Notre Dame defeats Duke to advance to 2019 ACC men’s lacrosse championship

Chapel Hill, NC – Notre Dame midfielder Bryan Costabile scored five goals and goalie Matt Schmidt made a career-high 18 saves to lead the Irish to an 12-10 victory in the second semifinal of the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill. With the win, Notre Dame advances to face top seed Virginia next Saturday, May 4, in Charlottesville for the ACC Championship.  

Notre Dame led wire-to-wire, building an 8-4 halftime lead on the strength of an 11-3 face-off advantage. Duke rallied late with three goals in the fourth quarter to cut the Irish lead to 11-10, but Costabile iced the game with 54 seconds remaining.

Notre Dame All-ACC face-off specialist Charles Leonard won 17 of 26 face-offs on the day and added an unassisted goal. Irish midfielder Wheaton Jackoboice and attackman Connor Morin each posted two goals and an assist. 

Duke was led by attackman CJ Carpenter’s four goals, including one to cut Notre Dame’s lead to one with 2:57 left in the game. Midfielder Brad Smith had one goal and three assists, and goalie Turner Uppgren tied his career high with 15 saves. 

Next Saturday’s game is a rematch of the 2018 ACC Championship that Notre Dame won 17-7 at Virginia.