Duke Scores Final Three to Advance by Irish to Final Four

Duke will take on unseeded Cornell in the first NCAA semifinal game May 25 at 2:30 p.m., at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game will be televised live by ESPN2 with the winner advancing to the title game May 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Duke Notes

With the win ...

* the Blue Devils are now 26-15 in NCAA Championship play, 13-11 in the NCAA Championship at neutral sites, and 9-4 in NCAA Championship quarterfinal matches.

* Blue Devils head coach John Danowski is now 109-29 (seven seasons) at Duke and 328-168 (31 seasons) overall. He became the first NCAA Division I head coach to advance to the NCAA semifinals in each of his first seven seasons with a program.

With his four-point performance, Jordan Wolf, extends his point scoring streak to 38 games, sixth in NCAA Division I lacrosse.

After scoring three goals, Josh Dionne reached the 100-point plateau, the 41st player in Blue Devils history to do so. He joins current teammates, Christian Walsh and Wolf, on the list.

David Lawson is just one point shy (99 career points) of joining his teammates in the century club after scoring five goals, a team high, in the contest.

In the history of the Duke program, only two goal-scoring performances outdid Lawson's five-goal output, both by former Blue Devils student-athlete, Zack Greer.

Brendan Fowler now has 183 ground balls on the seasons after scooping up seven today, third for the category in NCAA single-season history. Additionally, Fowler's 16 faceoff wins moves him into second all-time in a single season (303 faceoff wins), eight shy of the NCAA single-season record.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Seventh-seeded Duke scored the final three goals of the game to take a 12-11 decision over No. 2 seed Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. The back-and-forth contest was tied on nine occasions.

Freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh registered a game-high six points on three goals and three assists for the Fighting Irish, while sophomore attackman Conor Doyle had three goals and junior midfielder Jim Marlatt notched two goals and two assists. Senior goalie John Kemp had 13 saves in his final appearance in a Notre Dame uniform.

The game was tied at halftime (6-6) and at the end of the third quarter (9-9). Notre Dame went up 10-9 less than a minute into the third quarter when Marlatt scored off a pass from Kavanagh. The Irish pushed the lead to two, which was their largest of the afternoon, with 9:29 left when Kavanagh fed Doyle on a man-up goal.

Duke's final surge began on a Christian Walsh goal with 8:31 left in the contest. Josh Dionne produced the ninth tie of the game when he scored to make it 11-11 with just over three minutes remaining. David Lawson, who had a game-high five goals, netted the deciding goal with 2:16 left to play.

"I'm disappointed in the result because I thought we did a lot of the things that we thought were going to be important to win the game," Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. "We put ourselves in the position to win the game, but we said all along it was going to come down to making plays and at the end of the game they made a couple plays more than we did."

Following a 6-6 tie at halftime, Lawson put Duke up 38 seconds into the second half. Senior midfielder Tyler Kimball brought the Irish back even (7-7) as he scored off a pass from classmate Steve Murphy with 8:29 left in the third quarter. The Blue Devils reclaimed the lead two minutes later on Case Mathias goal.

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