Notre Dame’s miraculous run for the Men’s Lacrosse National Championship fell just short, as the Duke Blue Devils beat the Fighting Irish, 6-5, in overtime.
Duke’s C.J. Costabile picked up the opening faceoff in overtime, and took it all the way to the net, then threw the ball past Notre Dame goalie Scott Rodgers, and the National Championship was won in overtime by the Duke Blue Devils.
The Irish had three goals in overtime from senior midfielder Zach Brenneman, but it wasn’t enough when it was all said and done.
Notre Dame made it to the Championship game as an unseeded team. The Irish had a record of 10-7 as they entered the postseason.
Duke came into the title game with a little notoriety. Duke finished the season with a 16-4 record, and had twice been in a title game, but the Blue Devils hadn’t ever won the title game until now.
The Blue Devils had to overcome a lot more than four losses to reach this point. Duke had their 2006 season cancelled after a rape scandal put the program on the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Duke hired a new coach and lost a few key members of that team, but four years later, they overcame all adversity and won the championship.
The 6-5 final score marks the lowest scoring national championship game ever. However, it was the final goal that determined the winner.
Notre Dame’s miraculous run came just short, while Duke’s feel-good story came full circle.
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