NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Fifth-ranked Duke held No. 10 Notre Dame without a goal in the second half and six different Blue Devils scored goals en route to an 8-2 ACC men’s lacrosse victory at a sold-out Arlotta Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Duke improves to 10-2 and 2-1 in league action, while Notre Dame falls to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in ACC play. The two goals allowed by the Blue Devils mark the fewest a Duke team has let in an ACC game since beating Virginia 17-2 April 16, 2005.
The Fighting Irish scored the game’s first goal, but the Blue Devils responded with four unanswered for the 4-1 lead early in the second period. Four different Duke players scored in the spurt, including senior attackman Justin Guterding who took over the No. 2 spot on Duke's career points list.
Rookie Joe Robertson was on the receiving end of great ball movement from the Blue Devils as Joey Manown found the young attackman on the doorstep to open the scoring for Duke. Peter Conley gave the Blue Devils the 2-1 lead with a rocket and Kevin Quigley and Guterding capped the 4-0 run.
Duke’s defense held the Fighting Irish off the scoreboard for 26:11 en route to building the three-goal lead. Notre Dame finally ended its scoreless stretch with 2:48 remaining in the second to head into the break down just two despite its offensive struggles.
The Blue Devils’ defense continued its dominance in the third quarter, holding Notre Dame to just three shots and none on goal in the period. Duke had just five shots, but Sean Lowrie found the net twice to send the Blue Devils into the fourth quarter with a 6-2 advantage.
Guterding and Manown tacked on two more goals in the fourth quarter to secure the 10th win of the year. Lowrie and Guterding both finished with two goals apiece and Manown had a goal and an assist.
One week after joining the 300-points club, Guterding took over sole possession of second place on the career points and career goals list. He passed Jordan Wolf on both charts, pushing his points total to 306 points and 185 goals.
Danny Fowler made four saves in goal and picked up a career-high tying five ground balls. The Blue Devils’ defense, anchored by Cade Van Raaphorst’s play on Ryder Garnsey, held Notre Dame scoreless for a stretch of 26:11 in the first half and for the entire 30 minutes in the second. Duke also held Notre Dame scoreless on three man-up chances.
Notre Dame narrowly won the faceoff battle, securing 8-of-13 restarts. Brian Smyth won 5-of-10 draws for Duke and had four ground balls.
Duke closes its ACC slate at Virginia next week April 14 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.