Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 24, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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12 SEPT. 24, 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED UNDER THE DOME Irish student-athletes excelling on the field and in the classroom Claire Albrecht — Golf The freshman from Ormond Beach, Fla., was the top finisher in her first tournament with Notre Dame. She finished 14th individually, helping the Irish place seventh as a team. A l b re c ht ca rd e d a n even-par 72 in each of the final two rounds and finished with a 3-over 219 overall. She played the par fours at even par over all three rounds, which tied for the second-best mark in the 84-player field. Davis Lamb — Golf The junior from Potomac, Md., led the way for Notre Dame in the Badger Invitational Sept. 10-11 in Madison, Wis. He started strong, carding a 2-under-par 70 in the second round, but fell off with a 3-over 75 in the third round. Lamb ended up tying for 16th with a 2-over 218, marking the fourth time in his career he's been the top finisher for Notre Dame in tournament play. Jack Lynn — Soccer The freshman from St. Louis came off the bench in No. 8 Notre Dame's matchup with No. 2 Indiana and netted the first goal of his ca- reer, and the lone goal for Notre Dame in a 2-1 loss. Lynn finished the game with one goal and two shots, both on goal. In high school competi- tion, he tallied 46 goals in three seasons before moving exclusively to club soccer. Rebecca Nunge — Volleyball The outside hitter from Newburgh, Ind., was one of two seniors — along with libero Ryann DeJarld — named a team captain Sept. 12. Through Sept. 11, she had racked up 736 kills, 303 blocks and 216 digs during her three-plus sea- sons with the Irish. Nunge, a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection, ranked second on the team in kills with a single-season personal-best 276 in 2017. TOP OF THE CLASS ✦ GIMME FIVE The game at Wake Forest this weekend is the first of five this season against foes from the Atlantic Coast Conference, of which Notre Dame has been a partial member in football since 2014. The original ACC was formed in 1953 with only eight teams: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. South Carolina left the conference in 1971 to become an independent and has since joined the SEC, while Maryland moved to the Big Ten in 2013. In the 19 years from 1953-71, North Caro- lina and Duke were the only two teams Notre Dame ever played in football among the charter members of the ACC. Now the 14-team league in football (Notre Dame is a 15th full-time member in every sport other than football and hockey) has doubled in size since 1971, adding Georgia Tech in 1979, Florida State in 1991 and then six from the old Big East since 2013. In the current configuration, these are the ACC teams the Irish have now faced most in football: ACC SCHOOLS NOTRE DAME HAS FACED THE MOST School Games Record 1. Pittsburgh 69 47-21-1 2. Georgia Tech 35 28-6-1 3. Miami 26 17-8-1 4. Boston College 22 13-9 5. North Carolina 20 18-2 Getting To Know … SENIOR SAFETY NICK COLEMAN Hometown: "Dayton, Ohio." High School: "Archbishop Alter." Major: "Management consulting." Favorite Food: "Definitely my mom's chicken and rice." Favorite Place To Eat In South Bend: "Mango Café." Favorite Movie: "'The Dark Knight.'" Favorite Music: "R&B." Favorite Musician: "J Cole." Favorite TV Show: "'Power.'" Favorite Professional Sports Team: " The Boston Celtics." Favorite Part About Playing For Notre Dame: "It's the relationships I've built with my friends and my teammates. And then going out and actually playing with them." Toughest Player You've Ever Faced: " The quarterback at USC, Sam Darnold. He was the real deal." MOVING? Let us know your new address! Call 1-800-421-7751 CHARTING THE IRISH NOTRE DAME VS. THE ACC ON THE ROAD On Sept. 22, Notre Dame will be at Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on Wake Forest for the program's first road game of the year and first matchup versus an Atlantic Coast Conference foe this season. Heading into the season, the Demon Deacons were viewed as a team that could potentially trip up the Irish early. In addition to Wake Forest possessing enough talent to challenge Notre Dame, opening road games against the ACC have proved difficult for the Irish. Notre Dame is 2-2 in the team's first true road contests versus ACC opponents since 2014, the first year it started playing multiple contests against the league. The Irish fell 31-27 to Florida State in 2014, needed a late touchdown to defeat un- derdog Virginia 34-27 in 2015, lost 10-3 to North Carolina State while playing dur- ing Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and then dominated Boston College 49-20 in 2017. Overall under head coach Brian Kelly, Notre Dame is 9-5 in true road games against the ACC. Last season the Irish went 2-1 in such games, defeating the Eagles and North Carolina (33-10) before having their College Football Playoff hopes dashed at Miami (41-8). IRISH ON THE ROAD VS. ACC UNDER BRIAN KELLY Opponent (Year) Outcome Miami (2017) L, 41-8 North Carolina (2017) W, 33-10 Boston College (2017) W, 49-20 NC State (2016) L, 10-3 Pittsburgh (2015) W, 42-30 Clemson (2015) L, 24-22 Virginia (2015) W, 34-27 Florida State (2014) L, 31-27 Pittsburgh (2013) L, 28-21 Boston College (2012) W, 21-6 Maryland (2011) W, 45-21 Wake Forest (2011) W, 24-17 Pittsburgh (2011) W, 15-12 Boston College (2010) W, 31-13

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