Duke MLAX: Duke to Face Notre Dame in ACC Championship

DURHAM, N.C.—Duke will enter the 2016 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the No. 3 seed and will take on second-seed Notre Dame in the semifinal Friday, April 29 in Kennesaw, Ga. Faceoff is set for 8:30 p.m., at Fifth Third Bank on ESPNU.

The winners of the two semifinal games will meet in the ACC Championship game on Sunday, May 1 at Noon, which will be broadcast on ESPNU/WatchESPN. Single day tickets start at $20, while all-session books start at $50.

The No. 13 Blue Devils are 9-6 overall and finished ACC play with a 2-2 record with wins over Syracuse and Virginia. No. 1 Notre Dame is 9-2 overall and 3-1 against ACC foes after losing to No. 16 North Carolina, 17-15, in the finale.

Notre Dame defeated Duke 8-6 in the regular season, holding Duke to just one fourth-quarter goal en route to the victory.

This will mark the second straight season the Blue Devils will meet the Fighting Irish in the ACC Championship, beating Notre Dame 13-8 in the 2015 semifinal.

Duke owns seven ACC Championship titles since the postseason tournament started in 1989. Four of those seven have come under John Danowski with the last one being in 2012. The Blue Devils are 21-19 all-time in the ACC Tournament and 0-4 as the No. 3 seed.

After losing three of four in a three-week span, the Blue Devils rebounded in resounding fashion, cruising past Virginia 14-8 and dominating No. 15 Marquette 16-1 Friday night. The single goal allowed was the fewest since a 16-1 win over Bellarmine Feb. 28, 2006. It also was the largest margin of victory against a ranked team since the 17-2 win over No. 3 Virginia in 2005.

In the win over the Golden Eagles, senior midfielder Myles Jones recorded two goals and an assist to become the first Division I lacrosse midfielder to record 100 career goals and 100 career assists. Justin Guterding leads the offense with 63 points, while Jones has 61. Deemer Class is tops in goals with 42.

The Blue Devils’ defense has allowed just 15 goals in their past three outings for a 5.67 goals against average. Goaltender Danny Fowler sports an impressive 6.36 goals against average and a .646 save percentage in that span. He is averaging 10.3 saves per game in the stretch.

For more ticket information to purchase tickets, call the Fifth Third Bank Stadium Box Office at 470-578-4849 or go to www.wherekennesawplay.com.

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