Huge Fourth Quarter for Duke

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.

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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.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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