Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse Falls to Duke 12-11 in NCAA Quarterfinals

 

Seventh-seeded Duke scored the final three goals of the game to take a 12-11 decision over No. 2 seed Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. The back-and-forth contest was tied on nine occasions.

 

        Freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh registered a game-high six points on three goals and three assists for the Fighting Irish, while sophomore attackman Conor Doyle had three goals and junior midfielder Jim Marlatt notched two goals and two assists. Senior goalie John Kemp had 13 saves in his final appearance in a Notre Dame uniform.

 

        It was Kavanagh's fourth game this season with three or more goals. He combined to score seven goals in Notre Dame's two NCAA tournament games. Kavanagh concluded the campaign with a team-high 32 goals, which is a program record for a freshman.

 

        Duke won 16 of the 26 faceoff attempts. Notre Dame junior Liam O'Connor was 10-of-20 in his faceoff opportunities. The Blue Devils held a 43-32 advantage in shots. Duke goalie Kyle Turri made two saves.

 

        "I thought for as many good things as we did offensively, we didn't put enough shots on goal," Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. "We had a chance to really put them under a lot more pressure in the cage and we just didn't do that and that's disappointing because I felt like we were doing the things there we wanted to do. At the other end of the field, there were too many of the goals that we talked about that could hurt us. There were too many of the transition things that they do. They're very, very good at it and we just didn't do a good enough job of stopping those."