Notre Dame advances to Frozen Four!

One year after rising to the #1 ranking in the country only to be stunned by Michigan State in the NCAA regional final, the #12-ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame got their revenge tonight, beating the Spartans 3-1 (after previously upsetting the top seed, New Hampshire) to advance to their first Frozen Four in school history! WOOHOO!! (Hat tip: NDLauren.)

The Irish will play the hated Skunkbears of Michigan, whose football team lost to Appalachian State last year, in a national semifinal in Denver on April 10. Michigan is ranked #1 in the land.

[UPDATE: Folks in the South Bend area are encouraged to assemble at the Joyce Center around 4:30 AM to greet the team upon its return. (Hat tip: John.)]

Now… can the Fighting Irish women’s basketball team pull off an even more monumental upset tomorrow by upsetting #1-seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16? The Irish are 0-15 all-time against the Lady Vols. How does two milestones in 24 hours sound? GO IRISH!!!

P.S. Speaking of women’s basketball, the ladies are now halfway to the Elite Eight after another quartet of non-upsets. In my pool, Chuck Wessell continues to have the lead. Complete standings here and after the jump. Information on who’s still mathematically alive to win the pool here.


11th annual women’s NCAA pool
1. Chuck Wessell – 283
2. Ken Stern – 276
3. Kevin Pilz – 271
4. Jeremy Gist – 270
4. Josh Rubin – 270
6. F.X. McGahee – 269
6. Tom Caputi – 269
–. *ALL FAVORITES BRACKET* – 269
8. Carolyn Blessing – 268
8. Matt Kagan – 268
8. Soren Hammerschmidt – 268
11. Joshua Krause – 266
12. Jim Hu – 264
12. Joseph Hiegel – 264
12. Carol LaPlante – 264
12. Rick Boeckler – 264
16. Colleen Duggan – 263
17. Michael Rosenkrantz – 262
18. Jackie Wilson – 261
18. Gary Kirby – 261
–. *AGGREGATE PICKS BRACKET* – 261
20. Ian Auzenne – 260
21. Mark Gardner – 259
21. Kay Torg – 259
23. Rachel Wetherill – 258
24. Bill Pancoast – 257
25. Kevin Hauschulz – 256
25. Ken Wagner – 256
25. Jeff Freeze – 256
28. Scott Paine – 255
29. Gary Atkinson – 254
30. Don LaPlante – 253
30. Steve Leys – 253
32. Sean Sullivan – 251
32. Tyler Condon – 251
34. Gerry deSimas – 249
34. Kevin Curran – 249
34. Stacey Dubois – 249
34. Scott Loomer – 249
38. Dan Port – 247
39. Greg Plank – 246
40. Pat Caplin – 245
41. Greg Kagan – 244
41. Matt Wiser – 244
43. Peter Timbrell – 242
43. Jeff Vaca – 242
45. Kelly Strutz – 239
45. Leanna Loomer – 239
47. David Kreutz – 238
48. Matt Thomsen – 237
48. Kristy McCray – 237
50. Joanna Rubin – 236
51. Brian Dupuis – 235
51. Brendan Loy – 235
51. Steve Duvernay – 235
54. Ryan Dalidowitz – 234
55. Randy Styles – 232
56. Conor Sullivan – 231
56. Kristy LaPlante – 231
58. Dave Whelan – 230
59. Mike Wiser – 229
60. Patrick Roach – 227
60. Ted Zak – 227
62. Becky Loy – 226
63. Lisa Velte – 225
64. Bonnie Stone – 224
65. Brandon Minich – 222
65. Rose Holden – 222
67. M.T. Swanson – 221
68. Jeff Morrison – 219
69. Jessica Osborne – 218
70. Chris Aemisegger – 215
70. Andrew Long – 215
70. Jay Johnson – 215
73. Sandy Berman – 214
74. Amy Aemisegger – 212
75. Weston Cross – 207
76. Jennifer Elam – 205
76. Bob Lutts – 205
78. Toby, Sasha and Butter Zak Loy – 203
79. Joyce Kohler – 199
80. Danny Pilz – 198
81. Chris Bravo – 196
82. Joe Loy – 192
83. Katrina Lewonczyk – 191
83. Kim Stone – 191
85. Rosalie Town – 190
86. Yvette Webster – 189
87. Ginny Zak – 188
88. Jen Ham – 171
89. Robbie Loy – 146

2 Responses to “Notre Dame advances to Frozen Four!”

  1. Mike's brother Matt says:

    Yay hockey! Way better than basketball! Though the Skunkbears look scary good this year. What I’d really like to see would be Michigan vs. the LA Kings. That could be entertaining.

  2. MHiggo says:

    Three CCHA schools and Mighty NoDak?

    I’ll take that in a second.