DURHAM, N.C.—A trio of Blue Devils registered five points as sixth-ranked Duke used a six-goal second quarter to run to a 14-8 win over No. 9 Notre Dame in ACC men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Duke outscored the Irish 7-3 in the second half to capture its first ACC win of the year.
The Blue Devils improve to 9-3 overall and 1-2 against league foes. They are now 6-1 at home with four of the six victories coming against top 10 opponents. Notre Dame falls to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the ACC.
Joe Robertson, Nakeie Montgomery and Brad Smith all had five points, while Sean Lowrie contributed a hat trick and CJ Carpenter tallied a career-best four points. Duke dished out 10 assists on 14 goals
Duke got off to a slow start in the first quarter, managing just one goal and turning the ball over five times. Robertson tallied the lone goal for the Blue Devils, becoming the 46th Blue Devil to join the 100-point club. He now has 104 points on his career.
Trailing 3-1 after 15 minutes, the Blue Devils didn’t miss a beat for the next 45 as they outscored the Fighting Irish 6-2 in the second quarter for a 7-5 halftime lead. Lowrie sparked the run with a pair of goals and Robertson, Garrett Leadmon, Montgomery and Smith rounded out the scorers.
Duke continued to fire on all cylinders in the third quarter, tacking on three more and holding Notre Dame scoreless for 14:17 of the period to take a 10-6 advantage into the fourth. Connor Morin pulled the Irish within three goals with 43 seconds remaining in the frame, ending Notre Dame’s scoring drought at 15:21.
Montgomery and Robertson had other ideas as the sophomore duo combined for a goal with four ticks remaining. Montgomery started the action from the top with nine seconds left, beat his man to the right and rifled a perfect pass Robertson on the doorstep for the score. The helper was his third of four on the day.
Morin for Notre Dame led all scorers in the game with six points from four tallies and two assists.
Duke only extended its lead further in the fourth quarter with Smith and Carpenter both notching consecutive tallies for the 4-0 run and 14-6 lead. Morin and Bryan Costabile capped the scoring for the Irish for the final 14-8 score.
In goal, Duke’s Turner Uppgren finished with nine saves, including a couple right on the crease, while John Zullo had 13 stops in his first career start for Notre Dame. Brian Smyth took all 26 faceoffs, winning 11 and picking up seven ground balls.
The eight goals scored by Notre Dame were tied for the lowest by the Irish all season, while the six goals scored by Duke in the second period were the most Notre Dame has allowed in a quarter all year. The 14 goals scored by the Blue Devils are the most Notre Dame has given up all year and is the third most Duke has scored on the Irish in series history.
Duke closes out the regular season home schedule against No. 4 Virginia next Saturday, April 13. Faceoff is at noon on ESPNU.