BALTIMORE- Duke won its second straight NCAA men's lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame's comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday.
The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on the capture their third national championship in the last five years.
It sure wasn't easy.
The sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie.
But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.