Irish Down Duke 11-7 In Season Opener

Irish Down Duke 11-7 In Season Opener

Irish Down Duke 11-7 In Season Opener

Irish Down Duke 11-7 In Season Opener

DURHAM, N.C. - A hat trick from junior midfielder Zach Brenneman (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) helped lead the No. 9 Notre Dame men's lacrosse team to an 11-7 season-opening win over No. 2 Duke on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. The Irish never trailed in the contest en route to defeating a team ranked in the top-two of the national polls for the first time in program history.

Senior attackmen Neal Hicks (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) and Colin Igoe (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) along with freshman midfielder Steve Murphy (Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd) all scored two goals apiece for the Irish. Senior All-America goalie Scott Rodgers (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) had 15 saves on the day.

Notre Dame (1-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead with 11:57 left in the first quarter as Igoe connected on his first shot of the game. The Irish had the first six shots of the contest and out shot the Blue Devils 46-33 on the day. Murphy made it 2-0 in favor of the Fighting Irish with just over eight minutes showing on the clock in the first quarter.

Duke got on the board with 4:29 left in the first quarter on a Max Quinzani goal. Quinzani led the Blue Devils with three goals.

The Irish came right back and scored less than a minute later to regain their two-goal advantage as Murphy notched his second goal of the game. The Blue Devils had a response of their own with 2:41 remaining in the first period as Will McKee deposited a goal to make it 3-2 in favor of Notre Dame.

The back-and-forth game continued as Igoe tallied his second goal of the game on an assist from Brenneman with 2:17 left in the first quarter. Notre Dame led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Fighting Irish out shot the Blue Devils 16-8 in the period.

A man-up goal from Brenneman gave the Irish a three-goal lead (5-2) less than a minute into the second quarter. The Irish went up by four on a goal from sophomore attackman Nicholas Beattie (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) with 8:37 showing on the clock in the second quarter. Fellow sophomore Eric Keppeler (Baldwin, Md./Dulaney) picked up the assist on the score.

Duke tallied three goals in a 30-second span to slice the Irish lead to one (6-5) with 4:14 left in the first half. The scores came from Justin Turri (4:44), Zach Howell (4:34) and Parker McKee (4:14).

Notre Dame led 6-5 at halftime.

The Fighting Irish deposited the first tally of the second half as Hicks sent a shot into the back of the net with nearly five minutes elapsed in the stanza. Following Quinzani's second goal of the game, Hicks tallied his second goal to make it 8-6 in favor of the Irish with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Brenneman scored less than a minute later, on an assist from Igoe, to give Notre Dame a three-goal advantage (9-6). Quinzani's third tally of the day would make it a 9-7 contest in favor of the Irish after three quarters.

The Notre Dame defense, which led the nation last season with a 6.19 goals-against average, held Duke without a goal in the final quarter.

Brenneman completed his hat trick to put Notre Dame back up by three (10-7) with 5:35 left in the game. Hicks assisted on the goal. Junior midfielder David Earl (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School) put the cap on the Irish victory as he scored with one minute left to produce the final outcome.

Fighting Irish senior Trever Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich) went 10-for-19 in faceoff attempts. Notre Dame was 10-21 in faceoffs overall.

Notre Dame has won a program-record eight straight season openers. The Fighting Irish are 23-7 all-time in season-openers, including a 17-5 record under head coach Kevin Corrigan.

The Fighting Irish return to action when they play host to Penn State in the home opener on Sunday, Feb. 28. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (ET) inside the Loftus Sports Center.

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    by (#169967) on 2/20/10 @9:56PM
this is awesome that notre dame didnt let the extremly overated "no. 2" or sometimes "no. 1" duke team take them out. they made a statement that they can play ball. everybody sayed last year that the only reason they were undefeated before tournement time is because of their strength of schedule, but they have shown the world that the Fighting Irish CAN PLAY BALL
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    by (#20511) on 2/20/10 @10:07PM
That post was brutal. The title is obviously hilarious, but I would give the nod to "sayed" as the top highlight of it.
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    by (#225765) on 2/20/10 @10:54PM
hahahha i agree with that person above me, the point is, you cant spell hahaha
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    by (#117232) on 2/21/10 @9:56AM
I agree with the two people above me but even still.... I'm really glad duke lost, especially after all the hype from the win over USA. I really hate duke and hope they lose every game this year. But, this brings up a big question for team USA doesn't it? I mean they did loose to a good college squad, but they are supposed to be the best of the best... aren't they ?
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the best team not the best players
    by (#234231) on 2/21/10 @2:53PM
Presler picked players he thought would compliment each other. He avoided picking the big names in favor of a squad with lots of chemistry.
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    by (#235437) on 2/21/10 @12:00PM
ND got defeated by maryland in the first round of the ncaa tournament, and Duke made it to the semifinals i would say that the reason they were undefeated was because of their strength of schedule. Once ND played a good team they lost 7-3.
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Great Western be gone
    by (#142666) on 2/21/10 @11:08AM
SOS won't be a problem for ND anymore with their migration to the Big East Conference. Is this a big win? Sure. But remember, Duke was also beaten by Harvard last February, and that loss didn't define their season. The current lax season is young, but if we take into consideration yesterday's UVA-Drexel game, (not to mention last week's Duke-Bucknell OT game) can we now assert that ACC lax may not be at the level it used to be? Discuss.
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Duke and their H.S. uni's
    by (#234504) on 2/21/10 @11:14AM
Haha..this is great. What an awesome win for ND. I can't stand Duke. It almost seems like the Duke uni's go down hill every year..much like their overrated teams. They look like H.S. jersey's..terrible. Screw Duke and their pathetic H.S. uni's!
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    by (#16602) on 2/23/10 @6:37PM
Way to compare uniforms (which kill ND's) to skill level...ND lax is about as good as their footbal team.
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ur an idiot
    by (#224361) on 2/25/10 @9:54AM
if ND lax is as good as their football team which sucks then wats that saying about dukes lax team since they just lost to them hmm???
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@ home too
    by (#142666) on 2/27/10 @10:48AM
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    by (#233135) on 2/21/10 @12:32PM
why didnt duke put josh offit in, he got hat trick against team usa and the mvp of that game?????
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    by (#204860) on 2/21/10 @10:41PM
i was at that game and i gotta say ive never seen anyone play the way scott rodger plays, he is an animal
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