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 (Gilman) had three goals and junior midfielder Jim Marlatt (River Hill) notched two goals and two assists. Senior goalie John Kemp had 13 saves in his final appearance in a Notre Dame uniform.
"I thought [the Fighting Irish] were brilliant today," Duke coach John Danowski said. "Their faceoff guy was terrific. Their goalie was tremendous. They shot the ball extremely well. It was one of those games, playing against a dear friend, Kevin Corrigan, that you hate to see someone lose. With that being said, I am extremely proud of our guys from beginning to end. We wanted to play for 60 minutes. We certainly don't script these endings, last week or this week. We just wanted to play the game. Kyle Turri, while he didn't have a great day in the goal statistically, comes up with a big save on the outlet. He keeps his poise and allows us to score the tying goal."
The game was tied at halftime (6-6) and at the end of the third quarter (9-9). Notre Dame went up 10-9 less than a minute into the third quarter when Marlatt scored off a pass from Kavanagh. The Irish pushed the lead to two, which was their largest of the afternoon, with 9:29 left when Kavanagh fed Doyle on a man-up goal.
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Duke's final surge began on a goal by Christian Walsh (Boys' Latin) with 8:31 left. Josh Dionne produced the ninth tie of the game when he scored to make it 11-11 with just over three minutes remaining. David Lawson, who had a game-high five goals, got the deciding goal with 2:16 left to play.
"I'm disappointed in the result because I thought we did a lot of the things that we thought were going to be important to win the game," Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said. "We put ourselves in the position to win the game, but we said all along it was going to come down to making plays and at the end of the game they made a couple plays more than we did."
After a 6-6 tie at halftime, Lawson put Duke up 38 seconds into the second half. Senior midfielder Tyler Kimball brought the Irish back even (7-7) as he scored off a pass from classmate Steve Murphy with 8:29 left in the third quarter. The Blue Devils reclaimed the lead two minutes later on Case Matheis goal.
A man-up goal by Kavanagh, off an assist from Sean Rogers, made it 8-8 with six minutes left in the third quarter. The Irish were 3-for-4 in man-up chances on the day, while the Blue Devils did not have a man-up opportunity.
Notre Dame (11-5) reclaimed the lead with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter as Kavanagh fed Doyle, who scored from close range to make it 9-8. The game was tied for the eighth time when Dionne scored for Duke with less than a second left in the third period.
Duke (14-5) opened the game's scoring on a Lawson goal just over two minutes into the contest. The Fighting Irish got on the board five minutes later with a Kavanagh tally, which was assisted by Marlatt.
Division II women
LIU Post 10, Limestone 7: Junior attacker Jackie Sileo set an NCAA Division II championships record by adding six points (four goals, two assists) to her tournament total, for 37 in all, as the top-ranked, undefeated Pioneers (20-0) defeated the No. 2 Saints (20-2) for the national championship at Stevenson's Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills.
LIU Post senior attacker Ashley Olen was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player with her three-goal effort, joining teammates Sileo, senior goalkeeper Dominique Mosca, junior midfielder Katie Rotan and sophomore midfielder Kali Maxwell.
Limestone was led by three goals from top scorer Sylvia Queener.
This undefeated championship season marks just the fifth time any team has accomplished the feat in Division II women's lacrosse history.