Fifteen players from the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, helped Duke University defend its NCAA title as the Blue Devils held on for an 11-9 win over Notre Dame at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
It’s the third national title in five years under coach John Danowski, a Long Island native and the former head coach at Hofstra. Duke’s first title during the stretch, in 2010, was its first ever.
Senior midfielder Jordan Wolf, who had two goals and four assists, was named most outstanding player. A pair of former Long Island varsity standouts — Kyle Keenan (Smithtown West) and Myles Jones (Walt Whitman) — each had two goals. Chaminade graduate Tommy Zenker also had a goal for the Blue Devils. Jones also had an assist as did former Ward Melville standout Jack Bruckner.
Freshman Sergio Perkovic led Notre Dame with five goals.
Notre Dame battled from from a 6-1 deficit early in the second half. The Fighting Irish converted on just one of their first nine shots.
The Fighting Irish roster features 21 players from NY/NJ/CT, meaning a total of 36 tristate standouts were involved in the title game.
One of the 15 Blue Devil tristate players, 29-year senior defender Casey Carroll from Baldwin in Nassau County on Long Island, captured national attention for his story, returning to the world of Division I lacrosse after after spending 2007-12 in U.S. Army stationed in both Iraq and Afghanistan — a fitting and poignant story for this Memorial Day.
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