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ND Women's Tennis: Squad hopes to keep momentum against OSU

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Sunday marked a first in Notre Dame women's tennis history as they upset the top ranked team in the country, Northwestern. This afternoon marks their first match after the historic win, as the Irish will try to keep their momentum going and avoid a letdown after such a monumental victory.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 180 pounds

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Mike Doran def. Giacomo "Il Capo" Minafra Doran and Minafra began tentatively, with few punches thrown. The first round was marked by many dodges from each fighter, leading to many missed punches. The end of the round was back-and-forth with combinations from each fighter, with the junior Doran landing the last before the bell.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 147 pounds

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147 pounds Kieran Bulger def. Matthew Lemanski The senior Bulger advanced the finals after stalling in the semifinals last year by besting the sophomore Lemanski in a unanimous decision. The fight took on a defensive pace early on as each fighter held back their punches and looked to pounce whenever their opponent let down. Bulger rode the momentum from a strong end of the opening round into the second, dodging a flurry of punches from Lemanski and countering with headshots. The third round was a slow affair, as both fighters were visibly spent from the furious second round.  Bulger's statement in the second round proved to be enough to win him the unanimous decision. Kevin ‘DiGiornio' Ortenzio def. Thomas ‘Shake and Bake' Enzweiler  Junior Enzweiler had a clear height advantage, giving him the confidence to begin the match with energy, but the sophomore Ortenzio fought back with technique. Both fighters went on the offensive in the second round, and while both ended up worse for the wear, neither took an advantage into the third round. Ortenzio utilized the height disparity well in the third, delivering a series of uppercuts to Enzweiler. In the end, Ortenzio won the very close fight by split decision.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 173 pounds

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Alex Kissinger def. Kevin ‘The Night Man' Kray Kissinger opened on the attack, but Kray also landed punches early. Kissinger utilized his strategy of driving the junior into the ropes in the first round. Kray moved constantly, dancing around the ring while throwing occasional punches, hoping to frustrate the senior. As the second round began, Kissinger again attacked Kray into the ropes; each time Kray moved off the ropes, he played a defensive game.  In the latter part of the round, Kray abandoned throwing punches and evaded Kissinger.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 163 pounds

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Jordan Bucci def. Ryan ‘The Show Stopper' Shestak The two seniors fought an even match bell-to-bell, as both fighters refused to let up throughout the three rounds. The first round saw an even showing from both boxers. In the second round, both fighters engaged in multiple series of jabs and combinations. still remaining close.



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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 151 pounds

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Tim ‘The Slayer' Thayer def. Tommy ‘The Hebrew Hammer' Schanzer  Senior captain Thayer opened the fight on the offensive, delivering continuous jabs to his classmate's jaw. Schanzer returned the favor, beginning the second round with intensity. Control of the match switched back and forth, but Thayer's strength behind his punches could not be matched. He delivered blow after blow, many of which could be heard from the stands. Thayer took the match in a unanimous decision. Bobby Powers def. Andrew Kristensen Sophomore Kristensen ended the first round with the advantage, but junior Powers started the second round by knocking Kristensen off his feet and nearly out of the ring twice in a row. These two consecutive hits caused the referee to call the match with 1:05 left in the second round, giving Powers the win.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 160 pounds

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John ‘My Body is a Wonderland' Maier def. Kevin Goodwin Captain Maier established himself as the dominant force early in the first round in the fight between the two seniors. Maier's significant height advantage proved troublesome for Goodwin, as it allowed him the angle to land punches to Goodwin's head and body.



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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 133 pounds

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133 pounds Chris ‘Cougar' Cugliari def. Brian ‘Ghost Hands' Robillard Senior captain Cugliari's fast hands and quick feet overcame the sophomore Robillard in a unanimous decision. Cugliari opened the fight looking to set the tone and threw plenty of punches. He connected on a big punch early to Robillard's face, knocking him down. After scoring the early knockdown, Cugliari played it safe, picking his spots and pouncing whenever Robillard let his guard down.


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Bengal Bouts: Showdowns set

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133 pounds Chris ‘Cougar' Cugliari def. Brian ‘Ghost Hands' Robillard Senior captain Cugliari's fast hands and quick feet overcame the sophomore Robillard in a unanimous decision. Cugliari opened the fight looking to set the tone and threw plenty of punches. He connected on a big punch early to Robillard's face, knocking him down. After scoring the early knockdown, Cugliari played it safe, picking his spots and pouncing whenever Robillard let his guard down.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 140 pounds

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140 pounds Michael Johnston def. Brian ‘The Good Thief' Heath The two seniors came out with differing styles, and ultimately Johnston prevailed with a unanimous victory. Johnston landed a number of combinations in the first round, which Heath couldn't counter with enough punches to bring the momentum back in his favor.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 205 pounds

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Pat "Tigers love pepper, they hate cinnamon" Burns def. Jason Healy The first round between senior captain Burns and junior Healy was relatively slow. Each wanted to be patient and pick and choose their spots carefully. With both adopting low, wide stances, neither could attack well enough to knock the other off-balance.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 166 pounds

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Jason ‘Pretty Boy' Miller def. Matthew Gimlett The first round opened with Gimlett focused on going low and attacking Miller's body, but Miller was able to counter and land punches when his senior classmate Gimlett crouched in preparation for a body shot.


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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 155 pounds

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Ryan ‘Dayman'  Slaney def. Andrew Bachinskas  Senior Bachinskas brought the heat as soon as the bell rang, but midway through the first round Slaney got into the match, delivering a series of heavy blows. Bachinskas began the second round with just as much fire as the first, but again, the senior Slaney took control at the end of the second. The energy from both sides died down slightly in the third round, but Slaney held strong, landing a few more punches despite his fatigue than Bachinskas managed to. Via split decision, Slaney advanced to the finals. Adam ‘Mad' Cowden ‘Disease' def. Kyle ‘No Name Just Game' Kober  Sophomore Cowden took no mercy in the first round, repeatedly finding contact and cornering freshman and fellow Sorin resident Kober. Kober refused to give in, finding the sophomore's face on multiple occasions. Kober began the second round on a better foot, but Cowden's experience showed through with his ability to move quickly and deliver jabs in key locations. After receiving aid to stop a bloodied nose, Cowden forced Kober into the ropes and maintained control of the third round. In the end, Cowden's experience earned him a spot in the finals via a split decision.



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ND Women's Golf: Huffer leads the way for Irish in Florida

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After a few months spent practicing in the Rolfs Golf Facility, the Irish are happy to be competing in the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla., in a two-day event at the River Wilderness Country Club. Notre Dame came out of Monday's competition in 11th after two rounds of play.


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ND Women's Basketball: Schrader returns to the court

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With a two-game losing streak hovering over its head, No. 7 Notre Dame finds itself in unfamiliar territory heading into the last week of the regular season. Fighting for a top seed in the Big East Championship, the Irish (23-3, 10-3 Big East) will have their first chance to exorcise their demons as they host Marquette tonight for Senior Night.


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ND Men's Lacrosse: No. 3 Notre Dame ready for new Big East opponents

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With the beginning of the 2010 season comes a number of firsts for the No. 3 Irish. Not only did they take down now-No. 8 Duke in the season opener, the first time the Irish have defeated a team that was ranked in the top two of the national polls in program history, but Notre Dame is also one of seven teams in the newly-formed and highly competitive Big East men's lacrosse league.