Fourth-Quarter Comeback Helps Push Duke Past Notre Dame in Overtime

(Photo Courtesy of Duke Athletics)

Just 12 days after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Duke Blue Devils got payback on their home field, securing the 13-12 win in overtime. It’s the third consecutive Thursday night overtime win for the Blue Devils this season.

After trailing 5-0 after the first quarter, 7-3 at the half, and 9-3 early in the third, the Blue Devils were able to kick it into another gear and come all the way back for the win. Duke ended the contest on a 6-0 run that ended with a Cameron Mule game-winner off a feed from Michael Sowers.

Sowers had the final two goals of regulation to end the contest with four goals and one assist for five points. Nakeie Montgomery two of the Blue Devils’ goals during their game-winning run to give himself three goals and an assist on the day. Montgomery’s three goals came in the second half to help spark the Blue Devils’ winning run.

Mike Adler made 10 saves in cage and Jake Naso went 15-for-29 at the faceoff dot for the Blue Devils.

Notre Dame owned the first half of play, in part due to the performance of sophomore attackman Pat Kavanagh. The attackman not only scored the first two goals of the game and three of the Irish’s first four, but was involved in all of Notre Dame’s seven first-half goals. However, he was silent in the second half while all of the Irish’s five second-half goals came from the midfield, including two from Eric Dobson.

Kavanagh had a chance to put Notre Dame ahead in the final 30 seconds of regulation, but the goal was waved off in a controversial call due to him losing his shoe mid-dodge.

Liam Entenmann made 14 saves (7 in the first half) in cage to anchor the Irish defense.

Duke has the weekend off before traveling to Chapel Hill to face arch-rival North Carolina in their season finale. Notre Dame has a date with the Tar Heels on Sunday.

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