Third-Ranked Notre Dame Bedevils the No. 6 Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C. Notre Dame goalkeeper John Kemp recorded 10 saves, while attackmen Matt Kavanagh and Jim Marlatt combined for nine goals, as the third-ranked Fighting Irish defeated sixth-ranked Duke, 13-5, in men's lacrosse action on a snowy Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

The Fighting Irish improve to 1-0 on the year while the Blue Devils fall to 1-2. The win is the fourth straight regular season victory over Duke.

Notre Dame scored the game's first six goals two each by Kavanagh, Marlatt and Steve Murphy before the Blue Devils found the back of the net just 39 seconds prior to halftime. Rookie midfielder Myles Jones netted Duke's lone first-half score. Kavanagh and Marlatt responded with a goal each in the final 13 seconds of the second quarter to provide the Irish with an 8-1 lead at intermission.

"We certainly were not pleased with the effort in the first half," said head coach John Danowski. "Certainly Notre Dame is a terrific team and terrific defensively, but we thought were tip-toeing around a lot in the first half. I thought in the second half, with the realization that we had nothing to lose since we were losing 8-1, we played a lot harder and the guys had more fun. I don't think anybody had fun in the first half. And it showed."

The Blue Devils opened the third period with three straight markers from Jordan Wolf, Josh Offit and Jake Tripucka, but Notre Dame halted the spurt with four consecutive goals of its own to lead, 12-4, following Kavanagh's tally with 6:32 remaining in the contest.

"Early in that third quarter I thought that when we scored that first goal it gave us a lot of life," Danowski said. "Someone made a play. And then I thought we got a lot of energy off of that, created a bunch of turnovers, picked up a bunch of ground balls. It was a huge lead that Notre Dame had at that point for us to try to come back, but at least we fought to the end."

Marlatt finished the day with five goals and one assist while Kavanagh logged four goals and one helper. Murphy and Sean Rogers chipped in two goals each.

For Duke, Offit posted two goals while Brendan Fowler secured 15 of 22 faceoffs thanks in part to a game-high 10 ground balls. Long stick midfielder Luke Duprey was credited with a career-best five caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Duke starting goalie Dan Wigrizer allowed eight goals against six saves in 46 minutes of work.

Duke looks to even its season record Sunday when it welcomes Mercer at 12:00 p.m.

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DURHAM, N.C. The third-ranked Notre Dame men's lacrosse team scored the first six goals of the game and never looked back in a 13-5 season-opening victory over No. 4 Duke Saturday afternoon at a snowy Koskinen Stadium. Junior midfielder Jim Marlatt spearheaded the Irish attack with a career-high five goals.

Notre Dame (1-0) also received a major offensive contribution from freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh, who netted four goals. Senior attackman Sean Rogers and senior midfielder Steve Murphy both scored twice for the Fighting Irish. Marlatt and Kavanagh also chipped in one assist apiece.

The Notre Dame defense, which led the nation last season in goals-against average, stymied a Duke offense that averaged 16.5 goals per game in its first two contests this season. Senior goalie John Kemp made 10 saves on the afternoon for the Fighting Irish.

I felt our defense played really smart today and John Kemp was terrific in goal, Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said.

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