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Duke falls to No. 1 Notre Dame in ACC Championship Finals

CHARLOTTE, NC— Top-ranked Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead en route to a 16-6 win over No. 6 Blue Devils to capture the 2024 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship title Sunday afternoon at American Legion Memorial Stadium.

The Fighting Irish (12-1) used a fast start and excellent goaltending from Liam Entenmann to take home the trophy. Duke represented on the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team Kenny Broer, Andrew McAdorey, Brennan O’Neill And Dyson Williams.

How it happened

  • Notre Dame jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Blue Devils got on the board with one Dyson Williams struck with nine seconds left in the period. The Fighting Irish were efficient in the opening quarter with five goals on nine shots, while Duke fired seven shots.
  • The Irish scored two more goals early in the second quarter before Duke’s defense pressured Notre Dame over the next seven minutes. Novice goaltender Patrick Jameson made four saves for the Blue Devils in that stretch.
  • Freshman Ben Johnston put Duke on the board again at 3:30 to make it a 7-2 game.
  • Notre Dame’s scoreless stretch ended at 9:26 with a goal of Devon McLane to send the Irish into halftime with an 8-2 lead.
  • Duke came out strong in the third quarter, winning the opening faceoff and forcing a pair of Irish turnovers early in the stanza. Brennan O’Neill cut the lead to five with his 202nd career goal just over two minutes later Tyler Carpenter scored from distance to make it 8-4. O’Neill’s goal was the 300th point of his career.
  • Notre Dame closed the third quarter on a 3-1 run for an 11-5 lead with 15 minutes remaining. Duke struck back with a Williams goal nine seconds into the fourth period before the Irish answered with two markers for the seven-goal lead with 12:26 to play in the fourth.
  • The Fighting Irish held Duke to four shots in the final period and to just 29 for the game. Entenmann, the tournament’s most outstanding player, had twelve saves. Jameison had seven saves for Duke and Cal Girard ended his afternoon at the faceoff mark 8-of-21 with four ground balls.

Comments

  • Dyson Williams recorded his 200th career goal, becoming the fourth Blue Devil and ninth player in NCAA history to reach the milestone. He joins Justin Guterding, Zack Greer, And Brennan O’Neill.
  • Williams finished his match with two goals, giving him 50 goals for the season. It is the 19th time in program history that a Blue Devil has scored 50 goals in a season. He is the sixth Blue Devil to score at least 50 goals in a season twice in his career.
  • O’Neill finished the match with one goal, giving him 300 career points. He is the fourth Blue Devils to reach the benchmark and the 22nd player in NCAA Division I history to reach 300.
  • O’Neill also extended his scoring streak to 45 games. He has scored 138 goals during that stretch dating back to the 2022 season.
  • Duke is now 7-9 in ACC Championship finals and 2-4 in ACC postseason games against Notre Dame.

Next one

  • Duke awaits its NCAA Tournament fate with the selection show Sunday night at 9:30 PM on ESPN2. The opening round will take place at the campus sites of the top eight seeds on May 13 and 14.

To stay up to date with Blue Devils men’s lacrosse, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching “https://goduke.com/news/2024/5/5/DukeMLAX.”

Duke Centennial

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