Suddenly, Duke wins first lacrosse title
Blue Devils seal it 5 seconds into OT
Duke won its first NCAA men’s lacrosse championship in dramatic fashion, defeating Notre Dame, 6-5, yesterday in Baltimore on a goal by C.J. Costabile with five seconds gone in sudden-death overtime.
Costabile won the faceoff from Trever Sipperly and sprinted downfield before beating standout goaltender Scott Rodgers with a shot from directly in front of the net.
The Blue Devils immediately rushed onto the field and created a massive pile of players, sticks, and helmets while celebrating the fastest goal to start an OT in NCAA championship history.
Duke (16-4) twice before advanced to the title game — and lost by one goal both times. This time, however, it walked away with the championship trophy by edging the unseeded Irish (10-7).
It was the lowest-scoring title game in history, yet what it lacked in offense it made up for in drama. There were five ties and neither team led by more than one goal. The previous lowest-scoring game was in 1982, when North Carolina beat Johns Hopkins, 7-5.
Zach Brenneman scored three goals and Rodgers finished with 15 saves for the Irish, but he couldn’t stop the last shot that came his way. That ended a brilliant postseason run by Notre Dame, which defeated three seeded teams to advance to the title game for the first time.
The other national seeds, in order, are: Texas (46-11), Florida (42-15), Coastal Carolina (51-7), Virginia (47-11), UCLA (43-13), Louisville (48-12), and Georgia Tech (45-13).
Miami extended its NCAA record by making its 38th consecutive appearance, while Florida State is in for the 33d straight year. The Hurricanes (40-17) open the tournament against Ivy League champion Dartmouth (26-17), which qualified for the second straight season.
The Seminoles (42-17) are the only No. 1 seed not hosting a regional. They’ll travel to Norwich, Conn., where the University of Connecticut is the host team after the selection committee chose to place a regional in a nontraditional geographical area.
Florida State’s first-round opponent is Central Connecticut (33-21), winner of the Northeast Conference. The Blue Devils are making their fourth NCAA appearance.
Playing before the home crowd, Chelsea Gullickson beat second-seeded Jana Juricova of California, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), to become the third Georgia player to win the women’s crown.
Virginia’s Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz rallied past Tennessee’s Davy Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith to take home the men’s doubles title while Hilary Barte and Lindsey Burdette of Stanford beat Natalie Ploskova and Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, for the crown.