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Duke beats Notre Dame 11-9 to win NCAA lax title

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Duke won its second straight NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame’s comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday.

The top-seeded Blue Devils limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on the capture their third national championship in the last five years.

It sure wasn’t easy. The sixth-seeded Irish closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.

*Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Gail Burton

 

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