NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame scored seven unanswered goals over the course of three periods as the third-ranked Blue Devils fell to the ninth-ranked Irish 7-3 in men's lacrosse action at Arlotta Stadium. The win is the third straight for the Irish in regular season outings against Duke.
Sophomores Josh Dionne and Jordan Wolf and senior CJ Costabile all had goals for the Blue Devils. Wolf added an assist to finish with two points. Junior Dan Wigrizer made 16 saves for Duke between the pipes, including 12 in the first half.
The loss was just the third for Duke (1-1) on an opponent's home field under the guidance of head coach John Danowski. Notre Dame held Duke without a goal for 40:24 with Costabile stopping the drought with 18 ticks left in the game.
Duke jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals in the first 4:18. Dionne and Wolf hooked up for the first marker of the afternoon at the 12:41 mark and Wolf added an unassisted tally five minutes into the second quarter to make it 2-0.
Defensively, Duke was outstanding in the first quarter. The Blue Devils held Notre Dame scoreless. Wigrizer had seven saves in the opening period to keep the Irish off the scoreboard. The Blue Devils won both faceoffs in the first quarter.
Notre Dame's offense caught fire in the second quarter, scoring four consecutive goals for a 4-2 lead at the half. The Irish netted the final three goals of the run in 1:42 as it outshot Duke 13-7 in the second frame. Wigrizer was solid again, stopping five shots to give him 12 saves after two quarters. Notre Dame won 4-of-5 restarts in the second quarter.
Sporting a two-goal lead after 30 minutes of play, the Irish stretched its lead to three when Max Pfeifer netted a goal with 5:10 left in the third quarter. Notre Dame added two more goals in the fourth quarter to earn the season-opening victory. Pfeifer finished the day with two goals and two assists to lead the Irish offense. Jim Marlatt added two goals as well.
Notre Dame held a slight 38-37 lead in shots, while Duke edged the Irish 27-26 in the ground ball game. Duke won 7-of-13 faceoffs with Costabile going 6-of-10 from the X. Costabile added five ground balls to his totals, while sophomore defenseman Chris Hipps had four. Justin Turri finished the day with three caused turnovers and one ground ball.
In goal, Notre Dame's John Kemp had 14 saves on 17 shots. The Irish went 0-for-3 on man-up opportunities for the day.
Duke returns to action Feb. 24 when it hosts Pennsylvania at Koskinen Stadium. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. The Quakers defeated Duke last season in Philadelphia.
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