Notre Dame takes down Duke, prepares for Marquette
J.J. Post | Monday, April 11, 2022
Notre Dame men’s lacrosse took home a major road victory on Saturday, knocking off No. 10 Duke 16-15 in Durham, North Carolina.
Despite the close nature of the scoreline and a tense final quarter that ended in a 7-7 tie, the Irish never trailed the Blue Devils all afternoon. Thanks to a combination of timely offense and strong defense whenever Duke threatened the Irish lead, Notre Dame managed to keep the Blue Devils within arms length all game.
Junior Pat Kavanagh paced the Irish attack, turning in a huge seven-point performance on the back of a hat trick of goals as well as four assists. The performance was Kavanagh’s second straight game with three or more goals and three or more assists, as the junior attacker notched nine points last week against Syracuse.
Graduate student midfielder Wheaton Jackoboice and junior attackman Jake Taylor were also instrumental in keeping Notre Dame’s offense humming. Jackoboice notched a hat trick of his own, and Taylor added a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Jackoboice’s hat trick was made even more impressive by the fact that it occurred on his sole three shots of the game.
Notre Dame’s offense was also efficient with every major chance Duke provided for them, finishing the game a perfect 3-3 on extra-man up opportunities. Scoring a man up in the second, third and fourth quarters, the Irish moved to 15-22 on the season when up a man. Junior Liam Entenmann tended net for Notre Dame, racking up 11 saves for his sixth double-digit save game of the season.
The Irish will now look ahead to a Tuesday road trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they’ll play a midweek out-of-conference game against Marquette. The Golden Eagles have struggled to find their footing this year, holding just a 4-6 overall record, but like Notre Dame, have started to find their stride in conference play. Marquette is currently 2-0 in Big East play, having dispatched Providence as well as St. Johns in their last two games.
The Golden Eagles are led by freshman attacker Bobby O’Grady, who has been far and away Marquette’s most prolific scoring threat this season. The rookie has found the back of the net 34 times in his first ten collegiate games, good for first on the team by more than 20 goals. Though sophomore Devon Cowan has only played six games this season, he’s been a major part of the Golden Eagle attack whenever he’s on the field — having notched 11 goals as well as eight assists in his shortened season. Freshman Will Foster is another important member of a young Marquette attack, leading the team in assists with ten as well as adding nine goals.
In net for the Golden Eagles will be another rookie in redshirt freshman Michael Allieri, who has started every game but one for Marquette this season. Allieri holds a 4-6 record on the year, with 108 saves and a 11.2 goals per game allowed record to his name in his first year of collegiate starting.
Notre Dame men’s lacrosse will look to extend their win streak to three games on Tuesday as they take on Marquette. The game at Valley Fields in Milwaukee is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted live on YouTube.