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May 19, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -Senior captain David Lawson tallied a career-high five goals to lead Duke to a thrilling 12-11 comeback victory over No. 2 seed Notre Dame in front of 7,749 fans at the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinal at Lucas Oil Stadium. The win launches Duke to its seventh straight championship weekend appearance and ninth overall in program history.
Duke (14-5) scored the game's final three goals to rally from an 11-9 deficit in the fourth quarter and capture its second straight one-goal NCAA Tournament victory. The Blue Devils avenged the regular season loss to Notre Dame (11-5) in the NCAA Tournament for the third time since 2010.
"I thought they [Notre Dame] were brilliant today," said head coach John Danowski. "Their faceoff guy was terrific. Their goalie was tremendous. They shot the ball extremely well. It was one of those games playing against a dear friend Kevin Corrigan that you hate to see someone lose. With that being said, I am extremely proud of our guys from beginning to end. We wanted to play for 60 minutes. We certainly don't script these endings, last week or this week. We just wanted to play the game. Kyle Turri, while he didn't have a great day in the goal statistically, comes up with a big save on the outlet. He keeps his poise and allows us to score the tying goal."
The game was a back-and-forth affair for the entire 60 minutes, featuring nine ties and five lead changes with the largest lead being two goals by both squads. Junior attackman Jordan Wolf had four assists on the day, while classmate Josh Dionne had three tallies in the win.
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Fourth-seeded Denver outscored fifth-seeded North Carolina 5-1 in the fourth quarter to rally past the Tar Heels 12-11 in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Pioneers advance to the NCAA Final 4 and will play top-seeded Syracuse next Saturday in Philadelphia.
UNC saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end as the Tar Heels were unable to protect a six-goal lead, falling to a spirited Denver comeback. The Pioneers improve to 14-4 on the campaign.
Joey Sankey, Davey Emala and Mark McNeill each scored a pair of goals for UNC while Steve Pontrello, Chad Tutton, Evan Connell, Ryan Kilpatrick and Pat Foster each scored goals. Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Marcus Holman, greg McBride and Sankey each had assists for UNC.