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Do we have a new NO. 1? Most likely.
A week after taking down Syracuse in the Dome, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish welcomed the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils into South Bend and handed the visitors from Durham their first loss of the season, 13-8.
The win also gives Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan the most wins all-time at a DI program (311).
While the Notre Dame attack unit exploded against Syracuse a week ago, it was the Irish’s midfield that stepped up today with eight combined goals coming from that spot, including a career-high four from senior Morrison Mirer. Three of his goals came during the Irish’s 8-3 run from late in the second through the final buzzer. Additionally, Wheaton Jackoboice had a hat trick and Brett Dobson had one goal and an assist.
Will York was the Irish’s highest-scoring attackman with two goals, both of which came consecutively to start the second quarter.
Liam Entenmann made 12 saves in the contest to anchor the Notre Dame defense.
Brennan O’Neill had a hat trick and Nakeie Montgomery dished out four assists to lead the Blue Devils’ offense. Jake Naso went 16-for-22 at the faceoff dot.
After a hectic first quarter that saw Notre Dame get in their groove and use a three-goal run, which was sparked by an insane behind-the-back goal in traffic from Pat Kavanagh, to take a 3-2 lead, Will York rattled off two straight to start the second.
But just as the Irish had done a quarter prior, the Duke offense stepped on the gas and put home three of their own to tie things up at 5. Notre Dame ended the second the same way they had started the quarter and two straight from Morrison Mirer and Daniel Cassidy put them back ahead by one at the half.
While Joe Robertson got Duke on the board first in the second half after nearly 10 straight minutes with no goals, Notre Dame quickly got back on their horse and blasted the Blue Devils with five straight goals from the 4:12 mark in the third through the 11:57 mark in the fourth. They added one more late in the fourth to end the contest on a 6-2 run and secure the win and hand the Blue Devils their first loss of the season.
The Blue Devils will welcome the Irish to Durham on April 22nd for an ACC Thursday night matchup.
Second-Half Run Pushes Virginia Past North Carolina
After falling to the Tar Heels at home almost a month ago to the day, the Virginia Cavaliers went into Chapel Hill and pulled out the 18-16 victory.
The Cavaliers’ continued their offensive resurgence with Ian Laviano (4G/2A), Jeff Conner (4G), and Matt Moore (2G/6A) leading the way. Conner’s four goals are a career-high.
Additionally, Petey LaSalla went 26-for-38 at the faceoff dot and added a goal and an assists, both of which came in the fourth quarter.
Virginia used a five-goal run from the 3:45 mark in the third through the 14:48 mark in the fourth to push ahead and take a 14-10 lead after two straight from Chris Gray and William Perry put North Carolina up 10-9 just minutes earlier. Neither team put together a multi-goal run in the final stanza, with the exception of two Carolina garbage time goals to end the game.
William Perry led North Carolina with four goals and an assist while Christ Gray had a hat trick and an assist. Collin Krieg made 15 saves.
Drexel Upsets Delaware
The CAA madness continues as the Drexel Dragons pull off an upset for the second time in as many weeks. This time, on the road against the Delaware Blue Hens. The win also pushes the Dragons’ win streak to four.
Aidan Coll had a career-high five goals an added an assist to lead the Dragons’ offense. Jimmeh Koita went 11-for-15 (8-for-14 in the first half) at the faceoff dot and Ross Blumenthal made 12 saves in cage.
Charlie Kitchen led the Delaware offense with three goals and two assists for five points while Matt Acchione had three goals and an assist. Matt Kilkeary made 14 saves in cage.
With things all knotted up at 3 to end the first quarter, Drexel fully settled in during the second quarter and turned up the heat. The Dragons outscored the Blue Hens 5-1 in the second, which included a four-goal run to end the quarter. And while Delaware started the third with a Reed Kurtz goal, the Dragons continued to pile on with three straight to help them stay ahead 12-7 at the end of the third.
Delaware held Drexel to just one goal and tacked on three of their own in the final 18:54 of the contest, but were unable to complete the comeback as Drexel walked away with the upset victory.
Ohio State Tops Johns Hopkins
Behind a six-point (4G/2A) outing from Jackson Reid and five-point (3G/2A) day from Jack Myers, the Ohio State Buckeyes took down the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays to sweep the series between the two.
After Johns Hopkins put together a five-goal run from late in the second through late in the third to tie things up at 10, the Buckeyes rattled off three of their own and added one more late in the fourth to get back ahead and complete the 14-12 victory.
Cole Williams had five points (3G/2A) for Hopkins while Brendan Grimes had three assists. Matt Narewski went 12-for-23 at the faceoff dot.
Georgetown Skids Past Marquette
After finding themselves down 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Georgetown Hoyas, who saw defenseman Gibson Smith inserted into the lineup for the first time since their first game of the season against Villanova, blanked the Golden Eagles and put up three of their own to seal the deal and eke out the 10-8 win. Jake Carraway had two of the final three goals for the Hoyas to end the day with five points (4G/1A).
Dylan Watson also had four points for Georgetown and TJ Haley had four assists. James Reilly went 14-for-22 at the faceoff dot.
Devon Cowan led Marquette with six goals.
Maryland Boat Races Michigan
After getting down 5-0 early in the contest, the Maryland Terrapins went on a 16-goal run to get up 16-5 and essentially put this one away. They walked away with an 18-12 win over Michigan.
Jared Bernhardt led the way for the Terps with seven points (5G/2A).
- Connor Kirst, Kieran Mullins, and Adam Charlambides combined for 18 points in Rutgers’ 22-10 defeat of Penn State.
- Wyatt Schupler made 16 saves in Army’s 12-7 win over Loyola.
- Zach Cole went 14-for-28 at the dot to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 13-12 overtime win over Hobart.
- Towson came back from down 7-3 at the half to beat Fairfield 12-11.
- Dylan Donnery scored his third goal of the game in double overtime to push Quinnipiac past Manhattan 13-12.
- Lucs Cotler and Jackson Hannah combined for eight points as Denver topped Villanova 17-10.
- JC Higginbotham made 14 saves and scored a goal to lead Bellarmine past VMI 11-9.
This article will be updated when all of today’s games are finished.