Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/17/13
From Press Release and Staff Reports
DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team scored the first six goals of the game and got standout defense from Philly grads in a 13-5 season-opening victory over No. 4 and host Duke Saturday afternoon at a snowy Koskinen Stadium.
Junior midfielder Jim Marlatt spearheaded the Irish attack with a career-high five goals and Matt Kavanagh netted four goals.
Meanwhile, defensemen Tyler Anderson (Radnor) and Stephen O’Hara (St. Joseph’s Prep) shut down the potent Blue Devils’ attack. Andersen had two groundballs and a caused turnover and O’Hara had two groundballs.
Also for the Irish, Liam O’Connor (Haverford School) won 7 of 18 face-offs and Westy Hopkins (La Salle) had two groundballs.
Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) had one goal for the Blue Devils and defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) had two groundballs.
Senior attackman Sean Rogers and senior midfielder Steve Murphy both scored twice for the Fighting Irish.
The Notre Dame defense, which led the nation last season in goals-against average, stymied a Duke offense that averaged 16.5 goals per game in its first two contests this season. Senior goalie John Kemp made 10 saves on the afternoon for the Fighting Irish.
“I felt our defense played really smart today and John Kemp was terrific in goal,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said.
“I thought last year against them (Duke) we got off to a terrible start, but we were able to hang on and win by competing really hard,” Corrigan added. “Today, we played really well and we competed really hard. I felt their game plan was to force us into making plays and we did.”
The Blue Devils opened the second half with three unanswered goals from Wolf, Josh Offit and Jake Tripucka to make it a four-goal affair (8-4) with 8:20 left in the third quarter.
Notre Dame responded with a 4-0 run of its own. Rogers began the surge at the 5:42 mark of the third period and Marlatt’s fourth goal, which was assisted by Kavanagh, gave the Irish a 10-4 advantage by the end of the quarter.
Tallies from Rogers and Kavanagh gave Notre Dame an eight-goal cushion (12-4) with 6:32 left to play. Following a Blue Devil goal from Offit, Marlatt put the finishing touches on the victory with his fifth goal of the day.