CJ Costabile of New Fairfield wound up being the star of Duke’s dramatic 6-5 victory today against Notre Dame in the national title game in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy Duke University athletics)

New Fairfield’s CJ Costabile cleanly won the opening faceoff of the first overtime and then scored on the ensuing fastbreak to give Duke a 6-5 win against Notre Dame in the Division I championship game today before 37,126 fans at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The goal by Costabile, a sophomore defenseman, came just five seconds into overtime and ended the lowest scoring D-I final in men’s lacrosse history.

It was the Blue Devils’ first-ever national title and their third championship-game appearance in the last six years. Notre Dame, which ended the regular season 7-6 and barely earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, was trying to be the first unseeded team to win a national title.

Duke (15-4), which was the preseason No. 1-ranked team, started its season 2-3, including a 12-11 overtime win over Bucknell on Feb. 13 and 11-7 loss to Notre Dame (10-7) a week later.

Former East Hampton standout Zach Brenneman, a junior midfielder, led the Fighting Irish with three goals. Wantagh’s Scott Rodgers enjoyed another strong game in goal for the Fighting Irish, making 15 saves, For stats from today’s game, click here.

Here’s a look at the updated bracket for the Division I tournament.

On Sunday, C.W. Post (Division II) and Tufts (Division III) won championships.

For the Division II bracket, click here.

You can check out the Division III bracket by clicking here.

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3 Responses to “Costabile’s faceoff win, OT goal give Duke national title over Notre Dame”

  1. HV Fan says:

    Alot of these Duke players play on the Sound Shore Summer Lacrosse League…last year i remember seeing CJ Costabile, Parker McKee, Will McKee and Max Quinzani all play for the Garden Catering Team(their out of Greenwich, CT)

  2. Nutmegger says:

    Anyone kno where Nick Costabile is going to college or is he a junior???

  3. long time laxer says:

    Nick Costabile is listed by laxpower as going to Cortland State

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