Published Mon, May 31, 2010 06:06 PM
Modified Mon, May 31, 2010 06:13 PM
Duke wins lacrosse championship
BALTIMORE Duke needed an extra five seconds to collect its first NCAA lacrosse championship.
And what a five seconds it was.
Long pole C.J. Costabile cleanly won the opening faceoff and fired it past stingy Notre Dame goalie Scott Rodgers and the fifth-seeded Blue Devils collected a 6-5 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.
Duke (16-4) became the first team to collect its first mens lacrosse title since Princeton won it in 1992. The Blue Devils are the eighth team to win a national title in the sports 40-year history.
Rodgers made 15 saves for the Fighting Irish (10-7).
Duke erased a 5-4 deficit when Justin Turri deposited a Zach Howell feed between Rodgers legs with 8:44 left. But neither team could manage anything in the rest of regulation, with Turris last-second shot soaring over the cage.
Costabile, who was 6-for-10 on faceoffs, then cleanly beat Trever Sipperly and deposited the winner to quickly put an end to overtime.
Goalie Dan Wigrizer made five saves for Duke.
It was the lowest-scoring title game in NCAA history.