NCAA Saturday Recap: Notre Dame Knocks Down Duke

No. 12 Marquette 14, St. John’s 12

The Golden Eagles’ magical season continued on Saturday with a 14-12 win over St. John’s. Marquette is now 9-2 and for the second time this year, followed a loss with a win. MU held a narrow 7-6 halftime lead but exploded for six third quarter goals to break open the game. After the game was tied at eight, Marquette went on a 6-1 run, which proved to be the difference in the game. Ryan McNamara and Jordan Greenfield each scored three for the Golden Eagles. MU will now face its toughest stretch of the season with three of the next four games coming against Notre Dame, Duke and Denver.

Harvard 10, No. 6 Cornell 9

In Saturday’s biggest upset, Harvard held everyone on Cornell in check other than Dan Lintner who scored three goals — no one else had more than one. It was the Crimson’s defense that caused 13 turnovers that proved to be the difference. Cornell’s two leading goal scorers, Matt Donovan and Conor Buczek, were held to a combined two goals on 19 shots. The Big Red even won 17-of-23 faceoffs and still lost by one. With less than eight minutes left, the game was tied at eight but Harvard’s Joe Lang gave his team a 9-8 lead with three minutes left. Lintner tied it up with 40 seconds left off an assist from Donovan. But after Cornell’s Domenic Massimillian won the ensuing faceoff, he threw a pass that was intercepted by Harvard’s Devin Dwyer who scored the game-winning goal with 32 seconds left.

No. 20 Stony Brook 13, No. 13 Princeton 10

Stony Brook’s Brody Eastwood and Princeton’s Kip Orban cancelled each other out with three goals apiece. But after the game was tied up 8-8 midway through the third quarter, the Seawolves scored three straight. SBU also went 3-for-4 on extra-man opportunities, which also pushed Stony Brook to the upset win. The Tigers’ Mike MacDonald also had three goals, but it wasn’t enough. After the Seawolves took a 13-10 lead late in the fourth quarter, Princeton took four more shots, but all of them were saved by SBU’s Brandon Maciejewski to preserve the victory.

No. 1 Notre Dame 15, No. 7 Duke 10

In what was expected to be the most enticing game of the day, Notre Dame once again proved why it’s the country’s top-ranked team. The Fighting Irish led 8-4 at halftime and maintained a steady lead throughout the second half. Duke is a team transitioning from its back-to-back championships to a younger core and the Blue Devils have now lost three-straight games. Senior midfielder Tanner Scott (three goals) was the only player to have more than two goals as sophomore Jack Bruckner had two and freshman Justin Guterding also scored twice. Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s Mikey Wynne, Conor Doyle, Matt Kavanagh and Nick Ossello each had a hat trick and goalie Shane Doss shined again with 17 saves. Notre Dame cruised to another win as these two teams head in opposite directions.