The Blue Devils (10-3) trailed by a 9-7 score entering the final period, but knotted the game less than six minutes into the quarter on goals by Josh Offit and Jordan Wolf. After the Red Foxes reclaimed the lead, 10-9, on Jack Doherty's fifth marker of the game, Christian Walsh found the back of the net for Duke eight seconds later to set up Lawson's game-winning tally.
"Marist did a great job today," head coach John Danowski said. "They were excited. The zone defense was terrific. Their kids believed and [Jack Doherty] was terrific. I thought Marist played great. We took a lot of shots. Their goalie played really really well. I was pleased with the fourth quarter effort and that we won 4-1. Dan Wigrizer did a really nice job in goal. We got some really timely scoring plays from some unlikely places so that was great. Overall, it was good to win."
The loss for Marist (5-4) overshadowed an outstanding performance by goalkeeper Craig Goodermote, who was credited with 19 saves on the afternoon. In the Duke net, Dan Wigrizer logged 10 saves. Now with 399 career saves, Wigrizer owns an all-time record of 29-13 between the pipes for the Blue Devils.
On the strength of Saturday's win over Marist, Duke closes out the home portion of its regular season with a perfect 8-0 ledger at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils are now 58-6 at home under sixth-year head coach John Danowski.
Duke held a 4-3 advantage after one period, but Doherty scored three goals in the second period as Marist outscored the Blue Devils by a 4-1 margin to take a 7-5 lead into intermission. In the third period, the Red Foxes sandwiched single goals around a pair Duke tallies for a two-goal lead heading into the final quarter.
Walsh netted a team-high two goals and added a pair of assists for the Blue Devils while CJ also pitched in two assists. Costabile, the nation's leading scoring longstick midfielder with 38 career points on 19 goals and 19 assists, also won 11-of-20 faceoffs, collected 11 ground balls and caused three turnovers. In addition, both Brian Dailey and Tommy Patterson registered the first goals of their respective careers.
Doherty's five goals came on just seven shots while Colin Joka added three markers and Connor Rice contributed one goal and two assists for Marist. The Red Foxes primary faceoff specialist, Matt Dugan, was lost to injury in the opening quarter after winning three-of-five draws. In his absence, the Red Foxes won just eight-of-20 restarts.
The Blue Devils fired 20 more shots than Marist, 49-29, and won the ground ball battle, 34-24. At the "X", Duke secured 14 draws to Marist's 11.
With its 10th victory of the year, Duke reaches double figures in the win column for the sixth straight year and seventh time in past eight seasons. In addition, the Blue Devils are now 80-4 since 2007 when scoring 10 or more goals.
Duke takes to the road on Friday, travelling to Charlottesville, Va., to meet ACC rival Virginia. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.