three 500-plus-yard games in its first five outings ... how unusual is that? In 1970, when the Irish set their all-time single-season record by averaging 510.5 yards per game (behind quarterback Joe Theismann), they had only two in their first five contests and finished with five 500-yard days for the full season ... more recently, in 2009 when the Irish ranked eight nationally with 451.75 yards per contest, they finished with four 500-yard efforts (with Jimmy Clausen at the helm) ... in 1968 - the only other year the Irish averaged 500 yards a game for the full season (504.4 to rate second nationally) - Terry Hanratty and Company accounted for five 500-yard efforts. - Notre Dame defeated Air Force 11 straight times to begin the football series (1964 through the 1981 season) - and the Irish later enjoyed an eight-game series win streak (1986 through 1995) ... but the Falcons have now defeated the Irish in two of their last three visits to Notre Dame Stadium ... those Air Force victories came in 1996 (a 20-17 overtime Falcon triumph over the eighth-rated Irish) and a 41-27 win in 2007 ... meanwhile, Notre Dame hasn't lost to Air Force in Colorado Springs since 1985, Gerry Faust's final season as Notre Dame head coach (the last of four straight Falcon series wins). - The official NCAA strength-of-schedule standings (those don't include non-NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision opponents) this week list Notre Dame 20th at .641 (25-14) ... so far, only one 2011 Irish opponent has played a more difficult slate (Michigan 18th at 26-14 for .650) ... check the Sagarin ratings this week and you'll find Notre Dame's schedule rated fifth nationally, with the Irish listed 24th overall as the highest-ranked two-loss team on the chart. - The only teams in the country that won road football games each of the last two Saturdays are Notre Dame and SMU (won at Memphis and TCU). - The Irish have played three straight football games allowing 13 points or less - and that hasn't happened since 1989 when Notre Dame was ranked number one (45-7 over #7 Pittsburgh, 41-0 over Navy, 59-6 over SMU). - Here are comments from Brian Kelly's media briefing this afternoon ... "He (Cierre Wood) is one of those guys I want on our football team because he loves competition. Once he was seasoned enough I think we're seeing the results." "I'm more concerned with the individual instead of the entire scheme relative to our special teams. I'm more interested in getting (Kyle) Brindza right because he's the best we've got and getting (David) Ruffer right and getting our long snapper more consistent. Those are the three individuals that have got to play better." "Option offense requires my attention because there's things we've got to do that are not necessarily in the playbook. I'll be more involved with that in terms of decision-making and those will be in meetings. It won't be me coaching on the defensive side of the ball." "I think we've been pretty consistent in running the football and stopping the run and I think that's what I look towards more than anything else." "He (Manti Te'o) might have had his best game against Purdue. I thought this was his most disciplined game in terms of the way he played. Sometimes he tries to do too much. He was very detailed and he was outstanding against the bootleg." - The Irish hockey team opened its season Sunday night at the Joyce Center with a 4-0 exhibition win over Western Ontario ... Notre Dame got goals from Bill Maday (two), Anders Lee and Garrett Peterson ... the Irish icers will make their first-ever appearance in the new Compton Family Ice Arena on Oct. 21 against Rensselaer (RPI) Engineers in a 7:05 p.m. (ET) contest ... the Irish will play their final games at the Joyce Center the weekend of Oct. 14-15 when they play host to Ohio State in the CCHA openers for both teams.
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- Lauren Bohaboy scored twice, and Jessica Schuveiller added a goal and an assist as Notre Dame blanked Connecticut, 3-0 in BIG EAST Conference women's soccer action on a cold and blustery Friday night before a crowd of 1,651 at Notre Dame's Alumni Stadium and a national television audience on ESPNU ... it was the second shutout of the season for the Fighting Irish, and their first since a season-opening 2-0 win over Wisconsin on Aug. 19, also at Alumni Stadium ... Schuveiller and Bohaboy scored 40 seconds apart midway through the first half to stake Notre Dame to a lead it would never relinquish ... Bohaboy then added a key insurance tally less than five minutes into the second half, converting a cross from Schuveiller, with Melissa Henderson setting up both of the freshman's goals on the night. - Battling weather and 14 ranked foes between the two blue races, the women's and men's cross country squads placed fifth and 11th, respectively, Friday at the 56th annual Notre Dame Invitational ... runners fought through tough conditions all day, as temperatures dipped into the high 40s and winds blew at 20-30 MPH, with top gusts reaching 40 MPH and above ... Jessica Rydberg paced the Irish women for the third meet in a row, placing 25th out of 225 runners in the women's 5K blue race to help Notre Dame to a fifth-place finish out of 28 teams ... on the men's side, the 23rd-ranked Irish finished 11th out of 26 teams ... J.P. Malette paced Notre Dame, placing 41st in 24:51. - The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has announced its 43-game television schedule for the 2011-12 season and Notre Dame is scheduled to appear 11 times with six games carried by Comcast Television and five on the CBS Sports Network ... Versus, which will become NBC Sports Network in January, has not yet announced its college hockey schedule ... Notre Dame will appear on television five times before the Christmas break and six times in the second half of the season according to the schedule released Friday. - The football team made a brief stop at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., about 8:30 p.m. Friday - but cold and windy conditions meant Brian Kelly and his team spent only about five minutes there, taking a quick look at the locker room and the field before heading to their local hotel ... the Notre Dame team traveled over to Lafayette Central Catholic High School at 10:45 a.m. today for a 45-minute walk-thru ... it's sunny and breezy in Lafayette today, with a high of 55 degrees expected - with temperatures expected to dip into the low 40s by game's end this evening (there's only a 10 percent chance of rain today).
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