CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Notre Dame outscored top-ranked Duke 5-1 in the final 7:44 of the fourth quarter to come away with the 14-11 victory in the first semifinal of the ACC Championship Friday evening at Klöckner Stadium. The 16th-ranked Irish avenged the regular season loss to the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils fall to 12-3 overall, while the Irish improve to 7-5 on the year.
Duke struggled in the opening half, scoring just two goals in 29:31. Guterding posted the first two Blue Devils goals, which came 14:59 apart. Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s offense fired on all cylinders scoring three goals in a span of 2:14 in the second quarter to give the Fighting Irish a seemingly commanding 5-1 lead.
Guterding scored on a Reilly Walsh pass at the 6:22 mark of the second period to make it 5-2 and then rookie Joe Robertson scored twice in a span of 20 seconds to send the Blue Devils into halftime trailing 6-4.
The Blue Devils rode that momentum from the end of the second quarter and rallied to tie the score 7-7 in the third quarter. After the Irish went ahead 7-5, junior All-ACC midfielder Brad Smith scored twice and Reilly Walsh netted the first of his three on the night to tie the game 7-7 with 5:42 remaining in the third period.
Notre Dame picked up a momentum shifting goal from Brendan Gleason as he finished a goal on the crease with less than a second left on the clock to send the Irish into the fourth quarter 8-7.
The Blue Devils came alive early in the fourth quarter after falling behind 9-7. Rookie Nakeie Montgomery and Walsh combined for three goals in 2:13 to give Duke its first lead of the game with 9:22 to play.
Unfazed, Notre Dame answered with a Mikey Wynne score and tacked on three more in the next three minutes to pull away down the stretch en route to the 14-11 victory.
Smith finished with two goals and three assists, while Walsh posted three goals and an assist for a season-high four points. Justin Guterding registered two goals to push his career total to 197.
Ryder Garnsey, after being shut out in the regular season, had five goals and an assist. Brendan Gleason and Bryan Costabile, who did not play in the first matchup, both had three.
In goal, Danny Fowler made eight saves, while Matt Schmidt had 10 stops in the victory. The 14 goals allowed by Duke were the most since the 15-14 loss to Syracuse March 24.
Duke closes out its regular season slate against Boston University May 6 at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.