A huge fourth quarter takes Duke to a 13-12 overtime win. In a battle between #2 Notre Dame (6-1, 2-1 ACC) and #3 Duke ( 11-1, 3-1 ACC) Duke looked to avenge their only loss of the season. It seemed it would be Pat Kavanagh against Michael Sowers on center stage.
A 4-0 Notre Dame first quarter was all about Kavanagh. He would net the first two goals en route to a 4 goal 3 assist game, just in the first half. Kavanagh assisted on Will Yorke’s (2g) 17th then completed his hat trick to close the quarter with the Irish Fightin, 4-0.
Kavanagh added another assist on a David Lipka (1g,1a) that increased the deficit to 5-0.
After a drought of 19:05, Sowers (4g,1a) stopped the run followed at 9:17 with Brennan O’Neill (2g,1a) converting a Nakeie Montgomery feed to cut it to 5-2. Yorke and Dyson Williams (1g) counterpunched before Kavanagh closed the half with a 7-3 Notre Dame advantage.
The second half opened with Eric Dobson (2g) pumping in his 10th and 11th at 13:57 and 9:33 to seemingly blow it open at 9-3.
Sowers and Montgomery (3g,2a) answered but Sean Leahey (1g) had an answer for the Irish. Owen Caputo (2g) closed the third with a Duke marker and a 10-6 score. O’Neill opened the scoring in the fourth. He was matched by Morrison Mirer (1g) and Reilly Gray (1g) that pushed the Notre Dame advantage to 12-7.
The Duke fortunes would change. Fueled by Montgomery, Caputo, Montgomery getting his third and a pair from Sowers with the clock showing :34. He had the game-tying goal at :14 to change the face of the affair. This put the Blue Devils in a 12-12 tie. Off to overtime, they would go. Sowers would hit Cameron Mule (1g) at the 2:05 mark to get the Duke revenge.
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Notre Dame netminder, Liam Entenmann turned away 14 shots and Mike Adler stopped 10 Irish tries. Shots were 41-40 for Duke with Duke having an advantage with 27-22 on shots on goal. Turnovers revealed a 17-15 Irish advantage with Groundballs going the Duke way, 29-28. A huge fourth quarter for Duke wins them the game.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.