HALFTIME: Duke leads ND in NCAA final
Solid Duke defense and sloppy play from Notre Dame has the Blue Devils 30 minutes from another NCAA men’s lacrosse championship on Monday.
The Blue Devils have benefitted from 11 Irish turnovers and, behind two goals from Deemer Class, lead Notre Dame 5-1 at halftime at M&T Bank Stadium.
Duke goalie Luke Aaron has three saves as Notre Dame has attempted nine shots. But Duke’s defense is especially stingy. Notre Dame’s one goal is the fewest Duke has allowed in the first half since a 14-6 win over Stony Brook on Feb. 23.
On offense, Class leads top-seeded Duke while Christian Walsh, Myles Jones and Will Haus also have goals.
Jordan Wolf assisted on Jones’ goal, giving Wolf 98 points this season. That breaks the school single-season record of 97 that was held by current Duke assistant coach Matt Danowski.
If the Blue Devils hold on to win, they’ll own back-to-back national championships and will have won three in the last five years. Duke is playing in the sport’s final four for the eighth consecutive year.