FOXBORO, Mass. – Yale captured its first NCAA men’s lacrosse championship with a 13-11 victory over Duke as 29,455 fans looked on at Gillette Stadium on Monday afternoon in Foxboro, Mass.
“Congratulations to the Yale Bulldogs. Coach Andy Shay, his staff, the team, fabulous season, and very deserving National Championship,” said head coach John Danowski.
The Bulldogs received four goals from the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player Matt Gaudet and never trailed in the contest, ending the season with a 17-3 ledger. Duke finishes at 16-4.
Yale scored the first three goals of the day with Jack Tigh netting a pair. Kevin Quigley got Duke on the scoreboard at the 3:26 mark of the opening quarter to send the teams into the first break with the Bulldogs ahead, 3-1.
In the second period, the Blue Devils would use a Brad Smith tally to pull within 4-3 with 7:35 on the clock, but Yale responded by scoring two of the quarter’s last three goals to lead, 6-4, at halftime.
Out of the locker room, Yale quickly extended its lead to five with three straight scores. Duke rallied with a 4-1 spurt to pull within 10-8 on Quigley’s goal with 3:18 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Yale’s Matt Gaudet scored to push the lead to 13-9 before Joe Robertson pulled Duke within three goals at the 3:49 mark. Peter Conley’s man-advantage marker at the 3:13 mark made the score 13-11, but Duke could not get any closer.
I'd like to say thank you to all my coaches and everyone I played with,” said Guterding. “It's been an incredible ride. I can't believe it's over, and that's why I'm so upset. Obviously, I'm not happy that we didn't win, but I would have been upset either way because these are some of my best friends. Coach Danowski and Matt [Danowski], and Coach [Ron] Caputo and Ned [Crotty] have been like fathers to me. It's going to be so hard to say goodbye to them.”
Guterding and sophomore defenseman JT Giles-Harris were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.