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Men’s Lacrosse

Game Notes: Irish, Blue Devils extend close rivalry

| Monday, May 26, 2014

  • In the last four seasons, Notre Dame and Duke have squared off seven times, with the Blue Devils claiming a 4-3 series edge. The rivalry was remarkably close over that span, with the Irish outscoring Duke, 64-60.
  • Notre Dame trailed 8-2 with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter. The Irish could not come back from the six-goal deficit, which would have been their biggest comeback in 2014. Notre Dame got within one goal twice (9-8 and 10-9) in the fourth quarter. The Irish overcame five-goal margins twice in 2014 — against North Carolina on March 1 and Albany on May 17.
  • It took Notre Dame 35:11 to score its first two goals. The Irish scored their next five goals over a span of 10:29 and netted seven of the game’s final 10 goals.
  • With his fourth-quarter assist to freshman midfielder Sergio Perkovic, sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh set a Notre Dame single-season points record and ended his season campaign with 75 points (42 goals and 33 assists). Kavanagh passed former Irish attackman Randy Colley’s record of 74 points (49 goals and 25 assists), which was set in 1995.
  • Since the beginning of the 2010 campaign, Notre Dame is 4-5 against Duke. While the Irish have won four of the five regular-season matchups in that span, the Blue Devils have ended Notre Dame’s season in four of the last five seasons (2010 national championship game, 2011 NCAA tournament quarterfinals, 2013 NCAA tournament quarterfinals and 2014 national championship game).
  • Perkovic scored a career-high five goals against the Blue Devils. All five scores came in the second half. Perkovic concluded his freshman season as the team’s fourth-leading scorer with 28 goals.
  • Kavanagh, Perkovic and junior goalkeeper Conor Kelly were named to the all-tournament team. Duke led all Final Four teams with six players on the list, including the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, senior attackman Jordan Wolf.
  • After not starting for seven straight games in the middle of the season, Kelly made 69 saves while allowing 54 goals in the ACC and NCAA tournaments, recording a save percentage of 56.1 percent.
  • The Irish scored one goal in the first half Monday. It was the fifth time in NCAA championship history that a team has only scored once in the opening half, and it was the first time it has happened since Cornell did so in 1988. No team has ever scored one goal in the opening half and won.
  • Senior midfielder Liam O’Connor lost the face-off battle to Duke, 13-10, after winning 59 percent of his matchups during the season.
  • Freshman midfielder Ben Pridemore scored his first career goal for the Irish to cut their deficit to 8-4 in the third quarter. Pridemore, a Baltimore native, played at the city’s Boys’ Latin School before coming to Notre Dame.
  • The Irish committed 15 turnovers, 11 of which came in the first half, and six of which were forced by Duke.
  • Duke outshot Notre Dame overall, 36-32, but the Irish outshot the Blue Devils, 13-8, in the fourth quarter.
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