ACC MLAX: Duke and Notre Dame to Play for the NCAA Championship
Saturday May 24, 2014
NCAA title game to feature a pair of ACC teams for the second time in four years
BALTIMORE, Md. – For the second time in four years a pair of ACC men’s lacrosse teams will play for the NCAA Championship. In Saturday’s national semifinal games, No. 1 seed Duke topped No. 5 Denver 15-12, while No. 6 seed Notre Dame defeated No. 7 seed Maryland, 11-6, to earn berths in Monday’s championship game.
Duke and Notre Dame will meet on Monday, May 26 at M&T Bank Stadium at 1 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN2 and will be available on the WatchESPN App.
The Fighting Irish are looking for their first NCAA championship, while the Blue Devils are seeking their second straight NCAA championship and third overall.
Monday’s game will be a rematch of the 2010 NCAA title game where Duke prevailed in overtime, 6-5. Duke also won this year’s regular-season contest, 15-7, on April 5.
Notes: The all-ACC final marks the third time in NCAA history two ACC teams will play for the national championship (2014, 2010 and 1986 ) … Four of the last five NCAA Championship games have been between two current ACC men’s lacrosse teams … It’s the fifth straight year the ACC is represented by at least one team in the national championship game … With Duke and Notre Dame both earning berths in the title game, current ACC membership combines for 48 appearances in the national championship game … The ACC is assured its second straight NCAA men’s lacrosse title … With the 2014 NCAA title already secured, ACC membership will collectively own 24 national championships … With Duke’s win over Denver, the ACC completes the 2014 season with 18 wins over ranked non-league opponents, including eight wins over top-10 competition … ACC teams combined for a 52-8 record against non-conference opponents in 2014.