Wolf, Class Help No. 3 Duke Coast Past No. 7 Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Five goals from Deemer Class and four more from Jordan Wolf propelled No. 3 Duke to a 15-7 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame in Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.

Junior midfielder Nick Ossello scored a team-high two goals for Notre Dame, while junior attackman Conor Doyle tallied one goal and three assists.

A man-up goal from Doyle 56 seconds into the second half sliced the Duke lead to three (6-3), but the Blue Devils proceeded to score seven straight times to claim a 10-goal edge by the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Class and Josh Dionne both scored twice during the surge, while Christian Walsh, Will Haus and Wolf also found the back of the net in the run.

“We came out of halftime and got the first goal and thought we were in good shape,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. “It didn't feel like we played a great first half. Offensively we just never got in sync all day. It wasn't at all the way we had talked about playing. When you're not executing your game plan, I don't know what plan B is. That is a very good team (Duke) and a very smart team and they do know how they want to play and we have to be better.”

Notre Dame (4-4, 2-2) mounted a mini-rally of its own by scoring three unanswered goals in 1:42 to make it 13-6. Jim Marlatt started the run with 11:06 left in the contest and a man-down goal from John Scioscia was followed up with Jack Near deposit 15 seconds later.

Duke (10-2, 3-1) halted the uprising with back-to-back goals from Myles Jones. Ossello tallied the final goal of the afternoon with just under two minutes remaining.

“With the way we competed in the fourth quarter I think I know we'll bounce back and get ready to play on Tuesday (at Marquette),” Corrigan said. “All we can do is get better tomorrow. We'll watch this film and start preparing for Marquette. There's nothing more we can do about this game right now except learn from it.”

Wolf opened the game's scoring just over two minutes into the contest and Ossello knotted the affair 49 seconds later. Wolf and Class alternated goals during a 4-0 run for the Blue Devils that spanned portions of the first and second quarters. A man-up goal from Notre Dame's Sergio Perkovic with 5:08 left in the first half cut the Duke lead to three (5-2).

Class scored less than a minute later to give the Blue Devils a 6-2 advantage and Notre Dame starting goalkeeper Shane Doss was replaced by Conor Kelly at that point of the contest. Doss made five saves, while Kelly finished with seven. Duke's Luke Aaron had 10 stops.

Duke outshot Notre Dame 44-34, while the Fighting Irish won the faceoff battle, 15-10. Senior Liam O'Connor took every attempt for the Irish. The Blue Devils were 3 of 5 in man-up opportunities and Notre Dame was 2 of 6.

The Fighting Irish return to the field on Tuesday at Marquette. Faceoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. (CT) in Milwaukee, Wis.

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NOTRE DAME, Ind.-Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf tallied four goals and three assists and sophomore Deemer Class added five goals and two assists to lead the No. 3 Blue Devils to a 15-7 win over seventh-ranked Notre Dame in ACC lacrosse action this afternoon at a packed Arlotta Stadium.

"I give all the credit to my teammates," said Class. "We came out here to Notre Dame and got the win in a great environment against a great team. I'm really happy for our team. We worked hard all week and got better and came out and executed."

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